Oct. 23 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif. - Pac-12 Networks
Oct. 25 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif.
THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Stanford women’s volleyball team (13-4, 6-2 Pac-12) plays host to No. 20 Oregon (12-6, 5-3 Pac-12) and Oregon State (9-10, 0-8 Pac-12). The Cardinal and Ducks will square-off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, while Stanford and OSU will meet on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon enters the week with a 12-6 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Pac-12 matches. The Ducks lead the conference in assists (13.86) and kills (14.63), while ranking second in digs (15.95) and third in service aces (1.31). Junior outside hitter Liz Brenner is fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.33 kills per set and 4.75 points per set. Senior middle blocker Ariana Williams’ .393 hitting percentage is fourth in the conference. She also averages 3.19 kills per set and 1.12 blocks per set for the Ducks. Sophomore middle blocker Canace Finley adds 2.49 kills per set on a .305 attack percentage. Freshman libero Amanda Benson anchors the defense and ranks third in the Pac-12 with 4.48 digs per set.
THE SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Stanford holds a 52-4 series lead over Oregon. The Cardinal swept the season series last year, recording a five-set win at Maples Pavilion and sweeping the Ducks in Eugene. Oregon’s most recent win over the Cardinal came during the 2011 season as the Ducks posted a five-set win at Stanford.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: Oregon State is 9-10 overall and 0-8 in the Pac-12 Conference heading into this week’s matches. The Beavers are hitting .192 as a team and rank seventh in the conference in digs (14.72) and ninth in aces (1.06). Senior libero Becky Defoe is fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.41 digs per set. Junior setter Tayla Woods controls the offense and ranks seventh in the conference with 9.89 assists per set. Freshman outside hitter Lila Toner leads the Beavers with 2.79 kills per set and 1.89 digs per set. Junior middle blocker/outside hitter Arica Nassar adds 1.92 kills per set and 1.10 blocks per set.
THE SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: The Cardinal is a perfect 56-0 all-time against the Beavers. Stanford swept OSU in both matches played last season.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Fans can catch Wednesday’s match live on the Pac-12 Networks. KZSU radio will be broadcasting both matches at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/. A live stream will be available for Friday’s match on GoStanford.com Live stats for the matches will also be accessible on GoStanford.com.
PROMOTIONS: Wednesday’s match against Oregon is Kid’s Free Night a with voucher, available via the women’s volleyball promotional page here. Friday’s match is Club Night and Professor Appreciation Night. Coach Dunning will also be hosting a Chalk Talk at 5 p.m. in Kissick Auditorium in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. A postmatch meet-and-greet with the team will also be held in Kissick Auditorium.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stanford remains on The Farm next week, opening the second half of Pac-12 play against No. 4 USC on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and UCLA on Friday, Nov. 1. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
SOCIAL NETWORKING: Fans will have access to unique behind-the-scenes content on the team this season by liking Stanford Women’s Volleyball on Facebook or following the team on Twitter and Instagram (@StanfordWVB). Instagram will house the Cardinal’s off the court photos and videos all season long.
LAST WEEK: Stanford split its matches on the road last week, sweeping Washington State on Friday in Pullman before falling in five-sets at then-No. 6 Washington in Seattle on Sunday. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess led the team with a .377 hitting percentage in the two matches, averaging 2.75 kills per set and 1.88 digs per set. Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 2.62 kills per set and 1.62 blocks per set against the Cougars and Huskies.
RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS: Stanford has three returning All-Americans on its roster this season. Senior Carly Wopat, a two-time honoree, was a first team selection by the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku was an honorable mention pick by the AVCA in 2012. Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams was an AVCA honorable mention selection in 2011. In total, the Cardinal has produced 31 All-Americans who have collected 70 total awards.
NATIONAL POLL: Despite a five-set loss at Washington last week, Stanford moved up a spot to No. 6 in the AVCA top 25 this week. Texas reclaimed the top spot in the poll, while Penn State, Washington, USC and Florida round out the top 5. Five Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top 25, while Arizona State, UCLA and California are receiving votes.
RPI: In the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), the Cardinal came in at No. 8. Texas remained in the top spot in the poll, while Penn State, Florida, USC, Creighton, Washington and Missouri sit ahead of Stanford. Three Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top-10 and eight in the top-30.
BLOCK CITY: Stanford’s team blocks per set mark of 3.09 is the best in the nation. Senior Carly Wopat is second in the conference and is 13th nationally with 1.40 blocks per set, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku is also averaging 1.40 blocks per set. Wopat recently eclipsed the 500 block plateau, while Ajanaku tallied the 200th of her career against Colorado on Oct. 12.
1,000 KILL CLUB: Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams joined an elite group of players as she registered her 1,000th career kill at UCLA on Oct. 2. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat joined her on that list against Washington on Oct. 20. The pair are two of just eight active Pac-12 players to have reached that plateau and becomes the 13th and 14th Stanford players since 1986 to accomplish the feat. The pair are also the first classmates in Cardinal history to each tally 1,000 career kills since Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) and Cynthia Barboza (‘08).
Stanford Players with 1,000 Career Kills Since 1986
1. Ogonna Nnamani (2001-04) 2450
2. Alix Klineman (2007-10) 2008
3. Logan Tom (1999-02) 1939
4. Kristin Klein (1988-91) 1909
5. Kristin Folkl (1994-97) 1833
6. Kristin Richards (2003-06) 1819
7. Bev Oden (1989-92) 1753
8. Foluke Akinradewo (2005-08) 1682
9. Cynthia Barboza (2005-08) 1639
10. Kerri Walsh (1996-99) 1553
11. Cary Wendell (1992-95) 1353
12. Teresa Smith (1984-87) 1070
13. Rachel Williams (2010-13) 1048
14. Carly Wopat (2010-13) 1004
SPREAD OFFENSE: Stanford setter Madi Bugg has controlled the offense this season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation with 11.58 assists per set, spreading the love amongst her teammates in the process. Five Cardinal players are averaging at least 2.30 kills per set - Carly Wopat (3.00), Rachel Williams (2.93), Brittany Howard (2.82), Jordan Burgess (2.49) and Inky Ajanaku (2.38).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Carly Wopat already ranks among the top 10 in school history with 534 career blocks. Recently, she moved from sixth place to fourth on the Cardinal’s career charts, passing former All-American Kerri Walsh (‘99) and Laura Olesen (‘90), and needs 45 more to match Cardinal great Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) with 579. Her 1.36 career blocks per set average would be tied for third in school history with Kim Oden (‘85).
SENIOR STATEMENT: Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams is one of the Cardinal leaders this season with 2.93 kills per set. She posted double-doubles in three consecutive matches (vs. Pacific, Florida & Texas) and leads the team with seven overall. Her 21 kills against then-No. 8 Florida are the most by a Cardinal player this season.
DOMINANT DEFENSE: Junior libero Kyle Gilbert has led the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinal this season and ranks second on the Pac-12 charts with 4.65 digs per set. She collected a season-high 29 digs at California (9/25), leading all players. Gilbert is averaging 3.83 digs per set for her career, ranking second in program history behind Gabi Ailes (4.57).
HOME SWEET HOME: Maples Pavilion gives the Cardinal a true home court advantage as Stanford has won 22 consecutive home matches dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign. Stanford’s last loss at home came against Michigan on Dec. 3, 2011 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
LEADING THE CONFERENCE: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 and third in the nation with a .480 hitting percentage this season. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku is third in the conference with a .405 attack percentage, and 21st in the nation. Wopat is also ninth in the Pac-12 with 4.02 points per set.
HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Now in his 13th season at the helm of the Cardinal program, head coach John Dunning is one of the most accomplished coaches in the collegiate volleyball world. Dunning has four national championships under his belt, has taken teams to nine Final Fours and carried six of his 12 Stanford teams to the national championship match.
MILESTONE FOR DUNNING: John Dunning secured his 700th career win during the 2010 season and will likely capture win No. 800 during 2013. In 29 years as a head coach, he is 791-167 (.826), giving him a winning percentage that ranks amongst the top-5 all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 354-65 in his 13 seasons on The Farm, leading all active coaches in the conference by winning percentage (.845).