Nov. 8 - Coors Events Center - Boulder, Colo.
Nov. 10 - Huntsman Center - Salt Lake City, Utah - Pac-12 Networks
THIS WEEK: The sixth-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (16-5, 9-3 Pac-12) travels to Colorado (15-7, 7-5 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 8 and Utah (17-7, 6-6 Pac-12) on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Cardinal will face the Buffaloes at 6 p.m. PT, while first serve against the Utes is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT.
SCOUTING COLORADO: Colorado enters the week with a 15-7 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes are undefeated at home in conference play (5-0) and rank third in the league with 1.26 aces per set. As a team, Colorado is hitting .235 while holding its opponents to a .182 clip. Junior outside hitter Taylor Simpson leads the team with 3.38 kills per set and 2.59 digs per set. Senior middle blocker Nikki Lindow ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 1.23 blocks per set and adds 2.10 kills per set. Sophomore setter Nicole Edelman controls the offense with 10.30 assists per set, ranking fifth in the conference.
THE SERIES WITH THE BUFFALOES: Stanford is 10-0 all-time against Colorado. The Cardinal swept the Buffaloes, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21, on Oct. 12 at Maples Pavilion. Senior Rachel Williams led the team with 10 kills and 12 digs, while senior Carly Wopat added 10 kills and four blocks. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert led all players with 16 digs.
SCOUTING UTAH: The Utes enter this week’s matches 17-7 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-12. They rank second behind the Cardinal with 2.91 blocks per set, while hitting .247 as a team and posting 1.15 aces per set. Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon leads the conference with 1.41 blocks per set and ranks 10th with a .355 hitting percentage. Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman adds 1.25 blocks per set, good for fourth in the Pac-12. Junior right side hitter Shelby Dalton leads the team with 2.66 kills per set and averages 1.12 blocks per set. Sophomore Kendall Cygan and junior Kalee Kirby split time at setter, averaging 5.81 and 5.32 assists per set, respectively.
THE SERIES WITH THE UTES: The Cardinal holds a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Utes. Stanford swept Utah, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, on Oct. 11 in Maples Pavilion. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat was the only player in the match to register double-digit kills (10) to go with five blocks. Sophomores Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard chipped in with nine kills apiece. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert tallied a match-high 19 digs.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: A live stream link for Friday’s match can be found on GoStanford.com. Fans can catch Sunday’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/. Live stats for the matches will also be accessible on GoStanford.com.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stanford will remain on the road next week, travelling to Oregon and Oregon State. The Cardinal will take on the Ducks in Eugene on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. and the Beavers in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
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 it matches at Maples Pavilion last week, dropping a five-setter to No. 4 USC before defeating UCLA in four. Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard led the team with 3.44 kills per set and 1.11 blocks per set, inlcuding a career high seven blocks against the Bruins. Sophomore Jordan Burgess added 3.00 kills per set and 4.44 digs per set. Defensively, junior libero Kyle Gilbert averaged 6.44 digs per set, tying the school’s single match record with 33 digs against USC.
NATIONAL POLL: Stanford remained at No. 6 in the AVCA top 25 this week. In fact, the top 5 - Texas, Penn State, Washington, USC and Florida - stayed the same for a second straight week. Four Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top 25, while Oregon, Colorado, Arizona State and Arizona are all receiving votes.
RPI: In the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), the Cardinal dropped to No. 7. Texas remained in the top spot in the poll, while Penn State, Florida, Washington and USC sit ahead of Stanford. Three Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top-10 and six in the top-30.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat has been named a top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The winner will be announced at the Final Four in Seattle in December.
BLOCK CITY: Stanford’s team blocks per set mark of 2.99 leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the nation. Senior Carly Wopat is second in the conference and 18th nationally with 1.39 blocks per set, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku is averaging 1.34 blocks per set (25th nationally). 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 10 active Pac-12 players to have reached that plateau and become the 13th and 14th Stanford players since 1986 to accomplish the feat. They are also just the second classmates in Cardinal history to each tally 1,000 career kills (Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) and Cynthia Barboza (‘08) were the first).
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. Rachel Williams (2010-13) 1074
13. Teresa Smith (1984-87) 1070
14. Carly Wopat (2010-13) 1041
SPREAD OFFENSE: Stanford setter Madi Bugg has controlled the offense this season, leading the Pac-12 and ranking ninth in the nation with 11.61 assists per set. She has been spreading the love amongst her teammates in the process as five Cardinal players are averaging at least 2.45 kills per set - Carly Wopat (202k/2.93kps), Brittany Howard (207/2.92kps), Rachel Williams (190k/2.71kps), Jordan Burgess (190k/2.64kps) and Inky Ajanaku (164k/2.45kps).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Carly Wopat already ranks among the top 10 in school history with 554 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 25 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 (1982-85).
SENIOR STATEMENT: Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams is one of the Cardinal leaders this season with 2.71 kills per set. She posted double-doubles in three consecutive matches (vs. Pacific, Florida & Texas) and leads the team with eight 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 4.97 digs per set. She set a new career high and tied the school’s single match record with 33 digs against USC on Oct. 30. Gilbert is averaging 3.94 digs per set for her career, ranking second in program history behind Gabi Ailes (4.57).
CONFERENCE CHARTS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat is second in the Pac-12 with a .457 hitting percentage this season. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku is third in the conference with a .424 attack percentage. Wopat is also ninth in the Pac-12 with 3.92 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 794-168 (.825), giving him a winning percentage that ranks amongst the top-5 all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 357-66 in his 13 seasons on The Farm, leading all active coaches in the conference by winning percentage (.844).