Nov. 14 - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, Ore. - Pac-12 Networks
Nov. 16 - Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.
THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Stanford women’s volleyball team (18-5, 11-3 Pac-12) remains on the road for a second straight week, travelling to Oregon (14-10, 7-7 Pac-12) and Oregon State (9-16, 0-14 Pac-12). The Cardinal will face the Ducks in Eugene on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. PT and the Beavers in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. PT.
SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon enters the week with a 14-10 overall record and in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 (7-7). The Ducks lead the conference in assists (13.83) and rank second in kills (14.55) and digs (16.76). Junior outside hitter Liz Brenner leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-12 with 4.45 kills per set and fourth with 4.79 points per set. Senior middle blocker Ariana Williams is eighth in the conference with a .357 hitting per centage, while senior setter Lauren Plum is fifth with 10.09 assists per set. Freshman libero Amanda Benson anchors the Duck defense with 4.63 digs per set.
THE SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Stanford holds a 53-4 overall series lead against Oregon. The Cardinal swept the Ducks earlier this season at Maples Pavilion. Senior Carly Wopat and sophomore Jordan Burgess each tallied 11 kills to lead Stanford. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert racked up 21 digs to pace all players.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: Oregon State is 9-16 overall and is still seeking its first Pac-12 win of the season (0-14). The Beavers are hitting .180 as a team and rank ninth in the conference with 14.57 digs per set. Outside hitter Lila Toner leads the Beavers with 2.69 kills per setand 1.91 digs per set. Junior middle blocker Arica Nassar ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with 1.16 blocks per set, while junior setter Tayla Woods is seventh with 9.80 assists per set. Senior libero Becky Defoe paces the Beavers and is fifth in the conference with 4.45 digs per set.
THE SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: Stanford is a perfect 57-0 all-time against Oregon State. The Cardinal swept the Beavers in the first meeting of the season in Maples Pavilion. Sophomore Jordan Burgess led Stanford with 10 kills and seven digs, while sophomores Inky Ajanaku and Brittany Howard notched eight kills apiece.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Fans can catch Thursday’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 returns to The Farm next week to play host to No. 3 Washington and Washington State. The Cardinal squares off with the Huskies on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT and the Cougars on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. PT. 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 became the first Pac-12 school to hand Colorado a loss in Boulder this season, sweeping the Buffaloes 25-19, 25-15, 25-20. The Cardinal also posted a sweep at Utah (25-17-25-15-25-17) to complete the sweep of the two schools this season. Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku was lights out offensively, hitting .654 in the two matches. Defensively, senior Carly Wopat recorded 1.83 blocks per set and 1.17 digs per set for the Cardinal.
NATIONAL POLL: Stanford again remained at No. 6 in the AVCA top 25 this week. In fact, the top 8 - Texas, Penn State, Washington, USC, Florida, Stanford, Missouri and San Diego - stayed the same for a third straight week. Four Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top 25, while Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona are all receiving votes.
RPI: In the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), the Cardinal came in at No. 7. Texas remained in the top spot in the poll, while Penn State, Washington, Florida, USC and Missouri 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 leads the conference and ranks 18th nationally with 1.43 blocks per set, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku is averaging 1.33 blocks per set (3rd Pac-12, 25th nationally). Wopat eclipsed the 500 block plateau earlier this season, while Ajanaku tallied the 200th of her career against Colorado on Oct. 12.
CONFERENCE HONORS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14. She is the first Cardinal player recognized this season and collected the 85th weekly award for Stanford all-time, which paces the Pac-12. It marks the fifth weekly honor of Wopat’s career (fourth offensive).
SPREAD OFFENSE: Stanford setter Madi Bugg has controlled the offense this season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation with 11.59 assists per set. She has been spreading the love amongst her teammates in the process as five Cardinal players are averaging at least 2.50 kills per set - Carly Wopat (220k/2.93kps), Brittany Howard (218/2.83kps), Rachel Williams (206k/2.71kps), Jordan Burgess (205k/2.63kps) and Inky Ajanaku (183k/2.51kps).
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) 1090
13. Teresa Smith (1984-87) 1070
14. Carly Wopat (2010-13) 1059
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Carly Wopat already ranks among the top 10 in school history with 565 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 15 more to pass Cardinal great Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) who tallied 579. Her 1.37 career blocks per set average would be the third-best mark in school history.
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 4.93 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 3.95 digs per set for her career, ranking second in program history behind Gabi Ailes (4.57).
CONFERENCE CHARTS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat ranks second in the Pac-12 with a .457 hitting percentage this season and is 10th with 3.93 points per set. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku is third in the conference with a .443 attack percentage. Sophomore setter Madi Bugg is ninth in the conference with 0.31 aces 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 is four wins away from caprturing his 800th career victory. In 29 years as a head coach, he is 796-168 (.826), giving him a winning percentage that ranks amongst the top-5 all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 359-66 in his 13 seasons on The Farm, leading all active coaches in the conference by winning percentage (.844).