Nov. 20 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif. - Pac-12 Networks
Nov. 22 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif. - Pac-12 Networks
THIS WEEK: The fifth-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (20-5, 13-3 Pac-12) plays host to No. 3 Washington (23-1, 15-1 Pac-12) and Washington State (17-12, 4-12 Pac-12). The Cardinal will face the Huskies, who hold a two-match lead in the conference standings, on Wendesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT and the Cougars on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. PT in Maples Pavilion.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter the week with a two-match lead on the Cardinal in the Pac-12 standings. As a team, Washington leads the Pac-12 with 1.85 aces per set and rankes second in hitting percentage (.282) and third in blocks per set (2.78). Junior outside hitter Krista Vansant leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.83 points per set, sixth with 4.14 kills per set and seventh with 0.31 aces per set. Junior outside hitter Kaleigh Nelson adds 3.09 kills per set, while sophomore middle blocker Lianna Sybeldon is fourth in the conference with 1.32 blocks per set and fifth with a .363 hitting percentage. Senior libero Jenna Orlandini anchors the defense and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with 4.07 digs per set.
THE SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington, 9-12. The Cardinal swept the season series in 2012, but dropped a five-set thriller to the Huskies in Seattle on Oct. 20, 2013. Four Cardinal players registered double-digit kills in the match, while five notched double-digit digs. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert finished with a match-high 25 digs.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State arrives in the Bay Area with a 17-12 overall record and a 4-12 mark in the Pac-12. The Cougars are coming off one of the biggest upsets in school history, knocking off then-No. 4 USC in five sets in Pullman last week. WSU is fifth in the Pac-12 with 1.10 aces per set as a team, while ranking eighth in digs (15.02) and ninth in hitting percentage (.221). Freshman outside hitter Kyra Holt leads the Cougars and ranks seventh in the conference with 3.85 kills and 4.52 points per set. Junior middle blocker Ver’Leea Hardaway is seventh in hitting percentage (.356) and adds 2.48 kills and 0.90 blocks per set. Senior setter Camryn Irwin controls the offense with 9.43 assists per set (8th Pac-12).
THE SERIES WITH THE COUGARS: The Cardinal is 53-3 all-time against the Cougars. Stanford has won 21 consecutive matches against WSU, including a three-set win in Pullman earlier this season. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku led Stanford with 10 kills and eight blocks in the sweep, while Jordan Burgess added nine kills on 19 swings with no errors (.474). Junior outside hitter Jaicee Harris led the Cougars with eight kills and 12 digs.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Fans can catch both matches live on the Pac-12 Networks. KZSU radio will also be broadcasting both matches at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/. Live stats for the matches will be accessible on GoStanford.com.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stanford plays its final regular season road match on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Arizona. The Cardinal and Wildcats will meet for the lone time this season at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., at 5 p.m. PT. Stanford will then return to The Farm on Friday, Nov. 29 for its regular season finale against rival California. The Cardinal will be honoring its seniors prior to the match against the Golden Bears.
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 completed the season sweep of the Oregon schools on the road last week. Senior Carly Wopat led the Cardinal with 3.29 kills per set and 2.00 blocks per set, while hitting .500 in the two matches. Her 12 blocks at Oregon were a season-best and one shy of her career high.
MILESTONE FOR DUNNING: John Dunning is just two wins away from caprturing his 800th career victory. In 29 years as a head coach, he is 798-168 (.826), giving him a winning percentage that ranks amongst the top-5 all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 361-66 in his 13 seasons on The Farm, leading all active coaches in the conference by winning percentage (.845).
NATIONAL POLL: Stanford moved up to No. 5 in the AVCA top 25 after USC and Florida suffered losses last week. Texas, Penn State and Washington remained in the top 3, while Missouri came in just ahead of the Cardinal. Four Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top 25, while Oregon and Arizona are also 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, Washington, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska and USC sit ahead of Stanford. Three Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top-10 and seven 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 3.05 leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the nation. Senior Carly Wopat leads the conference and ranks 11th nationally with 1.48 blocks per set, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku is averaging 1.36 blocks per set (3rd Pac-12, 23rd nationally). As a team, the Cardinal registered a season-high 18 blocks at Oregon (11/14).
CONFERENCE HONORS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat has been named the Pac-12 Offensive (10/14) and Defensive (11/18) Player of the Week this season. She collected the 85th and 86th weekly awards for Stanford all-time, which paces the Pac-12, and has now been recognized six times by the conference in her career. (4 offensive, 2 defensive).
SPREAD OFFENSE: Stanford setter Madi Bugg has controlled the offense this season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and 13th in the nation with 11.52 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 (243k/2.96kps), Brittany Howard (240/2.86kps), Rachel Williams (220k/2.65kps), Jordan Burgess (221k/2.60kps) and Inky Ajanaku (198k/2.47kps).
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) 1104
13. Carly Wopat (2010-13) 1082
14. Teresa Smith (1984-87) 1070
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Carly Wopat ranks among the top 10 in school history with 579 career blocks, tying Cardinal great Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) for the third most in program history. She now trails Kim Oden (1982-85) and Bev Oden (1989-92) who totaled 665 and 650 blocks, respectively. Her 1.38 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 2.65 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 4.98 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 3.98 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 won 24 consecutive home matches from Sept. 7, 2012 to Oct. 25, 2013. Stanford is now 25-1 at home since the start of the 2012 campaign.
CONFERENCE CHARTS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 with a .460 hitting percentage this season and is ninth with 3.96 points per set. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku is third in the conference with a .431 attack percentage. Sophomore setter Madi Bugg is sixth in the conference with 0.32 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.