1997 NCAA FINAL FOUR TEAMS

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PENN STATE

Ranking: #2 USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
          #3 Volleyball Magazine
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 
   19-1 Big Ten (.950)
   33-1 Overall (.971), as of 12/17
   Have won 12 straight matches (last 11 in three games)
   Only loss of the season 10/31 at Wisconsin, 1-3 (11-15, 7-15, 15-6, 5-15)
   Swept opponents in three games 25 times in 33 wins this season.
   36 match home winning streak - Nations longest (3rd longest in school history/11th in NCAA history)
Head-to-Head:
   Penn State vs. Florida, 3-0 last played in 1989
   Penn State vs. Stanford, 2-1 wins 8/23, 9/6/97, loss 1992 NCAA tourney
   Penn State vs. Long Beach, 2-1 lost 1993 NCAA Championship Match 1-3 (13-15, 15-12, 11-15, 14-16)
Coach (alma mater, year): 
   Russ Rose (George Williams, 1975)
   1997 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year
   1997 Big Ten Co-coach of the Year
Career record: 616-118 (83.9) 19 years
Record at school: 616-118  (83.9) 19 years
1997 conference record, finish: 19-1, tied for first
How qualified: Automatic bid by winning Big Ten regular-season title
NCAA tournament appearances:
   17th tournament appearance (every year since 1981)  
   Final Four: 1997
               1994 (lost 3-2 to UCLA in the semifinals
                             15-3, 4-15, 9-15, 15-5, 11-5)
               1993 (lost 3-2 to Long Beach State in the Final
                                 15-3, 4-15, 9-15, 15-5, 11-15
                     def. 3-1 BYU in semifinals, 
                          15-13, 6-15, 16-14, 15-12)
                          
1997 tournament results:
   Second round -       def. Northern Illinois, 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-4);
   Regional semifinal - def. Ohio State,        3-0 (15-4, 15-4, 15-10);
   Regional final -     def. BYU,               3-0 (15-0, 15-12, 15-10)
                              Zemaitis 15 kills
                              Cacciamani 11 kills 
                              Team .382, .586 game one
Best finish: National runner up in 1993
Record vs. teams in tournament: 14-1
Players to watch (key stats): 

   #5  Terri Zemaitis  MB  Sr.  6-2  Downers Grove, Ill   (ZA-mite-us) 
     394 kills, .359% - 4th in Big Ten            as of 12/16/97
     3.68 kpg
     2.06 dpg
     1.74 Season Blocks/Game - #4 in Nation       as of 11/23
     0.32 service aces per game - 10th Big Ten    as of 12/16/97
     1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American
     1997 Big Ten All-Conference Team
   
   #3  Bonnie Bremner   S    So.   5-9   Lisle, Ill. 
     .387 Season Hitting Percentage - #11 Nation  as of 11/23
     192 kills, .394% - 1st in Big Ten            as of 12/16/97
     12.04 assists per game - 10th Big Ten        as of 12/16/97
      2.19 dpg
     1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American
     1997 Big Ten Player of the Year
    
   #2  Lauren Cacciamani  MB  So.  6-2  Paramus, N.Y   (KA-chia-MA-nee)
     .393 Season Hitting Percentage - #9 Nation   as of 11/23
     342 kills                                    as of 12/16
     3.21 kills per game                          as of 12/16
     1.84 Season Blocks/Game - #3 in Nation       as of 11/23
     1997 AVCA 2nd Team All-American
     1997 Big Ten All-Conference Team
   
   #11 Christy Cochran  OH  Jr.  5-10  Bethlehem, Pa.   (COCK-run)
     1997 Big Ten Honorable Mention

   #8  Lindsay Anderson       Sr.
     2.99 digs per game - 10th Big Ten            as of 12/16/97

FLORIDA

Ranking: #8 USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
          #7 Volleyball Magazine
Conference:Southeastern
Record: 
   14-0 Conference (1.000)
   34-3 Overall, as of 12/17
Head-to-Head:
   Florida vs. Penn State, 0-3, last played in 1989
   Florida vs. Long Beach, 1-1, including loss on 9/19, win on 9/20
   Florida vs. Stanford, 1-10 including 0-1 in 1992 NCAA Tournament
Coach (alma mater, year): 
   Mary Wise (Purdue, 1981)
Career record: 314-87 (11 years)
Record at school: 233-24 (7 years)
1997 Conference record, finish: SEC regular season champs
How qualified: At-large selection
NCAA tournament appearances:
   8th tournament appearance (1987-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
   Final Four: 1997 
               1996 (lost 0-3 to Hawaii, semifinal)
               1993 (lost 0-3 to *Long Beach State, semifinal)
               1992 (lost 0-3 to UCLA, semifinal)
1997 tournament results: 
   Second round - def. South Florida,          3-0 (15-12, 15-9, 15-5);
   Regional semifinal - def. Washington State, 3-0 (15-10, 15-6, 15-8);
   Regional final - def. Wisconsin,            3-2 (8-15, 14-16, 15-7, 15-11, 15-5)
                           Nina Foster 22 kills (.514%), 10 blocks, 3 aces
                           Aurymar Rodriguez 11 kills
                           Jenny Manz  10 kills, 25 digs
                           Jenni Keene 10 kills, 12 digs
                           Heather Wright  10 kills (.471), 8 blocks,  
                           Sandra Reboucas 11 digs
                           Nikki Shade 54 assists, 7 digs, 5 blocks, 7 kills
                           Team - Florida .303 (70-23-155)
                                  Wisconsin .150 (63-35-187)
                           Florida committed just eight hitting errors 
                           in winning the final three games, including
                           no errors in game five, after recording 15 errors
                           in the first two games alone.
                           Florida led in blocks, 20-8, and digs, 73-54. 
Best finish: Advanced to final four in 1992, '93 and '96
Record vs. teams in tournament: 12-3
Players to watch (key stats): 

   #23 Nina Foster  MB  Sr.  6-2  Mission Viejo, CA
     2,181 Career Kills (Alabama and Florida)
     .431 Season Hitting Percentage - #2 in the Nation     as of 11/23
     1.49 Season Blocks/Game - #16 in Nation               as of 11/23
     510 Season Kills
     4.18 kpg, 1.55 bpg
     1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American 
     1997 NCAA Central Region MVP
     1997 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year
     1995 World University Games

   #10 Aurymar Rodriguez  OH  Sr.  6-1  Rio Piedras, PR
     3.71 kpg
     2.39 dpg

   #16 Jenny Manz  OH  So.  6-0  Orange Park, FL
     3.53 kpg
     2.61 dpg

   #2  Nikki Shade  S  Sr.  5-9  DeSoto, TX
     13.35 Season Assists/Game - #18 in Nation      as of 11/23

   #14 Jenni Keene  OH  Jr.  5-11  Lodi, CA

LONG BEACH

Ranking: #1 USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
          #2 Volleyball Magazine
Conference:Big West
Record: 
   33-1 Overall (as of 12/17)
   One season loss to Florida, 9/20, 2-3 (12-15, 15-10, 15-12, 11-15, 11-15)
   Won 24 consecutive matches (22 sweeps)
Head-to-Head:
   Long Beach vs. Stanford 1-10, including 0-1 in 1992 NCAA Tournament
   Long Beach vs. Florida 1-1, including win on 9/19, loss on 9/20
   Long Beach vs. Penn State 1-2, won 1992 NCAA Championship Match 3-1 (15-13, 12-15, 15-11, 16-14)
Coach (alma mater, year): 
   Brian Gimmillaro (Long Beach State, 1970)
Career record: 355-92 (13 years)
Record at school: 355-92 (13 years)
1997 Conference record, finish: 16-0, First
How qualified: Won Big West tournament
NCAA tournament appearances: 
   12th tournament appearance (1985-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-97)
   Final Four: Fifth time
               1997
               1993 
               1989
   NCAA Champion - 1993 (defeated Penn State, 3-0 in the Final)
                   1989 (defeated Nebraska in the Final)
1997 tournament results: 
    Second round -       def. Loyola Marymount, 3-0 (15-9, 15-5, 15-5);
    Regional semifinal - def. Washington,       3-0 (15-4, 15-5, 15-12);
    Regional final -     def. Nebraska,         3-0 (15-9, 15-9, 15-3)
Best finish: National champion in 1989 and '93, runner-up in '92
Record vs. teams in tournament: 11-1 
(1-0 vs. Northern Illinois, 1-0 vs. Villanova, 1-0 vs. BYU, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame,
 1-1 vs. Florida, 1-0 vs. Hawaii, 2-0 vs. Pacific, 3-0 vs. Santa Barbara)
Players to watch (key stats):

   Misty May  S  Jr.  5-9  Costa Mesa, Calif.
    12.14 assists per game
    .372%, 2.07 kpg
    3.12 dpg
    1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American
    1997 Big West Player of the Year 
    1996 Big West Player of the Year

   Benishe Dillard  MB  Jr.  6-1  Kent, Wash
    .408 Season Hitting Percentage - #5 in the Nation   as of 11/23
    240 Kills                                           as of 11/23
    1997 AVCA 2nd Team All-American

   Jenn Snyder
    3.32 kpg, 2.63 dpg

   Nique Crump 
    .446 Season Hitting Percentage - #1 in the Nation   as of 11/23
    294 Season Kills                                    as of 11/23
    3.18 kpg, 1.10 bpg

STANFORD

Ranking: #3 USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
          #1 Volleyball Magazine
Conference:Pac-10
Record: 
   18-0 (1.000) Conference, 
   31-2 (.939) Overall   as of 12/17
   Won 26 straight matches (23 in three games) 
     School record is 27 straight wins (9/4/91-11/27/91)
   Only losses of the season to Penn State, 8/23 and 9/6/97
      8/23 - 0-3, (8-15, 13-15, 9-15) @ Stanford, State Farm/NACWAA Women's Classic 
      9/6  - 1-3, (16-14, 6-15, 12-15, 7-15) @ Storrs, Connecticut
Head-To-Head: 
   Stanford vs. Long Beach 10-1, including 1-0 in 1992 NCAA Tournament
                                           3-1 (15-10, 15-12, 6-15, 15-9)
   Stanford vs. Florida 1-0
   Stanford vs. Penn State 1-2, losses 8/23, 9/6/97, won 1992 NCAA tourney
Coach (alma mater, year): 
   Don Shaw (UC Santa Barbara, 1977)
   1997 PAC-10 Co-Coach of the Year
   1991 National Coach of the Year
   1992, 1994 Regional Coach of the Year
   .851 Overall Winning Percentage - #1 among active DI coaches
Career record: 377-63 (14 years)
Record at school: 377-63 (14 years)
1997 conference record/ finish: 18-0/first
How qualified: Automatic bid by winning Pac-10 regular-season title
NCAA tournament appearances:
   17th tournament appearance (every year since 1981)
   Final Four: 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982
   NCAA Tourney Record: 44-14 (.759) - 44 tournament victories are NCAA Record
   NCAA Champions: 1996 (defeated Hawaii, 3-0, 15-7, 15-3, 15-5)
                   1994 (defeated UCLA, 3-1, 15-10, 5-15, 16-14, 15-13)
                   1992 (defeated UCLA, 3-1, 15-8, 15-9, 6-15, 15-10)
1997 tournament results: 
   Second round -       def. Oklahoma,         3-0 (15-2, 15-6, 15-7);
   Regional semifinal - def. Colorado,         3-0 (15-7, 15-3, 15-1);
   Regional final -     def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (15-12, 15-12, 15-3)
Best finish: NCAA champion in 1992, '94 and '96
Record vs. teams in tournament: 15-2
Players to watch (key stats): 

   #24 Kristin Folkl  OH  Sr.  6-2  St. Louis, MO   (FOLK-l)
    1,796 Career Kills - #1 in PAC-10, #2 all-time Stanford career
    (Will be 8th PAC-10 Player to amass 1,800 career kills)
    333 Career Blocks - #9 in PAC-10                  as of 12/14
    921 Career Digs - #10 in PAC-10                   as of 12/14
    568 Season Kills - Stanford Record                as of 12/14 
    .372 Season Hitting Percentage                    as of 12/14
    5.58 Season Kills Per Game - #6 in Nation         as of 11/23
    5.46 Season Kills Per Game                        as of 12/14
    1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American
    1997 All-PAC-10 Team Selection (4th Time)
    1997 PAC-10 All-Academic Team, 3.46 Economics

   #2  Lisa Sharpley  S  Sr.  6-0 Los Altos, Calif.
    4,164 Career Assists - #2 in PAC-10               as of 12/14
    322 Career Blocks - #10 in PAC-10                 as of 12/14
    1,026 Career Digs - #6 in PAC-10                  as of 12/14
    1,144 Season Assists                              as of 12/14
    13.68 Season Assists Per Game - #12 in Nation     as of 11/23
    13.62 Season Assists Per Game                     as of 12/14
    201 Season Digs                     
    1997 AVCA 2nd Team All-American
    1997 All-PAC-10 Team Selection (3rd Time)
    1997 PAC-10 All-Academic Team, 3.72 Psychology

   #9  Kerri Walsh   OPP  So.  6-2  Saratoga, Calif.
    222 Season Kills
    265 Season Digs, 3.01 Per Game                    as of 12/14
    124 Season Blocks, 1.41 Per Game                  as of 12/14
    1997 AVCA 1st Team All-American
    1997 All-PAC-10 Team Selection (2nd Time)

   #8  Barbara Ifejika  MB  Sr.  6-2  Brampton, Ontario, Canada   (ih-FEDG-ih-kuh)
    417 Career Blocks - #5 in PAC-10
    33 Season Service Aces, 0.32 Per Game             as of 12/14
    1997 All-PAC-10 Team Selection 
    1997 PAC-10 All-Academic Team, 3.31 Political Science/African-American Studies

   #7  Paula McNamee  MB  Sr.  6-0  Wheaton, MD
    140 Season Blocks, 1.36 Per Game                  as of 12/14
  
   #16 Jaimi Gregory  OH  So.  5-8  Westminster, Calif.

   #12 Sarah Clark  OH  6-0  So.  Kamuela, HI

   #32 Jennifer Detmer  MB  Fr.  6-3  Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    1997 PAC-10 All-Freshman Team

TEAM STATISTICS COMPARISON

CategoryPenn St. Florida Long Beach Stanford
Hitting Pct. .321/.324 .283/.288 .330/.324 .315/.316
Kills /16.45 /16.48 /16.40 /17.47
Assists /14.38 /14.38 /14.68 /15.68
Service Aces /1.31 /1.79 /1.70 /1.24
Blocks 3.86/3.79 3.06/3.17 /2.73 3.60/3.61
Digs /15.17 /15.61 /15.37 /16.34
Win-Loss Pct..965/ .938/ .965/ .933/

NOTE: Two numbers given indicate

After Regular Season / Just Prior to Final Four





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