This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/16/00)

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Oct. 16, 2000

Not much changed at the top of the standings following last week's play, but with its sweep in Arizona, UCLA has climbed within a game of league-leaders USC and ARIZONA. . . Olympian Logan Tom has returned to the STANFORD squad and makes her first roadtrip with that team as the Bay Area schools travel to UCLA and USC. . . The Washington schools visit the Arizona schools. . . OREGON and OREGON STATE square off for this week's FOX Sports Net televised match . . . The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at an impressive 65-16 (.802). . . This week's Volleyball Magazine poll includes No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 USC, No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 Stanford, while the USA Today/AVCA poll lists No. 4 USC, No. 5 Arizona, No. 8 UCLA and No. 17 Stanford.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Oct. 17
OREGON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 19
CALIFORNIA at USC, 7 p.m.
UC Riverside at OREGON, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 20
CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at USC, 6 p.m.
OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7:30 p.m. (FOX SN)
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 21
UC Riverside at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 16) 1. Nebraska (49) 2. Hawai'i (11) 3. Colorado State 4. USC 5. ARIZONA 6. Wisconsin 7. Minnesota 8. UCLA 9. Pepperdine10. Florida11. Ohio State12. UC Santa Barbara13. Penn State14. Pacific15. Santa Clara16. Brigham Young17. STANFORD18. Utah19. Long Beach State20. Michigan State21. Notre Dame22. Utah State23. Loyola Marymount24. Missouri25. Texas A&M

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Oct. 16) 1. Hawai'i 2. Nebraska 3. Colorado State 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Wisconsin 7. Minnesota 8. Ohio State 9. Penn State10. Pacific11. Florida12. UCLA13. UC Santa Barbara14. Pepperdine15. STANFORD16. Long Beach State17. Santa Clara18. Brigham Young19. Utah20. Kansas State

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Junior outside hitter Kristee Porter (Tyler, Texas) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week as she led UCLA to victories over Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. Porter posted back-to-back 30+ kill and 20+ dig matches. She hit for 35 kills and added 26 digs in the win over Arizona, then posted 36 kills and 21 digs in the win at Arizona State. For the weekend she tallied 71 kills (7.10 kpg), and 47 digs (4.70 dpg). Porter now has a nation-leading six 30-kill matches. Porter earns the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the fourth time in her career, UCLA's 43rd all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - The Wildcats set a Pac-10 attendance record when 7,298 fans showed up for their match against USC on Friday, Oct. 13. It was the second largest crowd to witness an Arizona match (home or away), trailing only the 8,554 fans in Honolulu for the Hawaii-UA match. . . Arizona's 8-1 league record is its best mark ever at the halfway point of Pac-10 play. . . Junior setter Dana Burkholder posted 15 kills, 22 digs and 67 assists against UCLA for her second triple-double of the season and third for her career. . . Senior outside hitter Allison Napier recorded a career-high 29 kills vs. UCLA. She also added 21 digs for the 17th 20-20 match in school history. It is Arizona's the first 20-20 match since 1998. . . Arizona's win over No. 4 USC is the highest ranked opponent the Cats have beaten since 1993 when they downed No.1 UCLA.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge has recorded double-digit kill numbers in each match she has played this season (17 of ASU's 19 matches). She has posted 20 or more kills in 11 of those matches. . . Junior outside hitter Jami Coughlin is on the verge of becoming the 11th Sun Devil to reach 1,000 digs. She currently has 968 career digs. In the loss to UCLA, Coughlin posted her first 20 kill/20 dig match of the season with 20 kills and 24 digs.

CALIFORNIA - Senior Alicia Perry needs nine digs to become the fourth Cal player with 1,000 kills/1,000 digs in a career. . . Cal has hit .200 or better in five of its last six matches. . . Freshman outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy leads all Pac-10 freshman with 218 kills (3.57 kills per game). . . Sophomore middle blocker Reena Pardiwala picked up eight blocks last week, pushing her over 100 total blocks for her career. She now has 104 total blocks. Pardiwala has recorded three or more blocks in 11 matches this year.

OREGON - While the Ducks are in search of their first league win this season, they have managed to win more games in Pac-10 play this year with seven, than in all 18 league matches last year (5). . . With 202 kills this year, junior outside hitter Monique Tobaggi has now tallied 200 or more kills in each of her three seasons at Oregon.

OREGON STATE - OSU set a school record for team assists with 88 against Washington State. Senior setter Brandi Bonnarens tied the individual record for assists with 82 in that match. The next night, OSU tied the team record with another 88 against Washington. Bonnarens has recorded 80 or more assists in a match three times during her career. . . Junior outside hitter Gina Schmidt had a career-high 32 kills vs. Washington. She's reached 20 or more kills 10 times this season, including 24 or more in the last three matches. . . Sophomore middle blocker Joscelyn Hannaford joined the 20-20 club for the first time when she had 20 kills and a career-high 23 digs against WSU.

STANFORD - Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom has returned to the Cardinal squad after her stint with the U.S. Women's National Team, leading Team USA to a surprising fourth-place showing at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tom's first action came last week against California as she recorded 17 kills, six digs and four blocks. She also added 13 kills, eight digs and six blocks in the win over Long Beach State. Her 30 kills last week put her over 500 kills for her career. She now has 502 career kills (4.65 kpg). . . The Cardinal are riding a four-match winning streak, their longest of the season.

UCLA - In UCLA's five-game victory over Arizona, the Bruins scored 76 points, a new school record. UCLA scored 15 points in each of the first four games, and won game five by a 16-14 margin. . . Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman posted a season-best 21 kills on Thursday night at Arizona, and averaged 1.30 blocks per game over the weekend, checking in with three block solos and 10 block assists.

USC - Senior outside hitter Anotinette Polk reached 1,000 kills for her career by picking up 23 kills last weekend. She now has 1,021 career kills and needs 14 digs to become the sixth player in USC history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. . . Freshman middle blocker Katie Olsovsky leads all Pac-10 freshmen with a .395 hitting percentage. . .Freshman outside hitter April Ross has posted 64 kills (5.82 kpg) over the last three matches for the Trojans. . . USC's 14-match win streak was broken with a 3-0 loss at Arizona on Friday, Oct. 13 - the first 3-0 loss for the Women of Troy since falling to UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 27, 1999. . . USC's 8-1 conference record is the best-ever start for the Trojans in Pac-10 play. . . With a .150 attack percentage against the Wildcats, it marked the first time this season that the Women of Troy hit below .200. To date, USC has averaged a .323 team attack percentage, while still holding opponents to a .150 average.

WASHINGTON - Washington ended an eight-match losing streak with a win over Oregon. It was the Huskies 10th win in the last 11 matches with Oregon. . . Junior setter Britni Churnside has a streak of four-straight double-doubles, including 54 assists and 12 digs versus Oregon and 38 assists and 11 digs against OSU (all team match highs) last week. She has eight double-doubles for the season.

WASHINGTON STATE - With a pair of wins over the Oregon schoosl, Coach Cindy Fredrick reached 100 Pac-10 wins. Her 100 career Pac-10 win total ranks fourth all-time (229 - Don Shaw, Stanford, 218 - Andy Banachowski, UCLA, 119 - Lisa Love, USC). . . Junior middle blocker Melissa Boyle hit .451 last week with 25 kills (3.57 kpg). She was switched from outside hitter two weeks ago to play the middle for the first time since junior high school. . . The Cougars have won four of their last six home Conference matches and are 6-2 overall at home this season.

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