This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/30/00)

Oct. 30, 2000

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With three weeks remaining in Conference play, the race for the Pac-10 title remains tight. Six matches remain on the schedule between the top four teams in the standings and the first one will be televised on FOX Sports Net this Friday as USC travels to UCLA . . . The Arizona schools entertain the Oregon schools, while CALIFORNIA and STANFORD head to WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE . . . The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at an impressive 70-16 (.814). It's the second-best mark in non-league action for the Pac-10, ranking only behind the 1992 season's non-league record of 99-19 (.839). . . This week's Volleyball Magazine poll includes No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 11 UCLA and No. 17 Stanford, while the USA Today/AVCA poll lists No. 3 USC, No. 4 Arizona, No. 8 UCLA and No. 17 Stanford.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Oct. 30St. Mary's at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 2CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 3CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.USC at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (FOX SN)

Sat., Nov. 4OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 30) 1. Nebraska (52) 2. Hawai'i (8) 3. USC 4. ARIZONA 5. Wisconsin 6. Colorado State 7. Minnesota 8. UCLA 9. Pepperdine10. Florida11. Penn State12. Pacific13. Ohio State14. Brigham Young15. UC Santa Barbara16. Santa Clara17. STANFORD18. Long Beach State19. Utah State20. Utah21. Texas A&M22. Michigan State23. Notre Dame24. Missouri25. Loyola Marymount

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Oct. 30) 1. Hawai'i 2. Nebraska 3. ARIZONA 4. USC 5. Wisconsin 6. Colorado State 7. Pacific 8. Minnesota 9. Penn State10. Florida11. UCLA12. Pepperdine13. Ohio State14. UC Santa Barbara15. Brigham Young16. Santa Clara17. STANFORD18. Long Beach State19. Utah20. Utah State

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior middle blocker Marisa DaLee (Phoenix, Ariz.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week as she led Arizona to its first ever road sweep of Stanford and California. She hit .556 with 27 kills (4.50 kpg) and only two errors on 45 attempts. Against Stanford, DaLee had 15 kills on 24 attempts with one error for a team-high .583 attack percentage. In the win over California, she hit .524 with 12 kills on 21 attempts with just one error. Third in the NCAA in hitting last week, the two matches mark the ninth and tenth time this season she has hit .500 or better for a match. DaLee earns the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the fourth time in her career, Arizona's 15th all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona's overall record of 19-2 is the best for any Wildcat team this far into a season, eclipsing the 1998 squad's record of 17-4 . . . The 12 league wins equal the most for any Arizona team in Pac-10 play. The 1997, '98 and '99 teams all won a total of 12 matches. . . Junior setter Dana Burkholder moved into second place on Arizona's all-time list with 3,547 assists. She now trails only Laura Bartsch and her 4,024 assists. . . Lisa Rutledge and Jill Talbot both hit .400 or better in the two matches last week. Rutledge had 24 kills (4.00 kpg) on 45 swings with only five errors for a .422 kill percentage and Talbot tallied 17 kills (2.83 kpg) on 35 attempts with only three errors, .400 hitting. . . Senior outside hitter Allison Napier had a team-high 31 kills (5.17 kpg) in Arizona's six games against Stanford and Cal.

ARIZONA STATE - With 1460 career kills, senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge needs 40 kills to become the 26th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1,500 kills. . . Burbridge has record double-digit kills in each of her 21 matches played this season, with 20 or more kills in 14 of those matches. . . Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin became the most prolific freshman setter in school history with 1,140 assists. She broke the 16-year-old school record of 1,062 assists set by Regina Stahl in 1984. . . Coach Patti Snyder needs one more Pac-10 win to reach 100 Conference victories for her career. Only four other Pac-10 coaches have reached that milestone.

CALIFORNIA - Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry continues her assault on the Cal record books. Perry is only the fourth Cal player to record over 1000 career kills and 1000 career digs. She has 1240 career kills, which is fourth on the Bears career kill list, 3451 kill attempts, which is fourth on the Bears career kill attempt list, and 1033 digs, which is eighth on the Bears career kill list. Perry has led Cal in both kills and digs in 11 of the team's 20 matches this season. Among active Pac-10 players, she is first in career digs and third in career kills. Perry is also first in the conference in digs per game (4.10) and third in kills per game (4.72).

OREGON - With one more victory, the Ducks will post their first double digit win total since 1996 when they finished the year 11-20. . . The Ducks have just two home matches remaining, while they hit the road for six of their final eight matches. That might be a good thing as the Ducks have posted a higher winning percentage on the road (.583), than at home (.222). In fact, the Ducks are a perfect 5-0 vs. opponents on a neutral court.

OREGON STATE - Senior middle blocker Angie Shirley became the eighth Beaver all-time to reach 1,000 career kills when she posted 14 against UCLA.When she reached that mark, she also became just the third Beaver to have 1000-plus kills and 400-plus blocks in a career. She ranks eighth all-time with 1013 kills and is fifth with 454 career blocks. . . Junior outside hitter Gina Schmidt led OSU with 33 kills and 33 digs against the LA schools last weekend. That pushed her season totals to 417 kills and 304 digs. With those efforts, she is the first OSU player since 1997 to have more than 400 kills in a season and the first Beaver since 1996 to have more than 300 digs in a season.

STANFORD - Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom notched 43 kills (6.14 kpg) while hitting .333 in seven games as Stanford split its matches last week with the Arizona schools. Since her return to Stanford, Tom has notched double figures in kills in all six matches she has played in. On the year she is averaging a team-leading 5.33 kills per game (hitting at a .325 clip), 0.38 service aces per game, 2.81 digs and 0.90 blocks per game.

UCLA - On Friday night, junior outside hitter Kristee Porter notched her NCAA-leading seventh 30-kill match of the season (30 kills vs. OSU) and now has 15 career 30-kill matches. For the weekend, Porter had 52 kills, vaulting her from eighth place to fifth place on UCLA's career kill list with 1674. She is now 17 kills shy of Kara Milling for fourth place on UCLA's all-time list. . . Junior setter Erika Selsor had 112 assists this weekend, upping her career total to 4,150 career assists and passing Julie Bremner for second place on UCLA's all-time assist list. She is still 1,517 assists away from Ann Boyer, who holds UCLA's all-time record with 5,667 career assists. . . Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman had eight block assists this weekend, improving her career total to 442 and passing Natalie Williams to take over fourth place on UCLA's all-time list. Her career total now stands at 555, just 11 blocks shy of Kim Krull for third place on UCLA's all-time list.

USC - Junior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl averaged a .514 attack percentage in three matches last week to improve her season hitting percentage to .408. She has hit above .400 in 12 of 19 matches to date. . . With the win at UCSB, USC earned its fifth victory over a ranked opponent this season. . . USC freshman ruled the net last week as middle blocker Katie Olsovsky and outside hitter April Ross led in blocks through three matches. Olsovsky added a team-high eight against UCSB and seven against Oregon State. Ross led with six against Oregon. With her recent performances, Olsovsky now leads the team with a 1.23 bpg average. . . The Trojans' 16.0 blocks against UCSB were a season-high. . . USC also recorded a season-high 226 attacks, 75 assists and 104 digs against the Gauchos.

WASHINGTON - Junior swing hitter/quick hitter Allison Richardson has had the hot hand for the Huskies over the last three matches. During that span, she has hit .516 in posting 36 kills (3.60 kpg), while adding 32 digs (3.20 dpg) and 11 blocks (1.10 bpg). . . The Huskies posted their best back-to-back team hitting performances of the season versus Washington State and Idaho State, logging team hitting percentages of .314 and .351. . . Junior setter Britni Churnside recorded her sixth and seventh double-double in the last eight matches with a 56-assist/12-dig performance against WSU and a 48-assist/11-dig match versus ISU.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior setter Kali Surplus needs 36 assists to reach 1,000 for the season and place her sixth on the Cougar all-time assist list. . . With their win over Washington, the Cougars upped their home record to 7-2 at Bohler Gym. Over the last seven-plus season of playing in Bohler, Washington State has produced a home record of 169-68 (.713).

US vs. THEM. . . Here's how the Pac-10 has fared against other conferences:

Atlantic 10 3-0Big East 2-0Big Sky 5-0Big Ten 4-1Big 12 5-2Big West 8-3Colonial 1-0Conf. USA 1-0Ivy 1-0Metro Atlantic 1-1Mid-American 1-0Mid-Continent 4-0Missouri Valley 4-0Mountain West 8-2Southeastern 2-1Southland 5-1Sunbelt 1-0Trans America 1-0West Coast 6-1Western Athletic 3-4Total: 70-16 (.814)vs. ranked opponents 12-10

RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC

For the second season, FOX Sports Net will air RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC. The half-hour show features an in-depth look at the Pac-10 Conference and includes reports from all 10 league institutions, highlights, interviews and profiles of student-athletes, coaches and teams. RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC will air on FOX Sports Net regional sports networks, generally on Friday or Saturday. Check your local listings.

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