This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (11/6/00)

Nov. 6, 2000

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The Arizona schools travel to Los Angeles for key Pac-10 matches. ARIZONA and its perfect road record (10-0) travels to USC where the Trojans have yet to lose a home match this season in North Gym. Meanwhile, the league's top two hitters, UCLA's Kristee Porter (5.90 kpg) and ARIZONA STATE's Amanda Burbridge (5.56 kpg) will square off for this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. . . The Washington schools travel to Oregon, while STANFORD meets CALIFORNIA in this week's rivalry. . . Tuesday's a big non-conference night in the league as No. 9 Florida meets Arizona, No. 10 Pacific takes on Stanford, No. 12 Pepperdine travels to UCLA, and No. 16 Santa Clara travels to California. . . The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at an impressive 71-16 (.816). 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 USA Today/AVCA poll lists No. 3 Arizona, No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA and No. 20 Stanford, while the Volleyball Magazine poll includes No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 USC and No. 18 Stanford.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Nov. 7Florida at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.STANFORD at Pacific, 7 p.m.Pepperdine at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 9ARIZONA STATE at USC, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Fri. , Nov. 10ARIZONA at USC, 6 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 11ARIZONA at UCLA, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Nov. 6) 1. Nebraska (50) 2. Hawai'i (10) 3. ARIZONA 4. Wisconsin 5. Colorado State 6. USC 7. UCLA 8. Minnesota 9. Florida10. Pacific11. Penn State12. Pepperdine13. Ohio State14. Brigham Young15. UC Santa Barbara16. Santa Clara17. Long Beach State18. Utah State19. Utah20. STANFORD21. Notre Dame22. Loyola Marymount23. Missouri24. Texas A&M25. Michigan State

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 6) 1. Hawai'i 2. Nebraska 3. ARIZONA 4. Wisconsin 5. Colorado State 6. Pacific 7. Minnesota 8. Florida 9. UCLA10. USC11. Penn State12. Pepperdine13. Ohio State14. UC Santa Barbara15. Brigham Young16. Santa Clara17. Long Beach State18. STANFORD19. Notre Dame20. Missouri

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sophomore outside hitter LaToya Harris (Portland, Ore.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week as she kept Washington State's postseason aspirations alive with wins over California and No. 17 Stanford. She hit .303 with 29 kills (4.14 kpg) and nine errors on 66 attempts. Against California, Harris hit .350 with 11 kills, seven digs and five blocks. In the upset win over Stanford, she tallied .283 with 18 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and three service aces. Harris earns the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career, Washington State's 17th all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - With the sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend, Arizona moved to 14-1 and assured itself of at least a third-place finish. Its the most wins for Arizona in league play. The Cats previous best record in Pac-10 play was 12 wins (`97, `98 and `99). . . Senior middle blocker Marisa DaLee had an error-free weekend against the Oregon schools, posting 20 kills in 34 attempts. (.588). . . Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Rutledge had 13 kills on 21 attempts and only a single error for a match-high .571 kill percentage against Oregon State. She had nine blocks on the weekend, including three solo. . . The 55-minute match against Oregon on Friday was the fifth shortest match in school history and the 11 points surrendered the second lowest ever.

ARIZONA STATE - With 1493 career kills and 995 career digs, senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge needs seven kills and five digs to become the 17th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1,500 kills/1,000 digs. . . Burbridge has record double-digit kills in each of her 23 matches played this season, with 20 or more kills in 14 of those matches. . . The Sun Devils received votes in this weeks USA Today/AVCA Top 25 poll, placing 26th.

CALIFORNIA - Cal reached double digits in the win column and have now posted back-to-back seasons with double digit victories for the first time since the 1991-93 seasons. . . The Bears broke a five-match losing steak with a 3-0 victory over host Washington. Before the victory over the Huskies, Cal had not won a game in a match since defeating non-league opponent William & Mary, 3-1, on Oct. 13. . . Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry continues to lead the Bears with a team-high 368 kills and 318 digs. Perry is now fourth on the Cal all-time kill list with 1,268, fourth on the Cal all-time kill attempt list with 3,522 and eighth on the Cal all-time dig list with 1,056.

OREGON -With one more victory, the Ducks will post their first double digit win total since 1996 when they finished the year 11-20. . . Should the Ducks knock off Washington on Friday, it would mark the first season sweep of a Pac-10 foe for Oregon since 1996 when they defeated Oregon State in both meetings. It would also mark the first season sweep of Washington since 1985.

OREGON STATE - Senior setter Brandi Bonnarens moved into fourth on OSU's single-season assists list after adding 95 against the Arizona schools. She has 1,322 assists this year and needs to average 31 assists in each of OSU's six remaining matches to break the school record for assists in a season. . . Sophomore middle blocker Michele Solomon cracked the OSU Top 10 for career blocks after picking up nine blocks against the Arizona schools. Solomon now has 216 career total blocks in just under two years of work to rank 10th all-time at OSU. . . Junior Jessica Papell has served at least one ace in each of OSU's last five matches and has a total of eight aces during that span.

STANFORD - Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom has recorded double digit kill totals in each of the nine matches she has played this season. She has recorded 24 or more kills in four of those matches, including back-to-back nights of 26 kills against Washington and Washington State last week. . . Senior middle blocker Jennifer Detmer had 19 blocks in three matches last week, averaging 1.90 bpg. Detmer moves into fifth place on the Stanford career charts with 437 total blocks. She tops the Pac-10 in blocks in league play with 1.67 bpg.

UCLA - Junior outside hitter Kristee Porter now has 1,694 career kills. With her 20 kills on Friday, she passed Kara Milling for fourth place on UCLA's all-time list. She is now 84 kills shy of Linda Robertson Hanley for third place on UCLA's all-time list. . . With Friday's win over USC, Bruin head coach Andy Banachowski notched his 890th career win, and is within 10 wins of becoming the first women's volleyball coach in NCAA history to reach 900 career victories. The only other volleyball coach, men's or women's, with 900 career victories is UCLA's men's coach, Al Scates (who Banachowski played for in the 1960s).

USC - The UCLA match was USC's fourth-straight match with 10 or more team blocks. In that match, the Trojans were held to a less than .200 attack percentage for only the second time this season. The match also marked only the third time this season an opponent has collected more digs than the Women of Troy. . . Despite the 3-0 loss, USC's single game record this season still stands at 57-12. . . Senior outside hitter Janae Henry has 62 digs over the last four matches, averaging 4.43 dpg.

WASHINGTON - In the five-game loss to Stanford, Washington won its first game against the Cardinal since 1995. Each of the last 10 matches were 3-0 Cardinal wins. . . The Stanford match saw two Husky players reach the 20-kill plateau in the same match for the first time this season as junior swing hitter Allison Richardson had 24 kills and sophomore quick hitter Paige Benjamin had 21 (both career highs). . . Over last five matches, Richardson has averaged 4.33 kills per game on .403 hitting with 2.77 digs per game and 1.22 blocks per game. . . Junior setter Britni Churnside moved her double-double streak to five straight matches with two more against both Stanford (65 assists, 11 digs) and Cal (44 assists, 15 digs).

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore outside hitter LaToya Harris leads the Cougars in kills (4.05 kpg), digs (3.09 dpg), and service aces (0.35 apg). . . Friday night's crowd of 1,815 for the Washington match was largest crowd in renovated Bohler Gym this season. The victory over Stanford was only 2nd in 31 attempts for the Cougars - the previous victory was a 3-1 win in 1996 (in Pullman). . . With 1,062 assists this season, junior setter Kali Surplus moves into sixth on the Cougar all-time assist list. She needs 84 assists to crack the WSU single-season Top 10 list.

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 7-1Western Athletic 3-4

Total 71-16 (.816)vs. ranked opponents 12-10

THE PAC-10 TIEBREAKER, PART I...

Should there be a tie between two teams for the Pac-10 title, a co-championship shall exist. The Pac-10 tie-breaking procedure will determine the team that receives the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Here is the Pac-10 tie-breaking procedure for a two-team tie:

1) Head-to-head competition.

2) The team having won the most games in the Conference matches between the two teams shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

3) The team having the highest for/against ratio of points scored in the Conference matches between the two teams shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

4) The team having won the most games in all Conference matches shall be declared theautomatic qualifier.

5) The team having the highest for/against ratio of points scored in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

6) The winner of a coin toss by the Commissioner shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

THE PAC-10 TIEBREAKER, PART II...

Should there be a tie between more than two teams for the Pac-10 title, a co-championship shall exist. The Pac-10 tie-breaking procedure will determine the team that receives the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Here is the Pac-10 tie-breaking procedure for a tie between more than two teams:

1) The team having won the most games in the Conference matches between the tied teams shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

2) The team having the highest for/against ratio of points scored in the Conference matches between the tied teams shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

3) The team having won the most games in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

4) The team having the highest for/against ratio of points scored in all Conference matches shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

5) The winner of a coin toss by the Commissioner shall be declared the automatic qualifier.

PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL ON FOX SPORTS NET

Fri., Nov. 10 Arizona State at UCLA 7:30 p.m. PTFri., Nov. 17 **Wildcard Selection 7:30 p.m. PT* - Selection will be made Mon., Oct. 30** - Selection will be made Mon., Nov. 6

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.

MEDIA INFORMATION

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