This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (11/13/00)

Nov. 13, 2000

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The final weekend of Pac-10 play and ARIZONA holds a half-game lead over USC. . . USC and UCLA travel to Washington and Washington State, while the Oregon schools travel to face CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. ARIZONA hosts ARIZONA STATE in this week's rivalry. A win by the Wildcats assures them of a least a co-championship and, based on the league's tie breaker, would receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. . . The season's final FOX Sports Net televised match features OREGON STATE at STANFORD. . . The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at an impressive 73-18 (.802). 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 USC, No. 5 Arizona, No. 7 UCLA and No. 21 Stanford, while the Volleyball Magazine poll includes No. 5 USC, No. 6 Arizona, No. 10 UCLA, No. 18 Stanford.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Nov. 14San Diego at USC, 6 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 16OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.OREGON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 17OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)UCLA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 18ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Nov. 13) 1. Nebraska (50) 2. Hawai'i (10) 3. USC 4. Colorado State 5. ARIZONA 6. Wisconsin 7. UCLA 8. Minnesota 9. Penn State10. Florida11. Pacific12. Pepperdine13. Brigham Young14. UC Santa Barbara15. Santa Clara16. Long Beach State17. Ohio State18. Utah State19. Utah20. Notre Dame21. STANFORD22. Loyola Marymount23. Texas A&M24. Kansas State25. Missouri

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 13) 1. Hawai'i 2. Nebraska 3. Colorado State 4. Pacific 5. USC 6. ARIZONA 7. Minnesota 8. Wisconsin 9. Florida10. UCLA11. Penn State12. UC Santa Barbara13. Brigham Young14. Pepperdine15. Santa Clara16. Ohio State17. Long Beach State18. STANFORD19. Notre Dame20. Michigan

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Freshman outside hitter April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week as she kept the Trojans in the hunt for the Pac-10 title with a pair of 3-1 wins over the Arizona schools. She hit .417 with 37 kills (4.63 kpg) and seven errors on 72 attempts. Against Arizona State, Ross hit .406 with 17 kills, six digs and four blocks. In the win over No. 3 Arizona, she hit .425 with 20 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Ross earns the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career, USC's 24th all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - With a victory over Arizona State, the Wildcats will clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title. By virtue of the Pac-10 tie breaker, Arizona would receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. . . It won't be easy for the Wildcats against Arizona State as 10 of the last 13 matches played in Tucson between the two schools have gone five games with each school winning five matches. . . Senior outside hitter Allison Napier picked up 59 kill last weekend, bringing her career total to 900 kills.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge become the 17th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1,500 kills/1,000 digs. She currently has 1,535 kills and 1,013 digs for her career. . Burbridge has recorded double-digit kills in each of her 25 matches played this season, with 20 or more kills in 16 of those matches.

CALIFORNIA - Cal, at 5-11 in league play, will be attempting to equal last season's Pac-10 record of 7-11 when it hosts Oregon State and Oregon this week at the RSF Fieldhouse. With four matches left, the Bears, 10-14, are also attempting to better last season's overall mark of 13-15. If Cal can win 14 matches this season, it would be the most wins since the 1991 season (15-15). . . Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry has a team-high 383 kills and 339 digs. Perry has led Cal in both kills and digs in 12 of the Bears 24 matches. She is currently fourth on the Cal all-time career kill list with 1283, third with 3580 kill attempts and eighth with 1077 digs.

OREGON -With 10 wins, the Ducks have posted their first double digit win total since 1996 when they finished the year 11-20. . . Junior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi posted a career-high 28 kills in the Ducks' win over Washington. Tobbagi ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 3.86 kills per game.

OREGON STATE - Junior outside hitter Gina Schmidt needs just six more kills to become only the third Oregon State player with 500 kills in a season. Her 494 kills ties for third on the season charts. She posted two double-doubles this past weekend, giving her 18 double-doubles for the year. She had 28 kills against UW for her 12th match with 20-plus kills. . . Senior setter Brandi Bonnarens needs just 84 more assists to set a new OSU record for assists in a season. She has 1,423 so far, which is third on the season charts (15 away from second place). She also needs just 101 more assists to reach 4000 for her career.

STANFORD - The Cardinal host the Oregon schools this weekend and have a combined record of 62-2 all-time against the two schools. . . Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa has a shot at adding her name in the Cardinal record book. With 1,124 assists this season, she needs 185 assists to rank fifth on the Stanford single season list. She's fourth on the career list with 3,141 assists.

UCLA - Junior outside hitter Kristee Porter now has 1,748 career kills and needs 16 kills to move into the Pac-10's top ten list for career kills. Porter needs just six more kills to become the only player in UCLA history with three season totals on UCLA's top-10 list. Liz Masakayan currently ranks 7th, 9th and 10th, but Porter will knock Masakayan's 1983 total (556) out of the top-10 with her 557th kill of the season. Porter currently ranks sixth (609 in 1998) and eighth (589 in 1999) on UCLA's single-season kills list. She also needs just 30 more kills to tie Linda (Robertson) Hanley for third on UCLA's all-time list with 1,778 career kills. . . Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman is closing in on UCLA's career block solo record. Bachman is currently second with 117 career solo blocks, while Marisa Hatchett (1989-92) holds the Bruin record with 137.

USC - With 15.0 blocks against Arizona, USC has posted double figures in five of its last six matches. . . The Trojans added a season-high 11 service aces against Arizona State, led by the efforts of senior outside hitter Janae Henry who accounted for a career-best seven, including four-straight in the final game. . . USC held Arizona (who previously ranked third in the nation with a .327 hitting average) to a .235 attack percentage in the four-game match. . . Freshman setter Toni Anderson recorded a season-high 42 assists against Arizona State. . . The capacity crowd (1,093) in North Gym against Arizona was USC's largest of the season. . . Senior outside hitter Antoinette Polk added a season-high 20 kills against Arizona State.

WASHINGTON - Junior setter Britni Churniside averaged 14.89 assists per game last week. She also recorded her sixth and seventh consecutive double-double and 11th double-double in the last 12 matches. She posted a season-high 68 assists against Oregon. . . The team's .270 hitting percentage in win over Oregon State was second-highest in a conference match for the Huskies this season.

WASHINGTON STATE - Have won five in a row and seven of its last nine matches. The Cougars have secured their eighth winning season in the last 10 years. . . Sophomore outside hitter LaToya Harris collected nine service aces in the two matches last week, bringing her season total to 38 service aces - second in the Pac-10 with 0.43 sapg.

NCAA SELECTION SHOW

The 2000 Division I women's Volleyball Selection Show 64-team bracket announcement will take place on Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The 30-minute show can be viewed with use of a small consumer DSS dish such as DirecTV or Dish Network. Sunshine Network (DirecTV 632/Dish Network 422) and Home Team Sports (DirecTV 629/Dish Network 424) will both air the show live. . . You may also view the show with use of a C-Band downlink satellite dish. The coordinates are Telstar 4, Transponder 23.

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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