This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (12/4/00)

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All six Pac-10 teams advanced through first round play, posting a combined 18-1 record in games played, ARIZONA, UCLA and USC followed up with second round victories to advance to NCAA Regional play. . . The Pac-10 has had considerable success during the NCAA Championships. Eight of the 19 NCAA titles awarded, including six of the last 10, have been claimed by a Pac-10 institution. The Pac-10 owns a mark of 171-100 (.631) in the postseason (38 matches pitted Pac-10 teams going head-to-head). The Pac-10 has sent half its teams to NCAA Tournament play in 16 of 20 championships.

NCAA REGIONAL ACTION

Pacific Regional (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Thur., Dec. 7Colorado State vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. PTFlorida at USC, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Dec. 8Colorado State/Penn State vs. Florida/USC, 4 p.m. PT

Central Regional (Lincoln, Neb.)

Fri., Dec. 8ARIZONA vs. Brigham Young, 5 p.m. CTOhio State at Nebraska, 7 p.m. CT

Sat., Dec. 9ARIZONA/BYU vs. Ohio St./Nebraska, 7 p.m. CT

Mideast Regional (Madison, Wis.)

Fri., Dec. 8UCLA vs. Pacific, 5 p.m. CTKansas State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. CT

Sat., Dec. 9UCLA/Pacific vs. Kansas State/Wisconsin, 7 p.m. CT

PAST PAC-10 HONORS

Player of the Year2000 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ1999 Kerri Walsh, STAN1998 Kerri Walsh, STAN1997 Kristin Folkl, STAN1996 Sarah Silvernail, WSU1995 Cary Wendell, STAN1994 Annett Buckner, UCLA1993 Julie Bremner, UCLA1992 Natalie Williams, UCLA1991 Kristin Klein, STAN

Freshman of the Year2000 April Ross, USC1999 Logan Tom, UCLA1998 Kristee Porter, UCLA1997 Antoinette Polk, USC1996 Kerri Walsh, STAN1995 Jasmina Marinkovic, USC1994 Kristin Folkl, STAN1993 Kim Krull, UCLA1992 Cary Wendell, STAN1991 Annett Buckner, UCLA

Coach of the Year2000 David Rubio, ARIZ Jerritt Elliott, USC1999 Jerritt Elliott, USC1998 A. Banachowski, UCLA1997 Lisa Love, USC Don Shaw, STAN1996 Bill Neville, WASH1995 Cindy Fredrick, WSU1994 A. Banachowski, UCLA1993 A. Banachowski, UCLA1992 Patty Snyder, ASU1991 Don Shaw, STAN

2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK9/5 Kristee Porter, UCLA9/11 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ9/18 Marisa DaLee, ARIZ9/25 Jennifer Pahl, USC10/2 Allison Napier, ARIZ10/9 Alicia Perry, CAL10/16 Kristee Porter, UCLA10/23 Amanda Burbridge, ASU*10/30 Marisa DaLee, ARIZ11/6 LaToya Harris, WSU11/13 April Ross, USC*11/20 Katie Olsovsky, USC*AVCA Nat'l Player of the Week

NCAA FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Thur., Nov. 30

ARIZONA def. Alabama A&M, 3-0 (ARIZ - Team .360, DaLee .588/11 kills, Burkholder 23 asts/5 blks)STANFORD def. Loyola Marymount, 3-0 (STAN - Tom .419/16 kills, Detmer 7 kills/7 blks)

Fri., Dec. 1

ARIZONA STATE def. Duke, 3-1 (ASU - Coughlin 19 kills/26 digs, Burbridge 17 kills/19 digs/7 blks)USC def. Georgia State, 3-0 (USC - Team .394, Henry .500/9 kills/13 digs/4 blks, Anderson 29 asts)WASHINGTON STATE def. Tennessee, 3-0 (WSU - L. Harris .571/16 kills/13 digs, Schafer 14 kills, Surplus 44 asts)

Sat., Dec. 2

UCLA def. Morgan State, 3-0 (UCLA - Porter .457/21 kills, Selsor 38 asts, Lee 10 digs)

NCAA SECOND ROUND ACTION

Fri., Dec. 1

ARIZONA def. Michigan, 3-0 (ARIZ - Team .443, DaLee .667/13 kills/9 blks, Talbot .714/10 kills/10 digs)UC Santa Barbara def. STANFORD, 3-2 (STAN - Tom .339/39 kills/23 digs/7 blks, Kagawa 80 asts, Detmer 12 blks)

Sat., Dec. 2

Minnesota def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-1 (ASU - Burbridge 19 kills/7 aces, Coughlin 10 kills/12 digs)USC def. Cal Poly, 3-0 (USC - Ross 13 kills/13 digs, Pahl .550/11 kills/7 blks)Penn State def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-1 (WSU - Schafer 12 kills/13 digs, Hankoff .435/10 kills)

Sun., Dec. 3

UCLA def. Michigan State, 3-2 (UCLA - Porter .365/38 kills, Bowles 25 digs, Selsor 89 asts/19 digs)

PAC-10 NOTES...

ARIZONA (16th NCAA Tournament appearance) - The Wildcats advance to regional play for the second consecutive season with a pair of three-game sweeps over Alabama A&M and Michigan. . . Arizona posted a .405 hitting percentage in winning first and second round matches. In their first round victory, the Wildcats held Alabama A&M, the national leader in hitting percentage (.344), to a -.125 attack percentage. . . As a team, Arizona outblocked its opening round opponents 23.0 to 5.0. . . Senior Marisa DaLee hit .588 in the win over Alabama A&M and .667 in the win over Michigan. DaLee leads the Pac-10 in hitting (.432). . . The Wildcats captured a share of the Pac-10 title with USC. It's the first Pac-10 volleyball title won by a team other than UCLA or Stanford. . . It's 27 wins are the most by an Arizona team since 1978 (28-15). . . Junior Dana Burkholder, senior Marisa DaLee and senior Allison Napier were selected All-Pac-10 - the first time Arizona has placed three players on the All-Conference team. Burkholder became the first Wildcat to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. . . The Wildcats have posted five consecutive 20-win seasons under ninth year coach David Rubio - the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. . . The Wildcats led the league in hitting percentage (.320).

UCLA (19th NCAA Tournament appearance) - The Bruins reach regional play for the second consecutive season, the 16th time in NCAA Tournament play, with wins over Morgan State and Michigan State. . . All-Pac-10 Junior outside hitter Kristee Porter tallied 59 kills (7.38 kpg) in the two wins. Her 38 kills against Michigan State equaled a career-high. . . UCLA has posted its 28th 20-win season. . . With 684 kills, Porter owns the UCLA single-season record and ranks second on the Pac-10 single-season list. She needs 20 kills to establish a Pac-10 single-season record. Her career total of 1882 kills ranks third all-time in Pac-10 history. . All-Pac-10 senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman has 605 total blocks during her UCLA career, placing her second on the schools all-time total block list. . . Junior Erika Selsor has recorded 4,700 assists during her Bruin career, second on the UCLA career chart and fifth all-time in Pac-10 history. . . Senior Michelle Quon picked up 12 digs over the weekend, giving her an even 1,000 digs for her career. That places her ninth on the UCLA career digs list.

USC (18th NCAA Tournament appearance) - The Trojans reach regional play for the 12th time in school history by defeating Georgia State and Cal Poly. . . USC hit .352 in its first two victories of the NCAA Tournament. With the two wins, the Trojans stretched their perfect home-court record to 16-0 this season. . . USC clinched a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time in program history. The Trojans posted their first 25-win season since 1985 when USC finished 26-9 with a trip to the NCAA Final Four. . . USC is hitting .313 for the season, led by All-Pac-10 junior Jennifer Pahl (.403) and freshman Katie Olsovsky (.364). Pahl ranks second in the league in hitting and second in blocks (1.27 bpg), while Olsovsky ranks third in hitting. . . April Ross became the third USC freshman in the last six years to be named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining current teammate Antoinette Polk (1997) and former Trojan Jasmina Marinkovic (1995). Polk became the sixth player in USC history to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

MORE PAC-10 NOTES...

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils made their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance. With their first round win over Duke, the Sun Devils won a postseason match for the first time since 1995. . . All-Pac-10 Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge recorded double-digit kills in each of her 28 matches played this season, with 20 or more kills in 17 of those matches. Burbridge set an ASU single-season record with 599 kills this season, while her 1,597 career kills rank third in school history and 20th on the Pac-10's all-time list. . Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin's set an ASU single season record with 1,452 assists. . . The Sun Devils led the league in digs (18.89 dpg).

CALIFORNIA - Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry led Cal with a team-high 448 kills and 393 digs. Perry led Cal in both kills and digs in 16 of the Bears' 28 matches. She finished her career third on the Cal all-time career kill list with 1348, third with 3729 kill attempts and sixth with 1131 digs. . . The Bears closed out the season with a win for the second consecutive season and just the fourth time in school history that Cal finished the year on a winning note. . . The Golden Bears finished the year with three straight victories and a 13-15 overall record in coach Rich Feller's second season. Cal also finished 13-15 in 1999. The back-to-back 13-15 records are the best back-to-back seasons for the Bears since the 1988 and `89 campaigns (19-15 and 19-13).

OREGON - The Ducks' 10 wins this season are the most by an Oregon team since 1996 (11-20). . . Senior Halie Mazza posted 99 total blocks this season, the most by a Duck in a single season since 1996. Mazza ranked 10th in the Pac-10 with 0.96 blocks per game. . . Junior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi finished the season ranked 7th in the Pac-10 with 3.79 kills per game. Tobbagi has 784 kills in three years with the Ducks.

OREGON STATE - With 16 wins this year, the Beavers doubled their win total from last season and was their most wins since 1996 (19-12). . . With 548 kills this year, All-Pac-10 junior outside hitter Gina Schmidt became only the third Oregon State player with 500 kills in a season. With 981 career kills, her first kill of the 2001 season will place her in the top ten all-time at Oregon State. Schmidt's 397 digs this year are the sixth-best single season total in school history. . . Senior middle blocker Angie Shirley finished her stellar career with 1,098 kills (7th on the school charts) and 490 total blocks (3rd on the OSU career list) . . . Senior setter Brandi Bonnarens set a school record for assists in a season with 1,589 assists. Her 4,063 career assists rank second all-time at Oregon State.

STANFORD - Stanford is one of only four teams to have appeared in all 20 NCAA Championships, joining UC Santa Barbara, Penn State and Pacific. . . Sophomore Logan Tom posted a career-high 38 kills in Stanford's five-game loss to UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA second round. It's the second-best total in Stanford history. . . Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa posted the fourth-best single-season assist total in school history with 1,390 assists this season. She's fourth on the career list with 3,407 assists. . . Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom has a team-leading 273 kills in 14 matches played - junior Tara Conrad (262) is second on the squad in kills in 29 matches played.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies had several players move up and into the school's career leaders list. . . Junior setter Britni Churnside moved to sixth all-time in career assists with 1,890, sophomore Paige Benjamin (.284) and junior Lisa Underhill (.281) rank third and fourth in career hitting percentage and Underhill is seventh in career block assists (265) and eighth in total blocks (300).

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. All-Pac-10 sophomore outside hitter LaToya Harris had 44 service aces on the season, ranking tied for sixth on the WSU single-season list. Harris posted 430 kills this season, 748 kills for her two seasons in Pullman. Her 4.13 kills per game ranked fifth in Pac-10 this season. . . Junior setter Kali Surplus finished sixth on the WSU single-season assist list with 1,357 assists this year. . . The Cougars have won nine of their last 13 matches. The four losses coming to NCAA participants Arizona, Arizona State, USC and Penn State.

THE PAC-10 TIE BREAKER...

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 between ARIZONA and USC:1) Head-to-head competition. (ARIZONA and USC were 1-1 against each other).2) The team having won the most games in the Conference matches between the two teams shall be declared the automatic qualifier. (ARIZONA won the first meeting, 3-0. USC won the second meeting, 3-1. Overall games won by ARIZONA - 4, by USC - 3).

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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