This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (9/4/01)
Sept. 4, 2001
More tournament action this weekend as teams prepare for Pac-10 play. . . Four Pac-10 teams grace the top ten in this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 5 ARIZONA, No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA and No. 9 STANFORD.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tue., Sept. 4Stanford at Penn State, 7 p.m.Washington at Denver
Wed., Sept. 5Oregon State at San Francisco, 7 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 6Utah at Arizona, 7 p.m. (2)USC vs. Cincinnati, 5 p.m. (17)
Fri., Sept. 7Arizona State vs. New Mexico, 5 p.m. (5)Florida Atlantic at California, 7 p.m. (7)Oregon hosts Oregon Classic (9)Oregon State vs. UC Irvine, 9:30 a.m. (11)Oregon State vs. Radford, 5 p.m. (11)Stanford vs. Texas (13)UCLA vs. Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m. (15)USC at Hawaii, 7 p.m. (17)Washington at Air Force Tournament (20)Washington State vs. Houston, 5 p.m. (22)
Sat., Sept. 8Louisville at Arizona, 12 noon (2)Arizona State vs. Indiana, 10 a.m. (5)Arizona St. at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m. (5)California hosts California Tournament (7)Oregon hosts Oregon Classic (9)Oregon State at Northern Arizona, 1 p.m. (11)Stanford at Texas A&M (13)UCLA vs. Pepperdine, 3:30 p.m. (15)USC vs. Utah State, 5 p.m. (17)Washington at Air Force Tournament (20)Washington State vs. Arkansas, 10 a.m. (22)Washington St. at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (22)
Sun., Sept. 9UCLA at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (15)
ARIZONA - The sixth-ranked Wildcats captured the SunTrust Invitational crown with a three-game sweep over host, and ninth-ranked Florida. The Wildcats have hit over .300 in all three of their matches this season, including a .304 clip against ninth-ranked Florida. . . Senior Erin Sebbas posted seven total blocks in the win over the Gators - she had 25 total blocks all of last season. . . Senior setter Dana Burkholder was named Invitational MVP, while senior opposite Jill Talbot and junior outside hitter Lisa Rutledge were each named to the All-Invitational Team, including three solo efforts.
ARIZONA STATE - Junior middle blocker Julia Leddy and senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin were named All-Tournament of the 12th Annual Phoenix Airport Hilton/Sun Devil Challenge. . . Leddy hit .385 in the tournament, while averaging 3.17 kills per game and adding 12 total blocks. Coughlin averaged 4.17 kills per game over the four matches and also added 3.22 digs per game. . . Coach Patty Snyder-Park needs eight wins to reach 200 career victories.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears finished second at the IKON Husky Classic, falling in five games to host Connecticut in the championship match. Senior setter Candace McNamee and sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy were selected to the all-tournament team. Abernathy posted 22 kills in the championship match against Connecticut.
OREGON - The Ducks posted four straight wins to capture top prize at the Texas-Arlington Invitational. Oregon's defense stymied Arkansas Little Rock in the final match, holding it to a .058 hitting percentage and allowing just 26 kills. Only one team hit better than .100 against the Ducks over the two-day tournament, host school Texas-Arlington. . . Junior setter Sydney Chute posted the Pac-10's first triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 44 assists and 11 digs against host UT Arlington. She also added seven blocks.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers finished second to San Jose State in the Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, their only loss coming to San Jose State in four games. Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt and sophomore setter Laura Collins were named All-Tournament. . . Schmidt became the ninth OSU player to record 1,000 career kills when she picked up her second kill in OSU's match against Southern Illinois. After 49 kills last weekend, she has 1,030 for her career and needs 12 more to move into the No. 8 spot on OSU's career kills list. She moved into 11th all-time for career digs (847). With 20 more, she'll crack the top 10, and with 153 more, she'll become just the fifth OSU player with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
STANFORD - The 10th-ranked Cardinal won the 2001 Jefferson Cup Tournament with victories over 15th-ranked Minnesota, host Virginia and Radford. Junior outside hitter Logan Tom was named Tournament MVP while junior outside hitter Ashley Ivy and freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani were All-Tournament selections.
UCLA - UCLA snapped a three-match losing streak against Hawai'i, downing the host Wahine 3-0 in the championship match of the 14th annual Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. . . Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter recorded 25 kills against Hawai'i, pushing her career total to 2,001 kills. Porter was named Classic MVP for the second consecutive season. Porter needs five digs to reach 1,000 for her career, becoming the first player in Pac-10 history with 2,000 kills/1,000 digs. . . Senior setter Erika Selsor also surpassed a milestone during the Hawai'i match, notching her 5,000th career assist during the match. . . Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick and senior outside hitter Ashley Bowles were named All-Tournament. Bowles earned the honor for the fourth time. . . UCLA's victory over Kansas State during the Bruins' second match of the Classic gave coach Andy Banachowski his 900th career win.
USC - The Trojans are starting two freshmen, three sophomores and a senior. . . Freshman outside hitter Keao Burdine has already made an impact for the Trojans, posting 29 kills (3.22 kpg) in the first two matches. . . Senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl's 308 total blocks rank 10th on the USC career chart.
WASHINGTON - Senior center blocker Allison Richardson jump started the season with three straight double-doubles in the Point Huskies Volleyball Invitational. She earned All-Tournament Team honors, as did junior setter Gretchen Maurer. . . The Huskies 16 service aces against Purdue was two short of the 1984 school record of 18 ... Allison Richardson's seven aces vs. the Boilermakers was one short of the school record of 8 in a match. . . So far the Huskies have 30 service aces as a squad in just three matches as opposed to 102 all season in 2000.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars took second place in the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tournament, falling to 12th-ranked University of Pacific in the championship match. Pacific overcame WSU's two game lead to win 23-30, 22-30, 30-21, 30-19, 15-12. . . Junior middle hitter LaToya Harris, junior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff, senior outside hitter Melissa Boyle and senior setter Kali Surplus were all named to the All-Tournament team.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEKKRISTEE PORTER, UCLA
UCLA senior outside hitter Kristee Porter has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her performance at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. She was named MVP of the Classic - the first ever two-time MVP of the Classic.
Porter, from Tyler, Texas, tallied 62 kills (6.22 kpg) and 36 digs (3.60 dpg) as the Bruins defeated Michigan, No. 19 Kansas State and No. 5 Hawai'i. She posted a season-best 25 kills against Hawai'i, pushing her career kills total to 2,001 - second most in Pac-10 history.
It's the fifth time Porter has won the honor during her career, the 44th such honor all-time for a UCLA player.