This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (9/10/01)

Sept. 10, 2001

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Pac-10 teams posted a 26-5 mark against non-league competition last week, including a 7-2 record against Top 25 teams. The Pac-10's non-league record stands at an impressive 50-14 (.781). . . UCLA visits OREGON STATE to open Pac-10 play - it also marks the first of 10 matches to be televised by FOX Sports Net this season. . . Four Pac-10 teams continue to grace the top ten in this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 ARIZONA, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 5 USC and No. 8 UCLA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Wed., Sept. 12Washington at Gonzaga

Thur., Sept. 13UCLA at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)

Fri., Sept. 14Arizona at Stanford, 7 p.m.Arizona State at California, 7 p.m.UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m.USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 15Arizona at California, 7 p.m.Arizona State at Stanford, 7 p.m.USC at Oregon, 7 p.m.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona won its 13th Wildcat Classic title in 17 tries. . . Dana Burkholder was named the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic MVP, joining her on the All-Classic team from Arizona were Jill Talbot, Lisa Rutledge and Shannon Torregrosa. It is the second straight tournament MVP honor for Burkholder and all-tournament honors for Rutledge and Talbot. . . With the wins over Utah and Louisville, David Rubio is just three victories shy of his 300th career win. . . Arizona is now 41-6 (.872) against non-conference opponents in McKale Center since Rubio took over as head coach. . . The attendance of 1,234 for the match against Utah was the largest non-conference home opening crowd since 1982. The all-time attendance figure for a UA home opener, 3,594, came against fourth-ranked UCLA in September of 1994.

ARIZONA STATE - After opening the season 0-2, ASU has won four of its last five matches. including all three matches at the Loyola Marymount Tournament. Junior middle blocker Julia Leddy was named tournament MVP. Sophomore middle blocker Jodi Smith was also named to the all-tournament team with a 2.90 kpg average and hitting .368 over the tournament. . . The middles continue to shine for ASU, with Smith (2.73 kpg, .395), Mandy Stephens (3.25, .308) and Leddy (2.93, .403) all putting up impressive numbers. . . Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn broke her career high in kills in consecutive days with 15 vs. New Mexico and 16 vs. Loyola Marymount. . . Senior Jami Coughlin remains the active career Pac-10 leader in digs with 1,234 and also has 1,129 kills in her four years. Coughlin has recorded a double-double in six of ASU's seven matches this year. . . Coach Patti Snyder-Park needs five victories to reach the 200-win milestone (195-156).

CALIFORNIA - Sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy, junior outside hitter Leah Young and senior setter Candace McNamee were named Golden Bear Classic All-Tournament. . . Cal expects the debut of freshman Mia Jerkov. She has been competing for her native Croatia at the World Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

OREGON - Senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi has posted double digit kills in all nine matches this season, including a season-high 21 against Boise State. . . Senior setter Julie Gerlach posted the Ducks, and the Pac-10's, second triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 49 assists and 12 digs in the win over Boise State. . . Junior setter Sydney Chute posted the other triple-double last week against Texas-Arlington.

OREGON STATE - Senior Gina Schmidt earned All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive week after recording 73 kills (5.21 kpg) and hitting .400 at Northern Arizona's Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament Team. She tallied 85 kills last week, moving her up two spots on OSU's career kills list. She's now seventh with 1,115 career kills. She also moved into OSU's top 10 for digs after adding 48 last week. Schmidt now has 895 on her career, good for 10th place in the OSU record books. . . Sophomore setter Laura Collins earned All-Tournament honors for the second week in a row as well. Collins had 152 assists (11.69 apg) to go along with 10 kills, 22 digs and five blocks in the three tournament matches.

STANFORD - In their three wins over ranked opponents last week, the Cardinal outhit (.283 to .096) and outblocked (42.0 to 13.0) the opposition. . . The Cardinal lead the league in blocks with 3.80 blocks per game. Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad has posted five or more blocks in each of Stanford's six matches this season.

UCLA - Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter recorded her 1,000th career dig, becoming the first Pac-10 player and second Bruin in history to record both 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs (Liz Masakayan is the other Bruin to do so). She now has 2,051 career kills, passing Masakayan for second place on UCLA's career list. Against Pepperdine, Porter posted the highest attack percentage in Bruin history for a player with 20 or more attacks, hitting .741 with 20 kills on 27 attacks. It was her first career error-free match. . . Ashley Bowles recorded her 1,000th career dig on Saturday against Pepperdine, making her the fifth player in Bruin history to record 1,000 career kills, 1,000 career digs and 100 career aces. . . Three Bruins were named to the US Bank/Arby's Classic All-Tournament Team: Porter, Bowles and Lauren Fendrick.

USC - Freshman Keao Burdine led USC to three 3-0 victories over Cincinnati, No. 10 Hawai'i and Utah State. For her efforts, she was named the Aston Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge Most Outstanding Player. She averaged a team-high 3.67 kills per game in addition to 2.56 digs, 0.78blocks and a .357 attack percentage. . . The Trojans held all three opponents to a combined .097 attack percentage. Against Hawai'i, the Women of Troy only committed eight attack errors (58-8-140). . . Also earning All-Tournament honors in Hawai'i were sophomore outside hitter April Ross and senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl.

WASHINGTON - Junior setter Gretchen Maurer earned Air Force Invitational MVP honors after leading the Huskies to perfect 3-0 performance. She averaged 13.89 assists per game during the Invitational, guiding the Husky attack to a .374 hitting percentage. Maurer was joined by teammates Allison Richardson and Lisa Underhill on the all-tourney squad. . . The Huskies outblocked their opponents 50-23 last week, including a 36-9 margin in the Invitational. . . The Huskies, who at 5-2 are off to their best start since 1997.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior right side LaToya Harris and junior middle Holly Harris were all-tournament selections at the Kansas State Wildcat Classic. LaToya collected 22 kills (2.44 kpg) and 34 digs (3.78 dpg), while Holly posted 29 kills (3.22 kpg), 13 digs and eight blocks in the three matches. . . LaToya Harris leads the Pac-10 in digs with 3.43 dpg. . . The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in service aces with 2.30 sapg and are paced by league-leading Junior Adrian Hankoff's 0.78 aces per game.

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