This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (9/24/01)

Sept. 24, 2001

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The second week of league play gets underway Thursday with OREGON STATE entertaining WASHINGTON STATE. . . The Pac-10 posts a 52-14 (.788) record in non-league play, including a mark of 12-6 (.667) vs. non-league ranked opponents. . . STANFORD takes on No. 2 Long Beach State Tuesday in a non-conference showdown. . . Four Pac-10 teams continue to sit among the top ten in this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 ARIZONA, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 5 USC and No. 8 UCLA. . . Pac-10 institutions will determine this week as to when matches postponed due to the national tragedy will be rescheduled.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 24Idaho at Washington, 7 p.m.

Tue., Sept. 25Stanford at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 27Washington at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28Arizona at UCLA, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)Arizona State at USC, 7 p.m.Stanford at California, 7 p.m.Washington State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 29Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m.Arizona State at UCLA, 7 p.m.Washington State at Oregon, 6 p.m.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LOGAN TOM, STANFORD

In wins over the Washington schools, junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City) recorded 41 kills (5.86 kpg) and 31 digs (4.43 dpg). She also added three services aces and six blocks. She notches a season-high 25 kills with 20 digs in Stanford's 3-1 win over Washington. In the 3-0 win over Washington State, she posted 16 kills and added 11 digs. It was the third weekly honor of her career, Stanford's 41st honor all-time.

Previous Player of the Week honors: Sept. 4 - Kristee Porter, UCLA, Sept. 10 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Sept. 17 - None selected. Sept. 24 - Logan Tom, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona had its streak of consecutive games won stopped at 17. It appeared that the Cats would make it 18 in a row when they led Oregon 29-26 in the third game of their match, but dropped the game 33-31. However, a new streak has begun and stands at four. . . Junior middle blocker Stefani Saragosa leads the nation in hitting (.538). She has 56 kills and just seven errors in 91 attempts. . . The next win for Arizona will mark coach David Rubio's 300th career victory. His career record stands at 299-157 (.656).

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are now 3-0 in three-game matches, but has posted a record of 0-3 in five-game matches. . . ASU head coach Patti Snyder-Park is now 196-157 in her 13-year head coaching career, now just four wins short of 200 for her career. . . Sophomore Kim Mehlhorn is the hottest Sun Devil, averaging 3.37 kills and 2.74 digs over her last five matches. During that span of matches, Mehlhorn has set her career high in kills three different times. . . Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin averaged 4.00 kills per game and 2.50 digs per game vs. Oregon and Oregon State. With 1,254 career digs, Jami Coughlin moved past current ASU assistant coach Christine Garner into fifth place in the ASU record books for career digs. Her 1,161 career kills is also ninth in ASU history. Coughlin's 19-kill, 16-dig effort vs. Oregon State marked her sixth double-double of the year.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears are home for four consecutive matches. . . The Bears host Stanford this week and are looking for their first win ever over the Cardinal in Pac-10 play. . . Sophomore Gabrielle Abernathy led the Bears in kills in each of the first six matches of the season, but had that streak snapped when junior teammate Leah Young posted a team-best 14 kills at Washington State. Abernathy leads Cal with 97 kills (4.04 kpg - 7th in the Pac-10).

OREGON - Senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi is sixth in the Pac-10, averaging 4.05 kills per game. She's just 58 kills away from reaching 1,000 career kills. When she reaches that milestone, she'll be the fifth Oregon player since 1986 to record 1,000 career kills. . . Tobbagi ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in points with 4.63 points per game.

OREGON STATE - Junior middle blocker Katrina Nelson had an impressive week for the Beavers. In three matches last week, she hit a team-best .508 with 36 kills (3.27 kpg) and 11 blocks (1.0 bpg). In OSU's win at Arizona State, she tied her career-high with 18 kills. In OSU's non-conference win against Portland, she had a career-high six blocks in that match. . . Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt moved up one spot for both kills and digs in the OSU record books after last week's match. She now ranks tied for sixth in kills (1140) and is ninth for digs (930).

STANFORD - Stanford's 8-0 start is its best since 1994 when they began the season 20-0. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom and freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani provide the Cardinal with a powerful 1-2 punch - the duo accounts for half the team's kills this season (241 kills). Both are averaging over four kills per game. . . Four of Stanford's six starters are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad, Harvey, Tom, Ivy). . . In the first eight matches of the season, Stanford already has 35 block solos - almost half of their total from 2000 (81). . . Tom is closing in on 1,000 kills for her career (currently has 932).

UCLA - Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter needs 52 kills to pass former UCLA Bruin Natalie Williams (2115 kills, 1989-92) as the Pac-10's all-time kills leader. . . Porter continues to lead the Pac-10 in points, averaging 6.48 points per game. . . Arizona and Arizona State visit UCLA this week. Since beginning Pac-10 play in 1986, UCLA has a combined 26-4 record at home against the Arizona schools (12-3 vs. Arizona, 14-1 vs. Arizona State).

USC - - Freshman outside hitter Alicia Robinson hit .700 (14-0-20) against the Bruins -that hitting percentage ranks ninth among USC individual match records. . . Sophomore outside hitter April Ross posted two-straight double-double performances with 10 kills, 13 digs versus UCSB and 13 kills, 15 digs against UCLA. . . USC has hit .300 or better in each of its six wins this season, while no opponent has hit above .200 for the season. . . USC has defeated its last five opponents 3-0 (three have been ranked). . . The Trojans have a homecourt winning streak of 20 matches, including a string of 10 straight Pac-10 matches.

WASHINGTON - Senior center blocker Lisa Underhill tallied 36 kills (5.14 kpg) on .589 hitting with 13 blocks (1.86 bpg) in two matches last week. Against California, Underhill recorded 16 kills with no errors on 19 attempts for a career-best .842 hitting percentage. . . For the season, Underhill is hitting .411 with 2.94 kills per game and a team-best 1.63 blocks per game. She moved up the Washington all-time top 10 list, moving from third to second in career hitting percentage .292 and fourth to third in career total blocks with 352. . . Washington snapped a four-match losing streak to Cal with its 3-0 sweep Thursday. . . At 6-3, the UW is still off to its best start since 1996.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars lead the league, by a wide margin, in service aces with 2.21 sapg. Junior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff is a big reason for the Cougars' success with the serve. She has posted 19 aces for a league-best 0.66 sapg. . . Senior outside hitter Melissa Boyle posted impressive numbers in the Cougars' win over California. She collected 13 kills, with one error, in 19 attempts (.632) and added a career-best 11 blocks. In fact, she entered last week's play with 13 total blocks in seven matches. She recorded 15 blocks in the two matches last week.

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