This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/1/01)

Oct. 1, 2001

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Victorious teams in Pac-10 play aren't wasting much time as 14 of 18 Conference matches played to date have been three-game sweeps. . . OREGON STATE has won three of its first four Pac-10 matches for the first time since 1996. . . ARIZONA will play three Conference matches in four nights. In addition to its home match with ARIZONA STATE Friday, Arizona will play at STANFORD Sunday and CALIFORNIA Monday as matches rescheduled due to the national tragedy. WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will also make up its match on Monday. . . The Pac-10 posts a 53-15 (.779) record in non-league play, including a mark of 12-7 (.632) vs. non-league ranked opponents. . . Pac-10 shuffle in the weekly rankings - this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 USC, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 ARIZONA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Oct. 2St. Mary's at California, 7 p.m.Stanford at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 4Oregon at Stanford, 7 p.m. (1)USC at Washington State, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)UCLA at Washington, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5Arizona State at Arizona, 7 p.m.Oregon at California, 7 p.m.Oregon State at Stanford, 7 p.m.USC at Washington, 7 p.m.UCLA at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 6Oregon State at California, 7 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 7Arizona at Stanford, TBA (2)

Mon., Oct. 8Arizona at California, 7 p.m. (2)Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m. (2)

(1) Match moved from Sat., Oct. 6 to accommodate rescheduled matches(2) Matches rescheduled from week of Sept. 11.

LAURA COLLINS (OREGON STATE) IS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sophomore setter LAURA COLLINS helped OSU pick up its first sweep of the Washington schools since 1993. Collins dished out 100 assists, for an average of 14.29 assists per game, well above her season average of 12.13 per game. As a result of her efforts in running the offense, the Beaver recorded 18.57 kills per game, also above their season average of 16.21 kills per game. OSU finished the week with a .272 hitting percentage, above its season average of .262 as well. She had 60 assists in the win over Washington State, just OSU's second win over the Cougars in the last 16 meetings between the two schools. Her 60 assists in that match marked a new career-high for her in a four-game match and is her second highest assists total for all matches. She added 40 assists in the win over the Huskies. In addition to her 100 assists, she added eight kills (1.14 kpg) while hitting .273 to go along with 19 digs (2.71 dpg) and three blocks (0.43 bpg). She had a career-high 12 digs in the win over Washington State, picking up her third double-double of the year.

It's the first weekly award for Collins, OSU's ninth 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. Oct. 1 - Laura Collins, OSU.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona has lost two consecutive matches for the first time since October 21-22, 1999. In the last five seasons, Arizona has dropped consecutive matches only six times and have a 4-2 record in the matches that follow a two-match swoon. . . The next win for Arizona will mark coach David Rubio's 300th career victory. His career record stands at 299-159 (.653).

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils have now dropped three straight matches and have not defeated USC or UCLA since a season sweep back in 1995. . . Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin continues to climb the Pac-10 career digs chart. With 1,288 career digs, she sits at 17th on the list. With 95 more digs she'll pass former Sun Devil Terri Cox to crack the Pac-10's top ten list and become the school record holder.

CALIFORNIA - With its home match against Arizona rescheduled for Oct. 8, California is now in the midst of playing five consecutive home matches. In fact, the Bears will not leave the state of California to play a match until their Nov. 1 match at Oregon. . . Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall leads all Pac-10 freshmen in hitting, posting a .359 hitting percentage, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10.

OREGON - Senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi is sixth in the Pac-10, averaging 4.00 kills per game. She's just 36 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. . . Junior middle blocker Lindsay Closs leads all Pac-10 players with 10 solo blocks.

OREGON STATE - OSU's 110 digs against the Cougars marked the highest single-match total by the Beavers since a 1996 match against USC. Five Beavers had double-figure digs, including two players with 20 or more. Megan McMillan led the way with 24, for her second 20-plus match of the year, while Gina Schmidt had a season-high 20. Lori Daedelow added 18, while Nikki Neuburger tied her career-high with 17 and Laura Collins set a new career-high with 12. The Beavers have outdug their opponents in 11 of their 12 matches this year.

STANFORD - Stanford will take on No. 24 Santa Clara in a non-conference match this week before hosting the Oregon schools. It will be the sixth match this season in which the Cardinal have face a ranked opponent - they are 4-1 in the previous five matches. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom is closing in on 1,000 kills for her career (currently has 959).

UCLA - The Bruins match against Arizona on Friday night was their seventh straight against a ranked opponent and third straight against a top-five opponent. . . Junior middle blocker Angela Eckmier averaged 2.00 blocks/game over the weekend. She entered this season with 46 career blocks for a 0.72 per-game average. She now has 31 blocks this season for a 1.41 per-game average, nearly double her average prior to this year. . . Seniors Ashley Bowles and Kristee Porter currently have an identical career dig total: 1042. UCLA's senior trio of Bowles, Porter and Erika Selsor have never missed a match in their four-year Bruin careers. . . After an impressive showing over the Arizona schools in which she recorded 42 kills (7.00 kpg), Porter now has 2,106 career kills and needs just 20 kills to pass Natalie Williams for the Pac-10 and UCLA career record.

USC - USC have won seven consecutive matches and have not dropped a game since its Sept. 2 meeting with Wisconsin (21 straight game wins). . . Against No. 3 Arizona, five players hit above .400 - April Ross (16-3-26, .500), Alicia Robinson (15-1-25, .560), Keao Burdine (13-1-24, .500), Jennifer Pahl (6-1-11, .455) and Lauren Killian (6-2-10, .400). As a team, USC hit .450 in the match against the Wildcats. . . Arizona is the first team to hit above .200 against the Trojans. . . The Trojans have a homecourt winning streak of 22 matches, including a string of 12 straight Pac-10 matches.

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Allison Richardson tallied 42 kills (4.67 kpg) on .291 hitting with 29 digs (3.22 dpg) and eight blocks (0.89 bpg) in three matches last week. For the season she is averaging 4.47 kills per game (3rd in the Pac-10) on .301 hitting, 3.08 digs per game (6th in the Pac-10) and 1.00 blocks per game. . . Just four matches into the Pac-10 season, the Huskies have already matched their conference win total from last season.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars are at home for their next four matches. WSU has won seven of its last nine home Pac-10 matches. . . Junior outside hitter LaToya Harris posted a season high 23 kills at Oregon State. It was one kill shy of tying her single-match best of 24 kills. She needs 128 kills to become the eighth Cougar all-time to record 1,000 career kills. . . Senior setter Kali Surplus tallied a career-high 26 digs at Oregon State.

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