This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/15/01)

Oct. 15, 2001

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USC takes sole possession of first place, having won 11 matches in a row, including 33 of 34 games in the process. . . The week gets rolling with several non-conference matches Tuesday, highlighted by No. 15 Pepperdine at No. 3 USC. The Pac-10 posts a 56-16 (.778) record in non-league play, including a mark of 13-7 (.650) vs. non-league ranked opponents. . . This week's league action gets underway Thursday as OREGON hosts ARIZONA STATE in the Pac-10's FOX Sports Net match of the week. The Ducks look to snap a nine match losing streak, while the Sun Devils look to end their six match skid. . . Pac-10 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. 16California at San Jose State, 7 p.m.Pepperdine at USC, 7 p.m.Portland at Washington, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 18Arizona State at Oregon, 7p.m. (FOX SN)

Fri., Oct. 19Arizona at Oregon, 7 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.USC at UCLA, 7 p.m.Washington at Stanford, 7 p.m.Washington State at California, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20Arizona at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Washington at California, 7 p.m.Washington State at Stanford, 7 p.m.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 15)

1. Long Beach State (59) 2. Nebraska (6) 3. USC 4. STANFORD 5. UCLA 6. Wisconsin 7. ARIZONA 8. Colorado State 9. Florida10. Ohio State11. Penn State12. Hawai'i13. Brigham Young14. Pepperdine15. Pacific16. Northern Iowa17. Texas A&M18. Utah19. Notre Dame20. Colorado21. Minnesota22. South Carolina23. UC Santa Barbara24. Santa Clara25. North Carolina(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Oct. 15)

1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. USC 4. STANFORD 5. Florida 6. Wisconsin 7. Colorado State 8. UCLA 9. ARIZONA10. Ohio State11. Brigham Young12. Penn State13. Hawaii14. Pepperdine15. Pacific16. Texas A&M17. Northern Iowa18. Colorado19. North Carolina20. Notre DameARV WASHINGTON STATE

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS KATIE OLSOVSKY (USC)

Sophomore middle blocker KATIE OLSOVSKY led USC in two wins over No. 4 Stanford and California. She hit .667 with 21 kills (3.00 kpg), 18 digs (2.57 dpg) and seven blocks (1.00 bpg). Her .667 attack percentage in both matches included just one single error in 30 attempts in seven games. Against Cal she accounted for a career-high .733 hitting percentage (11-0-15) - a mark which ranks fifth among USC individual match records. She recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs against the Cardinal.

It's the second weekly award for Olsovsky, USC's 26th 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. Oct. 8 - Logan Tom, STAN. Oct. 15 - Katie Olsovsky, USC.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Senior Jill Talbot had a career-high 24 kills in Arizona's 3-2 win over Washington. More impressive though, was her .571 (24-4-35) hitting percentage in the match. She also added a season high 18 digs in the win. . . Senior Dana Burkholder recorded the fourth triple-double (10 kills, 68 assists, 14 digs) of her career against Washington. With the effort she tied current Arizona associate head coach Charita Johnson's school record for trifectas in a career. . . Arizona in now 3-0 in matches played prior to Midnight Madness and have not dropped a single game. . . 3,711 fans attended the match with Washington State, the third largest home crowd in school history.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU's current six-match losing streak is the longest for the program since losing six consecutive back in 1997. However, ASU's next match is in Eugene - a place it has not lost since a 3-1 setback in 1990. . . Sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin passed the 2,000 career assist mark with 113 combined between the two matches. Her 61 assists vs. Washington was a season-high. . . Sophomore outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn bested her career high in kills for the fourth and fifth times in 2001. She logged 18 vs. Washington and 19 vs. Washington State. . . Junior middle blocker Julia Leddy set a career high with 23 kills against Washington, hitting .500 (23-2-42).

CALIFORNIA - The Bears look to snap a four match losing streak and improve on their 4-2 non-league mark when they meet San Jose State Tuesday. Cal has won four in a row against San Jose State, including wins in each of the last two seasons. . . With 88 career service aces, senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee needs two to break into the top ten on Cal's all-time list. She also needs 19 total blocks to break into the top ten on Cal's all-time list in that category as well. She currently has 197 total blocks.

OREGON - Senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi needs four kills to reach 1,000 for her career. When she does, she'll be the fifth Oregon player to reach that mark since Pac-10 play began in 1986.

OREGON STATE - Freshman outside hitter Allison Lawrence came off the bench and played key roles in both of Oregon State's wins last week. She hit .410 with 20 kills (3.33 kpg). In the win at Idaho State, she posted double-figure kills for the first time in her collegiate career. She finished the night with a team-best 12 kills and she hit .400 in the process. . . Oregon State is 12-4 for the first time since 1996 and 5-2 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1993. . . Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt moved up another spot in the career record books, jumping up to fourth place for career kills at OSU. She now has 1218. Schmidt also needs just two more digs to record her 1000th career dig, which would make her the fifth Beaver to amass 1,000 career kills and digs. . . Junior middle blocker Michele Solomon picked up eight blocks last week, giving her 296 for her career. With four more, she'll become the eighth Beaver with 300 career blocks.

STANFORD - Stanford is 7-2 against ranked opponents this season. . . The Cardinal have won eight consecutive home matches, dating back to last season. . . Stanford is 2-0 in five game matches this year and 8-0 in three game matches. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom leads the team with 31 services aces in 2001. . . The Cardinal are holding opponents to a .152 hitting percentage (.185 in league play). . . Last week, middle blocker Tara Conrad averaged 1.86 kills while hitting at a .458 clip and averaged 1.14 blocks per game. . . Stanford outblocked USC and UCLA last week, 3.28 to 1.78.

UCLA - Senior setter Erika Selsor became the Pac-10's record holder for career assists on Friday night. She recorded the 5,422nd assist of her Bruin career early in game one of the match against Cal, surpassing the career total of 5,421 amassed by Holly McPeak, who played for Cal (1987-89) and UCLA (1990). Selsor currently has 5,466 career kills and needs 221 assists to tie Ann Boyer for the UCLA career record. Because Boyer's career started before the Pac-10 started sponsoring women's volleyball, her Pac-10 total for career assists is 4840 (4th), while her full career total is 5667 (1985-88).

USC - The Trojans extended their home win streak to 24 matches. . . The loss to Stanford in game one did break USC's single game win streak of 27. . . Against Stanford, sophomore defensive specialist Nicole Davis tallied a career-high seven service aces - one shy of the USC record. Davis also tied a career-high with 11 digs against Cal. . . Also against the Cardinal, the Women of Troy had four players finish with double digit kills and four finish with double digit digs. . . Stanford is the first team this season to out-hit USC in a match (.278 to .274).

WASHINGTON - Senior Lisa Underhill needs just three kills to get to the 1,000 career kill plateau. Underhill will be the eighth player in UW history to reach the 1,000 career kill mark. . . Senior Allison Richardson has led the team in kills in 13 of 17 matches. . . The UW stopped a four match losing streak with its win over Arizona State Friday. . . The Huskies play host to its final non-league match of the season vs. Portland Tuesday.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff posted a career-high 17 digs vs. Arizona State. She also matched a career-high with 20 kills against the Sun Devils. . . Junior middle blocker Holly Harris is making a dent on the WSU all-time block list. Currently with 202 block assists, she needs 10 more to move into eighth. With one more solo blocks she will tie for 10th on that list and needs only seven more total blocks to be included on that WSU career list.

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