This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/29/01)

Oct. 29, 2001

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WASHINGTON STATE has quietly posted five wins in its last seven matches and will look to improve on its postseason chances with big road tilts at UCLA and USC. . . OREGON looks for its first Pac-10 win of the season as it hosts CALIFORNIA Thursday in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. . . The Pac-10 looks to add to its impressive non-league record (61-18, .772) with three non-conference matches slated for Tuesday. . . Pac-10 in the weekly rankings - this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 5 USC and No. 8 UCLA. Those four are a combined 59-12, with all 12 losses coming against opponents ranked in the top-10.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Oct. 30Sacramento State at Stanford, 7 p.m.UCLA at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.Idaho at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 1California at Oregon, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)

Fri., Nov. 2California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Stanford at Oregon, 7 p.m.Washington State at UCLA, 7 p.m.Washington at USC, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 3Arizona at Arizona State, 7 p.m.Stanford at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m.Washington State at USC, 7:30 p.m.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS SHANNON TORREGROSA (ARIZONA)

Junior outside hitter SHANNON TORREGROSA (San Diego, Calif.) earns Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading Arizona to a pair of three-game sweeps over No. 3 USC and No. 6 UCLA. She entered the weekend hitting .146 for the season, but exploded to hit .418 in the two victories with 35 kills (5.83 kpg) and seven errors in 67 attempts. She also added 12 digs (2.00 dpg) and six blocks (1.00 bpg). In the win over USC, Torregrosa hit .405 with 19 kills and tallied 22.5 points (34 percent of the team's total). In the win over UCLA, she posted a career-high .433 hitting percentage with 16 kills.

It's the first weekly award for Torregrosa, Arizona's 16th 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*. Oct. 22 - Katie Olsovsky, USC. Oct. 29 - Shannon Torregrosa, ARIZ*.

* - AVCA National Player of the Week.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 29) 1. Long Beach State (62) 2. Nebraska (3) 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Colorado State 7. Wisconsin 8. UCLA 9. Florida10. Ohio State11. Penn State12. Hawai'i13. Pepperdine14. Texas A&M15. Utah16. Brigham Young17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. South Carolina20. Santa Clara21. UC Santa Barbara22. Colorado23. Notre Dame24. Minnesota25. IllinoisARV WASHINGTON STATE(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Oct. 29) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Florida 7. Wisconsin 8. Colorado State 9. Hawai'i10. UCLA11. Penn State12. Ohio State13. Pepperdine14. Brigham Young15. Texas A&M16. Pacific17. Utah18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona has now won 18 straight home matches dating back to Oct. 13, 2000. . . Arizona has won seven straight conference matches, equaling the school record established twice last season. . . The blanking of USC and UCLA was the first home sweep of the pair since 1993. . . Senior Jill Talbot was effective from the right side in the two wins as she finished with a .432 hitting percentage with 18 kills and only two errors on 37 swings.

ARIZONA STATE - with 2,251 assists, sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin has moved into sixth on the Sun Devil all-time list. . . The 1,561 fans in attendance for the USC match was the largest crowd for ASU this year and the biggest since drawing 2,102 vs. Arizona at home on Oct. 30, 1999. . . Junior middle blocker Julia Leddy went over the 200 mark in total blocks and now has 202 for her career.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears' victory over No. 19 Santa Clara last Tuesday was their first over a ranked opponent this season. . . Junior outside hitter Leah Young hit .319 in collecting a career-high 19 kills and added a career-high 12 digs in the upset win over Santa Clara. It also was her second double-double of the season.

OREGON - Currently with 1,057 career kills, senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi became the fifth Oregon player to reach 1,000 career kills since the beginning of Pac-10 play in 1986. . . Tobbagi has posted two double-doubles in the last three matches and has five on the season. . . In three matches last week, junior middle blocker Stephanie Martin hit .380 with 40 kills (3.645 kpg) and 17 blocks (1.55 bpg). Martin ranks seventh in hitting percentage in the Pac-10 with a .352 average.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have posted seven wins in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1993 season when they finished 7-11. It's also ties for the second most league wins in school history (the most is 11 in 1990). . . The next Oregon State victory will secure the Beavers first winning season since posting a 19-12 record in 1996. . . Sophomore setter Laura Collins set a career-high with 75 assists in OSU's win over Washington. It's also the sixth-highest single match assists total by an individual in OSU history. . . The Beavers had a season-high 91 kills in the win at Washington, highlighted by junior outside hitter Joscelyn Hannaford's career-high 21. . . Six of Oregon State's final eight matches are against teams ranked in the top ten.

STANFORD - Stanford has now won 12 consecutive matches at home in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion. . . Stanford hit a season-high .464 as a team against California on Friday night. With its win over California, the Cardinal have guaranteed themselves a winning record in Pac-10. Stanford is the only school to have posted a winning league record in all 16 seasons of Pac-10 play. . . Stanford is 8-2 against ranked opponents this season. The Cardinal have not lost a match to an unranked team this season. . . Senior Tara Conrad notched a season-high 16 kills and 11 blocks in the Cardinal's 3-2 win over No. 17 Pacific. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom had a season-high 28 kills against No. 17 Pacific. Tom has 105 career service aces and needs eight more to move into the top five at Stanford.

UCLA - With 5,604 career assists, senior Erika Selsor needs 64 assists to become UCLA's career leader, passing Ann Boyer (5,667). . . In the absence of Kristee Porter, freshman Heather Cullen has seen increased playing time and has responded with 19 kills (2.11 kpg), while hitting at a .255 clip.

USC - The loss at Arizona broke the team's 13-match win streak (ironically, Arizona also broke USC's 14-match win streak last season with a 3-0 upset victory in Tucson). . . USC looks to extend home win streak this week against the Washington schools. The Trojans have won 25-consecutive home matches. . . As of Oct. 15, USC led the nation in assists (16.10 apg) but the Women of Troy don't have a setter ranked in the Top 25 nationally or even among the top five in the Pac-10.

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Allison Richardson led the Huskies in their split with the Oregon schools. Richardson tallied 44 kills (5.50 kpg) on .388 hitting and 24 digs (3.00 dpg). She has posted 11 double-doubles this year and has led Washington in kills in 13 of 22 matches. Against Oregon State, she posted a career-best 27 kills on .333 hitting. The 27 kills are the most by a Husky since 1999. . . With the win over Oregon, Washington has now won 11 straight at home versus the Ducks. . . With 781 digs, senior defensive specialist Britni Churnside needs just one more dig to break in the UW's career top 10.

WASHINGTON STATE - With 2,152 career assists, senior setter Kali Surplus ranks fifth on the WSU career list. . . Currently 10th on the WSU all-time kills list with 978 kills, junior outside hitter LaToya Harris needs 22 kills to become the eighth Cougar to reach 1,000 kills in a career. . . In the Cougars win over the Ducks Friday night, junior middle hitter Holly Harris set a school match record with 10 kills on 11 attacks with no errors for a .909 hitting percentage. The previous WSU match hitting percentage record .900 (9 kills, no errors, 10 attacks) was set in 1989 by Beth Welch.

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