This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 12, 2001

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No. 3 STANFORD visits the desert this week and could return home with at least a share of the Pac-10 title, should it pick up two wins. Should the Cardinal pick up a pair of victories, by virtue of the Pac-10 tiebreaker, it would receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. . . However, the Cardinal must go through No. 4 ARIZONA and its 18-match homecourt winning streak. . . OREGON STATE, entertaining postseason thoughts, meets UCLA in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. . . Pac-10 in the weekly rankings - this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 5 USC and No. 12 UCLA. Those four are a combined 74-15, including a 14-4 record against non-conference opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-25.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Nov. 15Oregon at UCLA, 7 p.m.*Oregon State at USC, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 16California at Arizona, 7 p.m.Oregon at USC, 7 p.m.Oregon State at UCLA, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m.Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 17Stanford at Arizona, 7 p.m.California at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m.

* Rescheduled from Sat., Nov. 17 in order to accommodate rescheduled matches that were postponed due do the Sept. 11 national tragedy.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS LOGAN TOM (STANFORD)

Junior outside hitter LOGAN TOM (Salt Lake City, Utah) earns Pac-10 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after leading Stanford to two victories over ranked opponents last week. Tom had 41 kills (5.86 kpg) while hitting at a .412 clip. She also added 31 digs (4.43 dpg), eight blocks (1.14 bpg) and five service aces (0.71 sapg). Against UCLA, Tom posted 20 kills (.543), 14 digs, three service aces and three blocks. The following night versus USC, she again led the team with 21 kills (.311), 17 digs, two service aces and five blocks.

It's the sixth weekly award for Tom, Stanford's 44th 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*. Nov. 5 - Logan Tom, STAN. Nov. 12 - Logan Tom, STAN*.

* - AVCA National Player of the Week.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Nov. 12) 1. Long Beach State (62) 2. Nebraska (2) 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Wisconsin 7. Florida 8. Colorado State 9. Ohio State10. Pepperdine11. Hawai'i12. UCLA13. Texas14. Penn State15. Pacific16. Utah17. Northern Iowa18. Brigham Young19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina21. Illinois22. Kansas State23. UC Santa Barbara24. Notre Dame25. ColoradoARV Oregon State(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 12) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Florida 7. Wisconsin 8. Colorado State 9. Ohio State10. Hawai'i11. Pepperdine12. Texas A&M13. UCLA14. Penn State15. Pacific16. Utah17. Brigham Young18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Senior Jill Talbot led Arizona with 31 kills on .414 hitting against Washington and Washington State. She averaged 4.43 kills per game and almost matched Burkholder's triple-double against the Huskies with a 19 kill, nine assist, nine dig effort in Seattle. . . Junior Lisa Rutledge tallied nine of her 17 kills against Washington in the first game on Friday. She finished the weekend averaging 4.14 kills and 4.71 digs per game. . . Senior middle blocker Erin Sebbas posted an impressive two matches in averaging 3.00 kills and 1.43 blocks per game in the two wins. . . Arizona has now won 10 straight matches in a row, all against conference opponents. . . The Wildcats post a home undefeated streak of 18 straight matches.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils snapped a five-match Conference losing streak with the win at Washington. . . Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin posted a career-high, and Pac-10 best, 30 digs in the win over the Huskies. . . The next Sun Devil win will give coach Patti Snyder-Park her 200th career victory.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears need two wins in their last five matches to secure their third consecutive season with double-digit wins.

OREGON - Since 1986, when the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's volleyball, only three other Oregon players accumulated more kills than senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi. She has 1,132 career kills. . . Tobbagi has posted five double-doubles in the last seven matches and has eight on the season.

OREGON STATE - The win over Oregon marked the first time since 1997 that the Beavers beat the Ducks twice in the same season. . . Sophomore setter Laura Collins became the fifth OSU player to surpass 1,000 assists in a season. Her 1,042 assists to date rank 10th on the Beaver single-season list. . . Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt's 1,307 kills rank third on the OSU career list.

STANFORD - Junior Logan Tom now has 49 service aces this season, which ranks third all-time on the Farm for a single season. Tom's 118 career service aces ranks fifth all-time in school history. . . Senior Tara Conrad averaged 3.71 kills while hitting .412 with 1.57 blocks per game against the L.A. schools. . . The Cardinal take a season-high nine-match winning streak into Arizona this weekend. . . The Cardinal are 10-2 against ranked opponents this season. . . Against UCLA and USC, Stanford hit .371, averaged 17.86 kills, 1.14 service aces, 13.43 digs and 3.71 blocks per game. . . With three matches remaining in league play, Stanford needs to win two of three to claim at least a share of its ninth Pac-10 title.

UCLA - Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick posted team-high honors in each of the Bruins three matches last week. She tallied 15 kills vs. California, 17 kills vs. Stanford and 17 kills vs. Saint Mary's. For the week, she hit .316 in tallying 49 kills (5.44 kpg). . . . With 5,904 career assists, senior Erika Selsor ranks 18th all-time on the NCAA career assists list.

USC - Senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl pushed her career kill total over 1,000. Her current kill total stands at 1,011. With 314 career block assists, Pahl moved up to fifth on the USC career list in that category. . . Against Cal, five players hit above .385. Three players finished without an error - sophomore Katie Olsovsky (14-0-18), freshman Alicia Robinson (7-0-15) and junior Lauren Killian (6-0-14). Olsovsky's attack percentage against the Bears (.778) set a new career high - the mark ranks second among USC program records (Olsovsky now owns three of the top 10 individual attack percentage records at USC).

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Allison Richardson has collected 67 kills over the last three matches, averaging 5.15 kpg during that stretch. Richardson needs just 10 kills to become the ninth player in Washington history to reach the 1,000th-kill plateau. She would become the second Husky this season to reach the mark, joining fellow teammate Lisa Underhill. . . Washington's current four-match losing streak is the team's longest of the season, while it faces a five-match losing streak versus Washington State next Friday.

WASHINGTON STATE - Regarding service aces, juniors Adrian Hankoff and LaToya Harris currently rank second (0.49) and fourth (0.38) in the Pac-10, respectively. As a team, the Cougars continue to lead the Conference in aces, averaging 1.84 per game. . . With a win over rival Washington on Friday, the Cougars will secure their second consecutive 9-9 record in Pac-10 play and at least a share of fifth place in the league standings.

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