This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 19, 2001

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With its two wins in Arizona last week, No. 3 STANFORD captured at least a share of the Pac-10 crown. The Cardinal can win it outright with a win over ARIZONA STATE Saturday, or a loss by USC (the Women of Troy are at OREGON STATE Tuesday and OREGON Wednesday). Should a tie occur for the Pac-10 title, by virtue of the Pac-10 tiebreaker, Stanford would receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. . . This week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 5 USC and No. 11 UCLA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Nov. 19*UCLA at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 20California at San Francisco, 7 p.m.*UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m.*USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 21*USC at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 23Denver at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (3)Washington State vs. Rice, 5 p.m. (23)

Sat., Nov. 24San Diego State/UCSB at Arizona, TBA (3)*Arizona State at Stanford, 1 p.m.Auburn at California, 3 p.m.Colorado State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.Washington State at UNLV Tournament (23)

Sun., Nov. 25*Arizona State at California, 3 p.m.

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 third consecutive week, and fifth time this season, after leading Stanford to victories over Arizona State and Arizona. Tom had 45 kills (5.63 kpg) while hitting at a .407 clip. She also added 22 digs (2.75 dpg), six blocks (0.75 bpg). Against Arizona State, Tom posted 25 kills (..396), 11 digs and three blocks. The following night versus Arizona, she again led the team with 20 kills (.417), 11 digs and three blocks.

It's the seventh weekly award for Tom, Stanford's 45th honor all-time. It's the first time a Pac-10 player has won the award three consecutive weeks.

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Nov. 19) 1. Long Beach State (64) 2. Nebraska (1) 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Wisconsin 7. Florida 8. Pepperdine 9. Hawai'i10. Colorado State11. UCLA12. Ohio State13. Utah14. Pacific15. Texas A&M16. Penn State17. Northern Iowa18. Santa Clara19. Kansas State20. Brigham Young21. Illinois22. Michigan State23. South Carolina24. UC Santa Barbara25. Notre DameARV Oregon State Washington State(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 19) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Florida 7. Wisconsin 8. Colorado State 9. Hawai'i10. Pepperdine11. Ohio State12. Texas A&M13. UCLA14. Pacific15. Utah16. Penn State17. Brigham Young18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. Michigan State

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*. Nov. 19 - Logan Tom, STAN.* - AVCA National Player of the Week.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Senior Jill Talbot was named third-team Verizon Academic All-District VIII. Talbot has a 3.48 GPA in sociology. . . With one more victory, Arizona will record its sixth consecutive 20-win season. It would be the seventh 20-win season for the Wildcats under the 10-year guidance of coach David Rubio. Arizona had just six 20-win seasons in the 18 years prior to Rubio's arrival in Tucson.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin and junior middle blocker Julia Leddy were named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII team. Coughlin, a first team pick, carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in special education. Leddy, a third team selection, carries a 3.82 GPA in secondary education. . . With one win this weekend, ASU will secure a 10-win season for the 5th straight year. . . Coach Patti Snyder-Park picked up her 200th career victory with the win over California last Saturday.

CALIFORNIA - With three matches left, senior setter Candace McNamee is third on Cal's career assist list (3,491). McNamee is also 10th on the Cal career list with 95 service aces - she moves up to eighth with one more ace. She's 10th in total blocks with 224. . . For her career, McNamee has played in 107 matches, 368 games. . . Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall leads Cal with a .338 hitting percentage and 75 total blocks.

OREGON - Junior setter Sydney Chute was named Verizon All-Academic District VIII third team. . . Hitting .340, and with two matches remaining, junior middle blocker Stephanie Martin should finish the season with the highest hitting percentage by an Oregon player since 1984 (Sue Harbour, .364). . . Junior middle blocker Lindsay Closs (112 total blocks) and Martin (107 total blocks) give the Ducks two players to each record 100 or more total blocks in a season since 1993.

OREGON STATE - Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt was named to the Verizon All-Academic District VIII first team, while junior middle blocker Katrina Nelson earned third team honors. Schmidt carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in business, while Nelson sports a 3.60 GPA in pre-education. . . Sophomore setter Laura Collins has 1,180 career assists. With three matches remaining in the regular season, Collins has a chance to move up to fifth on the OSU all-time list.

STANFORD - Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee was named Verizon All-Academic third team. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom continues to lead the team in kills, digs and service aces on the year. In league matches this year, she is averaging 5.07 kills, 0.51 service aces and 3.49 digs per game while hitting 342. Her 50 service aces in 2001 ranks third on the Farm for a single season. . . Since the Pac-10 began for women's volleyball in 1986, only four schools have ever won the Conference title (Stanford, UCLA, USC and Arizona) - Stanford has won or shared the title in nine of the 15 years.

UCLA - Senior setter Erika Selsor needs just 19 assists to become the 13th player in NCAA Division I history with 6,000 career assists. . . Junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick was named to the Verizon All-Academic first team. She carries a 3.938 GPA in pre-cognitive science.

USC - - With the two wins, the Trojans completed their second-consecutive season with a perfect record at home during the regular season. . . For the first time this season, USC played with only one primary setter in the win over Oregon - sophomore setter Toni Anderson finished with 51 assists. . . USC travels to Oregon and Oregon State this week, marking the first time ever the Women of Troy will face the same conference opponents on back-to-back weeks in the history of the Pac-10 and Pac West. . . Senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl played her final regular season home match of her USC career against Oregon and collected 10 kills (.350) and a team-best six blocks, including the final kill for the match-winning point.

WASHINGTON - Junior outside hitter Paige Benjamin earned third team Verizon All-Academic District VIII honors. Benjamin has a 3.88 GPA in accounting. . . Senior outside hitter Allison Richardson posted 14 kills versus Washington State, pushing her over the 1,000 kill plateau. Richardson finishes her career with 1004 kills - eighth all-time on the UW career list.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars finish Pac-10 play with a 9-9 league record for the second consecutive season. WSU has posted a .500 record or better in league play in five of the last six seasons. . . With 97 career service aces, junior outside hitter LaToya Harris needs three more aces to become the fifth WSU player all-time to post 100 career aces. Harris ranks sixth on the WSU all-time list with 1047 kills. With eight more kills, she'll move into the fourth spot on the list.

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