This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

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ARIZONA, STANFORD, UCLA and USC have each appeared in no fewer than 17 NCAA Tournaments and have combined for a 161-67 (.706) NCAA Tournament record - capturing eight NCAA titles (1981, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997). . . STANFORD has won or shared the Pac-10 title seven of the last eight years - with nine championships overall. . . The Pac-10 has posted an impressive 80-22 (.784) record against non-league foes, including a mark of 20-10 (.667) against non-conference teams ranked in the Top 25. . . Neutral court experience should help Pac-10 teams in postseason play. Pac-10 teams have compiled a 32-2 (.941) record in neutral venues.

PAC-10 SCHEDULE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY:

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

Thur., Dec. 6at Long Beach, Calif.UCLA vs. Hawai'i, 5 p.m. PTNorthern Iowa at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. PTat Los Angeles, Calif.ARIZONA vs. Pacific, 5 p.m. PTOhio State at USC, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Dec. 7at Stanford, Calif.Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin, 5 p.m. PTUtah at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT

REGIONAL FINALS

Fri., Dec. 7at Long Beach, Calif.UCLA/Hawaii winner vs.Northern Iowa/Long Beach State winner, 7:30 p.m. PTat Los Angeles, Calif.ARIZONA/Pacific winner vs.Ohio State/USC winner, 6 p.m. PT

Sat., Dec. 8at Stanford, Calif.Texas A&M/Wisconsin winner vs.Utah/STANFORD winner, 7:30 p.m. PT

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Dec. 3) 1. Long Beach State (63) 2. Nebraska (1) 3. STANFORD (1) 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Wisconsin 7. Florida 8. Pepperdine 9. Colorado State10. Ohio State11. Hawai'i12. Pacific13. Utah14. UCLA15. Texas A&M16. Northern Iowa17. Penn State18. Kansas State19. Michigan State20. Illinois21. Brigham Young22. Utah State23. Colorado24. San Jose State25. San DiegoARV Washington State(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 26) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Florida 7. Wisconsin 8. Colorado State 9. Pepperdine10. Ohio State11. Texas A&M12. Pacific13. Hawai'i14. Utah15. UCLA16. Penn State17. Brigham Young18. Northern Iowa19. Michigan State20. Kansas State

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

For the second consecutive season, the Pac-10 sent six teams into the NCAA Tournament. Since Pac-10 play began in 1986, the Conference has sent at least half of the league's teams into NCAA play in 12 of the 16 championships. . . For just the third time in Pac-10 history, four teams have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The Pac-10 had four teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen in 1994 and 1997 - Stanford went on to capture the national title in each of those years. . . Over the last 11 years of NCAA Tournament play, the Pac-10 has piled up an impressive 105-35 (.750) record against non-league opponents, producing six national titles (UCLA 1990, 1991, STAN 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997). . . The Pac-10 posted a 22-13 (.629) record this season against non-league teams that make up the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament. The six Pac-10 teams selected to participate in the Tournament sported a 20-7 (.741) record against teams in the field.

PAC-10 NOTES ON SWEET SIXTEEN PARTICIPANTS

ARIZONA - The Wildcats posted their sixth consecutive 20-win season. It's 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. . . It's the 17th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Wildcats and sixth consecutive appearance - their third consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance. Arizona is 17-16 (.515) all-time in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Cats are 13-7 (.650) in their last seven Tournament appearances. . . Senior setter Dana Burkholder holds the UA record and is third all-time on the Pac-10 list with 5,288 career assists. . . Thanks to senior outside hitter Jill Talbot's Pac-10 leading .430 hitting percentage, Arizona is one of three Pac-10 teams to hit .300 or better this season.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are one of four teams to have appeared in all 21 championships. Stanford sports a 59-17 (.776) postseason record with four NCAA titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997). . . The Cardinal have won 22 consecutive postseason matches when hosting NCAA Tournament play. . . Pac-10 Player of the Year Logan Tom leads the Pac-10 in kills (4.84 kpg), service aces (0.58 sapg) and points (5.92 ppg). She ranks second in the Conference in digs (3.45 dpg). . . Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Ogonna Nnamani leads all Pac-10 freshman in kills with 3.87 kpg.

UCLA - The Bruins are making their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance with a postseason record of 53-17 (.757). UCLA won NCAA titles in 1984, 1990 and 1991. . . Senior setter Erika Selsor ranks ninth in NCAA Division I history with 6,160 career assists. . . Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter returns to the UCLA lineup after having her eligibility restored by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff (she missed 13 matches). Porter is the Pac-10's all-time kills leader (2,225). . . The senior trio of Selsor, Porter and outside hitter Ashley Bowles have combined for 4,136 kills and 3,343 digs during their career.

USC - The Trojans are making their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and have a 32-17 (.653) postseason record. . . USC captured the first NCAA title in women's volleyball in 1981. . . The Trojans lead the Pac-10 in hitting (.318). Senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl ranks second in the league (.396), while sophomore middle blocker Katie Olsovsky is tied for third (.390). . . Pahl ranks sixth on USC's all-time total blocks list with 396. . . Despite not having an individual player among the league's top ten in assists, USC leads the league in assists with 16.02 assists per game. . . USC is 12-1 when serving as host to NCAA Tournament play.

MORE PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA STATE - Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin concluded her career with 1,528 digs - that ranks fourth all-time on the Pac-10 career list. Coughlin led the Pac-10 in digs (3.98 dpg) for the second time in her career. She also posted 1,360 career kills - sixth all-time in school history. . . Sophomore outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn concluded the 2001 campaign with 3.42 kpg and 2.76 dpg. She posted double digit kill totals in 14 of ASU's last 15 matches. . . The Sun Devils posted a double digit win total for the fifth consecutive season and 15th time in the last 16 seasons.

CALIFORNIA - Senior setter Candace McNamee finished her Cal career playing in 110 matches and 375 games. She ranks third on Cal's all-time assist list (3,622), seventh on Cal's all-time service ace list (101) and ninth on Cal's all-time total block list (236). assist list (3,491). . . Freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall was the Pac-10's top freshman in hitting percentage, ranking third overall in the league with a .381 hitting percentage. Her percentage established a California single-season record.

OREGON - Junior middle blocker Stephanie Martin finished the year with a .311 hitting percentage - it's the highest hitting percentage by an Oregon player since 1984 (Sue Harbour, .364). . . Senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi finished her Oregon career with 1,174 kills. Tobbagi is just the fifth player in Oregon history to reach the 1,000 kill plateau. . . With 2,732 career assists, senior setter Julie Gerlach now ranks third all-time at Oregon. . . Junior middle blocker Lindsay Closs (119 total blocks) and Martin (126 total blocks) give the Ducks two players to each record 100 or more total blocks in a season since 1993.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers made their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having last appeared in 1983. . . The 10 wins and fifth-place finish in Conference play are the most wins and highest finish for the Beavers since 1990 when they finished third in Pac-10 play with a 11-7 record. . . Outside hitter Gina Schmidt piled up 1,366 kills and 1,142 assists during her career. Those numbers rank third and seventh respectively on the OSU career lists. . . With 334 total blocks, junior middle blocker Michele Solomon ranks eighth on the OSU all-time list.

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Allison Richardson finished her career with 1004 kills - eighth all-time on the UW career list. Richardson's 4.29 kills per game ranked second only to Pac-10 Player of the Year Logan Tom's 4.91 kpg. . . Junior setter Gretchen Maurer posted the fourth best single-season assists total in school history with 1,215 assists. Her career total (1,765 assists) ranks seventh all-time at Washington. . . Senior middle blocker Lisa Underhill concludes her UW career third on the school career list for block assists (371) and total blocks (415).

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. . . WSU finished Pac-10 play with a 9-9 league record for the second consecutive season. The Cougars have posted a .500 record or better in league play in five of the last six seasons. . . The Cougars led the league with 1.81 service aces per game - the most in the Pac-10 since 1994. . . Junior outside hitter LaToya Harris ranks fourth on the school career charts with 1,078 kills and fifth with 103 service aces. . . Junior middle blocker Holly Harris ranks ninth on the school career charts with 277 total blocks. . . With 2,540 assists, Setter Kali Surplus concluded her career fifth on WSU's career list.

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