This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 10, 2001

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ARIZONA will make its first ever appearance in the Final Four, while the STANFORD Cardinal reach the Final Four for the 13th time in school history. It's the eighth time in Pac-10 history that at least two Conference teams reached the Final Four. The last time it happened was during the 1994 NCAA Championships when Stanford defeated UCLA for the national title. . . The Pac-10 has posted an impressive 85-23 (.787) record against non-league foes, including a mark of 25-11 (.694) 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 33-3 (.916) record in neutral venues.

FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE:

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS

Thur., Dec. 13at San Diego, Calif.ARIZONA vs. Long Beach State, 6 p.m. PTSTANFORD vs. Nebraska, 8 p.m. PT

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Sat., Dec. 15at San Diego, Calif.ARIZONA/Long Beach State winner vs.STANFORD/Nebraska winner, 12 noon PT (ESPN2)

PAC-10 NCAA TITLES1981 - USC1984 - UCLA1990 - UCLA1991 - UCLA1992 - STAN1994 - STAN1996 - STAN1997 - STAN

PAC-10 HONORS (Since 1991)

Player of the Year2001 Logan Tom, STAN2000 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ1999 Kerri Walsh, STAN1998 Kerri Walsh, STAN1997 Kristin Folkl, STAN1996 Sarah Silvernail, WSU1995 Cary Wendell, STAN1994 Annett Buckner, UCLA1993 Julie Bremner, UCLA1992 N. Williams, UCLA1991 Kristin Klein, STAN

Freshman of the Year2001 Ogonna Nnamani, STAN2000 April Ross, USC1999 Logan Tom, STAN1998 Kristee Porter, UCLA1997 Antoinette Polk, USC1996 Kerri Walsh, STAN1995 J. Marinkovic, USC1994 Kristin Folkl, STAN1993 Kim Krull, UCLA1992 Cary Wendell, STAN1991 Annett Buckner, UCLA

Coach of the Year2001 John Dunning, STAN2000 David Rubio, ARIZ Jerritt Elliott, USC1999 Jerritt Elliott, USC1998 A. Banachowski, UCLA1997 Lisa Love, USC Don Shaw, STAN1996 Bill Neville, WASH1995 Cindy Fredrick, WSU1994 A. Banachowski, UCLA1993 A. Banachowski, UCLA1992 Patty Snyder, ASU1991 Don Shaw, STAN

2001 Player of the Week9/4 Kristee Porter, UCLA9/10 Ogonna Nnamani, STAN9/17 None selected9/24 Logan Tom, STAN10/1 Laura Collins, OSU10/8 Logan Tom, STAN10/15 Katie Olsovsky, USC10/22 Katie Olsovsky, USC10/29 S. Torregrosa, ARIZ11/5 Logan Tom, STAN11/12 Logan Tom, STAN11/19 Logan Tom, STAN

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:

The Pac-10 sends two teams to the Final Four for the 13th time - it's the first time since 1994 when Stanford defeated UCLA for the national title. . . For just the third time in Pac-10 history, four teams 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. . . 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. . . Over the last 11 years of NCAA Tournament play, the Pac-10 has piled up an impressive 110-36 (.753) 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 during the regular 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 FINAL FOUR PARTICIPANTS:

ARIZONA - Arizona makes its first ever appearance at the Final Four. It's the 17th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Wildcats and sixth consecutive appearance. The Wildcats reached the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive season. Arizona is 19-16 (.543) all-time in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Cats are 15-7 (.682) in their last seven Tournament appearances. . . 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. Rubio's career record is 317-161 in 15 seasons, 197-96 in 10 seasons at Arizona. . Senior setter Dana Burkholder, the NCAA Region II Most Outstanding Player, holds the UA record and is second all-time on the Pac-10 list with 5,388 career assists. . . Senior outside hitter Jill Talbot leads the Pac-10 with a .426 hitting percentage. Arizona is one of three Pac-10 teams to hit .300 or better this season. . . Arizona is 8-4 against ranked teams this season, including a 5-0 mark against non-league ranked opponents.

STANFORD - Stanford is making its 13th Final Four appearance. The Cardinal are one of four teams to have appeared in all 21 championships. Stanford sports a 61-17 (.772) postseason record with four NCAA titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997). . . The Cardinal have won 24 consecutive postseason matches when hosting NCAA Tournament play. . . Stanford captured its ninth Pac-10 championship. It has won or shared the Pac-10 title seven of the last eight years. . . Pac-10 Player of the Year Logan Tom leads the Pac-10 in kills (4.95 kpg), service aces (0.55 sapg) and points (6.02 ppg). She ranks second in the Conference in digs (3.49 dpg). . . Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Ogonna Nnamani leads all Pac-10 freshman in kills with 3.82 kpg. . . Coach John Dunning looks to become the first coach to win a national title at two different schools. His Pacific squads won it all in 1985 and 1986. Dunning is just one of two coaches to have appeared in the Final Four with two different teams. The other is current Michigan State coach Chuck Erbe. Prior to taking the Spartans to the 1995 Final Four, Erbe led USC to the three Final Fours - including the 1981 national title. . . Dunning's career record is 468-104 in 17 years. . . Stanford is 14-2 against ranked teams this season, including a mark of 9-1 against non-league ranked opponents. It's only non-league blemish came at Long Beach State in a four-game match back on Sept. 25.

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.

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 the service ace list (101) and ninth on the 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.

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. She is just the fifth player in Oregon history to reach 1,000 kills.

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. . . 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.

UCLA - The Bruins made their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance with a postseason record of 54-18 (.750). UCLA won NCAA titles in 1984, 1990 and 1991. . . Senior setter Erika Selsor ranks ninth in NCAA Division I history with 6,234 career assists. . . Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter finished her career as the Pac-10's all-time kills leader (2,255). . . The senior trio of Selsor, Porter and outside hitter Ashley Bowles combined for 4,191 kills and 3,383 digs during their career.

USC - The Trojans made their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and have a 33-18 (.647) 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 fifth on USC's all-time total blocks list with 401.

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. . . Senior middle blocker Lisa Underhill concluded 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. . . 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. . . Junior outside hitter LaToya Harris ranks fourth on the school career charts with 1,078 kills and fifth with 103 service ace. . . With 2,540 assists, Setter Kali Surplus concluded her career fifth on WSU's career list.

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