This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Aug. 26, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -

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Early season tournaments are under way for all Pac-10 teams this weekend. . . Last year's Pac-10 and NCAA Champion STANFORD sits atop both the USA TODAY/AVCA and Volleyball Magazine preseason polls at No. 1, with USC coming in a No. 3, ARIZONA at No. 6, and UCLA ranked No. 11 in the AVCA poll.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Fri., Aug. 30
Arizona vs. UT-Arlington (1), 5 p.m
Tennessee-Martin at California (7), 12 noon
Northern Arizona at California (7), 7 p.m.
Oregon vs. North Carolina A&T (10), 9 a.m.
Oregon vs. San Francisco (10), 2 p.m.
Idaho at Oregon State (13), 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Colorado (19), 5 p.m.
Washington vs. Delaware (24), 4:30 p.m.
Nevada at Washington State (27), 7 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 31
Arizona vs. American (1), 10 a.m.
Arizona at Louisville (1), 7:30 p.m.
San Jose State at California (7), 7 p.m.
Oregon vs. Kent State (10), 2 p.m.
Oregon at Northridge (10), 7 p.m.
Idaho State at Oregon State (13), 12 noon
Missouri at Oregon State (13), 7:30 p.m.
USC at Ball State (22), 5 p.m.
Washington vs. IUPU-Fort Wayne (24), 12:30 p.m.
Washington at Miami (Ohio) (24), 7:30 p.m.
Gonzaga at Washington State (27), 12 noon
Brigham Young at Washington State (27), 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 1
UCLA vs. Ohio State (19), 3 p.m.
USC vs. Pittsburgh (22), 4 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 2
Idaho State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Hawaii (19), 5 p.m.
USC vs. Nebraska (22), 12 noon

Game times local to site

THE TOURNAMENTS - As usual, the season gets started with a plethora of tournaments. Nine Pac-10 teams will be participating in tournaments this week, with three schools serving as tournament hosts: Here's this week's tournament lineup:

(1) Louisville Labor Day Invitational, Louisville, Ky. (American, ARIZONA, Louisville, Texas-Arlington)

(7) Golden Bear Invitational, Berkeley, Calif. (CALIFORNIA, Northern ARIZONA, San Jose State, Tennessee-Martin)

(8) UNLV Gameworks Classic, Las Vegas, Nev. (Ball State, CALIFORNIA, UNLV, Texas Tech)

(9) SMU Doubletree Invitational, Dallas, Texas (CALIFORNIA, Southern Methodist, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane)

(10) CSU Northridge Tournament, Northridge, Calif. (Kent State, North Carolina A&T, CS-Northridge,OREGON, San Francisco)

(13) Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, Corvallis, Ore. (Idaho, Idaho State, Missouri, OREGON STATE)

(19) Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii (Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio State, UCLA)

(22) Ball State Nike Classic, Muncie, Ind. (Ball State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, USC)

(24) Miami-Best Western Classic, Oxford, Ohio (Delaware, IPFW, Miami, WASHINGTON)

(27) Cougar Challenge Tournament, Pullman, Wash. (Brigham Young, Gonzaga, Nevada, WASHINGTON STATE)

THE COACHES' PREDICTION. . .

In a vote of the Pac-10 coaches, here's how they picked the 2002 Pac-10 race to pan out (first place votes in parentheses):

1. Stanford(7) 882. USC(3) 843. Arizona 734. UCLA 655. Washington State 556. Oregon State 457. Arizona State 408. California 359. Washington 3410. Oregon 21

PAC-10 NOTES

No. 1-ranked Stanford was the first school to engage in preseason play, opening the season last weekend at the NACWAA tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. The Cardinal went 2-0, defeating No. 14 Northern Iowa, (30-19, 30-27, 30-19) on Friday, and putting away host Minnesota (30-21, 24-30, 30-27, 30-21) on Saturday.


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