This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 3, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- More tournaments on the docket for all Pac-10 teams this weekend... The Conference looks to add to its impressive 26-3 record (.897) this season against non-conference competition... Defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champion STANFORD remains atop both the USA TODAY/AVCA and Volleyball Magazine preseason polls at No. 1, with USC coming in a No. 3, UCLA at No. 7, and ARIZONA ranked No. 11 in the AVCA poll.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Sept. 5
USC at Brigham Young (23), 7 p.m.
Washington vs. San Diego State (25), 12 noon

Fri., Sept. 6
New Mexico at Arizona (2), 7 p.m.
Arizona State at South Carolina (5), 7 p.m.
California at UNLV (8), 7:30 p.m.
Oregon at Miami (11), 4 p.m.
Oregon vs. Fordham (11), 7 p.m.
San Jose State at Stanford (17), 7 p.m.
UCLA at Minnesota (20), 7:30 p.m.
USC vs. Wake Forest (23), 10 a.m.
USC vs. Florida (23), 7 p.m.
Washington vs. San Francisco (25), 12 noon
Washington State vs. Weber State (28), 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 7
Nebraska at Arizona (2), Noon
Pepperdine at Arizona (2), 7 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Pacific (5), 12:30 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Creighton (5), 5 p.m.
California vs. Ball State (8), 1:30 p.m.
Oregon vs. Howard (11), TBA
Boise State at Oregon State (14), 12 noon
Cal State Northridge at Oregon State (14), 7:30 p.m.
Cal Poly at Stanford (17), 10 a.m.
Utah at Stanford (17), 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Northern Iowa (20), 10 a.m.
UCLA vs. Rhode Island (20), 5 p.m.
Washington at Hawaii (25), 2 p.m.
Washington State at Alaska-Fairbanks (28), 2 p.m.
Washington State vs. Southwest Texas State (28), 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 8
California vs. Texas Tech (8), 11 a.m.

Game times local to site

THE TOURNAMENTS - All ten Pac-10 teams will be participating in tournaments this week, with three schools serving as tournament hosts: Here's this week's tournament lineup:


(2) Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pepperdine)
(5) South Carolina Tournament, Columbia, S.C. (Arizona State, Creighton, Pacific, South Carolina)
(8) UNLV Gameworks Classic, Las Vegas, Nev. (Ball State, California, UNLV, Texas Tech)
(11) Miami Tournament , Coral Gables, Fla. (Fordham, Howard, Miami, Oregon)
(14) Oregon State Tournament, Corvallis, Ore. (Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Oregon State)
(17) Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (Cal Poly, San Jose State, Stanford, Utah)
(20) Diet Coke Classic, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Rhode Island, UCLA)
(23) BYU Mizuno Invitational, Provo, Utah (Brigham Young, Florida, USC, Wake Forest)
(25) Aston Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaii, San Diego State, San Francisco, Washington)
(28) Nanook Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska-Fairbanks, Southwest Texas State, Washington State, Weber State)

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS . . . The following Pac-10 schools have captured tournament titles so far this season:


California - Golden Bear Invitational
Oregon - CSU Northridge Tournament
Oregon State - Oregon State Volleyball Showcase Classic
Stanford - NACWAA Tournament
USC - Ball State Nike Classic
Washington - Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic
Washington State - Cougar Challenge

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC's April Ross

USC outside hitter April Ross has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug. 26 -Sept. 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today .

Ross, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., was named Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic MVP after guiding USC to three 3-0 victories, including a 3-0 upset sweep over No. 2 Nebraska. Ross posted double-double kill-dig performances in all three matches with 12 kills, 11 digs against Ball State, a match-high 17 kills, 10 digs against Pittsburgh and 11 kills, 11 digs against Nebraska. She posted a .333 attack percentage while collecting 40 kills (4.44 kpg), 32 digs (3.56 dpg) and five blocks (0.56 bpg).

This is the second weekly honor for Ross, USC's 28th Player of the Week honor all-time.

THE COACHES' SAY. . .

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

ARIZONA - The Wildcats opened the preseason at the Louisville Invitational Tournament, defeating Texas-Arlington, 3-1 on Friday ... On Saturday, senior Shannon Torregrosa led all players with 19 kills en route to a 3-0 win over American University ... The Cats ran into a tough Louisville squad on Saturday, who handed Arizona an upset loss 3-0 ... Seniors Lisa Rutledge and Laurie Gardner were named to the all-tournament team ... Head coach David Rubio is one win shy of his 200th as coach at Arizona.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils' varsity squad defeated the Alumni, 3-1 in the annual Alumni Match on Friday ... ASU's season officially begins this weekend at the South Carolina Volleyball classic in Columbia, S.C., where the Devils will face South Carolina on Sept. 6.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears picked up victories over Tennessee-Martin, Northern Arizona and San Jose State (all 3-0), winning their own Golden Bear Invitational tournament ... The Bears were led by tournament MVP Mia Jerkov, who recorded 48 kills, 12 service aces and hit .257 in the three wins for Cal ... Against Tennessee-Martin, freshman Alicia Powers hit an impressive .400 with eight kills ... Senior Leah Young earned all-tournament honors, hitting .615 with eight kills against the Spartans.

OREGON - Freshman middle blocker Kelly Russell earned tournament MVP honors as Oregon won the Fremont Loan and Investment tourney hosted by CS-Northridge ... Russell hit .486 with 42 kills during the tournament ... Teammate Lindsey Closs also made the all-tournament team, leading Oregon in kills with an average of 4.46 per game ... Oregon has won three consecutive preseason opening tournaments ... The Ducks notched 38 services aces and held their opponents to a .039 hitting percentage during the four matches.

OREGON STATE - Senior Joscelyn Hannaford put down a career-high 24 kills as well as 17 digs as the Beavers defeated Missouri to win the OSU Volleyball Showcase ... Hannaford, tournament MVP Laura Collins and teammate Allison Lawrence were selected on the all-tournament team ... Collins recorded 64 assists in the championship match against the Tigers ... OSU outdug its opponents 181-138 over the weekend as the Beavers averaged 18.10 digs per game ... Three Beavers averaged at least 3.50 digs per game (Megan McMillan 4.10, Hannaford 3.70, Nikki Neuburger 3.50).

STANFORD - Stanford has won 22 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom was tabbed MVP at the NACWAA/State Farm Classic while teammates Ogonna Nnamani and Sara McGee were named to the all-tournament team ... Tom is now competing with the U.S. National Team in Dresden, Germany at the World Championships - she is expected to return in mid-September ... Stanford opponents are hitting only .115 against the Cardinal this year ... Senior Lindsey Yamasaki notched her first double-double on the year with 12 kills/13 digs vs. St. Mary's.

UCLA - Senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick and sophomore middle blocker Brynn Murphy were named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic over Labor Day weekend. Fendrick led the Bruins in kills per game for the weekend with a 3.64 average. She was second on the team in digs and digs per game to UCLA libero Chrissie Zartman. Fendrick had 34 digs for the weekend to average 3.09 per game . . . With 972 career kills, Fendrick needs 28 kills to reach 1,000 for her career.

USC - Head coach Mick Haley earned his 800th career victory with USC's 3-0 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 1). Haley's collegiate record now stands at 801-192-1 (.807) . . . Joining teammate April Ross on the Radisson Hotel Roberts Nike Classic all-tournament squad was sophomore Keao Burdine. She posted a .329 attack percentage, 4.22 kills, 3.22 digs, 0.56 blocks and 4.56 points per game. Burdine also recorded a career-high .583 attack percentage (15-1-24) against Ball State . . . Junior Katie Olsovsky had four blocks against Pittsburgh and six blocks versus Nebraska to average 1.33 blocks per game in the tournament . . . In her first start for the Trojans, sophomore Emily Adams hit a career-high .667 (9-1-12) and had five blocks against Ball State.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies opened up the season with three wins for the first time since starting the 1991 season at 4-0 . . . Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin earned MVP honors at the Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic after collecting 38 kills (4.22 kpg) . . . Sophomores Kaitlin Leck and Alexis McDonald joined Benjamin on the all-tournament team. Leck tallied 27 kills in the tournament, while McDonald picked up 10.5 blocks.

WASHINGTON STATE - Washington State won the 13th Annual Cougar Challenge Tournament with a 3-1 win over Nevada and 3-0 wins over Gonzaga and #23 BYU . . . WSU senior LaToya Harris was selected the Most Valuable Player of the tournament - second time in her career and marks all four years she's made the all-tournament team . . . Also joining Harris on the all-tournament team were teammates Adrian Hankoff and Brenn Larson . . . Harris moved into 10th place in the WSU all-time career digs standings with 898. She needs 10 more digs to move to 9th . . . Hankoff had five aces in the Gonzaga match and nine in 10 games during the tournament for a 0.89 ace per game average.

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