This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 9, 2002

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Pac-10 teams wrap up early season tournament action this weekend. The Conference looks to add to its impressive 48-10 record (.828) this season against non-conference competition. Defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champion STANFORD remains atop both the USA TODAY/AVCA and Volleyball Magazine polls at No. 1, with USC coming in a No. 2, UCLA at No. 14, ARIZONA at No. 15, and WASHINGTON STATE ranked No. 25 in this week's AVCA poll.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:


Tues., Sept. 10
Oregon at Florida State, 7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 11
Stanford at Illinois State, 7 p.m.
UCLA at San Francisco, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 13
Arizona vs. St. Mary's (Calif.) (3), 5 p.m.
Arizona State at Texas Tech Tournament (6), TBA
California vs. Texas-San Antonio (9), 4:30 p.m.
Oregon vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12), 3 p.m.
Oregon State at Minnesota (15), 7:30 p.m.
Stanford vs. Houston (18), 5 p.m.
UCLA at Portland (21), 7:30 p.m.
Washington at North Texas (26), 7 p.m.
Washington State vs. Butler (29), 5 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 14
Arizona vs. British Columbia (3), 12 noon
Arizona at Pacific (3), 7:30 p.m.
Arizona State at Texas Tech Tournament (6), TBA
California vs. Tulane (9), 10 a.m.
California at Southern Methodist (9), 7 p.m.
Oregon at DePaul (12), 12 noon
Oregon vs. UNLV (12), 3 p.m.
Oregon State vs. North Carolina (15), 10 a.m.
Oregon State vs. Ball State (15), 5 p.m.
Stanford vs. Florida or Ohio (18), 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton (21), 10 a.m.
UCLA vs. Toledo (21), 5 p.m.
Washington vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (26), 9 a.m.
Washington vs. Louisiana Tech (26), 2:30 p.m.
Washington State vs. IUPU-Fort Wayne (29), 2 p.m.
Washington State at San Francisco (29), 7:30 p.m.

Game times local to site

THE POLLS

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES  (Sept. 9)1.  STANFORD (59)2.  USC (2)3.  Hawai'i (4)4.  Nebraska5.  Long Beach State6.  Florida7.  Northern Iowa8.  Utah9.  Ohio State10. Pepperdine11. Penn State12. Wisconsin13. Minnesota14. UCLA15. ARIZONA16. Texas A&M17. Colorado State18. UC Santa Barbara19. Michigan State20. North Carolina21. Pacific22. Santa Clara23. South Carolina24. Kansas State25. WASHINGTON STATE(first place votes)ARV:  ARIZONA STATE,  CAL

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE(Sept. 9)1. STANFORD2. Hawaii3. USC4. Nebraska5. Long Beach State6. Florida7. Utah8. Northern Iowa9. Wisconsin10. Ohio StateARV: WASHINGTON STATE, CAL

THE 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:


(3) Pacific Tournament, Stockton, Calif. (Arizona, British Columbia, Pacific, St. Mary's)
(6) Texas Tech Tournament, Lubbock, Texas (Arizona State, Clemson, Texas Tech)
(9) SMU Doubletree Invitational, Dallas, Texas (California, Southern Methodist, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane)
(12) DePaul Invitational, Chicago, Ill. (DePaul, Oregon, UNLV, Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
(15) Minnesota Tournament, Minneapolis, Minn. (Ball State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon State)
(18) Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla. (Florida, Houston, Ohio, Stanford)
(21) Nike Portland Invitational, Portland, Ore. (Call State Fullerton, Portland, Toledo, UCLA)
(26) Mean Green Classic, Denton, Texas (Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi, Washington)
(29) Molten Golden Gate Classic, San Francisco, Calif. (Butler, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, San Francisco, Washington State) **Host in bold

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


California - Golden Bear Invitational, Gameworks Classic
Oregon - CSU Northridge Tournament
Oregon State - Oregon State Volleyball Showcase Classic, Oregon State Tourn.
Stanford - NACWAA Tournament, Stanford Invitational
USC - Ball State Nike Classic, BYU Mizuno Invitational
Washington - Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic
Washington State - Cougar Challenge, Nanook Classic

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
California's Mia Jerkov

California outside hitter Mia Jerkov has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 3-Sept. 8.

Jerkov, a sophomore from Split, Croatia, was named UNLV Gameworks Classic MVP after helping the Golden Bears to the tournament title, the second for Cal this season. The MVP honor was Jerkov's second as well. In three tournament matches in Las Vegas, she recorded 54 kills (6.0 kpg), 26 digs (2.89 dpg) and seven service aces (0.78 apg).

For the season, she has 101 kills, 52 digs and 20 service aces in six matches. The Bears are 6-0, and have won all 18 games this season.

This is the first weekly honor for Jerkov, California's 14th Player of the Week honor all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES


ARIZONA - Head coach David Rubio became the fastest coach in Arizona history to win 200 matches, as the Wildcats defeated New Mexico in their home opener, 3-0. The 'Cats lost only their third home non-conference match to No. 4-ranked Nebraska in the second day of the Wildcat Classic.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils opened their 2002 campaign with a 2-1 record for the weekend at the South Carolina Volleyball Classic ...The programs now holds a 22-8 all-time record in season openers. Junior Juliana Escobar led the charge for Arizona State, averaging 4.83 kills, 3.08 digs and 1.25 aces per game ...The Sun Devils' 3-2 victory over No. 9 Pacific was their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000. Junior setter Cheryl Anglin recorded 125 assists in three matches and is now just seven assists shy of cracking the top five in ASU history.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears improved to 6-0, winning the UNLV Gameworks Classic. The Bears have won all 18 matches in 2002. The winning start is Cal's best since 1993, when the Bears went 7-0 to start the year, and won their first 21 matches. The Bears were led by sophomore Mia Jerkov, who earned tournament MVP honors for the second week in a row. Jerkov recorded 54 kills, 26 digs and seven service aces in three matches.

OREGON - The Ducks went 2-1 at the Miami (Fla.) Tournament. Against Howard, senior Lindsay Closs hit a career-high .565. Junior Heather Gilmore recorded her first career double-double, with 12 kills and 11 digs in Oregon's 3-0 win over Fordham. Freshman Kelly Russell put up an impressive 16 kills in Oregon's 3-0 loss to Miami. Junior Erika Widmark had a career high 10 kills versus Howard, and the Ducks as a team hit a season-high .402.

OREGON STATE - Megan McMillan record her third double-double of the season in the Beavers' 3-0 win over Boise State at the OSU Volleyball Classic. OSU remained unbeaten after an 3-1 win over Cal State-Northridge. Joscelyn Hannaford was named tournament MVP, with 14 kills and 17 digs against Northridge. Teammates McMillan and Laura Collins also earned all-tournament honors.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are riding a 25-match win streak. Senior Ashley Ivy earned tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational as the Cardinal won their second tournament of the season with a 3-1 win over No. 8 Utah. Ivy tied her career-high with six service aces vs. Cal Poly, the fifth-best single-match performance on The Farm. Teammates Ogonna Nnamani and Sara McGee also were named to the all-tournament team. McGee hit .679 with 20 kills in the win over Utah. For the week, she hit at a .565 clip, averaging 4.07 kills per game. Stanford has won 24 straight at home in Maples Pavilion.

UCLA - Senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick recorded her 1,000th career kill during Saturday afternoon's Rhode Island match. She currently has 1,006 career kills, and ranks 19th in UCLA history (she's the 19th player in Bruin volleyball history to reach that milestone. 18th is 1009). The Bruins hit the road again this week for four matches. They open Pac-10 play on the road as well. In all, the Bruins play their first 12 matches away from home.

USC - USC's win against sixth-ranked Florida was it's second victory over a top-10 opponent in five days. The Trojans defeated No. 2 Nebraska on Sept. 2 also by a 3-0 score. The Trojans played all three BYU Mizuno Classic tournament matches in 24 hours (first match was at 7 p.m. on Thursday, final match was played at 7 p.m. on Friday). Sophomore Keao Burdine was named BYU Mizuno Classic MVP. She averaged 2.8 kills, a .263 attack percentage and 2.4 digs per game. Junior April Ross was named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 4.10 kills, a .345 attack percentage, 0.50 aces, 3.20 digs and 0.90 blocks per game. Against Wake Forest she posted a career-high 26 kills, hit .512, tied a career-high with three aces and added four blocks and 12 digs.

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin and and sophomore outside hitter Kaitlin Leck were both named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts at the Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge. Benjamin tallied 61 kills (6.10 kpg) during the tournament, including a match-high 23 kills vs. San Diego State. Freshman libero Candace Lee has posted 10 or more digs in four of the last five matches, averaging 3.81 dpg over the last five matches.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris earned her second consecutive tournament MVP honors as she was named MVP of the Nanook Classic. Harris posted 32 kills (3.56 kpg), 25 digs (2.78 dpg) and nine blocks (1.00 bpg) while hitting .304 for the three matches. With 1,145 career kills, Harris currently ranks fourth on the Cougar all-time list. Teammates Adrian Hankoff and Brenn Larson were also selected all-tournament. Hankoff posted a career-high six service aces in the win over Alaska-Fairbanks.

2002 Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Sept. 3 - April Ross, USC
Sept. 9 - Mia Jerkov, CAL

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