This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 17, 2002

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Pac-10 teams begin conference competition this week after a successful non-conference preseason. . . The Conference holds an impressive 70-15 record (.824) this season against non-conference competition. . . USC climbed to the No. 1 spot in both the USA TODAY/AVCA and Volleyball Magazine polls. . .Defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champion STANFORD comes in at No. 4, with UCLA moving to No. 11, Arizona staying put at No. 15 and Washington State climbing to No. 20 in the AVCA poll.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Sept. 17
Olymp Praha at USC (Exhib.), 7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 18
Olymp Praha at UCLA (Exhib.), 7 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 19Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 20
UCLA at Arizona, 7 p.m.
USC at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
California at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 21
USC at Arizona, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Pepperdine at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 22
Oregon at Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site

THE POLLSUSA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Sept. 16)

1.  USC(44)2.  Hawaii(12)3.  Florida(1)4.  STANFORD(6)5.  Nebraska(1)6.  Long Beach State(1)7.  Northern Iowa8.  Minnesota9.  Penn State10. Utah11. UCLA12. UC Santa Barbara13. Ohio State14. Pepperdine15. ARIZONA16. Wisconsin17. Texas A&M18. North Carolina19. Santa Clara20. WASHINGTON STATE21. Michigan State22. Pacific23. Eastern Washington24. Texas25. Colorado State(first place votes)ARV:  CALIFORNIA

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE(Sept. 16)

1.  USC2.  Hawaii3.  Florida4.  STANFORD5.  Nebraska6.  Long Beach State7.  Northern Iowa8.  Utah9.  Penn State10. UC Santa Barbara11. Wisconsin12. UCLA13. Pepperdine14. ARIZONA15. Ohio State16. Minnesota17. Michigan State18. North Carolina19. Santa Clara20. Texas A&MARV: WSU, CAL

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS . . . Pac-10 teams have captured 19 tournament crowns this season, with each school winning at least one title in the early going. Here's the breakdown of tournament winners:


Arizona - Nike Pacific Invitational
Arizona State - Sheraton Four Points/Red Raider Classic
California - Golden Bear Invitational, Gameworks Classic, SMU Doubletree Invite
Oregon - CSU Northridge Tournament, DePaul Invitational
Oregon State - Oregon State Volleyball Showcase Classic, Oregon State Tourn.
Stanford - NACWAA Tournament, Stanford Invitational
UCLA - Nike Portland Invitational
USC - Ball State Nike Classic, BYU Mizuno Invitational
Washington - Best Western/Sycamore Inn Classic, Mean Green Classic
Washington State - Cougar Challenge, Nanook Classic, Molten Golden Gate Classic

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Arizona's Kim Glass

Arizona outside hitter Kim Glass has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 9-Sept. 15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Glass, a freshman from Lancaster, Pa., was named the Nike Invitational MVP last weekend, leading Arizona to victories against host No. 21-ranked Pacific and St. Mary's (Calif.). For the week, she recorded 50 total kills on .295 hitting for Arizona, an average of 4.55 kills per game, and racked up 60 points. Against Pacific, she put down a career-high 21 kills along with 15 digs in the Wildcats' 3-1 victory.

This is the first weekly honor for Glass, Arizona's 17th 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 won all three of their weekend matches, including a win over No. 21-ranked Pacific, 3-1 ... Freshman Kim Glass was named the invitational MVP, recording a career-high 21 kills, hitting .348 and adding 15 digs in the match versus the Tigers ... Also recieving all-invitational honors was senior Lisa Rutledge, who added a double double of her own, putting up 13 kills and 11 digs against Pacific ... Freshman Jennifer Abernathy tallied her first career double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, while hitting a match high .385.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils have won four straight matches, their longest win streak since the beginning of the 2000 season ... The Devils face a ranked opponent in four of their next five matches, hosting USC, UCLA and Arizona to open the 2002 home schedule ... The ASU volleyball program only needs two victories to reach 500 overall, in their 30th year ... Senior middle blocker Julia Leddy was named the tournament MVP at the Red Raider Classic, after averaging 2.90 kills per game in the two matches ... Junior outside hitter Kim Melhorn posted her first two double-doubles of the year and recorded 28 kills in ASU's two matches ... Melhorn and teammate Juliana Escobar were both named to the all-tournament team as well ... Escobar has posted a double-double in four of ASU's five matches ... Sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin moved into third place on the Sun Devils' career assists list ... With 2,785, she needs 171 assists to move into second place past Jennifer Helfrich (1989-92).

CALIFORNIA - The Bears continued their unbeaten streak and won its third consecutive tournament with a 3-0 victory over over host Southern Methodist at the Doubletree Invitational ... Cal has now established a school record for consecutive games won to start a season and have tied a school record (with 1989's team) by starting the season with nine consecutive match victories ... Sophomore Mia Jerkov earned her third consecutive tournament MVP honor, leading the Bears to the Doubletree Invitational crown ... Senior outside hitter Leah Young and junior setter Caity Noonan joned Jerkov as members of the Doubletree Invitational all-tournament team ... Young has been a member of the all-tournament teams in all three of the Bears tournament victories this season.

OREGON STATE - Nikki Neuburger had a Conference-high 24 dig performance in the Beavers' 3-1 loss to Ball State. Teammates Megan McMillan and Allison Lawrence had two double-doubles, both on the same day, versus No. 20 North Carolina and Ball State ... Setter Laura Collins had a Conference-leading 64 assists against the Tarheels ... The Beavers had four players in all with double-doubles against North Carolina, and had more kills (68-55) and more digs (92-68) than UNC.

OREGON - Lindsay Closs was named tournament MVP as the Ducks won the DePaul Invitational in Chicago, Ill. ... Closs had 44 kills, 11 blocks and never hit below .300 during a match ... Teammate Amanda Porter earned all-tournament honors as well, notching 41 kills, six blocks and hitting above .400 for all three matches ... Against UNLV, Lauren Westendorf had a career-high four service aces ... The Ducks will start their conference schedule on the road, traveling to Washington to take on the Huskies and the Cougars.

STANFORD - Senior Ashley Ivy again matched her career high with six service aces against Houston on Friday night - the six aces ties for fifth all-time on the Farm for a single match. Ivy has tallied six aces on three occasions - twice this year. She had 10 service aces in three matches last week to average 1.11 aces per game ... Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani hit .388 last week, averaging 4.56 kills and 2.11 digs per game ... Stanford played before 5,641 fans at Illinois State - that was the largest crowd to witness a ISU match in school history. It was also the largest crowd in Missouri Valley Conference history ... Senior outside hitter Logan Tom will return to Stanford this week after helping the U.S. National Team to the championship match at the FIVB World Championships where they finished with a silver medal ... The Cardinal also lost its ninth match of the season last year (vs. LBSU) and went on to win its fifth national championship ... The Cardinal have won 24 consecutive matches at home.

UCLA - The Bruins have won four in a row entering league play. ... Sophomore middle blocker Cira Wright was named the MVP of the Nike Portland Invitational this weekend, completing a week in which she led the Bruins in attack percentage (.414) and averaged 3.62 kills per game ... Sophomore outside hitter Brynn Murphy and sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman joined Wright on the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Portland Invitational. It was the first All-Tournament honor for Zartman ... UCLA will play an exhibition match on Wed. Sept. 18 against Olymp Praha at the John Wooden Center on UCLA's campus prior to heading for Arizona to begin Pac-10 play.

USC - The Women of Troy take over the top spot in the polls this week. It's the first time USC has held the top spot in the AVCA poll since Oct. 16, 1984 ... USC played an exhibition match last week and it was the first appearance for freshman middle blocker Bibiana Candelas. Candelas arrived on campus and began classes on Monday, Sept. 9, after having competed with the Mexican National Team at the Women's Volleyball World Championships in Dresden, Germany for the past three weeks. ... Also returning to action was junior middle blocker Kelli Lantz who missed the first six matches due to an ankle sprain she suffered prior to the start of the season.

WASHINGTON - At 8-1, it's the best start for the Huskies since since 1996 when they opened the year 13-1 ... Washington has failed to lose a game in any of their eight match victories ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin and senior setter Gretchen Maurer were named Co-MVP of the Mean Green Classic. Benjamin led all players with 51 kills (5.67 kpg), while hitting .417 (51-11-96). She recorded six aces, nine digs and five blocks en route to Washington's second tournament title of the year. Maurer dished out 135 assists (15.0 apg) in guiding the Huskies to a .394 team attack percentage during the three matches of the tournament.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars have rolled to a 9-0 start, their best start since opening the 1997 season with 16 consecutive wins ... Washington State volleyball has won a school record 26 consecutive games. It has not lost a game since the second game in the Cougars' 3-1 win over Nevada on Aug.30 ... LaToya Harris claimed her third MVP honor in as many tournaments this season as the Cougars captured the USF Molten Golden Gate Classic. Harris posted 38 kills (4.22 kpg) and tallied 42.5 points (4.72 ppg) in the three matches ... Harris currently ranks fourth on the school's all-time list for kills (1,183) and aces (119). She ranks sixth all-time in digs (947) ... Teammate Adrian Hankoff also was named to the all-tournament team.

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