This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 23, 2002

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This week's FOX Sports Net match features the Pac-10's only remaining undefeated teams as WASHINGTON STATE visits USC Friday, Sept. 27. The match will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Sept. 28 ... USC holds 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. 17, ARIZONA climbing to No. 12 and Washington State climbing to No. 18 in the AVCA poll ... OREGON looks to improve on the league's impressive 71-15 record (.826) this season against non-conference competition with a Monday match against Eastern Washignton.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 23
Oregon at Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 27
Arizona at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
California at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Washington State at USC, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Sat., Sept. 28
California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Washington State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Game times local to site

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Thur., Sept. 19
@ Washington def. Oregon State, 3-0
(WASH - Benjamin 19 k, Tomasevic 9 k. OSU - McMillan 10 k/15 d)

Fri., Sept. 20
@ Arizona def. UCLA, 3-1
(ARIZ - Glass 16 k/13 d, Rutledge 16 ki, Gardner 50 a/11 d. UCLA - Ringel 22 k)
USC def. @ Arizona State, 3-0
(USC - Burdine 13 k, Ross 12 k/10 d. ASU - Smith 12 k, Blocher 13 d)
@ Stanford def. California, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 15 k/7 d, Robinson 37 a. CAL - Jerkov 13 k/7 d, Brown 12 k)
@ Washington def. Oregon, 3-0
(WASH - Benjamin 17 k, Maurer 32 asts. ORE - Closs 11 k, Murphy 12 d)
@ Washington State def. Oregon State, 3-0
(WSU - L. Harris 14 k/10 d, H. Harris 11 k. OSU - Nelson 10 k, Neuburger 11 di)

Sat., Sept. 21
USC def. @ Arizona, 3-0
(USC - Olsovsky 11 k, Killian 10 k. ARIZ - Glass 15 k/9 d, Rutledge 12 k)
@ Arizona State def. UCLA, 3-0
(ASU - Escobar 23 k/13 d, Blocher 20 d. UCLA - Fendrick 19 k/16 d)
@ Stanford def. Pepperdine, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 21 k/6 b, Nnamani 15 k, Ivy 10 k)
@ Washington State def. Oregon, 3-0
(WSU - L. Harris 15 k/10 d, H. Harris 10 k/5 b. ORE - Closs 11 k, Murphy 13 d)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC's Katie Olsovsky

USC middle blocker Katie Olsovsky has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 16-Sept. 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Olsovsky, a junior from Torrance, Calif., hit .625 with just two errors, recording 17 kills (3.40 kpg) and a team-leading seven blocks (1.40 bpg) for a grand total of 21.5 points as the Women of Troy swept both Arizona schools on the road. Against Arizona, she hit .733 with 11 kills off of 15 attacks with no errors. The attack percentage ranks sixth among USC's all-time individual matches. Against Arizona State, she hit .444 with six kills and four blocks, despite only playing in two of the three games due to illness.

USC (8-0, 2-0 in Pac-10) is ranked No. 1 by the AVCA/USA Today poll for the second consecutive week.

This is the fourth weekly honor for Olsovsky, USC's 29th Player of the Week honor all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

WE'RE NUMBER ONE - The Conference has had a team at the No. 1 ranking in both major polls for the fourth straight week.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils opened their Conference campaign with a 1-1 record against two nationally ranked opponents ... ASU lost to No. 1-ranked USC (3-0) but came back to defeat No.11-ranked UCLA 3-1 ... The win over the Bruins broke a 12-match losing streak against UCLA, dating back to 1995 when the Devils swept the season series ... The Devils are now 2-1 against ranked opponents this year, and face a ranked opponent in three of their next four matches ... ASU is one win away their 500th win in the history of the 30-year old program ... Junior Juliana Escobar had a 23-kill, 13-dig performance to lead the Sun Devils over UCLA ... Junior setter Cheryl Anglin is averaging 10.19 assists per game and is within 115 assists of second place in ASU career records ... Sophomore Natalie Harris hit a career-high .400 vs. UCLA.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats upset No. 11-ranked UCLA, 3-1 before falling to USC, 3-0 ... Freshman Kim Glass led the Arizona attack for the fourth week in a row, putting down a team-high 31 kills, a 4.43 kills per game average, while hitting .333 for the weekend ... After falling to the No. 1 Trojans, Arizona is now 1-5 against top-ranked conference opponents under head coach David Rubio ... With the win over UCLA, the 'Cats are 9-8 in conference opening matches, and Arizona has won two straight matches over the Bruins ... Up next, the 'Cats will take on rival ASU, whom they have defeated in the last five meetings, dating back to 1999.

CALIFORNIA - The Bruins suffered their first loss of the season, falling to No. 4-ranked Stanford, 3-0 ... Sophomore Mia Jerkov led the attack for Cal, posting 13 kills and seven digs against the rival Cardinal squad ... Teammate Jenna Brown put in a career-high 12 kills ... Up next the Bears travel to face Oregon, Fri. Sept. 27.

OREGON - The Ducks went 0-2 in their first conference action of the season. In a 3-0 loss to Washington, senior Lindsay Closs recorded 11 kills and 3 blocks ... Versus Washington State, Closs put down 11 kills for the second match in a row, while hitting .353 ... She is hitting .302 in conference play ... Oregon has already amassed 104 service aces, after only notching 134 all of last season... The Ducks are outhitting opponents 248-182 ... Oregon will host Cal and Stanford this weekend in their first home match after ten straight road matches ... Closs has led the team in kills in every match but one this season.

OREGON STATE - Laura Collins handed out 70 assists in two Beaver losses against Washington and Washington State to lift her career totals to 1,816, fourth on OSU's all-time list ... Katrina Nelson posted impressive numbers playing in her home state, hitting .424 against the Huskies and Cougars ... She hit a season-high .471 with a team-best 10 kills against WSU, and hit .375 with seven kills at Washington.

STANFORD - Fresh off her performance with the U.S. National Team in Germany, Stanford senior outside hitter Logan Tom wasted no time getting back into the collegiate scene as she led the Cardinal to a 2-0 record last week. The fourth ranked Stanford squad swept both California and No. 14 Pepperdine. Tom averaged 6.00 kills per game while hitting at a .380 clip. She also chipped in a team-leading 2.33 digs as well as 1.50 blocks per game. The Cardinal are 4-0 this season with Tom in the lineup (Tom missed seven matches helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the FIVB World Championships in Germany) ... Stanford has run its home match winning streak to 26 matches ... Stanford has hit .333 or better in each of its last four wins.

UCLA - The Bruins lost a pair of matches to the Arizona schools last weekend. It was the first time UCLA lost both matches on the Arizona road trip since dropping a pair of matches in the desert during the 1982 season. It also marks the first time in Pac-10 history that the Bruins start league play at 0-2 ... Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 4.00 kills per game in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, starting the weekend with a career-best match at Arizona in which she downed 22 kills with a .391 attack percentage.

USC - Junior outside hitter April Ross tied a career high with four service aces against Arizona State ... The win at Arizona was the first for the Women of Troy at the UA's McKale Center since 1999 and avenged the Trojans 2001 season-ending loss to the Wildcats ... The Women of Troy have now won 13 straight matches against the Sun Devils dating back to 1995 ... Four Trojans hit above .400 in the match at ASU - senior Lauren Killian (.417, 6-1-12), junior Katie Olsovsky (.444, 6-2-9), freshman Staci Venski (.600, 3-0-5) and setter Toni Anderson (.667, 2-0-3).

WASHINGTON - Washington last opened league play at 2-0 in 1997 when it started that Pac-10 season at 3-0. With the two league wins, the Huskies have posted half of their league win total from a year ago. In fact, the Huskies 10 wins are one short of equaling last year's win total of 11 ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin opened Pac-10 play in stellar fashion. She hit .457 with 36 kills (6.00 kpg), 14 digs (2.33 dpg), five aces and three blocks while collecting 42 points in sweeping the Oregon schools ...

WASHINGTON STATE - At 11-0, Cougars invade Los Angeles for this week's FOX Sports Net match against top-ranked USC ... The 11-match winning streak is WSU's longest since opening the 1997 at 16-0. Coincidentally, the Cougars opened the 1997 Pac-10 season with a pair of wins vs. the Oregon schools, then won their next two matches against USC and UCLA - their next opponents this week ... Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris on the Cougars all-time list: kills - 4th (1,212), aces - 4th (120), digs - 6th (967) ... Attendance for last Friday's match against Oregon State was 1,872, the largest Bohler Gym crowd since Nov. 3, 2000, when the Cougars knocked off No. 17 Stanford ... The Cougars extended their school record to 32 consecutive games won and have been victorious in 33 out of the 34 games played this season ... Senior middle Holly Harris hit .410 for the weekend with 21 kills, 5 errors in 39 attacks (3.50 kpg). She also had 9 blocks (1.50 bpg).

2002 PAC-10PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 3 - April Ross, USC
Sept. 9 - Mia Jerkov, CAL
Sept. 16 - Kim Glass, ARIZ
Sept. 21 - Katie Olsovsky, USC

PAC-10 IN THE AVCA/USA TODAY RANKING:
Poll #1 - Sept. 2, 2002
1. STANFORD
2. USC
7. UCLA
11. ARIZONA

Poll #2 - Sept. 9, 2002
1. STANFORD
2. USC
14. UCLA
15. ARIZONA
25. WASHINGTON STATE

Poll #3 - Sept. 16, 2002
1. USC
4. STANFORD
11. UCLA
15. ARIZONA
20. WASHINGTON STATE

Poll #4 - Sept. 23, 2002
1. USC
4. STANFORD
17. UCLA
12. ARIZONA
18. WASHINGTON STATE

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