This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 30, 2002


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This week's FOX Sports Net match features the Pac-10's only remaining undefeated teams in league play as USC visits STANFORD Friday, Oct. 4. The match will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Oct. 5 ... 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. 13, ARIZONA dropping to No. 17, WASHINGTON STATE moving to No. 19 and ARIZONA STATE entering the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 24 in the AVCA poll ... OREGON looks to improve on the league's impressive 71-16 record (.816) this season against non-conference competition with a Monday match against Portland.


Mon., Sept. 30
Portland at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 3
Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Arizona State at Washington, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 4
Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m.
Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
UCLA at California, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
USC at Stanford, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Sat., Oct. 5
USC at California, 7 p.m.
Eastern Washington at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site


Fri., Sept. 27
@ Arizona State def. Arizona, 3-0
(ASU - Escobar 20 kills/16 digs, Smith 12 kills. ARIZ - Glass 15 kills/12 digs)
California def. @ Oregon, 3-2
(CAL - Jerkov 32 kills/17 digs, Brown 19 kills. ORE - Closs 19 kills/9 blocks)
Stanford def. @ Oregon State, 3-0
(STAN - Nnamani 14 kills, McGee 12 kills/9 blocks. OSU - Nelson 10 kills)
@ UCLA def. Washington, 3-0
(UCLA - McFarland 25 assists, Jorgensborg 24 assists. WASH - Benjamin 15 kills)
@ USC def. Washington State, 3-0
(USC - Killian 13 kills, Olsovsky 11 kills. WSU - Hankoff 18 kills)

Sat., Sept. 28
California def. @ Oregon State, 3-2
(CAL - Jerkov 25 kills/26 digs, Brown 20 kills. OSU - Lawrence 26 kills)
Stanford def. @ Oregon, 3-0
(STAN - Team .434, McGee .909/10 kills. ORE - Acevedo 7 kills)
@ UCLA def. Washington State, 3-2
(UCLA - Ringel 17 kills, Zartman 27 digs. WSU - Hankoff 21 kils/25 digs)
@ USC def. Washington, 3-0
(USC - Burdine 14 kills, Ross 12 kills/13 digs. WASH - Benjamin 19 kills)

Arizona State's Juliana Escobar

ARIZONA STATE outside hitter Juliana Escobar has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 23-Sept. 29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Escobar, a junior from Sobradinho DF, Brazil, recorded 20 kills (6.67 kpg) and 16 digs (5.33 dpg), both match highs, while also leading the Sun Devils with three service aces in a 3-0 win over No. 12-ranked ARIZONA. On the season, Escobar is averaging 4.66 kills per game, 3.12 digs per game and 0.84 aces per game.

In the upset win, Arizona State (6-2, 2-1 in Pac-10) broke a five-match losing streak against the Wildcats.

This is the first weekly honor for Escobar, Arizona State's 14th Player of the Week honor all-time.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- April Ross, USC; Sept. 9-Mia Jerkov, CAL; Sept. 16- Kim Glass, ARIZ; Sept. 23- Katie Olsovsky, USC; Sept. 30- Juliana Escobar, ASU.


RANKING THE PAC-10 - For the first time this season, the Pac-10 has six teams ranked in the AVCA/USA Today Top-25: USC, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State and Arizona State. The Conference has now had a team at the No. 1 ranking in both major polls for the fifth straight week.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU upset rival Arizona, 3-1, snapping a five game losing streak to the 'Cats, and posting their first win at home vs. Arizona since 1996 ... Junior Juliana Escobar (4.66 kpg/3.12 dpg) now has six double-doubles in eight matches this season, recording 20 kills in all six of those matches ... The Devils are now 3-1 versus ranked opponents this season ... The win over the Wildcats marked ASU's 500th career victory (500-348) during its 30th season.

ARIZONA - Freshman Kim Glass led the Wildcats with 15 kills and 12 digs in a 3-1 loss to instate rival Arizona State ... Fellow freshman Bre Ladd joined Glass in double-digits with ten kills and a team high four block assists ... Senior setter Laurie Gardner posted a double-double of her own, dishing out 42 assists and grabbing 10 digs against the Devils.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears are 11-1 this season after only winning 10 matches (10-18) the entire season in 2001 ... This weekend was the first time Cal has swept Oregon and Oregon State on the road since the 1999 season ... Cal extended their winning streak against the Ducks to seven matches, and snapped a four-match losing streak to OSU ... Junior Mia Jerkov collected 57 kills (5.70 kpg) and 43 digs (4.30 dpg) in a pair of matches versus the Oregon schools ... Against Oregon, Jerkov posted a career-high 32 kills along with 17 digs.

OREGON - Junior Lindsay Murphy tied her career-high with 20 digs in a 3-2 loss to Cal ... In the same match, freshman Dariam Acevedo recorded her second consecutive double-double with 19 kills and 18 digs ... Sophomore Lauren Westendorf put in a career-high 14 kills along with seven digs versus the Bears ... Oregon's 80 kills and 217 attempts against Cal were both season highs for the Ducks.

OREGON STATE - Senior Nikki Neuburger posted a career-high 29 digs in a 3-2 loss to California, which was the top digs performance in the league thus far ... The digs performance was the seventh-best single match dig performance in Beaver school history ... Sophomore Allison Lawrence put down a career-high 26 kills against the Golden Bears, the most by a Beaver this year ... Senior Katrina Nelson has performed well in league play this year, she leads the squad with 44 kills (3.14 kpg) in conference matches and is hitting a team-high .368 against league foes.

STANFORD - After hitting for .418 in the wins over the Oregon schools, the Cardinal have hit .333 or better in each of its last six matches. Stanford is hitting .386 in Conference play ... Junior middle blocker Sara McGee tallied 22 kills in six games vs. the Oregon schools, averaging 3.67 kpg while hitting at a stellar .690 clip, committing only two hitting errors on the weekend. McGee also led the Cardinal with 13 blocks (2.17 bpg). McGee is hitting .610 in three conference matches this season, averaging 3.11 kills and 1.89 blocks per game ... The nine points by Oregon in the Cardinal's 30-9 game two win is the lowest point total by a Stanford opponent since rally scoring was introduced last year (previous low was 11 by Washington) ... The Cardinal have won 26 consecutive home matches ... Senior outside hitter Logan Tom has 1,505 career kills - 28th on the Pac-10's career list.

UCLA - Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with 29 kills in their sweep of the Washington schools last weekend. She opened with a 12-kill performance against Washington, hitting .571 (12-0-21) in an error-free performance ... Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman recorded a career-high 27 digs in UCLA's five-game win over Washington State on Saturday night ... Sophomore setter Krystal McFarland had a similar defensive effort in the latter half of the WSU match, finishing with a career-best 21 digs in the match ... In its win over Washington State, UCLA had six players record 10 or more kills in the match.

USC - The Trojans are the only remaining undefeated Pac-10 team ... Senior opposite Lauren Killian recorded a career-high 13 kills against Washington State, in addition to hitting .455 and positing a team-best 15.0 total points on the night. Against the Huskies she hit .333 with 11 kills off of 21 attacks. She averaged a team-leading 4.0 kills and 4.5 points per game in the two wins. Not bad for a non-starter ... Washington's .231 attack percentage against the Women of Troy on Saturday is the highest for a USC opponent this season ... Junior middle blocker Katie Olsovsky and sophomore middle blocker Emily Adams both hit above .500 against Washington State. Olsovsky tallied a .588 attack percentage (11-1-17). Adams hit .529 (10-1-17).

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin posted a team-leading 19 kills vs. USC and 15 kills vs. UCLA. She has led the team in kills in 11 of 13 matches this season. For the season, she has posted 220 kills (5.50 kpg), while sophomore Sanja Tomasevic ranks second on the team with 137 kills (3.42 kpg) ... After facing ranked foes in USC and UCLA, the Huskies' next three matches also are against Conference opponents currently ranked in the AVCA Top-25.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior LaToya Harris needs only 14 digs to become just the third Cougar in school history to reach both 1,000 kills and digs in a career. Harris will join Keren Oigman (1,054 kills, 1,070 digs) and Shannon Wyckoff (1,051 kills, 1,254 digs), who both played for Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick from 1994-97 ... Harris is currently fourth in career kills (1238) and aces (120) and sixth in digs (986) ... Though this is the first season for the Libero position, WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas steadily worked her way up the WSU all-time career digs list. She posted 30 digs last weekend to move into 10th on the school's career list with 912 digs ... In between her busy nights Sept. 27 and 28, Jamtaas participated in a charity walk with her family in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which was dedicated to her cousin, Kirsten Gould, who passed away at the age of 14 last March of a rare cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma...the 4 Paws for a Cure, A Nationwide Dogwalk to Conquer Kid's Cancer, took place the morning of Sept. 28, in Philadelphia, New York, and Portland in addition to the LA location...Gould, from Seattle, attended several Cougar volleyball matches and the team visited her during her illness.

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