This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 7, 2002

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Last weekend, five Pac-10 matches went the five-game distance. That's eight already for the season, compared to 10 all of last year ... Attendance at last weekend's nine league matches totaled 13,421 fans (1,491 fans per match) ... This week's FOX Sports Net match features the rejuvenated ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils hosting STANFORD Thursday, Oct. 10. The match will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Oct. 12 ... 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 staying put at No. 13, WASHINGTON STATE jumping to No. 16, ARIZONA moving to No. 20 and ARIZONA STATE rising to No. 22 in the AVCA poll ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 72-17 record (.809) this season against non-conference competition and looks to add to the mark when top-ranked USC travels to No. 12 Pepperdine this week.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Oct. 8
USC at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
Washington State at Idaho, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 10
Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Oregon State at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 11
Stanford at Arizona, 7 p.m.
California at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Oregon at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at USC, 7 p.m.
Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 12
California at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Oregon at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Game times local to site

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Thur., Oct. 3
Oregon State def. @ Oregon, 3-0
(OSU - Lawrence 14 k, McMillan 14 d. ORE - Closs 10 k)
Arizona State def @ Washington, 3-2
(ASU - Escobar 20 k/18 d, Akporiaye 16 k. WASH - Tomasevic 19 k/25 d)
@ Washington State def. Arizona, 3-2
(WSU - H. Harris 17 k, Auzina 16 k. ARIZ - Glass 30 k, Rutledge 27 k/18 d)

Fri., Oct. 4
@ Washington State def. Arizona State, 3-0
(WSU - Hankoff 15 k, 12 d, Larson 41 assists. ASU - Leddy 12 k)
USC def. @ Stanford, 3-2
(USC - Ross 19 k, Burdine 18 k, Davis 24 d. STAN - Tom 29 k/20 d, Nnamani 15 k)
UCLA def. @ California, 3-1
(UCLA - Cullen 16 k, Zartman 28 d. CAL - Jerkov 21 k/20 d, Leffall 13 k)
Arizona def. @ Washington, 3-2
(ARIZ - Glass 26 k/14 d, Rutledge 16 k. WASH - Benjamin 28 k)

Sat., Oct. 5
Eastern Washington def. @ Oregon State, 3-2
(OSU - Lawrence 22 k, Collins 66 assists/16 d, Neuburger 33 d)
USC def. @ California, 3-2
(USC - Ross 26 k/14 d, Adams 19 k. CAL - Jerkov 32 k, Brown 21 k/19 d)
@ Stanford def. UCLA, 3-1
(STAN - Nnamani 17 k, Harvey 12 blocks. UCLA - Ringel 15 k, Fendrick 14 k)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC's Emily Adams

USC middle blocker Emily Adams has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 30-Oct. 6, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Adams, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., hit .491 with 33 kills (3.30 kills per game) with nine blocks, six digs and two service aces in a pair of five-game victories over Stanford and California. Versus Stanford, Adams hit .400 with 14 kills on 25 swings with four errors. Against Cal, she hit .567 with 19 kills on 30 swings with just two errors. For the weekend, she accounted for 40.5 total points.

USC (12-0, 6-0 in Pac-10) is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA/USA Today for the third consecutive week, after defeating Stanford, 3-2 and California, 3-2, on the road last weekend.

This is the first weekly honor for Adams, USC's 30th 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; Oct. 7- Emily Adams, USC.

PAC-10 NOTES

RANKING THE PAC-10 - For the second 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 sixth straight week.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats lost a grueling five-game match to Washington State, snapping an eight-match winning streak they had held over the Cougars ... Freshman Kim Glass had great numbers in the loss, putting up a career-high 30 kills on .423 hitting, with 12 digs and four blocks to round out the match ... She is just the eighth player in Arizona history to have 30 or more kills in a match, and she is the first Wildcat to do it since the 2000 season ... Senior Lisa Rutledge also added 27 kills and a match-high 18 digs against WSU ... Arizona won its 10th straight match against Washington, 3-2, getting a team-high 26 kills and match-high 14 kills from Glass.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior libero Courtney Blocher had a season-high 23 digs in a 3-2 win over Washington ... Senior setter Fernanda Habiger set career-highs in kills (7) and hitting percentage (.467) in the match against the Huskies ... ASU's No. 24 ranking in the AVCA/USA Today poll last week was their first top 25 listing since Sept. 3, 1996 ... Senior Julia Leddy leads the squad with a .359 hitting percentage, after racking up 12 kills on .478 hitting in a 3-0 loss to Washington State.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears lost a tough five-game battle to #1 USC, 3-2 ... Cal hasn't beaten USC since 1991, and the Bears hadn't won two games against Southern California since 1993 ... Against the Trojans, sophomore Mia Jerkov tied her career-high by knocking down 32 kills, and hit a stellar .353 percentage ... She finished the weekend with a total of 53 kills and 34 digs versus the L.A. schools ... Freshman Jenna Brown recorded a career-high 21 kills and a team-high 19 digs, junior Caity Noonan added 68 assists against top-ranked USC.

OREGON - The Ducks are six service aces from surpassing their season total from a year ago ... Junior Heather Gilmore had her first double-double of the season in Oregon's 3-1 win over Portland, finishing the match with a career-high 13 kills and 13 digs ... The match vs. the Pilots had four Ducks with double-digit kills ... Oregon's freshmen have accounted for 373 of the Ducks' 974 total kills, led by Kelly Russell's 209 kills (3.22 kills per game).

OREGON STATE - The Beavers snapped a seven-match losing streak by defeating Oregon, 3-0 ... Senior Nikki Neuburger posted a career-high 33 digs in a 3-2 loss to Eastern Washington ... Her performance was good for the fourth-best digs outing in OSU history, and the first 30-dig performance by a Beaver since 1995 ... Junior Laura Collins recorded her 2000th career assist after dishing out 66 against EWU ... With 2030, she ranks fourth on OSU's all-time list ... Sophomore Allison Lawrence has recorded 62 kills her last three matches (4.77 kpg) ... She led the Beavers with 22 against Eastern Washington.

STANFORD - With Stanford's five-game loss to USC last Thursday, the Cardinal experienced a five-game defeat at home for the first time since Nov. 19, 1993 (vs. UCLA). Since then, the Cardinal had played in and won four, five-game matches in Maples Pavilion ... For their two home matches against USC and UCLA, the Cardinal averaged 3,344 fans. The 3,937 fans for the USC match was the seventh largest crowd in Pac-10 history ... Senior outside hitter Logan Tom posted her fifth career 20 kill/20 digs performance after tallying 29 kills and 20 digs vs. USC.

UCLA - Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman posted a career-high 28 digs in UCLA's four-game win over Cal on Friday night, surpassing the 27 dig previous career high she tallied in last week's five-game win over Washington State. Zartman's 28-dig total against the Golden Bears was two shy of the UCLA record for digs in a four-game match (30, Jenny Johnson, 11/25/95), and is a Bruin record for a four-game match under the rally scoring system ... Senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick needs 52 digs to become the 13th Bruin all-time to reach 1,000 digs.

USC - Before heading to the Bay Area last weekend, the Trojans had only dropped a single game in 10 match victories to start the season ... The two five-game victories marked USC's first back-to-back five game effort since defeating Arizona and Arizona State both by 3-2 scores on the road in 1995 ... Junior outside hitter April Ross tied a career-high with 26 kills against California ... Junior libero Nicole Davis collected a career-high 24 digs against Stanford ... In the victory at Stanford, six different Trojans recorded at least 10 kills in the match.

WASHINGTON - Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin continues to lead the Huskies after collecting 45 kills (4.50 kpg) in matches against Arizona and Arizona State. She has posted double digit kill totals in 14 consecutive matches and has recorded 20 or more kills four times this season, including a career-high 28 kills against Arizona ... Sophomore outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic posted a career-high 25 digs against Arizona State. It was her second 20-plus dig match of the season and most by a Husky since Gretchen Maurer recorded 25 digs against Oregon on Nov. 9, 2001.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris becomes the third player in Cougar history to reach both 1,000 kills and digs in a career. Her 1,253 kills and 1,001 digs are both fourth all-time on the WSU career lists ... With a pair of victories last weekend, the Cougars swept the Arizona schools for the first time since 1997 ... After collecting 17 kills in 22 games played this season, freshman right side Ance Auzina came up big in the five-game win over Arizona. Ance played in four games and hit .652 to collect a career-high 16 kills in 23 attempts with just one error.


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