This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 21, 2002

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USC takes the turn with a two game lead over STANFORD. However, the Trojans will need to play five of their last nine league games on the road ... Five teams are bunched in the middle of the standings, but that could change over the weekend as UCLA heads northwest to take on WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE ... This week's FOX Sports Net match features the UCLA Bruins at the Washington State Cougars Friday, Oct. 25. The match will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Oct. 26 ... 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. 6, with UCLA staying at No. 13, ARIZONA jumping to No. 16, ARIZONA STATE rising to No. 18 and Washington State coming in at No. 20 ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 74-17 record (.813) this season against non-conference competition. CALIFORNIA and Stanford look to add to that mark with a couple of non-league tilts this week.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Oct. 22
California at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Pacific, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 25
Arizona State at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at California, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Stanford, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Washington State, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
USC at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 26
Oregon at California, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Washington, 7 p.m.
USC at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site

THE POLLS
USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 21)

1. USC (59)2. Hawaii (6)3. Florida4. Nebraska5. UC Santa Barbara6. STANFORD7. Long Beach State8. Minnesota9. Penn State10. Northern Iowa11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Wisconsin16. ARIZONA17. Eastern Washington18. ARIZONA STATE19. Missouri20. WASHINGTON STATE21. South Carolina22. Utah23. Texas24. Georgia Tech25. Michigan State(first place votes)ARV: CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON.

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE(Oct. 21)1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. STANFORD6. UC Santa Barbara7.Long Beach State8. Northern Iowa9. Minnesota10. Penn State11. Pepperdine12. North Carolina13. Santa Clara14. UCLA15. Wisconsin16. Eastern Washington17. WASHINGTON STATE18. ARIZONA19. Texas20. ARIZONA STATE ARV: CAL, WASHINGTON

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Thur., Oct. 17(ARIZ - Glass 20 k/10 d, Rutledge 12 k; ORE - Acevedo 11 k, Westendorf 10 d)
Washington def. @ California, 3-2
(WASH - Tomasevic 23 k/14 d, Benjamin 19 k; CAL - Jerkov 39 k/26 d)@ Stanford def. Washington State, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 17 k, Harvey 7 blks; WSU - Hankoff 14 k)

Fri., Oct. 18
Arizona def. @ Oregon State, 3-0
(ARIZ - Glass 12 k, Ayers 7 blks; OSU - McMillan 14 k, Neuburger 14 d)
Arizona State def. @ Oregon, 3-2
(ASU - Escobar 27 k/26 d, Leddy 22 k; ORE - Acevedo 23 k, Bell 20 d)
California def. @ Washington State, 3-0
(CAL - Jerkov 38 k/16 d, Noonan 68 a/26 d; WSU - Hankoff 15 k, Jamtaas 24 d)
@ Stanford def. Washington, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 16 k, Nnamani 13 k; WASH - Benjamin 17 k, Tomasevic 10 k)
@ USC def. UCLA, 3-0
(USC - Ross 13 k, Burdine 11 k/16 d; UCLA - Ringel 9 k, Zartman 13 d)

Sat., Oct. 19
Arizona State def. @ Oregon State, 3-1
(ASU - Leddy 18 k, Escobar 15 k/18 d; OSU - Lawrence 22 k/10 d, Rhoades 18 k)

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 Oct. 14-Oct. 20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Jerkov, a sophomore from Split, Croatia, paced the Bears with 77 kills (7.70 kills per game) on .317 hitting and posted 42 digs (4.20 digs per game) in a split with the Washington schools. Versus Washington, she established a new Cal school record with 39 kills and added a team-high 26 digs and a .346 hitting percentage. A day later, Jerkov led the Bears to an upset win over Washington State, in which she put in 38 kills and 16 digs on .289 hitting.

She is the first Cal player to ever have back-to-back 30 kill matches and only the fifth Bear ever to have 30 or more kills in a match. She tallied up a total of 79.5 points for the week.

The Golden Bears (13-5, 4-5 in Pac-10) lost in five games to Washington (3-2) and won in five games against No. 17-ranked Washington State (3-2) this weekend.

This is the second weekly honor for Jerkov, California's 15th 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; Oct. 14-Kim Glass, ARIZ; Oct. 21- Mia Jerkov, CAL.

PAC-10 NOTES

RANKING THE PAC-10 - For the fourth time this season, the Pac-10 has six teams ranked in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Top-25: USC, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State and Arizona State. The Conference narrowly missed having a seventh team in the top 25; with California receiving enough votes to finish at No. 26. The Pac-10 has had a team at the No. 1 ranking in both major polls for the eighth straight week.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats swept the Oregon schools on the road ... Arizona improved it's winning streak against Oregon State to 12 straight matches ... Versus the Beavers, four different Arizona players posted double-digit kills, led by freshman Kim Glass with 12 ... Freshman Bre Ladd posted 11 kills on .500 hitting ... Seniors Lisa Rutledge and Shannon Torregrosa each put together double-doubles, with 10 kills apiece and 10 and 11 digs, respectively.

ARIZONA STATE - With six Conference victories, the Sun Devils have surpassed their total number of Pac-10 wins from last season (5-13) ... In a five-game win over Oregon, sophomore Juliana Escobar set ASU rally-scoring records (adopted in 2001) with 27 kills and 27 digs, a record 32.5 total points overall ... Junior setter Cheryl Anglin jumped into second place on the ASU all-time career assists chart ... Sophomore Alicia Akporiaye had a career-high 21 digs against the Ducks, and senior Julia Leddy posted a season-high 22 kills on .526 hitting ... ASU has won six of their last eight matches, and are currently on a three-match winning streak .

CALIFORNIA - The Bears earned their second win over a top-20 team with a victory over Washington State ... Their 13 wins is tied for the most in a season (four others) since Cal went 15-15 in 1991 ... Sophomore Mia Jerkov set a new Cal school record with 39 kills (old record for 36 by Lisa Arce in 1989) against Washington ... She then led the Bears with 38 kills in the 3-2 upset over the Cougars ... She is the only Cal player to ever have back-to-back 30 kill matches.

OREGON - Freshman Dariam Acevedo put up a career-high 23 kills during a grueling 3-2 loss to Arizona State ... Freshman setter Jodi Bell had a career-high 20 digs, her first 20-dig performance of the season ... Junior Lindsay Closs and Acevedo posted double-digits kills (10 and 11, respectively) in Oregon's 3-0 loss to Arizona.

OREGON STATE - Sophmore Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with 22 kills in a 3-1 loss to Arizona State ... Senior Megan McMillan and freshman Karah Rhodes joined Lawrence with double-digit kill performances of their own, recording 13 and 18, respectively ... junior Laura Collins put up 58 assists in the effort ... OSU performed much better offensively than in previous weeks, averaging 16.29 kills per game (compared with 14.80 kpg in all Pac-10 matches). Overall, for the week, Lawrence led the team with 30 kills (4.29 kpg), Rhoades had 28 (4.00 kpg), and McMillan had 27 (3.86 kpg), as all three topped their season averages ... Senior Nikki Neuburger enters the week with 919 digs, which ranks 11th in OSU history. She needs just six more to take over the No. 10 spot and 81 to become the 10th Beaver with 1,000.

STANFORD - Senior outside hitter Logan Tom posted 33 kills over the weekend. She moves into 21st place all-time on the Pac-10's career kills list with 1,620. Her 145 career service aces ties her for seventh in the league as well. Tom currently ranks fifth on The Farm in career kills, surpassing 1999 AVCA Player of the Year Kerri Walsh. She has 997 career digs and needs just three more to reach 1,000 for her career. Tom leads the team with her 4.74 kills per game as well as 2.71 digs per game ... Stanford drew 2,086 fans for its match with Washington. It was the sixth time this season that the Cardinal have drawn 1,500 fans or more for a home match ... Senior outside hitter Ashley Ivy's 41 service aces is five shy of her single season high of 46 set last season ... The Cardinal have played 19 matches this year - 10 of those opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25 nationally.

UCLA - Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman has posted double digit dig totals in 15 of 19 matches played this season. Her 251 digs this season are 19 shy of matching her total of 270 for all of last season ... Senior Lauren Fendrick has recorded 109 service aces during her career. She is one of 12 Bruins all-time to have posted 100 more career service aces.

USC - The Trojans have won four of the last five matches against UCLA ... In the win over UCLA, sophomore Keao Burdine collected 11 kills and a career-high 16 digs for her sixth double-double of the season ... USC held the Bruins to a .034 attack percentage, second lowest for a USC opponent this season ... Sophomore middle blocker Emily Adams hit .444 to collect 11 kills against UCLA. Should she continue to hit at her current .418 clip for the remainder of the year, she would be just the third Trojan to hit .400 or better in a season ... USC has swept 13 opponents this season, including six ranked opponents.

WASHINGTON - With the win at California last Friday, the Huskies tie last season's conference victory mark with four ... In the win over Cal, sophomore outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic led Washington with 23 kills and 14 digs. Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin chipped in 19 kills pushing her career total over 1,000. Benjamin becomes just the 10th Husky to reach the coveted 1,000 mark. After collecting 17 kills at Stanford, Benjamin's career kill total stands at 1,032 - ninth on the school's all-time list ... Senior setter Gretchen Maurer dished out 96 assists over the weekend, to become just the fifth player in Washington history to tally 2,500 career assists. She now stands fourth on the all-time list with 2,559 assists.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior libero Kortney Jamtaas became the sixth Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 digs in a career. Jamtaas' 1,006 digs came in her four-year career at WSU ... Friday night's WSU - California contest at Berkeley was the 9th time in the past 12 years the match has gone five games. Although Washington State did not win Oct. 18, 2002, the Cougars hold a 6-3 lead in those five-game contests at Berkeley ... With 238 kills, senior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff is 48 kills shy of matching her kill total for all of last season. Her 3.78 kills per game average ranks eighth in the Pac-10.


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