This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 12, 2002

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With two weeks remaining in league play, the STANFORD Cardinal are starting to heat up. The defending national champions have knocked off the number one team in consecutive weeks. First, the Cardinal handed Pac-10 leader USC its first loss of the season. Now the Cardinal are coming off a three-game sweep at top-ranked Hawaii ... UCLA hosts USC for this week's FOX Sports Net featured match. The match, played Friday, Nov. 15, will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Nov. 16 ... Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's USA Today/AVCA poll. STANFORD tops the poll at No. 1, followed by USC at No. 2, ARIZONA at No. 16, WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17, UCLA at No. 19, and WASHINGTON at No. 22 ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 77-17 record (.819) this season against non-conference competition.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Nov. 12
Pepperdine at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 15
Oregon at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Washington, 7 p.m.
USC at UCLA, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Sat., Nov. 16
Oregon State at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
California at Washington, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Thur., Nov. 7
@ Stanford def. Arizona, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 26k/7 d, Harvey 8 blks; ARIZ - Rutledge 16 k/11 d, Glass 12 k)

Fri., Nov. 8
Arizona def. @ California, 3-0
(ARIZ - Glass 21 k, Ladd 12 k/5 blks; CAL - Brown 7 k/11 d, Young 7 k/10 d)
@ Stanford def. Arizona State, 3-0
(STAN - Tom 18 k/.654, Nnamni 13 k; ASU - Escobar 17 k, Smith 8 k)
USC def. @ Oregon, 3-0
(USC - Olsovsky 12 k/5 blks, Davis 16 d; ORE - Closs 10 k, O'Neil 11 d)
UCLA def. @ Oregon State, 3-0
(UCLA - Ringle 16 k, Zartman 25 d; OSU - Lawrence 18 k/16 d, Neuburger 21 d)
@ Washington State def. Washington, 3-0
(WSU - Schafer 11 k/10 d, Jamtaas 14 d; WASH - Benjamin 20 k, Lee 11 d)

Sat., Nov. 9
@ California def. Arizona State, 3-0
(CAL - Jerkov 20 k, Leffall 10 k; ASU - Leddy 14 k, Escobar 12 d)
UCLA def. @ Oregon, 3-1
(UCLA - Fendrick 21 k/18 d, Wright 18 k; ORE - Acevedo 21 k/20 d, Closs 20 k)
USC def. @ Oregon State, 3-0
(USC - Adams 16 k, Olsovsky 9 k/7 blks; Rhoades 11 k/9 d, Lawrence 8 k/10 d)

Sun., Nov. 10
Stanford def. at Hawaii, 3-0
(STAN - Nnamani 19 k/.630, Tom 16 k, Ivy 16 d)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - STANFORD'S LOGAN TOMStanford outside hitter Logan Tom has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 3-Nov. 9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Tom, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, led No. 4 Stanford to three victories over top 25-ranked teams, including No. 1 Hawaii. She tallied 60 kills (6.67 kills per game) while hitting at a stellar .379 clip for the week. She added 25 digs (2.78 digs per game), four service aces (0.44 per game) and six blocks (0.67 per game) in nine games played. Against No. 16 Arizona, Tom amassed a match-leading 26 kills with seven digs and three blocks, on .400 hitting. Versus No. 23 Arizona State, she led the match with 18 kills, along with nine digs and two blocks while hitting .654 on the night. In the Cardinal's matchup against top-ranked Hawaii, she put down 16 kills, nine digs and one block in an upset victory.

The Cardinal (24-3, 13-2 in Pac-10) swept the Arizona schools, and handed No. 1-ranked Hawaii (3-0) its first loss of the season. This is the ninth weekly honor for Tom, Stanford's 47th 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; Oct. 28- Laura Collins, OSU; Nov. 4- Logan Tom, STAN; Nov. 11- Logan Tom, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES

RANKING THE PAC-10 - With Stanford's win at top-ranked Hawai'i, the Pac-10 has regained its stronghold on the No. 1 spot in the rankings with the Cardinal holding the honors this week. The Pac-10 has six teams ranked in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Top-25: Stanford, USC, Arizona, Washington State, UCLA and Washington. Last week, the Pac-10 had seven teams ranked among the top 25. The last time that happened was Oct. 10, 1995. The Conference narrowly missed having a seventh team in the top 25 again this week as Arizona State received enough votes to finish at No. 26.

ARIZONA - The duo of freshmen Kim Glass and Bre Ladd led the Wildcats in a sweep of California, each tallying double-digit kills and hitting above .400 ... Glass put down 21 kills in 38 attempts, hitting .421, while Ladd added 12 kills on 20 attempts, for a percentage of .450, as well as five block assists ... Glass recorded double-digit kills in a 3-0 loss to Stanford, posting 12, with eight digs ... Senior Lisa Rutledge led the 'Cats with 16 kills against the Cardinal ... This season, Glass needs 28 kills to set a UA freshmen record ... Barb Bell owns the current Wildcat frosh mark, with 417 kills in 1993.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior outside hitter Juliana Escobar had 17 kills to lead the Sun Devils in a 3-0 loss to Stanford on the road ... She has 15 matches with double-digit kills for the season ... Senior middle blocker Julia Leddy had the top kills performance in a 3-0 loss to California, with 14 on 22 attempts, a .545 hitting percentage ... This Saturday's home match will be the final home affair for seniors Brittany Arnett, Fernanda Habiger and Leddy ... Head coach Patti Snyder-Park will be coaching her final match at home, as she is retiring after this year, her 14th with the Sun Devils.

CALIFORNIA - Sophomore Mia Jerkov recorded 20 kills on .472 hitting in a 3-0 home upset win over Arizona State, despite nursing a sore ankle ... Cal's win over ASU snapped a three-match Pac-10 losing streak ... The Bears' 16 wins is the most they've had in a season since 1989, when they went 19-13 and advanced to the NCAA tournament ... The win also marks the third Cal upset over a top 25-ranked opponent this season ... The previous two were vs. then No. 20-ranked Arizona, 3-0, Oct. 12 in Tucson, then No. 17 ranked Washington State, 3-2, Oct. 18 in Berkeley, and now No. 23 ranked Arizona State.

OREGON- Freshman Dariam Acevedo and senior Lindsay Closs each turned in 20-kill performances in a 3-1 loss to UCLA ... Acevedo had a game-high 21 kills along with 20 digs, while Closs notched 20 kills on .350 hitting ... Freshman Kelly Russell and sophomore Lauren Westendorf joined them in double-digit kills, with 11 and 10 respectively ... Closs added 10 kills on .500 hitting in a 3-0 loss to USC.

OREGON STATE - Sophomore Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with 18 kills and 16 digs in a 3-0 loss to UCLA ... OSU's 77 digs v ersus the Bruins was four shy of the school record for digs in a three-game match ... Senior Nikki Neuburger had 33 digs last week, leaving her just eight away from becoming only the 10th Beaver with 1,000 career digs ... Freshman Karah Rhodes had her first career double-double versus UCLA, posting 13 kills and 13 digs ... She's recorded double-figure kills in nine of Oregon State's last 11 matches.

STANFORD - The Cardinal have knocked off the top-ranked team on the road in back-to-back weeks with a win at USC (Nov. 2) and at Hawai'i (Nov. 10) ... Despite missing seven matches earlier this season due to her commitment to the U.S. National Team, senior outside hitter Logan Tom currently leads the team with 408.0 points on the season. She also leads the team in kills (5.01 kpg), points per game (5.83 ppg) and digs (3.04 dpg). She is second on the squad with 20 service aces. With her 60 kills over the weekend, she moved up to third at Stanford in career kills (1,772) surpassing four-time All-Americans Bev and Kim Oden. Her total puts her 11th on the Pac-10's career kills list. She needs 28 kills to move into the top 10 ... Sophomore outside hitter Oganna Nnamani is hitting .543 over the last three matches with 43 kills on 70 swings with just five errors.

UCLA - Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman turned in two 20-dig matches over the weekend for a 6.71 per-game average. Her 25-dig evening on Friday against the Beavers was a career-high for a three-game match for Zartman. She currently has 385 digs this season, ranking her one dig behind Jenny Johnson (1994) for seventh on UCLA's all-time single season list. With 15 more digs, Zartman will become the seventh player in Bruin wome's volleyball history to record a 400-dig season ... Freshman Nancy Barba played in two games at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over the Labor Day weekend, then was diagnosed with a stress fracture and was headed for a medical redshirt season until senior middle blocker Angela Eckmier tore her ACL on Tuesday in practice. Barba played in all seven games over the weekend, posting matching offensive stats against each of the Oregon schools: 7 kills, 0 errors, 12 total attacks and a .583 attack percentage. Barba was the Bruins leading blocker on Saturday in Eugene with 2 BS and 3 BA.

USC - Junior middle blocker Katie Olsovsky is averaging 1.28 blocks per game - her highest season average yet in three years at USC. She ranks third in the Pac-10 ... USC's bench logged ample playing time last weekend and were led by freshman Bibiana Candelas who hit .385 (4-0-7) and averaged 2.17 kills, 0.83 digs and 0.83 blocks per game. Candelas, a 6-foot-5 middle blocker from Torre�n, Mexico, missed the first two weeks of the season while competing with the Mexican National Team at the World Championships in Dresden, Germany. She arrived on campus on Sept. 9 and began practicing with the team, but was not allowed to compete while the NCAA reviewed her eligibility.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies take on Stanford Friday, their seventh consecutive ranked opponent ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (5.11 kpg) and sophomore outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (3.81 kpg) form the Pac-10's top hitting tandem at 8.92 kpg ... Washington is currently hitting .280, third in the Pac-10. Should the Huskies maintain that hitting percentage for the remainder of the season, they'll eclipse the single-season school mark of .253 set during the 1996 season.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior outside hitter Chelsie Schafer posted 11 kills, hitting .391 with 10 digs in the win over Washington. Over the last three matches, Schafer is hitting .404 with 47 kills (4.27 kpg) on 94 attempts and just nine errors ... The 2,239 fans for the Washington match 11/8/02, was the largest crowd to see a volleyball match in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest attendance since the 1997 Cougar volleyball season ... Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris picked up four service aces against Washington last week. Her next ace will push her to the top of the WSU career list with 134 career service aces ... Senior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff is still the Cougar ace leader this season with 36. Her average of 0.44 service aces per game ranks fifth in the Pac-10.


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