This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 18, 2002

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By virtue of Washington State's upset of No. 1 ranked Stanford, the USC Trojans captured at least a share of the Pac-10 title and can win the league title outright with a victory over either of the visiting Arizona schools this week ... USC looks to clinch on Thursday as it hosts ARIZONA in this week's FOX Sports Net featured match. The match, played Thursday, Nov. 21, will be tape delayed for airing on Saturday, Nov. 22 ... Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's USA Today/AVCA poll. USC tops the poll at No. 1, followed by STANFORD at No. 4, WASHINGTON STATE at No. 13, Arizona at No. 16, and UCLA at No. 21 ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 77-18 record (.810) this season against non-conference competition. CALIFORNIA looks to add to that total as the Bears meet Santa Clara this week.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Nov. 19
California at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 21
Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Arizona State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Washington State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Washington at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 22
Arizona at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Arizona State at USC, 7 p.m.
Stanford at California, 7 p.m.
Washington at Oregon, 8 p.m.
Washington State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Tue., Nov. 12
Pepperdine def. @ UCLA, 3-0
(UCLA - Ringle 21 k, Fendrick 17 k, Zartman 18 d)

Fri., Nov. 15
@Arizona def. Oregon, 3-0
(ARIZ - Ladd 17 k/7 b, Rutledge 14 k; ORE - Closs 10 k, Murphy 14 d)
@ Arizona State def. Oregon State, 3-0
(ASU - Escobar 14 k/10 d, Leddy 14 k; OSU - Solomon 11 k, Rhoades 10 k)
@ Washington State def. California, 3-0
(WSU - Hankoff 12 k/14 d, Jamtaas 24 d; CAL - Jerkov 11 k/13 d, Young 9 k)
Stanford def. @ Washington, 3-1
(STAN - Tom 21 k/16 d, McGee 16 k; WASH - Benjamin 23 k/15 d, Lee 20 d)
USC def. @ UCLA, 3-0
(USC - Robinson 12 k, Ross 10 k/11 d; UCLA - Wright 12 k/8 b, Zartman 19 d)

Sat., Nov. 16
@ Arizona def. Oregon State, 3-0
(ARIZ - Rutledge 14 k, Torregrosa 12 k; OSU - Rhoades 11 k, Solomon 7 k)
@ Arizona State def. Oregon, 3-1
(ASU - Escobar 23 k/15 d, Arnett 20 d; ORE - Acevedo 18 k/11 d, Closs 13 k)
California def. @ Washington, 3-2
(CAL - Jerkov 34 k/24 d, Brown 17 k/23 d; WASH - Benjamin 24 k/11 d, Lee 28 d)
@ Washington State def. Stanford, 3-1
(WSU - L. Harris 29 k/18 d, Jamtaas 34 d; STAN - Nnamani 25 k, Tom 19 k/21 d)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON STATE'S LATOYA HARRIS

Washington State outside hitter LaToya Harris has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 10-Nov. 16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Harris, a senior from Portland, Ore., had 40 kills (4.71 kills per game) on .367 hitting along with 27 digs (3.86 digs per game) as the Cougars swept the Bay Area schools. Against Cal, Harris posted 11 kills with nine digs and four blocks. In an upset win over Stanford, she hit .460 with a career-high 29 kills, while adding a season-high 18 digs and three aces.

No.17 Washington State (19-7, 9-7 in Pac-10) defeated Cal (3-0) and upset No.1-ranked Stanford (3-1) this weekend.

This is the second weekly honor for Harris, Washington State's 18th 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; Nov. 18-LaToya Harris, WSU.

2002 Verizon AcademicAll-District VIII

First Team
Paige Benjamin, WASH
Lauren Fendrick, UCLA
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN

Second Team
Julia Leddy, ASU
Sara McGee, STAN
Lisa Rutledge, ARIZ

Third Team
Cheryl Anglin, ASU
Laura Collins, OSU

PAC-10 NOTES

With USC regaining the top spot in the poll this week, the Pac-10 has now held the No. 1 ranking 11 out of 12 weeks. The Pac-10 placed seven teams in the Nov. 4 poll. The last time that happened was Oct. 10, 1995. This week, the Conference owns five spots in the poll.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats shattered their single season record for total attendance over the weekend ... The 'Cats have had 26,142 fans come out to the McKale Center this season, eclipsing the previous season record of 24,525 in 2000 ... Senior Lisa Rutledge needs just seven more starts this season to become the all-time leader in matches started ... She also has a chance to be only the fourth Wildcat to join the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club, she recorded 1,364 kills, and she currently stands at 928 digs with four matches left in the regular season ... Freshman Kim Glass needs only 18 kills to take the freshmen single season kills record ... Freshman Bre Ladd had a career high 17 kills versus Oregon.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior Juliana Escobar notched her 14th double-double of the year this weekend ... Her 45 service aces are tied for eighth in ASU single-season history ... Junior Cheryl Anglin has led the Sun Devils in assists in all but one of her 77 career matches ... She is currently second in ASU all-time history and first among active Pac-10 setters with 3,323 assists ... Junior Courtney Blocher had a career-high four aces against the Ducks ... Arizona State's sweep over the Oregon schools was it's first since 1999.

CALIFORNIA - Sophomore Mia Jerkov broke a school record for single match attack attempts with 87 against Washington, surpassing the old record of 86, set by Tiffany Rochelle and Lisa Arce on Sept. 23, 1988 ... She currently has 480 kills, which is fifth on Cal's single-season kill list ... With three matches left in the regular season, she needs 89 kills to break Cal's single-reason record, 568 kills by Rochelle in 1988 ... Freshman Jenna Brown posted a career-high 23 digs versus the Huskies.

OREGON- Freshman Dariam Acevedo recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 18 kills and 11 digs versus Arizona State ... Despite playing in a reserve role, senior Sydney Chute is a member of Oregon's 2,000 assists club, with a career total of 2,126 ... Junior Lindsay Murphy has been a defensive standout for the Ducks as the libero ... She has posted 10 or more digs in 15 of Oregon's matches, and she is 375 digs away from reaching the top 5 on Oregon's all-time career digs list ... The Ducks' 169 service aces has already surpassed their total from last year.

OREGON STATE - Senior Nikki Neuburger became the 10th Beaver to have 1,000 career digs, with her 12 digs this weekend, bringing her career total to 1,004 ... She needs 70 more digs to move into ninith place on the Beavers' all-time career digs list ... Senior Michele Solomon added two block assists this weekend, moving into fifth place on OSU's all-time career block assists chart with 326.

STANFORD - With 1,812 kills, senior outside hitter Logan Tom needs three kills to move into eighth on the Pac-10's all-time list. She needs 22 kills to move past former Cardinal Kristin Folkl for seventh on the Pac-10's all-time list and second on the Stanford all-time list ... Senior outside hitter Ashley Ivy has posted 48 service aces this season, which currently ranks third on the Stanford single-season best list. She has a ways to go in order to reach Logan Tom's total of 66 last season for second on the list. Ivy has 111 career service aces and needs 10 more to move into Stanford's top five on the career list ... The Cardinal will finish no lower than second in the Pac-10 race for the 16th time in 17 years of Conference play.

UCLA - Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman becomes the seventh Bruins to post 400 digs in a season. Her 422 digs this season ranks fifth on the schools single-season list. She needs eight digs to pass former Bruin Jenny Johnson (429 in 1995) on the list. She needs 78 digs to surpass Samantha Shaver's single-season record of 499 set in 1990. Should she maintain her current 4.53 digs per game average, she would rank fourth on the Pac-10's single-season chart ... UCLA will have senior night for three Bruins - outside hitter Lauren Fendrick, middle blocker Angela Eckmier and outside hitter Lauren Hogan ... Fendrick needs one service ace to tie Annett Buckner for ninth on UCLA's career list with 117.

USC - While USC shared the Pac-10 title in 2000, the Women of Troy look to win their first outright Pac-10 title for the first time in Pac-10 history with a win over either Arizona or Arizona State this week ... USC went 0-18 in 1986 - the first year of Pac-10 volleyball, since then the Trojans have finished no lower than fourth place in the Conference play ... Coach Mick Haley needs one more victory to reach No. 600 for his Division I coaching career. His current record is 599-142-1 (.808) ... With the win over UCLA, the Women of Troy secured all 10 points for USC in the Lexus Gauntlet competition.

WASHINGTON - Freshman Candace Lee posted a career-high 28 digs in the loss to California ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin's 451 kills this season rank fifth on the Husky single-season list since Pac-10 play began in 1986 ... Senior setter Gretchen Maurer leads the Pac-10 in assists average with 12.99. If she holds that top spot at the conclusion of the season, she would become the first Husky ever to lead the league in assists average.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars upset No. 1 Stanford before a remodeled Bohler Gym record crowd of 2,539 fans ... It was the first victory over a number one-ranked team in school history for any WSU women's sports program ... Senior libero Kortney Jamtaas had a school-record 34 digs (old record, 32 - Shannon Wyckoff, 1995). For the weekend, Jamtaas had 58 digs (8.29 dpg) in the victories over the Bay Area schools. Jamtaas has 1,145 career digs - third most in school history ... Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris posted a career-high 29 kills in the win over Stanford ... Harris has made her mark on the WSU career lists with 1,382 kills (4th), 136 service aces (1st), 1,129 digs (4th) and 244 total blocks (10th) ... The upset of Stanford provided coach Cindy Fredrick with career win No. 350. Her 18-year career mark stands at 350-231 (.602) ... One more victory and the Cougars will record a 20-win season for the first time since 1997.


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