This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 25, 2002

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The USC Trojans captured their first outright Pac-10 title and will receive the Pac-10's automatic berth when the NCAA Tournament field of 64 is announced Sunday ... The big question is if the Conference can get another seven teams in the NCAA Tournament. Since 1986, Nine of 11 Pac-10 teams that finished with a .500 record in Pac-10 play and had a winning record overall have participated in the NCAA Tournament. Also since 1986, of the 11 teams that have finished 8-10 or 7-11 in league play and posted a winning record overall, six have been at-large picks for the NCAA Tournament ... 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. 11, ARIZONA at No. 12, and UCLA at No. 21 ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 78-18 record (.813) this season against non-conference competition.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Nov. 26
San Francisco at California, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Portland, 5:30 p.m.
Santa Clara at Stanford, 7 p.m.
USC at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 29
Arizona at BYU, 7 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Oral Roberts, 5 p.m. (1)
UCLA vs. Butler, 5 p.m. (2)
Washington vs. Southwest Missouri State, 5 p.m. (3)

Sat., Nov. 30
Arizona at Utah, 7 p.m.
Arizona State vs. UNLV/Weber State, TBA (1)
UCLA vs. Rice, 10 a.m. (2)
UCLA vs. New Mexico, 7 p.m. (2)
Washington vs. Pacific /Nevada, TBA (3)

Sun., Dec. 1
NCAA Tournament Selection, 6 p.m. PT (ESPNEWS)

Game times local to site

Tournaments/Neutral Sites
1 - UNLV Thanksgiving Classic, Las Vegas, Nev.
2 - Albuturkey Tournament, Albuquerque, N.M.
3 - Univ. of Pacific Tournament, Stockton, Calif.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS. . .

Tue., Nov. 19
California def. @ Santa Clara, 3-2
(CAL - Young 29 k/18 d, Noonan 72 asts/11 d, Brown 13 k/14 d)

Thur., Nov. 21
@ USC def. Arizona, 3-0
(USC - Ross 12 k/8 d, Adams 9 b ; ARIZ - Rutledge 15 k/6 d, Ladd 8 k/3 b)
@UCLA def. Arizona State, 3-2
(UCLA - Ringle 17 k/15 d, Wright 11 b; ASU - Harris 22 k/17 d, Escobar 15 k/21 d)
Washington State def. @ Oregon, 3-0
(WSU - Schafer 13 k/10 d, Hankoff 11 k; ORE - Acevedo 13 k, Westendorf 14 d)
Washington def. @ Oregon State, 3-1
(WASH - Benjamin 27 k, Tomasevic 14 k/15 d; OSU - Rhoades 12 k/16 d)

Fri., Nov. 22
Arizona def. @ UCLA, 3-1
(ARIZ - Glass 23 k/18 d, Rutledge 22 k/21 d; UCLA - Ringle 16 k, Zartman 26 d)
@ USC def. Arizona State, 3-0
(USC - Adams 19 k/.581, Ross 12 k/.500; ASU - Harris 9 k/9 d, Arnett 15 d)
Stanford def. @ California, 3-2
(STAN - Nnamani 20 k, McGee 19 k/8 b; CAL - Jerkov 37 k/21 d, Young 10 k)
Washington def. @ Oregon, 3-0
(WASH - Benjamin 20 k, Tomasevic 17 k/.552/10 d; ORE - Westendorf 10 k)
Washington State def. @ Oregon State, 3-0
(WSU - Schafer 13 k/10 d, Jamtaas 13 d; OSU - Rhoades 8 k, Neuburger 13 d)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STANFORD'S SARA MCGEE
STANFORD middle blocker Sara McGee has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 17-Nov. 23.

McGee, a junior from Davis, Calif., put down 19 kills and eight blocks while hitting .643 (4.0 kills per game) as the Cardinal finished up their Pac-10 Conference season with a 3-2 win at California. Her 19 kills is one shy of her career high, which she set earlier this season against Utah. McGee currently leads the Conference and the team with her .426 hitting percentage, and is second (in the Pac-10 and on her team) in blocks, averaging 1.39 per game.

No.4-ranked Stanford (26-4, 15-3 in Pac-10) defeated California in Berkeley, 3-2 this weekend.

This is the first weekly honor for McGee, Stanford's 48th 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; Nov. 25- Sara McGee, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES

With USC staying atop the poll this week, the Pac-10 has now held the No. 1 ranking 12 out of 13 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 - Senior Lisa Rutledge is inching closer to joining the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club, she has already posted 1,401 kills (3rd on UA's career kills list), and she currently has 955 digs with two matches left in the regular season ... Rutledge needs just five more starts this season to become the all-time leader in matches started ... Freshman Kim Glass had 23 kills against UCLA, shattering the UA freshman kills record with 425 kills this season, the record was previously held by Barb Bell with 417 in 1993.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior Juliana Escobar recorded her 16th double-double of the year this weekend ... Junior Cheryl Anglin has now led the Sun Devils in assists in 79 of her 80 career matches ... She is second in ASU all-time history and first among active Pac-10 setters with 3,385 assists ... Sophomore Natalie Harris' 22 kills, 17 digs, five total blocks and 25.5 points vs. UCLA were all career highs ... ASU's 30 all-time Pac-10 All-Academic selections since 1986 are the most in the Conference ... The Sun Devils' 3-2 loss to UCLA snapped their unbeaten streak in five-game matches ... They are 6-1 in matches that have gone the distance this season.

CALIFORNIA - Sophomore Mia Jerkov broke her own school record for attack attempts in a single match, with 91 against Stanford ... She held Cal's previous top attack performance with 87 attempts against Washington last week ... She currently has 517 kills, which is second on Cal's single-season kill list ... With one match left in the regular season, she needs 52 kills to break Cal's single-reason record, 568 kills by Tiffany Rochelle in 1988 ... With the win over No. 11-ranked Santa Clara, the Bears have now defeated five teams ranked in AVCA Top 25 ... Cal is also 7-4 in five-game matches this year and it's 18-11 record is the best since going 19-13 in 1989.

OREGON- Senior Sydney Chute continues to contribute off the bench ... She is a member of Oregon's 2,000 assists club, with a career total of 2,150 ... Junior Lindsay Murphy has been a solid defender for the Ducks at the libero ... She has posted 10 or more digs in 16 of Oregon's matches this season, and she is 355 digs away from reaching the top 5 on Oregon's all-time career digs list.

OREGON STATE - Senior Nikki Neuburger, the 10th Beaver to have 1,000 career digs, and 10th all-time on OSU's career digs chart, needs 47 more digs to vault into ninth on the Beavers' career list ... Senior Michele Solomon needs just six more total blocks to move into fourth place on OSU's all-time career block assists chart (she's currently fifth with 330) ... The Beavers will wrap up their regular season this week against Portland.

STANFORD - The Cardinal closes the regular season with a non-league contest against No. 13 Santa Clara this week. Stanford is 27-2 (.931) against non-conference competition the last two seasons. That includes a 15-2 mark against teams ranked in the top 25 ... With 1,828 kills, senior outside hitter Logan Tom needs six kills to move past former Cardinal Kristin Folkl for seventh on the Pac-10's career kills list. That would also mover her into second on Stanford's career list.

UCLA - Sophomore Chrissie Zartman has 465 digs, needing 35 to set the UCLA single-season record (499, Samantha Shaver in 1995). It's the highest total in the Pac-10 since USC's Katie Haller recorded 473 digs in 1993 ... Should Zartman maintain her league-leading 4.56 digs per game, she would become the first Bruin to lead the league in that category ... With its win over Arizona State, UCLA secured a .500 record in Pac-10 play. In 17 seasons of league play, the Bruins have never had a losing season ... When the NCAA selection committee announces the 64-team field on Sunday, the Bruins will hopes of making their sixth consecutive appearance and 16th appearance in 17 Tournaments.

USC - The Women of Troy captured their first-ever outright Pac-10 Championship with win over Arizona ... This is the first time USC has collected 17 wins in conference play and its best conference record since 1980 ... Over the last three years, the Trojans have posted a record of 78-8 (.907) ... The Women of Troy honored their three seniors Lauren Killian, Tracy Lindquist and Julie Mariani prior to the start of the USC-ASU match on Friday. These three players will leave USC as its most accomplished class in 22 years with two conference championships and four NCAA appearances, including the 2000 Final Four ... All 14 players played against Arizona State and seven logged a .333 or better attack percentage ... Junior outside hitter April Ross and sophomore middle blocker Emily Adams averaged an identical 4.0 kills per game in the sweep of the Arizona schools.

WASHINGTON - With a 9-9 mark in Pac-10 play, Washington posted its best league mark since 1997, when the Huskies finished in a tie for second at 13-5 ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin has recorded 498 kills this season, fourth best single-season total in Washington history. With five more kills she'll move into second on the list and needs 49 kills to pass Angela Bransom's 1996 total of 546 kills as the UW's single-season best ... The Huskies have a couple of non-conference matches remaining before awaiting word from the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Should Washington hear its named called on Sunday, it would mark the first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, and its seventh appearance overall.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars have posted their eighth 20-win season, seventh under coach Cindy Fredrick and first since 1997 ... At 11-7 in Pac-10 play, WSU also posted its first winning season in league play since 1997 ... WSU finished its home portion of league play at 8-1, its best home record in Pac-10 play since a perfect 9-0 in 1996 ... Senior libero Kortney Jamtaas has posted 409 digs this season, which ranks third on the WSU single-season list. She needs 11 digs to move into the top spot, passing Beth Welch who posted 419 digs in 1988. The Cougars are idle this week and will wait to see where the postseason will take them. The Cougars are looking for their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth appearance overall.

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