This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 2, 2002

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A Pac-10 record eight teams will participate in the 2002 NCAA Tournament in quest of the Conference's 10th NCAA title in 22 years of the Tournament ... Pac-10 champion USC and defending national champion STANFORD earn top seeds ... 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. 3, WASHINGTON STATE at No. 11, ARIZONA at No. 16, and UCLA at No. 21 ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 90-19 record (.826) this season against non-conference competition and are 25-15 (.625) against non-league foes in the NCAA Tournament 64-team field.

NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST/SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE:

Thur., Dec. 5
UCLA vs. Long Beach State, TBA (1)
Washington vs. Colorado State, TBA (3)
Texas-Arlington at Arizona, TBA (4)

Fri., Dec. 6
*UCLA vs. Pepperdine/Cal Poly, TBA (1)
California vs. Santa Clara, TBA (2)
*Washington vs. Hawaii/Western Kentucky, TBA (3)
*Arizona vs. Texas /Indiana, TBA (4)
San Diego at USC, 7 p.m. (5)
Washington State vs. Oral Roberts, TBA (6)
Arizona State vs. Cincinnati, TBA (7)
Sacramento State at Stanford, TBA (8)

Sat., Dec. 7
*California vs. UC Santa Barbara/Fresno State, TBA (2)
*USC vs. Utah/Texas A&M, TBA (5)
*Washington State vs. Michigan/Kansas State, TBA (6)
*Arizona State vs. Nebraska/Tennessee-Martin, TBA (7)
*Stanford vs. Pacific /Nevada, TBA (8)

Game times local to site
* Second round match ups, should Pac-10 teams advance

First/Second Round Sites
(1) Malibu, Calif. (host - Pepperdine)
(2) Santa Barbara, Calif. (host - UC Santa Barbara)
(3) Honolulu, Hawai'i (host - Hawai'i)
(4) Tucson, Arizona (host - Arizona)
(5) Los Angeles, Calif. (host - USC)
(6) Manhattan, Kan. (host - Kansas State)
(7) Lincoln, Neb. (host - Nebraska)
(8) Stanford, Calif. (host - Stanford)

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.

PAC-10 NOTES

ODDS & ENDS ... The Pac-10 did not have a losing record against any conference this season, compiling a 90-19 (.826) record in non-league play. Only four conferences were equal to the Pac-10's challenge this year - Atlantic Coast (2-2), Big East (1-1), Big Ten (2-2) and Southeasten (1-1) ... The league's best record against non-league foes since 1992 when the Pac-10 posted a mark of 99-19 (.839) ... The Pac-10 is 25-15 against non-league teams in the NCAA Tournament. The eight Pac-10 teams in the Tournament are 23-11 against non-league foes.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats make their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 18th overall. The Cats own a 19-17 (.528) record in the NCAA Tournament and are 15-8 (.652) under coach Dave Rubio ... Senior Lisa Rutledge is inching closer to joining the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club, she has already posted 1,428 kills (3rd on UA's career kills list), and she currently has 974 digs (7th on UA's career digs list) ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kim Glass set a UA freshman single-season mark with 463 kills ... Arizona is 7-0 at home in NCAA Tournament play.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils make their 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and post a 6-13 (.316) mark in the postseason ... Junior Juliana Escobar earned All-Pac-10 honors. She's the 12th Sun Devil to earn all-league honors and the second since 1996 ... Junior Cheryl Anglin has now led the Sun Devils in assists in 81 of her 82 career matches ... She is second in ASU all-time history and first among active Pac-10 setters with 3,467 assists ... ASU's 30 all-time Pac-10 All-Academic selections since 1986 are the most in the Conference ... .

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears make their 6th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1989. Cal is 3-5 (.375) in the NCAA Tournament ... All-Pac-10 sophomore Mia Jerkov currently has 535 kills, which is second on Cal's single-season kill list ... Entering the postseason, she needs 34 kills to break Cal's single-reason record of 568 kills by Tiffany Rochelle in 1988 ... The Bears have defeated five teams ranked in AVCA Top 25 this season ... Cal is also 7-4 in five-game matches this year and it's 19-11 record is the best since going 19-13 in 1989 ... The Bears are 3-0 vs. non-league teams in the NCAA Tournament, including a 3-2 win over their first round opponent Santa Clara back on Nov. 19.

OREGON- Senior Sydney Chute tallied 2,150 assists during her Oregon career, ... 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. ... Freshman outside hitter Dariam Acevedo is the fifth Oregon player to earn Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and the first since 1991 ... The Ducks were 1-1 against non-Pac-10 teams in the NCAA Tournament, with the win coming over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

OREGON STATE - Senior libero Nikki Neuburger, became the 10th Beaver to have 1,000 career digs. She finished her career with 1,036 digs ... Senior Michele Solomon posted 398 career blocks during her career, placing seventh on OSU's all-time career block chart, her 334 block assists rank fifth on the OSU all-time block assists chart ... Junior setter Laura Collins earned Pac-10 honorable mention after posting 1,237 assists this season. It was the ninth best single-season total in OSU history. Her 2,602 career assists rank fourth all-time at OSU

STANFORD - The Cardinal make their 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford is one of four teams to appear in all 22 NCAA Tournaments ... Stanford has a 63-17 (.788) postseason record with five NCAA championships ... Stanford is 28-2 (.933) against non-conference competition the last two seasons. That includes a 16-2 (.889) mark against teams ranked in the top 25 ... With 1,844 kills, senior outside hitter Logan Tom needs 16 kills to move into fifth on the Pac-10's career kills list. With 66 kills in the postseason, Tom would move into third on the Pac-10's all-time list and would hold the top spot in the Stanford record books, passing former Cardinal Kristin Klein who compiled 1,909 kills from 1988-91.

UCLA - UCLA is making its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 21st overall. The Bruins are 54-18 (.750) in NCAA Tournament play with three NCAA titles ... All-Pac-10 sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman has 504 digs, a UCLA single-season record. It's the highest total in the Pac-10 since USC's Katie Haller recorded 504 digs in 1992. Arizona State's Mindy Gowell holds the Pac-10 single-season record with 601 digs in 1990 ... Should Zartman maintain her league-leading 4.54 digs per game, she would become the first Bruin to lead the league in that category ... In 17 seasons of league play, the Bruins have never had a losing season ... UCLA's first opponent of this year's NCAA Tournament was its last a year ago. The Bruins and Long Beach State last met in the 2001 NCAA Regional Final in the Pyramid in Long Beach. The 49ers won 3-0 en route to an NCAA Runner-Up finish last season.

USC - The Women of Troy are making their 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 20th overall. USC sports a 33-18 (.647) record in NCAA Tournament play, collecting the NCAA's first championship in 1981 ... The Women of Troy captured their first-ever outright Pac-10 Championship ... This is the first time USC has collected 17 wins in Pac-10 play ... Over the last three years, the Trojans have posted a record of 79-8 (.908) ... With four players (Emily Adams, Keao Burdine, Katie Olsovsky and April Ross) on the All-Pac-10, USC joins Stanford and UCLA as the only schools ever to place four players on the All-Conference team. Stanford accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1997, while UCLA did so in 1986, 1990, 1992 and 1999.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1997. Washington is 6-6 (.500) in NCAA Tournament play ... 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 ... At 19-10, the Huskies need one more victory to reach a 20-win season for the first time since 1997 ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin has recorded 533 kills this season, second best single-season total in Washington history. With 14 more kills she'll move into the top spot on the list, passing Angela Bransom's 1996 total of 546 kills as the UW's single-season best.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars are making their third consecutive NCAA appearance, ninth overall. Washington State is 6-8 (.429) in NCAA Tournament play ... 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 ... During her career, All-Pac-10 outside hitter LaToya Harris has posted 1,398 kills, 1,150 digs and 137 service aces - those numbers rank third, third and first on WSU's respective career lists.

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