This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 16, 2002

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Following an impressive postseason run by the Pac-10, the Conference will be represented at the Final Four by league champion USC and defending NCAA champion Stanford ... The Pac-10 has bowled over the opposition in the postseason, posting a18-6 record (.750) in the Tournament, including three-game sweeps in 11 of those 18 wins ... A Pac-10 record eight teams were selected to participate in the 2002 NCAA Tournament in quest of the Conference's 10th NCAA title in 22 years of the Tournament ... For the fourth time in Pac-10 history, four Pac-10 teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The other three times proved favorable for defending national champion STANFORD as it won the national title those three previous times (1994, 1997, 2001) ... With ARIZONA's victory over Minnesota in the West Region semifinal, a Conference-best seven teams recorded 20-win seasons ... The Pac-10 holds an impressive 107-24 record (.817) this season against non-conference competition.

NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE:
New Orleans, La. (New Orleans Sports Arena)

Thur., Dec. 19
STANFORD vs. Hawai'i, 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
USC vs. Florida, 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 PT (ESPN2 tape delayed for Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 PT)

Sat., Dec. 21
National Championship match, 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2)

PAC-10 NOTES

ODDS & ENDS ... At 107-24 (.817), it's the league's best record against non-league foes since 1992 when the Pac-10 posted a mark of 99-19 (.839). It's the second most wins against non-league competition since posting 113 victories in 1988 ... The Pac-10 has placed two teams in the Final Four for the ninth time ... The Pac-10 has fared well on neutral courts this season, posting a 52-3 (.945) record.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats made their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 18th overall. The Cats own a 22-18 (.550) record in the NCAA Tournament and are 18-9 (.667) under coach Dave Rubio ... The Wildcats reached the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth consecutive year ... Senior Lisa Rutledge became a member of the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club, she finished her career with 1,473 kills (3rd on UA's career kills list), and she currently has 1,006 digs (7th on UA's career digs list) ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kim Glass set an Arizona single-season record with 556 kills, passing Terry Lauchner (520 in 1988) ... Arizona finished the year witha 20-12 record, the seventh consecutive 20-win season for the Wildcats.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils made their 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... 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 led the Sun Devils in assists in 83 of her 84 career matches ... She is second in ASU all-time history and first among active Pac-10 setters with 3,560 assists ... ASU's 30 all-time Pac-10 All-Academic selections since 1986 are the most in the Conference ... Senior middle blocker Julia Leddy set the Arizona State career mark in hitting percentage (.342). Her .367 attack percentage this season is a single-season school best.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their 6th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1989 ... All-Pac-10 sophomore Mia Jerkov finished the season with 578 kills, tops on Cal's single-season kill list ... Jerkov recorded 30 or more kills in a match six times, including a school record 39 vs. Washingotn (Oct. 17) ... Junior setter Caity Noonan set a Cal single-season mark with 1,442 assists ... Senior outside hitter Leah Young became the seventh Cal player to record 1,000 kills, finishing her career with 1,008 kills ... The Bears defeated six opponents ranked in AVCA Top 25 this season ... It's 20-12 record is the best since going 22-20 in 1983.

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 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.

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 14th trip to the Final Four ... Stanford's 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford is one of four teams to appear in all 22 NCAA Tournaments ... Stanford has a 67-17 (.798) postseason record with five NCAA championships ... Stanford is 31-2 (.939) against non-conference competition the last two seasons. That includes a 17-2 (.895) mark against teams ranked in the top 25 ... With 1,910 kills, senior outside hitter Logan Tom picked up 28 kills in the two Pacific Region matches, giving her a school record 1,910 career kills. That also ranks third on the Pac-10's career kills list ... Junior middle blocker Sara McGee has posted 171 total blocks this season. That ranks fourth on the Cardinal single-season list and most since Vev Oden collected 185 blocks in 1989 ... McGee's teammate, junior middle blocker Jenn Harvey is right behind with 169 total blocks this year ... Stanford has won 17 of its last 18 matches.

UCLA - UCLA made its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 21st overall. The Bruins are 55-19 (.743) in NCAA Tournament play with three NCAA titles ... All-Pac-10 sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman finished the year with 535 digs, a UCLA single-season record. It's the highest total in the Pac-10 since Arizona State's Mindy Gowell set the single-season record with 601 digs in 1990 ... She's the first Bruin to lead the league in the Pac-10 in digs per game (4.53 dpg) ... In 17 seasons of league play, the Bruins have never had a losing season ... Senior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick became the second Bruin to earn First Team Academic All-America honors, joining Julie Bremner (1993).

USC - The Women of Troy are hitting .370 for the Tournament ... 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 20th overall. USC sports a 37-18 (.673) 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 81-8 (.910) ... With four players (Emily Adams, Keao Burdine, Katie Olsovsky and April Ross) on the All-Pac-10 team, 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 ... The Women of Troy are riding a 10-match winning streak in which they have swept all 10 opponents. Five of those opponents were ranked in the top 25.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1997 ... 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 20-11, the Huskies posted their first 20-win season since 1997 ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin established a Washington single-season record with 573 kills this year, passing Angela Bransom's 1996 total of 546 kills ... Benjamin earned Second Team Academic All-America honors.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars made their third consecutive NCAA appearance, ninth overall. Washington State is 9-9 (.500) in NCAA Tournament play ... WSU advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in school history (1996, 1997, 2002) ... 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 a WSU single-season record with 469 digs this year. Her 1,232 career digs rank second all-time at WSU ... During her career, All-Pac-10 outside hitter LaToya Harris has posted 1,459 kills, 1,178 digs and 143 service aces - those numbers rank third, third and first on WSU's respective career lists ... Senior Holly Harris concluded her Cougar career with 996 kills - ninth on the WSU single-season list.

NCAA CHAMPIONSFROM THE PAC-10
1981 - USC
1984 - UCLA
1990 - UCLA
1991 - UCLA
1992 - Stanford
1994 - Stanford
1996 - Stanford
1997 - Stanford
2001 - Stanford

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