This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

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Aug. 25, 2003

Early season tournaments are underway for all Pac-10 teams this weekend. . . The defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champion USC Women of Troy sit atop the USA TODAY/AVCA preseason poll at No. 1, with STANFORD coming in a No. 4, ARIZONA at No. 10, UCLA at No. 13, followed by WASHINGTON STATE at No 19 and CALIFORNIA at No. 24.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Fri., Aug. 29
Arizona vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (2)
Utah at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (3)
Oregon at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (5)
Gonzaga at Oregon State, 5 p.m. (6)
Stanford at Colorado State, 7 p.m. (7)
UCLA vs. Louisville, 5 p.m. (8)
Ball State at USC, 7 p.m. (9)
Washington vs. Missouri-Kansas City, 5 p.m. (10)
Oklahoma at Washington State, 7 p.m. (11)

Sat., Aug. 30
Arizona vs. Eastern Washington, Noon (2)
Arizona vs. Pepperdine, 7 p.m. (2)
Ohio at Arizona State, 12 p.m. (3)
San Diego at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (3)
California vs. Hofstra, 5 p.m. (4)
Oregon vs. Temple, Noon (5)
Oregon vs. James Madison, 5 p.m. (5)
Mississippi State at Oregon State, 10 a.m. (6)
Northern Arizona at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. (6)
Stanford vs. Bradley, 11 a.m. (7)
Stanford vs. Florida A&M, 5 p.m. (7)
South Carolina at USC, Noon (9)
Northern Iowa at USC, 7 p.m. (9)
Washington vs. New Hampshire, 10 a.m. (10)
Washington at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (10)
San Francisco at Washington State, Noon (11)
Wichita State at Washington State, 7 p.m. (11)

Sun., Aug. 31
UCLA vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m. (8)
California at UC Irvine, 7 p.m. (4)

Mon., Sept. 1
UCLA at Hawaii, 4 p.m. (8)

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THE TOURNAMENTS - As usual, the season gets started with a plethora of tournaments. All Pac-10 teams will be participating in tournaments this week, with three schools serving as tournament hosts: Here's this week's tournament lineup:

(2) Pepperdine Classic, Malibu, Calif. (ARIZONA, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine, Notre Dame)
(3) Arizona State Tournament, Tempe, Ariz. (ARIZONA STATE, Utah, Ohio, San Diego)
(4) UC Irvine Sunset Showcase, Irvine, Calif. (CALIFORNIA, Hofstra, UC Irvine)
(5) North Carolina Tournament, Chapel Hill, N.C. (James Madison, OREGON, North Carolina, Temple)
(6) Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, Corvallis, Ore. (Gonzaga, Mississippi State, Northern Arizona, OREGON STATE)
(7) Colorado State Tournament, Fort Collins, Colo. (Bradley, Colorado State, Florida A&M, STANFORD)
(8) Hawaiian Airlines Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaii, Louisville, Minnesota, UCLA)
(9) Holiday Inns of Greater L.A. Area Volleyball Tournament, Los Angeles, Calif. (Ball State, Northern Iowa, South Carolina, USC)
(10) Wisconsin Tournament, Madison, Wis. (Missouri-Kansas City, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, WASHINGTON)
(11) Cougar Challenge, Pullman, Wash. (Oklahoma, San Francisco, Wichita State, WASHINGTON STATE)

RETURNING TALENT. . . Ten honorees from the 2002 14-member All-Pac-10 Team return. Those individuals are:

Emily Adams, USC*	MB	Jr.Keao Burdine, USC	OH	Jr.Juliana Escobar, ASU	OH	Sr.Kim Glass, ARIZ**#	OH	So.Mia Jerkov, CAL***	OH	Jr.Sara McGee, STAN*	MB	Sr.Ogonna Nnamani, STAN**	OH	Jr.Katie Olsovsky, USC	MB	Sr.April Ross, USC*	OH	Sr.Chrissie Zartman, UCLA	L	Jr.

* 1st Team AVCA All-America** 2nd Team AVCA All-America*** 3rd Team AVCA All-America#AVCA National Freshman of the Year

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA: Arizona enters the season ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/AVCA preseason poll. . . . The Wildcats will be in search of their eighth consecutive 20-win season and eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. . . . Arizona is led by OH Kim Glass. She posted a UA single-season record with 556 kills last season while earning Pac-10 and AVCA Freshman of the Year honors. . . . The 'Cats will play 23 of their 30 matches against opponents who appeared in last year's NCAA Tournament.

ARIZONA STATE: The Pac-10 welcomes Coach Brad Saindon to the league. He takes over for Patti Snyder-Park who compiled 216 wins during her 14-year stint with the Sun Devils. Saindon spent the last two years as an assistant with the USA men's volleyball team. . . . ASU will be led by returning All-Pac-10 OH Juliana Escobar (4.29 kpg/3.36 dpg) and setter Cheryl Anglin. Anglin's 3,560 assists rank second all-time at Arizona State.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears enter the season ranked No. 24. It's the first time since 1989 that California appeared in the preseason poll. . . . Junior outside hitter Mia Jerkov set a school single-season mark with 578 kills, posting a Pac-10 leading 5.90 kpg last year. . . . The Bears will look to post back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since recording three straight 20-win campaigns from 1981-83.

OREGON: Sophomore Jodi Bell returns as the Ducks' most experienced setter after playing in 31 of Oregon's 32 matches last year. She averaged 8.19 assists and 2.27 digs per game. . . . Sophomore OH Kelly Russell is the leading returner in blocks per game (0.61), kills per game (2.70) and points per game (3.21). . . . Freshman Callan Janowiec was named Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year.

OREGON STATE: The first OSU victory of the 2003 season will mark coach Nancy Somera's 50th career win. . . . Senior Laura Collins is the Pac-10's most experienced returning setter after averaging 12.49 assists per game last season. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence all 28 matches last season and responded with a team-leading 329 kills (3.39 kpg).

STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the season ranked No. 4. . . . Stanford will have big shoes to fill in replacing Logan Tom, two-time AVCA Player of the Year. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has amassed 1,000 kills in two seasons. . . . The Cardinal have solid play at the net with senior MB Sara McGee and Jenn Harvey. McGee led the league in hitting percentage (.429), while Harvey posted the league's top numbers in blocks (1.43 bpg).

UCLA: The Bruins enter the season ranked No. 13. . . . Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman set a Bruin single-season record with 535 digs last season. Zartman was one of three liberos to garner AVCA All-Region honors (96 players were selected All-Region). . . . Senior Cira Wright (2.51 kpg/1.18 bpg) and junior Brynn Murphy (2.59 kpg/0.89 bpg) provide a quality middle for the Bruins.

USC: The defending NCAA champions enter the season ranked No. 1. and should stay there as USC opened the season last weekend knocking off No. 2 Hawai'i and No. 3 Florida in the State Farm Women's Volleyball Classic. Senior OH April Ross earned MVP honors as she hit .375, collected 3.3 kills per game, 4.2 digs per game and 4.0 points per game. . . . The Women of Troy return all six starters, plus the libero. . . . USC is 49-5 (.907) in Pac-10 play over the last three seasons. . . . Junior MB Emily Adams hit .423 last season, the fourth best single-season hitting percentage in Pac-10 history. . . . Ross has collected 1,163 kills in her career.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies will attempt to post back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time since 1996-97. . . Washington is the only team to have improved its conference record in each of the last three seasons, going 2-16 in 2000, 4-14 in 2001, and 9-9 last year. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic was one of only two Pac-10 players to be ranked in the league's top ten in kills (3.82 kpg), aces (0.38 sapg) and digs (3.27 dpg).

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars enter the season ranked No. 19. . . Youth dominates the Cougar roster as 12 freshmen make up the 18 player roster. . . . The young squad should benefit from a 17-game home schedule. In fact, the Cougars will play eight of their first 11 matches at home in Bohler Gym. The Cougars were 11-1 at home last season. . . . Sophomore setter Brenn Larson is the only returning starter for the Cougars. She set a WSU freshman single-season record with 1,383 assists.

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