This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

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Sept. 2, 2003

MORE TOURNAMENT ACTION FOR PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL

Second weekend of the season involves more tournament action. . . . USC Trojans remains No. 1 in this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll, with STANFORD coming in a No. 4, ARIZONA at No. 10, UCLA at No. 11, followed by CALIFORNIA at No. 22 and WASHINGTON at No. 23. . . . Pac-10 teams are 24-7 (.774) against non-league foes, including a 7-2 (.778) mark against ranked opponents this season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Wed., Sept. 3
Oregon State at St. Mary's, 7 p.m.
Pepperdine at USC, 7 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 4
San Diego State at Arizona, 10 a.m. (12)
Santa Clara at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (12)
Oregon at James Madison, 4 p.m. (13)

Fri., Sept. 5
Miami (Fla.) at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (12)
Arizona State vs. Gonzaga, 4:30 p.m. (14)
California vs. Seton Hall, 5 p.m. (15)
Oregon vs. Rutgers, 1:30 p.m. (13)
Oregon State vs. UC Riverside, 9 a.m. (16)
Oregon State vs. Georgetown, 5 p.m. (16)
San Diego at Stanford, 7 p.m. (17)
UCLA vs. Idaho, 3:30 p.m. (18)
Washington vs. Middle Tennessee State, 4:30 p.m. (19)
Washington State at Utah, 6 p.m. (20)

Sat., Sept. 6
Rhode Island at Arizona, Noon (12)
Arizona State vs. Tennessee, 10 a.m. (14)
Arizona State at Nevada, 7 p.m. (14)
California vs. Cal State Northridge, 11 a.m. (15)
California at Colorado State, 7 p.m. (15)
Oregon vs. Georgia Southern, 1:30 p.m. (13)
Oregon State vs. Fresno State, 11:30 a.m. (16)
Oregon State at Sacramento State, 7:30 p.m. (16)
Florida at Stanford, 5 p.m. (17) (CSTV)
UCLA vs. Boise State, 11 a.m. (18)
UCLA at Montana, 6 p.m. (18)
Washington vs. Ohio, 11 a.m. (19)
Washington at IPFW, 7 p.m. (19)
Washington State vs. Missouri, 9 a.m. (20)
Washington State vs. Utah Valley State, 4 p.m. (20)

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THE TOURNAMENTS, PART II - More tournament action to consume the second week of the season. Nine Pac-10 teams will be participating in tournaments this week, with only Arizona and Stanford serving as tournament hosts this week. Here's this week's tournament lineup:

(12) Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz., (ARIZONA, Miami, Rhode Island, San Diego State, Santa Clara)
(13) James Madison Tournament, Harrisonburg, Va. (OREGON, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Rutgers)
(14) Nevada Tournament; Reno, Nevada (Nevada, ARIZONA STATE, Tennessee, Gonzaga)
(15) Colorado State Coors Classic, Ft. Collins, Colo. (CALIFORNIA, Colorado State, Northridge, Seton Hall)
(16) Sacramento State Tournament, Sacramento, Calif. (UC-Riverside, Fresno State, Georgetown, OREGON STATE, Sacramento State)
(17) Stanford Invite, Stanford, Calif. (UCSB, Florida, San Diego, STANFORD)
(18) Ruby's Montana Invitational, Missoula, Mont. (Boise State, Idaho, Montana, UCLA)
(19) Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Tournament, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (IPFW, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, WASHINGTON)
(20) Utah Hampton Inn Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah (Missouri, Utah, Utah Valley, WASHINGTON STATE)

2003 All-Tournament Honors
NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic Champions - USC
USC - April Ross (MVP), Keao Burdine
Sheraton Four Points Pepperdine Classic, Malibu, Calif.
ARIZONA - Kim Glass (MVP), Bre Ladd
Sun Devil Volleyball Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
ARIZONA STATE - Juliana Escobar
GlaxoSmithKline UNC Volleyball Classic, Chapel Hill, N.C.
OREGON - Katie O'Neil, Lauren Westendorf
Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, Corvallis, Ore.
OREGON STATE - Anne Watts-Roberts (MVP), Allison Lawrence, Karah Rhoades, Laura Collins
University Park Holiday Inn Classic, Fort Collins, Colo.
STANFORD - Ogonna Nnamani (MVP), Sara McGee
Hawaiian Airlines Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
UCLA - Cira Wright, Brynn Murphy
Holiday Inns of Greater L.A. Area Volleyball Tournament, Los Angeles
USC - April Ross (MVP), Toni Anderson, Nicole Davis
Badger Invitational, Madison, Wis.
WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic (MVP), Brie Hagerty, Courtney Thompson
Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tournament, Pullman, Wash.
WASHINGTON STATE - Brenn Larson, Kristen Carlson

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SANJA TOMASEVIC, WASHINGTON

Washington junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) earned MVP honors at the Badger invitational as she led the Huskies to victories over University of Missouri-Kansas City, New Hampshire and No. 17 Wisconson. She posted 18 kills in each match, piling up 54 kills (6.00 kpg) on a .485 attack percentage. She added 16 digs (1.78 dpg), 11 blocks (1.22 bpg) and nine aces (1.00 sapg). For the weekend she averaged 8.22 points per game.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - After dropping the season-opener to Notre Dame, Arizona came back to defeat Eastern Washington, avoiding its first 0-2 start to a season since 1986. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass earned MVP honors at the Sheraton Four Points Pepperdine Classic as she collected 54 kills (4.91 kpg) on the weekend, including 20 kills in the upset of No. 5 Pepperdine. . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd tallied 17 kills and hit a career-best .652 in the upset of Pepperdine. She also earned all-tournament honors at the Pepperdine Classic.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils won their season-opener for the first time since 1998 as ASU knocked off defending Mountain West Conference champion Utah in coach Brad Saindon's debut. . . . Senior OH Juliana Escobar tallied 24 kills and sophomore OH Sarah Watkins recorded seven service aces in the victory over Utah. . . . Escobar was named all-tournament at the Sun Devil Volleyball Classic averaging 3.91 kpg and 2.64 dpg in three matches. . . . Junior OH Natalie Harris averaged 3.36 kpg during the tournament, and notched her fourth career double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs against Ohio.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears opened the season sweeping both Hofstra and UC Irvine at the UC Irvine Sunset Showcase. Cal has now won 11 straight regular season tournament matches and 33 consecutive games in those 11 tournament matches carrying over from the 2002 season. . . . Junior MH Camille Leffall posted 18 block assists in the two wins, averaging 3.00 bpg. . . . The Bears collected 15 service aces (5.00 sapg) against UCI.

OREGON - Junior OH Lauren Westendorf posted a career-high 15 kills against James Madison, while sophomore MB Kelly Russell added 18 kills. . . . Freshman MB Kristen Bitter collected 10 total blocks (five solo blocks/five assisted) in the win over Temple.

OREGON STATE - Junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts was named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase. Roberts hit .487 in the tournament, with 46 kills (4.18 kpg), including 21 kills in her debut against Gonzaga. She hit .706, collecting 12 kills on 17 attempts with no errors against Northern Arizona. The .706 attack percentage ranks as the fourth best single-match performance in school history. . . . In three matches, the Beavers posted 35 service aces to their opponents three service aces. . . . Nancy Somera picked up her 50th career victory when the Beavers defeated Gonzaga in the season opener.

STANFORD - Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani tallied a career-high 30 kills (hit .414) in Stanford's win over Florida A&M. Nnamani was named MVP of the University Park Holiday Inn Classic as she collected 61 kills (5.55 kpg) with a .424 attack percentage in three matches. . . . Senior MB Jenn Harvey tallied 22 blocks (2.00 bpg) over the weekend. . . . Senior MB Sara McGee picked up 16 total blocks, giving her 431 for her career.

UCLA - The Bruins took on three ranked opponents last week at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, and came away with a pair of three game sweeps over No. 22 Louisville and No. 6 Minnesota. The only setback coming in a five-game defeat to host, and second-ranked, Hawaii. . . Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman continued her digging ways, picking up 49 digs (4.45 dpg) in Hawaii.

USC - The Women of Troy extended their string of three-game sweeps to five this season. Of its 32 matches last season, USC was a perfect 24-0 in three-game matches. . . . USC is riding a 17-match win streak and a 17-game win streak. . . USC has already faced and defeated three ranked opponents - No. 2 Hawai'i, No. 3 Florida, No. 8 Northern Iowa - and will face its fourth on Wednesday when it hosts No. 8 Pepperdine. . . . Senior OH April Ross collected her second tournament MVP honors of the season, claiming the award at the USC-Holiday Inns of the Greater L.A. Tournament

WASHINGTON - Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic was named MVP of the Badger Invitational as she collected 8.22 points per game in three matches. She posted 18 kills in each of the three matches. . . . Washington hit .470 as a team at the Badger Invitational. . . . Sophomore OH Brie Hagerty earned all-tournament honors as she hit .561 in collecting 36 kills (4.00 kpg).

WASHINGTON STATE - After playing just five, five-game matches last season, the Cougars already have participated in two such matches this season. . . . Freshman MB Jen Barcus collected 19 total blocks (1.58 bpg), including 10 against Wichita State, in three matches over the weekend. . . . Freshman OH Kristen Carlson earned all-tournament honors after posting 37 kills (2.64 kpg), 53 digs (3.79 dpg) and 14 blocks (1.00 bpg).

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