This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 9, 2003

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FINAL TUNEUP BEFORE CONFERENCE PLAY BEGINS
USC, Washington and California Remain Unbeaten

Pac-10 teams to wrap up early season tournament action as preparations begin for league play. . . . Six teams ranked among the top 20 in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll, led by top-ranked USC. Stanford remains at No. 4, followed by No. 9 UCLA, No. 14 ARIZONA, No. 16 CALIFORNIA and No. 18 WASHINGTON. . . . Pac-10 teams are 41-20 (.672) against non-league foes, including a 8-5 (.615) mark against ranked opponents this season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tue., Sept. 9
Saint Mary's at Stanford, 7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 10
Washington at Idaho State, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 11
New Hampshire at California, 7 p.m. (21)
UCLA vs. Texas A&M-CC, 11 a.m. (22)
UCLA vs. Texas Arlington, 3 p.m. (22)

Fri., Sept. 12
New Mexico State at Arizona, 10 a.m. (23)
Santa Barbara at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (23)
Arizona State vs. Chattanooga, 4:30 p.m. (24)
Nevada at California, 7 p.m. (21)
Oregon at Colorado, 7 p.m. (25)
Oregon State vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m. (26)
Stanford vs. Weber State, 5 p.m. (27)
UCLA at Texas, 5 p.m. (22)
USC vs. Centenary, 4 p.m. (28)
Washington vs. Northern Arizona, TBD (29)
Saint Louis at Washington State, 7 p.m.(30)

Sat., Sept. 13
American at Arizona, Noon (23)
Arizona State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 10 a.m. (24)
Arizona State at SMU, 7 p.m. (24)
Cal Poly at California, 7 p.m. (21)
Oregon vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. (25)
Oregon State vs. Campbell, 8 a.m. (26)
Oregon State at Charlotte, 4:30 p.m. (26)
Stanford vs. Hawaii or Utah State, 5 or 7 p.m. (27)
USC vs. SW Missouri State, 10 a.m. (28)
USC at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (28)
Washington at Idaho, TBD (29)
New Mexico at Washington State, Noon (30)
Loyola Marymount at Washington State, 7 p.m. (30)

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THE TOURNAMENTS, PART III - More tournament action to consume the third week of the season. All Pac-10 teams will be participating in tournaments this week, with only Arizona, California and Washington State serving as tournament hosts this week. Here's this week's tournament lineup:

(21) Golden Bear Invitational, Berkeley, Calif. (CALIFORNIA, Cal Poly, New Hampshire, Nevada)
(22) Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, Austin, Texas (Texas, Texas A&M-CC, Texas Arlington, UCLA)
(23) Arizona Invitational, Tucson, Ariz., (American, ARIZONA, New Mexico State, Santa Barbara)(24) SMU Radisson Invitational; Dallas, Texas (ARIZONA STATE, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Chattanooga)
(25) Colorado Tournament, Boulder, Colo. (Colorado, OREGON, Villanova)
(26) UNC-Charlotte Tournament, Charlotte, N.C. (Campbell, UNC-Charlotte, OREGON STATE, Winthrop)
(27) Hawaii Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaii, STANFORD, Utah State, Weber State)
(28) Texas A&M Invitational, College State, Texas (Centenary, SW Missouri State, Texas A&M, USC)
(29) Idaho Tournament, Moscow, Idaho (Idaho, Northern Arizona, WASHINGTON)
(30) Cougar Mania Invite, Pullman, Wash. (Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, Saint Louis, WASHINGTON STATE)

2003 All-Tournament MVP Honors
NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i
USC - April Ross (MVP)
Sheraton Four Points Pepperdine Classic, Malibu, Calif.
ARIZONA - Kim Glass (MVP)
Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, Corvallis, Ore.
OREGON STATE - Anne Watts-Roberts (MVP)
University Park Holiday Inn Classic, Fort Collins, Colo.
STANFORD - Ogonna Nnamani (MVP)
Holiday Inns of Greater L.A. Area Volleyball Tournament, Los Angeles
USC - April Ross (MVP)
Badger Invitational, Madison, Wis.
WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic (MVP)
Coors Classic, Fort Collins, Colo.
CALIFORNIA - Mia Jerkov (MVP)
Ruby's Montana Invitational
UCLA - Heather Cullen (MVP)
IPFW Invitational, Fort Wayne, Ind.
WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic (MVP)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIA JERKOV, CALIFORNIA

California junior outside hitter Mia Jerkov (Split, Croatia) earned MVP honors at the Colorado State Coors Classic as she led the Golden Bears to victories over Seton Hall, Cal-State Northridge, and host Colorado State. She collected 68 kills (6.18 kpg), hit .384 and added 30 digs (2.73 dpg) in the three victories. Against Northridge, she posted 30 kills and 18 digs. It was the seventh time in her career that she has had 30 or more kills in a match. In the championship match against Colorado State, she tallied 20 kills and hit .327 for the match. It's the third weekly honor for Jerkov.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Sophomore OH Kim Glass has led the Wildcats in kills in each match this season, piling up 130 kills for the season (5.20 kpg). . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd ranks second in the Pac-10 with 0.67 service aces per game. She has 16 aces on the season, compared to 19 aces all of last season.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior OH Juliana Escobar and junior OH Natalie Harris were named all-tournament at the SBC/Sands Regency Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nev. In ASU's five-game loss to Tennessee, Escobar matched a career-high with 26 digs, while Harris recorded a career-best 24 kills. . . . Sophomore OH Sarah Watkins has tallied double digit kills in four of six matches this season and ranks third on the team averaging 2.43 kills per game.

CALIFORNIA - Junior MH Camille Leffall earned all-tournament recognition at the Coors Classic last weekend. She tallied 29 kills (2.64 kpg), hit .412 and added 14 blocks (1.51 bpg) in three tournament matches. Leffall ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks at 1.88 bpg. . . . The Bears lead the league in digs at 16.41 dpg. . . . The Bears have won 14 straight regular season tournament matches and 42 of 44 games in those 14 matches.

OREGON - The Ducks continue tournament action on the road for the third consecutive weekend with a pair of matches at the Colorado Invitational. Oregon has already played in North Carolina and Virginia. . . . Sophomore MB Kelly Russell has posted 10 or more kills in four consecutive matches. She leads the team in hitting at a .476 clip.

OREGON STATE - Senior S Laura Collins earned all-tournament honors at the Sacramento State Tournament. In the loss to Sacramento State, Collins dished out 49 assists, giving her 2,904 assists for her career. That moved her past Christine Camp (2,860 assists, 1989-91) for third all-time on OSU's career assists list. . . . Junior MB Amanda Eggert hit .520 with 15 kills and collected a career-high nine blocks against Sacramento State. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence posted a season-high 21 kills, a career-high 17 digs and served a career-best six aces in the win over Georgetown. Lawrence has served at least one ace in every match this year. She has 19 aces through the first eight matches, already matching the 19 she had for the entire 2002 season.

STANFORD - Stanford's loss to No. 3 Florida was its first three-game setback since being swept at Pacific on Nov. 7, 2000. Since that defeat at Pacific, the Cardinal have posted a 74-9 (.892) record. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani and senior MB Jennifer Harvey were tabbed all-tournament at the Stanford Invitational. Nnamani picked up 30 kills in two matches (5.00 kpg), while Harvey collected 14 blocks (2.33 bpg).

UCLA - The Bruins hit .400 as a team in sweeping all three matches at the Ruby's Montana Invitational. . . . Junior OH Heather Cullen was named MVP of the Invitational after collecting 32 kills (3.56 kpg) and posting a .397 hitting percentage. . . . Junior L Chrissie Zartman was named the tournament's top libero, while junior MB Brynn Murphy earned all-tournament selection.

USC - The Women of Troy knocked off No. 8 Pepperdine to run their record to 4-0 this season against teams ranked in the top ten. . . . As a team, USC leads the league in opponent hitting percentage (.103). . . . Sophomore MB Bibiana Candelas leads the league in hitting at .489, while ranking tied for third (with junior teammate Emily Adams) in blocks with 1.67 blocks per game.

WASHINGTON - At 6-0, the Huskies are off to their best start since opening the 1987 season with a nine-match winning streak. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic earned tournament MVP honors for the second consecutive week as she grabbed the honors at the IPFW Invitational. She posted a career-high 28 kills in the win over Ohio. . . . Tomasevic has led the Huskies in kills in each of their six matches to date, tallying 122 kills (6.42 kpg). . . . UW's hitting percentage is nearly double that of its opponents (.377 vs. .191) and the Huskies have nearly triple the aces of its opponents (44 vs. 16). . . . Sophomore L Candace Lee is averaging a Pac-10 best 4.47 digs per game.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior OH Zanda Bautre was named all-tournament at the Utah Hampton Inn Classic. She led the Cougars in kills in each of the three matches, picking up a total of 46 kills (3.54 kpg) in the Classic. . . . Sophomore S Brenn Larson is recovering from a high ankle sprain and did not play in the Classic. Setting chores were split between walk-on freshmen Kali Richards and Ashley Bristol.

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