This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

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Sept. 15, 2003

Pac-10 teams look primed for Conference play after posting a 25-4 record in non-league action last week . . . . 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. 12 CALIFORNIA, No. 14 WASHINGTON, and No. 16 ARIZONA, . . . . Pac-10 teams are 66-24 (.733) against non-league foes, including a 9-7 (.563) mark against ranked opponents this season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Sept. 18
Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m.

  • Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 25-9
    Arizona State at Washington, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: Series tied 17-17
    California at Oregon, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: CAL leads 28-6
    Stanford at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 34-0

    Fri., Sept. 19
    Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m.

  • Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 21-13
    Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: Series tied 17-17
    California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: CAL leads 20-14
    Stanford at Oregon, 7 p.m.
  • Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 32-2
    USC at UCLA, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
  • Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 21-13

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    EARLY SEASON TOURNAMENT RECAP - The Pac-10 posted a record of 62-24 (.721) in early season tournament action. In addition, a Pac-10 student-athlete walked away with tournament MVP honors on 14 occasions. Those individuals are listed below:

    2003 All-Tournament MVP Honors
    NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i
    USC - April Ross
    Sheraton Four Points Pepperdine Classic, Malibu, Calif.
    ARIZONA - Kim Glass Oregon State Volleyball Showcase, Corvallis, Ore.
    OREGON STATE - Anne Watts-Roberts
    University Park Holiday Inn Classic, Fort Collins, Colo.
    STANFORD - Ogonna Nnamani
    Holiday Inns of Greater L.A. Area Volleyball Tournament, Los Angeles
    USC - April Ross
    Badger Invitational, Madison, Wis.
    WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic
    Coors Classic, Fort Collins, Colo.
    CALIFORNIA - Mia Jerkov
    Ruby's Montana Invitational, Missoula, Mont.
    UCLA - Heather Cullen
    IPFW Invitational, Fort Wayne, Ind.
    WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic
    Golden Bear Invitational, Berkeley, Calif.
    CALIFORNIA - Mia Jerkov
    Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, Austin, Texas
    UCLA - Brynn Murphy
    SMU Radisson Invitational, Dallas, Texas
    ARIZONA STATE - Mandy Stephens
    Texas A&M Invitational, College Station, Texas
    USC - April Ross
    Idaho Tournament, Moscow, Idaho
    WASHINGTON - Sanja Tomasevic

    PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    ZANDA BAUTRE, WASHINGTON STATE

    Washington State senior outside hitter Zanda Bautre (Riga, Latvia) earned all-tournament honors at the Cougar Mania Tournament as the Cougars posted a 2-1 record, including an upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount. With starting setter Brenn Larson out of the lineup with an injury, the Cougars turned to a 6-2 offense that thrust Bautre into setting chores for the first time in her career. She responded with 41 kills (3.73 kpg) on 94 attacks with 12 errors to hit .309. She also tallied 69 assists (6.27 apg), 40 digs (3.64 dpg) and picked up 44 points (4.00 ppg). It was the first weekly honor of her career, the Cougars' 19th Player of the Week honor all-time.

    PAC-10 NOTES

    ARIZONA - The Wildcats open Pac-10 play on the road. In fact, they'll be on the road for five of their first seven league matches. . . . In its six wins, Arizona is hitting .280 (318-124-693). In its four losses, Arizona is hitting .219 (263-125-629). . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd has 21 services aces on the year, passing the 19 service aces she posted all of last year. . . . Freshman S Stephanie Butkus ranks third in the Pac-10 with 12.26 assists per game.

    ARIZONA STATE - Senior MB Mandy Stephens was named MVP of the SMU Radisson Invitational. In three matches, Stephens collected 27 kills in 46 attempts without a single error (.587). She also picked up nine blocks, included a career-high six blocks against SMU, to help the Sun Devils push their record to 5-4 on the season.

    CALIFORNIA - Junior OH Mia Jerkov picked up her second tournament MVP honors of the season as she led the Bears to the Golden Bear Invitational title. She posted 51 kills (5.67 kpg) and 32 digs (3.56 dpg) in victories over New Hampshire, Nevada and Cal Poly. . . . Junior OH Gabrielle Abernathy and freshman S Samantha Carter were all-tournament team picks. . . . The Bears have won five consecutive tournaments - that's 17 consecutive matches and won 51 of 53 games played. . . . Junior MH Camille Leffall hit .563 during the Golden Bear Invitational, picking up 19 kills in 32 attempts with just one error.

    OREGON - Sophomore MB Kelly Russell matched a season-high with eight blocks as Oregon snapped a four-match losing streak with a win over Villanova. Russell has recorded six or more blocks in three matches this season. . . . Russell leads the Ducks, and ranks 10th in the league, with a .386 attack percentage. . . . The Ducks look to win their Pac-10 opener for the first time since 1998.

    OREGON STATE - At 9-2, the Beavers have surpassed last season's win total of eight. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence was named to the all-tournament team (no MVP was selected) at the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Classic after leading OSU with 48 points (4.36 ppg). She led OSU with 42 kills (3.82 kpg) on .367 hitting, and she also led the Beavers with 37 digs (3.36 dpg) to go along with six aces (0.55 sapg). . . . Also garnering all-tournament honors were junior MB Amanda Eggert and freshman MB Abby Windell. Eggert hit .393 with 27 kills and 12 blocks, while Windell hit .439 with 20 kills in just two matches. . . Senior S Laura Collins recorded her 3,000th career assist in the win against Charlotte. She's the third Beaver to reach that milestone and now has 3,015 for her career.

    STANFORD - The Cardinal open up Pac-10 play at Oregon State. Stanford remains unbeaten in the series with Oregon State, rolling off 34 consecutive wins in Conference play. . . . Four Cardinal rank among the league's top ten in blocks. Senior MB Jennifer Harvey leads the Conference with 1.90 bpg. Teammates Sara Dukes and Sara McGee are tied for eighth with 1.07 bpg, while Anna Robinson is 10th at 1.04 bpg. . . . Junior OH Jennifer Hucke posted a career-high 16 kills and eight service aces against Weber State. The eight aces ties for third all-time in the Cardinal record book.

    UCLA - The Bruins pushed their winning streak to six matches. Their longest streak since posting six- and eight-match streaks during the 2000 season. . . . Junior MB Brynn Murphy was named MVP of the Texas Invitational. Murphy recorded 38 kills (4.22 kpg) on 73 attempts with three errors to hit .479 for the week. In the final match of the tournament against host Texas, she was error free with 11 kills on 21 attempts (.524). . . . Also earning all-tournament honors were junior S Krystal McFarland and junior L Chrissie Zartman. . . . Murphy is leading the Bruins with 3.96 kills per game and is connecting at an impressive .410 mark for the season. . . . UCLA has allowed just one opponent this season to hit over .200 as a team (#2 Hawai'i, .323 on Sept. 1). By contrast, UCLA has only had a team attack percentage under .300 on two occasions (Hawaii, Texas).

    USC - The Women of Troy extended their overall win streak to 21 matches and their overall game win streak to 29. . . . Senior OH April Ross was named MVP of the McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational. It was her third MVP honor of the year. . . . The Trojans have won six straight tournament titles (not including the NCAAs) dating back to the start of the 2001 season (Ross has earned MVP honors at four of the six). . . Junior MB Emily Adams was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.33 kills, 1.33 blocks and 5.56 points per game, in addition to compiling a .464 attack percentage in the three matches. . . . Keao Burdine was also named all-tournament after averaging 3.22 kills and 2.78 digs per game, in addition to a .365 attack percentage.

    WASHINGTON - The Huskies have equaled their best start since also posting a 9-0 record to open the 1987 season. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic has led the Huskies in kills in all nine matches this season. . . . Tomasevic was named MVP of the Idaho Tournament last weekend, her third straight MVP honor this season. For the week, she hit .340 with 47 kills (5.88 kpg) in 100 attempts with just 13 errors. She also added six aces (0.75 sapg) and 22 digs (2.75 dpg). . . . Freshman S Courtney Thompson leads the Pac-10 with 13.61 assists per game.

    WASHINGTON STATE - With the upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount, the Cougars have now defeated six of the last seven ranked opponents to visit Bohler Gym. . . . Freshman MB Jen Barcus tops all freshmen in the league with 1.28 blocks per game, which ranks her fifth overall in the Conference stats. Eighteen of her 46 blocks have come in the last two matches. She posted eight blocks in the win over New Mexico and 10 blocks in the win over Loyola Marymount.

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