This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Sept. 29, 2003
CALIFORNIA and USC remain unbeaten overall, while STANFORD maintains a perfect league record. . . . Five teams ranked among the top 15 in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll, led by top-ranked USC. Stanford remains at No. 4, followed by No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 CALIFORNIA, No. 13 WASHINGTON. . . . Pac-10 teams are 66-25 (.725) against non-league foes, including a 9-7 (.563) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tues., Sept. 30
Portland at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 2
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 32-2
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 27-7
Pac-10 Series: Tied 17-17
Fri., Oct. 3
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 24-10
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 30-4
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 28-6
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 24-10
Sat., Oct. 4
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 27-7
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 26-8
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK MIA JERKOV, CAL
CALIFORNIA junior outside hitter Mia Jerkov has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Jerkov, a junior from Split, Croatia, hit .247 with 43 kills (6.14 kpg) in 89 attempts as No. 11 California defeated the Washington schools to extend its season-opening winning streak to 12 matches. In the win against Washington State, she tallied 13 kills, four service aces and 10 digs. In the win over No. 13 Washington, she posted 30 kills and 10 digs. It was the eighth 30-plus kill performance of her career. For the week, she tallied 49 points (8.17 ppg). It was the fourth weekly honor of her career, second this season, and California's 17th Player of the Week honor all-time.
2003 Pac-10 Player of the Week Winners: Sept. 2 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. Sept. 8 - Mia Jerkov, CAL. Sept. 15 - Zanda Bautre, WSU. Sept. 22 - Emily Adams, USC. Sept. 29 - Mia Jerkov, CAL.
ARIZONA - Sophomore OH Kim Glass had 31 kills against ASU on Friday. The total was over half of UA's 60 in the match and was the eighth-most in a single match in school history. The 74 total attack attempts registered by Glass against ASU was the eighth most in school history. . . . Arizona has opened the conference season 0-3 for the first time since 1992. . . . Junior MB Jolene Killough posted a career-high eight blocks in the five-game loss at Arizona State.
ARIZONA STATE - Friday's crowd of 3,225 established a season high and was the second most in the last five seasons. . . . Senior libero Courtney Blocher became the 13th Sun Devil to surpass 1,000 digs in a career. . . . Senior setter Cheryl Anglin is only 87 assists from 4,000 for her career. She is already second in the record books for career assists. . . . Senior OH Juliana Escobar has recorded 10 or more kills in nine matches this year and has seven double-doubles. . . . Senior MB Mandy Stephens leads the Devils hitting .432 and is tied for third averaging 2.43 kills per game. Over her last seven matches, Stephens is averaging 2.80 kpg and is hitting .434 and has had four error-free matches during that stretch. . . . Senior OH Kim Mehlhorn set a career high with seven service aces against Arizona.
CALIFORNIA - By starting the 2003 season 12-0, Cal has not only broke a school-record for best season start (old record was nine set in 1989 and 2002), but has now broke a school-record for consecutive wins in any part of the season (old record was 11 set from Sept. 15-25, 1982). . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov collected a season-high 30 kills in the win over Washington. It was the eighth 30-plus kill performance of her career. . . . Junior MH Camille Leffall hit .579 to collect 11 kills in the win over Washington. The 11 kills pushed her career kills total to 508.
OREGON - Sophomore OH Jaclyn Jones posted a career-high 19 kills and hit .389 against Portland. She tallied double digit kill totals in all three matches last week, collecting a total of 45 kills (4.50 kpg) on a .293 attack percentage. Jones has six matches with double digit kill totals for the season. . . . The Ducks travel to Oregon State, where the Pac-10 series between the two schools is tied at 17-17. Oregon's last two Pac-10 road wins have come at Oregon State (Nov. 1, 2003 and Oct. 20, 2000).
OREGON STATE - Sophomore OH Karah Rhoades posted a double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs in a four-game loss at UCLA. It was her second double-double of the season. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence collected 26 digs (3.71 dpg) last week against the Los Angeles schools. Her season total of 193 digs is three shy of matching her total of 196 digs for all of last season. She ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 3.39 digs per game.
STANFORD - Senior MB Jennifer Harvey hit .415 with 19 kills (3.17 kpg) on 41 attempts with just two errors and 10 total blocks (1.67 bpg) in a pair of sweeps over the Washington schools. . . . Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn has 200 assists in four Pac-10 matches, averaging 15.38 assists per game. The Cardinal are hitting .321 as a team in those four matches. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has recorded 19 kills in each of the last three matches. She has tallied double digit kill totals in each match she has played this season (11).
UCLA - The Bruins are 10-0 in matches that last just three games. . . . Both junior OH Heather Cullen and senior MB Cira Wright reached the 500-kill milestone for their careers over the weekend. In the wins over the Oregon schools, Cullen picked up 29 kills (4.14 kpg), giving her 513 for her career, while Wright tallied 23 kills (3.29 kpg) to push her career total to 502 kills.
USC - Junior MB Emily Adams averaged a .710 total attack percentage as the Women of Troy swept the Oregon schools last week. She hit .714 against Oregon with 16 kills off of 21 attacks and only one error, then hit .700 against Oregon State with seven kills off of 10 attacks and no errors. . . In the pair of three-game sweeps, the Trojans outhit the opponents, .410 to .034, and out-blocked the opponents 14.0 to 4.0. . . . USC has won the last 24 consecutive matches, 10 consecutive home matches and 68 of its last 71 consecutive games (and 37 of its last 38).
WASHINGTON - The Huskies entered last week's play with a ranking of No. 13, then had to face two higher-ranked opponents in Stanford and California. Despite the lofty ranking, the Huskies find themselves playing two ranked opponents again this week in No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 USC. . . . Senior libero Libba Lawrence led the Huskies with 24 digs (3.43 dpg) in their Bay Area swing. She has posted double digit dig totals in each of the last three matches. She's averaging 2.26 dpg for the season. . . . Senior OH Kara Bjorklund has hit .333 or better in 10 of 13 matches she has played this season.
WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman MB Jennifer Todd continues to post big block numbers. She collected 11 total blocks (1.83 bpg) last week and has now posted five or more blocks in a match nine times this season. . . . Freshman OH Kristen Carlson posted her eighth double-double of the year with 14 kills and 16 digs at Stanford. . . . The Cougars face UCLA Thursday in Pullman. WSU has won two of the last three matches with UCLA in Bohler Gym.