This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball
SHOWDOWN IN BERKELEY
Undefeated California Looks for First Victory Over Stanford
USC continues to roll, extending its unbeaten string to 26 consecutive matches. However, this week's featured match could very well take place in Berkeley as undefeated CALIFORNIA looks for its first-ever Pac-10 victory over STANFORD. . . . This week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll lists five Pac-10 teams, 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 67-25 (.728) against non-league foes, including a 9-7 (.563) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tue., Oct. 7
Pacific at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Gonzaga at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 8
Santa Clara at California, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 10
Arizona State at USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 25-9
Arizona at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 25-9
Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 27-7
Washington State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 28-6
Sat., Oct. 11
Arizona at USC, 4:30 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 23-11
Arizona State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 30-4
Stanford at California, 3 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 34-0
Washington at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 24-10
Washington State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 27-7
Game times local to site
USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 6)
1. USC (65)
4. STANFORD 5. Georgia Tech
10. Northern Iowa
11. Penn State
12. Kansas State
14. Santa Clara
15. Notre Dame
16. Michigan State
18. San Diego
19. UC Santa Barbara
20. Loyola Marymount
22. Colorado State
24. Texas A&M
25. Long Beach State
Pac-10 Coaches Say. . . .
In a vote of the Pac-10 coaches, here's how they picked the 2003 Pac-10 race to pan out (first place votes in parentheses):
1. USC (9) 90 2. Stanford (1) 82 3. Arizona 68 UCLA 68 5. California 61 6. Washington 49 7. Arizona State 39 8. Washington State36 9. Oregon State 28 10. Oregon 19
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRYNN MURPHY, UCLA
UCLA middle blocker Brynn Murphy has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Murphy, a junior from Coronado, Calif., hit .268 in collecting 43 kills (4.30 kpg) on 112 attack attempts with just 13 errors. She added 16 digs (1.60 dpg), seven blocks and two service errors as the Bruins won a pair of five-game matches on the road in Washington. She hit .311 with 21 kills and collected 11 digs in the win at Washington State. One night later at Washington, she upped her career-best from the previous night with 22 kills and hit .239 to go with five digs and three blocks. She tallied 48.5 points (4.85 ppg) for the weekend. It was the first weekly honor of her career, and UCLA's 45th 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. Oct. 6 - Brynn Murphy, UCLA.
ODDS AND ENDS - CALIFORNIA and USC join Georgia Tech as the only three teams in the nation that remain undefeated this season. . . . Youth serves. A total of 100 Pac-10 players have started at least one match this season. Here's a breakdown of the starters by class: 19 seniors, 29 juniors, 23 sophomores and 29 freshmen. Three teams (ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON) have used starting lineups this season that have not included a senior. On the other side, ARIZONA STATE has started five seniors, while STANFORD and USC have each started four seniors.
ARIZONA - Arizona will look to snap a five-match losing streak this weekend. It's the longest streak since 1995. The Wildcats will have their hands full in order to snap that streak as they will travel to No. 8 UCLA and top-ranked USC. . . . The matches with the Los Angeles schools mark the third and fourth consecutive matches played against teams ranked in the top 10. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass continues to pace the Wildcat attack. She has led the team in kills in all 15 matches this season, posting double digit totals in each match.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior OH Kim Mehlhorn posted 25 kills (3.57 kpg) and hit .407 in last weekend's matches. . . . Junior OH Natalie Harris recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 20 kills/10 digs against California and just missed her eighth as she tallied 16 kills/9 digs against Stanford. . . .
CALIFORNIA - Junior OHCamille Leffall hit .525 with 23 kills on 40 swings with just two errors and recorded 10 blocks (1.43 bpg) as California swept the Arizona schools on the road for the first time since 1989. . . . Freshman S Samantha Carter leads the league in assists at 13.35 apg. Should she hold that lead throughout the remainder of the season, she would not only be the first freshman to lead the league in assists average, but also the first Cal player to lead that category. . . . Dating back to last season, Cal has won a school-best five consecutive Pac-10 road matches. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov needs 35 kills to reach 1,000 for her career. She would become the eighth player in Cal history to reach that milestone.
US vs. THEM. . . Here's how the Pac-10 has fared against other conferences:
America East 2-0Atlantic 10 2-0Atlantic Coast 0-1Atlantic Sun 1-0Big East 4-2Big South 1-0Big Sky 6-1Big Ten 2-0Big 12 3-2Big West 8-2Colonial 3-1Conf. USA 2-1Ivy 0-0Metro Atlantic 0-0Mid-American 2-1Mid-Continent 2-0Mid-Eastern 1-0Missouri Valley 3-1Mountain West 4-2Southern 1-1Southeastern 3-2Southland 2-0Southwest 0-0Sunbelt 1-0West Coast 9-4Western Athletic3-3Independent 2-1Total 67-25 (.728)vs. ranked opponents 9-7
ACTIVE KILL LEADERS
(500 or more kills)
1. April Ross, USC 1,309 2. Ogonna Nnamani, STAN 1,240 3. Mia Jerkov, CAL 965 4. Sara McGee, STAN 906 5. Katie Olsovsky, USC 893 6. Kim Glass, ARIZ 860 7. Keao Burdine, USC 810 8. Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL763 9. Kim Mehlhorn, ASU 717 10. Sanja Tomasevic, WASH 701 11. Allison Lawrence, OSU 675 12. Brynn Murphy, UCLA 632 13. Juliana Escobar, ASU 589 14. Heather Cullen, UCLA 547 15. Camille Leffal, CAL 531 16. Cira Wright, UCLA 530
OREGON - Freshman MB Sarah Mason has posted 10 or more kills in six of the last seven matches, including a season-high 15 kills against Portland and 12 kills last week against Oregon State. . . . Youth leads the Ducks as freshman MB Kristen Bitter tops the team in blocks (48 blocks, 0.98 bpg), sophomore MB Kelly Russell leads the team in kills (161, 3.29 kpg) and hitting percentage (.292), while sophomore setter Jodi Bell leads the squad in assists (448, 9.14 apg).
OREGON STATE - The Beavers came back from an 11-point deficit in game three of the Civil War to sweep the Ducks. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence had 21 kills against the Ducks. It was her fourth 20-kill effort of the year and her first in a three-game match. . . . Sophomore OH Karah Rhoades hit .323 with 5.00 kills per game in the two matches last week. . . . Senior libero K.C. Frederic led the Beavers with team-highs of 14 digs in both matches last week to average 4.67 digs per game last week. Her dig total this season has reached 148 (2.74 dpg). She posted 143 digs (1.77 dpg) all of last season.
STANFORD - Senior MB Sara McGee picked up five blocks over the weekend, pushing her career total to 463 total blocks, moving her past former Cardinal Jennifer Detmer for fifth on the Stanford career list. . . . The Cardinal have hit .300 or better in five of their last six matches, and are averaging a .326 attack percentage over that six match span. . . . What's with 19? Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has recorded exactly 19 kills in four of the last five matches.
UCLA - Junior MB Brynn Murphy posted back-to-back 20+ kill matches for the first time in her career. She collected 21 kills in the win at Washington State, then added 22 kills in the win at Washington. . . . The Bruins won a pair of five-game matches in Washington last week. It was the first time UCLA posted back-to-back five-game wins on the road since winning a pair of five-game matches in Arizona during the 2000 season. . . . Junior libero Chrissie Zartman collected 39 digs last weekend, giving her 1,006 for her career. She became the 14th Bruin all-time to reach 1,000 digs.
USC - Against Washington State, the Trojans accounted for only nine attack errors and hit at a .512 clip - a mark which ranks fourth among USC's all-time records. . . . USC held Washington State to a -.030 attack percentage - the lowest for a USC opponent this season - and its 43 total points in the match were the second-lowest for a USC opponent this season. . . . USC's win over 13th-ranked Washington was its sixth over a ranked opponent this season. All six opponents have been ranked among the top 13. . . . USC has now won its last 26 straight matches and 25 consecutive road matches. USC has not dropped a match on the road since the 2001 season (a 3-1 loss at Stanford on Nov. 10, 2001).
WASHINGTON - Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic posted a career-best 32 kills in a five-game loss to UCLA. Her 96 attack attempts in that match were a school and Pac-10 record. She also posted a season-best 23 digs against the Bruins. . . . Sophomore Candace Lee set a personal best with 33 digs against UCLA. . . . Tomasevic has posted double digit kill totals in each of the team's 15 matches this season.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars were a little banged up against USC. Senior OH Zanda Bautre and freshmen OH Kelly Rosin missed starts due to injury and freshmen OH Kristen Carlson missed game three of the match with recurring back pain. . . . WSU hosts Gonzaga this week in a non-conference match. The Cougars have won 13 straight over Gonzaga. . . . Speaking of streaks - the Cougars are at Oregon Saturday where they have won 12 straight in Eugene and have posted a string of 24 consecutive victories in the series.
Matches with 6.00 or more points per game:
Tomasevic, WASH 12
Jerkov, CAL 10
Glass, ARIZ; Nnamani, STAN 8
Adams, USC 5
Harris, ASU 3
Wright, UCLA, Russell, ORE 2
Abernathy, CAL; Barcus, WSU; Burdine, USC; Carter, UCLA; Cullen, UCLA; Escobar, ASU; Green, UCLA; Haggerty, WASH; Hucke, STAN; Lawrence, OSU; Murphy, UCLA; Richards, STAN; Ross, USC; Watkins, ASU 1
Matches with 20 or more kills:
Glass, ARIZ 8
Jerkov, CAL 6
Lawrence, OSU; Tomasevic, WASH 4
Nnamani, STAN; Harris, ASU 3
Escobar, ASU; Murphy, UCLA 2
Adams, USC; Carlson, WSU; Watts-Roberts, OSU 1
Matches with 18 or more digs:
Zartman, UCLA 4
Lawrence, OSU; Lee, WASH 3
Bautre, WSU; Carlson, WSU; Jerkov, CAL; Mulvany, ARIZ 2
Blocher, ASU; J. Davis, CAL; N. Davis, USC; Escobar, ASU; McFarland, UCLA; Richards, STAN; Tomasevic, WASH 1
Matches with seven or more total blocks:
Harvey, STAN 7
Todd, WSU; Leffall, CAL 5
Barcus, WSU, Ladd, ARIZ; Wright, UCLA 3
Russell, ORE 2
Adams, USC; Bitter, ORE; Brown, CAL; Candelas, USC; Cullen, UCLA; Dukes, STAN; Eggert, OSU; Killough, ARIZ; Murphy, UCLA, Rosin, WSU; Tomasevic, WASH 1
Matches with five or more service aces:
Harris, ASU; Rhoades, OSU; Ross, USC; Tomasevic, WASH 2
Abernathy, CAL; Carlson, WSU; Carter, CAL; Healy, OSU; Hucke, STAN; Ladd, ARIZ; Lawrence, OSU, Mehlhorn, ASU 1
TAKE A SEAT. . . Here are the top home attendance marks around the league to date (1,000 fans or more):
3,225 Arizona at Arizona State (Sept. 26)
2,169 Florida at Stanford (Sept. 6)
2,165 USC at Washington (Oct. 4)
2,011 Stanford at Arizona (Oct. 3)
2,003 USC at UCLA (Sept. 19)
1,922 Washington at Stanford (Sept. 27)
1,904 Washington State at Stanford (Sept. 26)
1,747 UCLA at Washington (Oct. 4)
1,739 USC at Washington State (Oct. 3)
1,592 San Diego at Stanford (Sept. 5)
1,339 Arizona State at Washington State (Sept. 19)
1,274 Oregon at Oregon State (Oct. 2)
1,033 Miami at Arizona (Sept. 5)
1,013 Arizona at Washington (Sept. 19)
VOLLEYBALL ON TV- Ten Conference matches will be televised by FOX Sports Net. The Pac-10 matches scheduled for FOX Sports Net this season are as follows:
Date Match Air Date Fri., Sept. 19 USC at UCLA Sat., Sept. 20 Fri., Sept. 26 Washington State at Stanford Sat., Sept. 27 Thur., Oct. 2 UCLA at Washington State Sat., Oct. 4 Fri., Oct. 10 Washington at Oregon Sat., Oct. 11 Fri., Oct. 17 Oregon State at Arizona Sat., Oct. 18 Fri., Oct. 24 California at Washington Sat., Oct. 25 Fri., Oct. 31 Arizona State at Stanford Sat., Nov. 1 Fri., Nov. 7 USC at Arizona Sat., Nov. 8 Fri., Nov. 14 Stanford at USC Sat., Nov. 15 Thur., Nov. 20 Oregon State at California Sat., Nov. 22* Other contests may be televised as part of an institution's local TV package.