This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 20, 2003
USC Takes the Lead into Round Two
The second half of league play begins with USC holding a firm grip on first place in the standings. . . CALIFORNIA looks to bounce back after a pair of five-game setbacks at home, but will need to do so on the road, which includes this week's FOX Sports Net televised match at WASHINGTON. . . . Five Pac-10 teams sit among the top 10 in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll. USC leads the group at No. 1, followed by No. 6 STANFORD, No. 7 California, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Washington. It is believed to be the first time that five Pac-10 teams have appeared in the top 10 since the first three polling periods of the 1983 season included Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State. . . . Pac-10 teams are 70-26 (.729) against non-league foes, including a 11-8 (.579) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Thur., Oct. 23
California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Washington, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 24
California at Washington, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)
Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
USC at Oregon, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 25
Arizona State at Arizona, 7 p.m.
USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK APRIL ROSS, USC
USC outside hitter April Ross has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Ross, a senior from Newport Beach, Calif., led the Women of Troy to wins over No. 7 Stanford and No. 5 California by averaging a .383 attack percentage in collecting 38 kills (4.75 kpg), 26 digs (3.25 dpg), eight blocks (1.0 bpg) and three aces (0.38 sapg). She contributed a total of 45.5 points (5.69 ppg) in the two matches. In a 3-0 victory over Stanford, Ross accounted for a team-best 18 kills, made only one error and hit at a .607 clip. She also added four blocks and nine digs in the effort. Against Cal, she led with a season-high 20 kills (.264) and 17 digs, in addition to three service aces and four blocks. In game five against Cal, she accounted for nine kills, hit .818 with no errors and scored five of USC's final six points to capture the five-game victory. It was the third weekly honor of her career, and USC's 32nd 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. Oct. 13 - Mia Jerkov, CAL. Oct. 20 - April Ross, USC.
ARIZONA - Sophomore OH Kim Glass recorded 30 kills against Oregon State. It was the third 30-plus kill match of her career. The 30 kills also marked an Arizona record for kills in a three-game match. . . . Glass needs 34 kills to reach 1,000 for her career. . . . Sophomore OH Jennifer Abernathy picked up 24 kills and hit .304 in the sweep of the Oregon schools. . . . Arizona lost a heartbreaker at No. 2 Hawai'i in five games. The Wildcats collected a season-high 20 total blocks and limited Hawaii to a .168 attack percentage - well below its season average of .346. . . . Junior MB Jolene Killough posted a career-high 12 assisted blocks. It was the third best total block effort by a Wildcat in school history.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior libero Courtney Blocher posted 22 digs against Oregon State, her eighth career match with 20 or more digs. . . . The Sun Devils entered play last week hitting .213 for the season to rank eighth in the Pac-10. However, ASU hit a combined .290 in victories over the Oregon schools. . . . For the first time this season the Sun Devils had two players post at last 20 kills in the same match as senior OH Juliana Escobar and junior OH Natalie Harris tallied 22 and 21 kills respectively. . . . Harris needs eight kills to reach 500 career kills. . . . Senior setter Cheryl Anglin passed the 4,000 assist mark for her career over the weekend.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears took top-ranked USC to five games before dropping the match. They become the first opponent to take the Women of Troy to five games since Stanford defeated USC in five games on Nov. 2, 2002. . . . The Bears have now played four consecutive five-game matches - all against ranked opponents - and are 2-2 in those matches. Cal led the Pac-10 last season with 11 five-game matches.
OREGON - While the Ducks look for their first conference victory of the season, they are getting quality play in league action from their freshmen class. Freshman MB Sarah Mason has posted double digit kills in 10 of the last 11 matches. She leads the Ducks in kills, and ranks ninth in league, with 3.59 kills per game in Pac-10 matches only. Freshman MB Kristen Bitter ranks seventh in the league with 1.04 blocks per game in Pac-10 matches only. . . . Sophomore MB Kelly Russell needs 14 kills to reach 500 kills for her career.
OREGON STATE - Junior MB Amanda Eggert hit .452 with 24 kills (3.00 kpg) in OSU's matches last week. Those performances boosted her season percentage to .333 and improved her career mark to .300, which ranks fourth on OSU's career list (only three Beavers have hit .300 for their career). . . . After averaging just 1.94 blocks per game in their first 19 matches, the Beaver blockers came through with 2.75 blocks per game against the Arizona schools, including a season-high 15 against Arizona State. . . . OSU's .311 hitting percentage against Arizona was its best against a Pac-10 team this year. . . . Senior libero K.C. Frederic had a season-high 21 digs against ASU, good for her second 20-plus dig match in as many weeks. She now has four career 20-plus dig performances.
STANFORD - The Cardinal play their fifth consecutive match against a ranked opponent when it faces No. 10 Washington Thursday. Stanford is 2-2 in its last four matches. The Cardinal have never lost a Pac-10 match in Seattle to the Huskies, posting a 17-0 mark. In fact, Stanford has won 28 straight over Washington. . . . Freshman OH Kristin Richards ranks 10th with 3.58 kills per game in Pac-10 matches only. . . . Senior MB Sara McGee suffered a bone bruise on her right foot and missed last weekend's matches with the Los Angeles schools. She's expected to be back in action this week.
UCLA - Junior MB Brynn Murphy led the Bruins with 40 kills (4.00 kpg), a .326 attack percentage and 11 blocks (1.10 bpg) as UCLA split matches in the Bay Area last week. . . . The upset win over No. 5 California kept UCLA's perfect record against Cal intact, as the Bruins are now 43-0 in the all-time series. . . . UCLA's defense stepped up in a big way against the Golden Bears, it held Cal to a .000 hitting percentage in the opening game and recorded 82 digs in the match. The dig total was its second highest of the season (96 vs. Washington, Oct. 3). . . . Junior S Krystal McFarland recorded 109 assists last week. Her 10.21 assists per game average for the season ranks her fourth in the Pac-10.
USC - The two road victories extended the Women of Troy's winning streak to 30 straight matches and lengthened its road win streak to 27 matches. . . . The victory over No. 5 California was USC's first five-game match of the year. In fact, it was the Trojans first five-game match since losing to Stanford last Nov. 2. . . . By defeating No. 5 California and No. 7 Stanford, USC has now beaten eight ranked opponents this season, including seven in the top 10. . . . Junior MB Emily Adams is hitting an impressive .529 in Pac-10 matches. . . . With 38 service aces this season, senior OH April Ross has equaled her freshman total, which ranked as the 10th best single-season total in USC history.
WASHINGTON - Freshman S Courtney Thompson continued her outstanding freshman year by dishing out 54 assists and recording 10 digs in the match against rival Washington State. . . . The Huskies hit .331 against the Cougars to remain the number two hitting team in the Pac-10. . . . Washington had three players record double figure kills in the match, marking the ninth time this year three or more players notched 10 or more kills in one match. . . . The three game sweep of the Cougars was Washington's first sweep of its rival since 1997, and first sweep in Pullman since 1994.
WASHINGTON STATE - Senior OH Zanda Bautre and Freshman OH Kristen Carlson combined for 24 kills as they paced the Cougars against rival Washington. . . . Bautre also tallied 11 digs in the match to lead the Cougars. . . . WSU hit .274 for the game, marking its highest hitting percentage in Pac-10 competition this season. . . .1,789 people showed up to watch the match in Bohler Gym. It was largest home crowd of the season for the Cougars. . . . The Cougars remain one of the best blocking teams in the Pac-10, averaging 2.63 blocks per game.