This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 27, 2003
WASHINGTON, lurking in fifth place, could make a leap in the standings with a big week in Los Angeles. . . . ARIZONA STATE meets STANFORD in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. Good news for the Sun Devils as visiting team are 4-2 in Pac-10 matches televised by FOX Sports Net. . . . For the second consecutive week, 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 CALIFORNIA, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Stanford and No. 10 Washington. . . . 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:
Tue., Oct. 28
UCLA at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Idaho at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 30
Arizona at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 31
Arizona at California, 7 p.m.
Arizona State at Stanford, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)
Washington State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Washington at USC, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 1
Arizona State at California, 7 p.m.
Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Washington State at USC, 8 p.m.
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK MIA JERKOV, CALIFORNIA
California outside hitter Mia Jerkov has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Jerkov, a junior from Split, Croatia, led the Bears to a pair of road wins over Washington State and No. 10 Washington by averaging a .276 attack percentage in collecting 52 kills (5.78 kpg), 34 digs (3.78 dpg), and four aces. She contributed a total of 57.0 points (6.33 ppg) in the two matches. In the win at Washington State, Jerkov hit .338 with 29 kills and 20 digs as the Bears snapped a 13-match losing streak to the Cougars. Against Washington, she hit .210 with 23 kills and 14 digs as the Bears swept the season series with the Washington schools for the first time since 1989. It was the sixth weekly honor of her career, and Cal's 19th 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. Oct. 27 - Mia Jerkov, CAL.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats have won four of their last five Pac-10 matches. In those four Conference victories, Arizona is hitting .314. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass needs 16 kills to reach 1,000 for her career. . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd hit .471 to collect 10 kills and five blocks against Arizona State. She has hit .400 or better in four of the last five matches. Over the last five matches, she's combined to hit .455 with 43 kills (2.53 kpg) on 77 attempts and just eight errors.
ARIZONA STATE - Freshman MB Katie Wilson hit .300 with five kills and a season-high six blocks against Arizona. Wilson had all of eight total blocks in the first half of Pac-10 play. . . . While the Sun Devils lead the series, 11-6, against Cal in Berkeley, it is looking for its first win in Palo Alto against Stanford (Stanford leads 17-0). . . . Senior OH Juliana Escobar has led the Sun Devils in kills in each of the last three matches, averaging 4.55 kills per game.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears swept the Washington schools, both at home and on the road, for the first time since the 1989 season. . . They look to sweep the season series with Arizona State for the first time since 1992 and with Arizona for the first time since 1991. Since Pac-10 play began in 1986, Cal has never swept the season series with both schools in the same year. . . . Junior OH Gabrielle Abernathy has been battling a stress fracture in her left foot. She missed the road matches at Washington State and Washington, and is day-to-day. . . . Filling in for the injured Abernathy, sophomore OH Alicia Powers had a career-high 14 kills and a .414 hitting percentage at Washington State. Junior middle Camille Leffall excelled as well, recording 13 kills, a .522 hitting percentage and eight block assists.
OREGON - When the Ducks won game three against UCLA last Thursday, they snapped a 38-game losing streak that dated back to last season when it won game one at Arizona State on Nov. 16. In fact, the last time the Ducks won a game in Pac-10 play at home was against UCLA on Nov. 9, 2002. . . . Oregon held USC to a .269 attack percentage, well below its league-leading .356 percentage, and the fourth lowest percentage by USC this season. . . . Freshman MB Kristen Bitter collected eight total blocks against USC. It's the second highest total turned in by an individual against the top-ranked Women of Troy this season (UCLA's Cira Wright had nine total blocks on Sept. 19). Junior libero Katie O'Neil posted a career-high 21 digs against UCLA.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers look to snap a five-match skid when they travel to Oregon this week. OSU has won the last three times it has played in Eugene. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 0.46 service aces per game. Her 39 aces this season are eight shy of placing her in OSU's top ten for season-best performance. . . . Senior L K.C. Frederic had a string of matches recording double digit digs snapped at seven. Over the last eight matches, Frederic is averaging 4.07 digs per game - nearly one dig over her season average of 3.08 dpg, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10.
STANFORD - Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani hit .310 and recorded 52 kills last week in a road split with the Washington schools. Nnamani has recorded 20 or more kills in each of the last five matches, averaging 5.55 kills per game. . . . The Cardinal have taken three of their last five matches to five games. . . . Sophomore S Katie Goldhahn recorded her 1,000th assist of her career in the victory at Washington State. She now has 1,001 career assists. . . . The Cardinal are home for five of their final eight Conference matches. Since 1994, Stanford is 80-5 (.941) at home in league play.
UCLA - Senior MB Cira Wright led the Bruins to a sweep of the Oregon schools on the road last week. She collected 24 kills, a 3.42 kill-per-game average. In addition, Wright tied a career-high by recording three service aces against Oregon State. . . . The Bruins continued their mastery of the Oregon schools. They are now 39-1 against the Ducks and 35-2 versus the Beavers all-time. . . . Junior L Chrissie Zartman continued her defensive excellence by collecting a combined 44 digs over the weekend. She is now averaging 4.04 digs-per-game, placing her second in the Pac-10. . . . After limiting Oregon to a .133 hitting percentage, and holding Oregon State to .022, UCLA now ranks number two in the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage (.173).
USC - By sweeping the Oregon schools on the road, USC extended its win streak to 32, including 29 consecutive road victories. The Women of Troy have also won 16 straight Conference matches. . . . Head Coach Mick Haley now boasts 598 career NCAA wins. He could reach the 600 victory mark with a pair of wins this week. . . . Senior OH April Ross added another three service aces this week to bring her season total to 41, surpassing her 2002 total of 38. With 41 this season, she ranks sixth among USC's single-season leaders. . . . The Women of Troy now lead the league in hitting percentage (.356), assists (16.08 apg), opponent hitting percentage (.125), and kills (17.62 kpg). . . . With a season sweep of both the Oregon schools, USC has now defeated the Beavers in 14 matches in a row and has not lost to the Ducks in 27 straight matches.
WASHINGTON - Freshman S Courtney Thompson continues to dish out assists at a record pace. By handing out 68 assists in the game against Cal and 60 against Stanford, she has now topped 60 assists six times this season. . . . Washington's victory over Stanford broke a 27-match losing streak against the Cardinal. . . . Sophomore L Candace Lee collected 40 digs in the two matches, and is now the league leader in digs per game (4.13 dpg)... Junior OH Sanja Tomaasevic had 24 kills against Stanford and 21 against California. She has now totaled 20 or more kills in seven of Washington's matches this season.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars continue to block their way through the Pac-10. Two Cougars are now in the top-10 in the league in blocks per game. Redshirt freshman MB Jennifer Todd is averaging 1.22 blocks per game and freshman MB Jen Barcus is averaging 1.20 blocks per game. . . . The loss to Cal was the first defeat to the Golden Bears at home since 1989. . . . Washington State is now ranked third in the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage, holding the opposition to a .184 attack percentage.