This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball
Nov. 24, 2003
Top-ranked USC posted a perfect 18-0 record in league play to capture its third Pac-10 title in last four years. The unblemished league record for the Women of Troy was the eighth such record in Pac-10 history, joining UCLA (1988, '89, '90, '92) and Stanford (1991, '95, '97). . . . While league play has concluded, several teams will use the final week of the season as a tune-up for the postseason. At 15-15, OREGON STATE is looking for a pair of wins at the Banker's Classic to become postseason eligible. . . . Six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's best in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll. USC leads the group at No. 1, followed by No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 California, No. 14 WASHINGTON and No. 21 Arizona. . . . Pac-10 teams are 72-27 (.727) against non-league foes, including a 11-8 (.579) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tue., Nov. 25
Stanford at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
USC at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Utah Valley State at Washington, 3 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28
California vs. Texas Christian, 5 p.m. (1)
Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. (2)
Sat., Nov. 29
Arizona at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
California at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m. (1)
Oregon State vs. Pacific or Ala.-Birmingham, 5 or 7 p.m.(2)
Notre Dame at Stanford, 1 p.m.
Houston at USC, 2 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 30
NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
(1) Long Beach State Tournament, Long Beach, Calif.
(2) Banker's Classic, Stockton, Calif.
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK KIM GLASS, ARIZONA
Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass (Lancaster, Pa.) racked up 58 kills (7.25 kpg) on 104 swings with 21 errors for a .356 hitting percentage in a pair of victories over No. 11 Washington and Washington State. She also added 18 digs (2.25 dpg). She snapped Arizona's single-season record for kills in the process and recorded her school record-tying and breaking 30th and 31st matches with 20 or more kills. Glass posted 27 kills on .362 hitting against Washington, including 12 kills on 14 swings with just one error (.786) in the decisive game four win on Friday. She then came back with a career-high-tying 31 kills on .351 hitting the next night against Washington State. The 30-plus kill match was her third of the season and the fourth of her career, tying a school record. She totaled 59.5 points (7.45 ppg) in the two matches. It was the third weekly honor of her career, and Arizona's 20th 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. Nov. 3 - *Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ. Nov. 10 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 17 - *Keao Burdine, USC. Nov. 24 - Kim Glass, ARIZ.* - AVCA National Player of the Week
ARIZONA - Arizona has won 10 of its last 14 matches. After posting a 3-6 record in the first half of league play, the Wildcats went 7-2 in the second half to finish tied for fifth. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glassbroke her year-old record for kills in a season as she has posted 613 kills this year. Glass ranks eighth on the Pac-10's top 10 single-season kills list, and needs 11 more kills to crack the top five. . . . Freshman S Stephanie Butkus pushed her season assists total to 1,192 assists. She needs six assists to crack the UA single-season top ten list. . . . Against Washington State, he Wildcats had a season-high 16 service aces - tied for the third best total in school history.
ARIZONA STATE - Junior libero Stephanie Kohner posted a career-high 19 digs against Washington State. Kohner has posted 32 digs in her last two matches played, averaging 3.55 dpg. . . Senior MBMandy Stephens concluded the year hitting at a .383 clip, posting an ASU single-season record in the process. . . . The Sun Devils saw their streak of seasons with a double digit win total snapped at six. ASU has won 10 or more matches in a season in 29 out of the last 31 seasons.
CALIFORNIA - Cal has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. The Bears also posted a school-best 12 wins in Pac-10 play, eclipsing the old mark of 11 victories earned during the 1987 season. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov's 1,250 career kills rank fifth all-time in school history. Jerkov's 48 service aces rank seventh on the school's single-season best list. With 95 career aces, she needs one more to move into the schools career top ten list.
OREGON - Freshman MB Kristen Bitter finished the year with 98 total blocks, ranking ninth in the Pac-10, and third among all Pac-10 freshmen. . . . Underclassmen led the Ducks statistically this season - In addition to Bitter's 98 total blocks, sophomore MB Kelly Russell led the Ducks in kills this season with 278 (3.05 kpg), followed by freshman OH Sarah Mason with 275 kills (3.02 kpg). Sophomore S Jodi Bell led the team in assists (732) and service aces (21) .
OREGON STATE - Junior OH Allison Lawrence moved into the school's single-season top 10 list with 397 kills. . . . Junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts collected 20 kills at Cal. It was the second time this season she posted 20 or more kills in a match. . . . The Beavers conclude the season at the Banker's Classic in Stockton, Calif., where they will take on Pittsburgh and either host Pacific or Alabama-Birmingham. OSU will be looking for a pair of wins to secure a record better than .500 to be considered as an at-large selection for the NCAA Tournament.
STANFORD - Stanford has recorded its third straight 20-win season, and 23rd 20-win season in the program's history. . . . At 14-4 in league play, the Cardinal finished second in the Pac-10 standings. Stanford has finished either first or second in the Pac-10 in 17 of 18 seasons of league play. . . . With 1,518 career kills, Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani became the 29th player to reach 1,500 kills Pac-10 history. Nnamani has posted double digit kills totals in each of the 26 matches played this season. . . . As a team, Stanford hit .405 in the two wins over the Oregon schools last week. . . . Over the last three matches, freshman OH Kristin Richards is hitting .333 with 34 kills (3.40 kpg).
UCLA - Against the Women of Troy, freshman OH Colby Lyman posted a career-high four service aces (previous high was two). Lyman also led the Bruins with nine kills while hitting a .389 clip. . . . Junior L Chrissie Zartman continues her march up the Bruins' record book, she now has 1,261 career digs and needs just nine more digs to pass Ashley Bowles for second place on UCLA's career dig list. Zartman currently leads the Pac-10 with a 4.43 dig-per-game average. . . . The Bruins close out the regular season with a non-conference match at No. 4 Pepperdine. The Bruins are 6-5 against ranked opponents this season.
USC - The Women of Troy completed their Pac-10 season with a three-game sweep of the UCLA Bruins. With that victory, USC extended its winning streak to 35 matches overall. . . . The Women of Troy have now defeated their rival in six straight matches, dating back to 2001. USC used a balanced attack to defeat the Bruins as the Trojans hit .319. . . . USC has hit above .300 in 19 matches this season, giving them an overall hitting percentage of .353, tops in the Pac-10. . . . Senior OH April Ross had three service aces against the Bruins, she now leads the Pac-10 with a 0.58 service ace per game average.
WASHINGTON - By splitting their road trip in Arizona, the Huskies have now surpassed 20 wins in a season for the second consecutive year. . . . The Huskies, who finished Pac-10 play with a 10-8 mark, have finished with 10 wins in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1997 when they went 13-5. . . . The Huskies four-game loss to the 25th ranked loss to Arizona was UW's eighth loss of the season, all eight have been to teams ranked in the top-25. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic collected 33 kills in the two matches over the weekend and increased her season kill total to 481. Her 5.34 kills per game average ranks her third in the Pac-10. . . . Freshman S Courtney Thompson is averaging a league best 14.14 assists per game.
WSU - Freshman MB Jennifer Todd tallied six blocks over the weekend, increasing her season average to 1.21 blocks per game. That ranks her fifth in the Pac-10, and tops among Pac-10 freshmen. . . . Todd and freshman teammate Jen Barcus finished the year with an identical 129 total blocks. . . . Against ASU, the Cougars had four players in double digits for kills, marking the eleventh time this season three or more players recorded double digit kills in a match for the Cougs. . . . After taking its opponent to the maximum five games and coming up short eight times this season, the Cougars were able to find the right magic at Arizona State in picking up their first five-game win of the season.
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