This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Aug. 30, 2004

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The Women of Troy, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, opened the season last weekend with a pair of victories over nationally-ranked opponents Georgia Tech and Minnesota and extended their unbeaten streak to 49 matches. The rest of the Pac-10 gets underway this week in various tournament action.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Sept. 1
Arizona at San Diego State, 7 p.m.
UC Davis at California, 7 p.m.
Southern Oregon at Oregon, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Trinity Western at Washington, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 3
Arizona vs. Eastern Washington, 5 p.m. (1)
Arizona State vs. Florida International, 4:30 p.m. (4)
California vs. Kansas State, 5 p.m. (7)
Colorado at Oregon, 7 p.m. (10)
Oregon State vs. Saint Louis, 4 p.m. (14)
Stanford vs. Utah State, 4:30 p.m. (17)
UCLA vs. Southern Mississippi, 12:30 p.m. (20)
UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 4:30 p.m. (20)
Washington vs. Butler, 5 p.m. (25)
Washington State at UNLV, 1 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 4
Arizona vs. San Diego, 2 p.m. (1)
Arizona State vs.Toledo, 10 a.m. (4)
Arizona State at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. (4)
California vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (7)
Trinity Western at Oregon, 11 a.m.
Cal State Northridge at Oregon, 7 p.m. (10)
Oregon State vs. Murray State, 10 a.m. (14)
Oregon State vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (14)
Stanford vs. Saint Mary's, 10 a.m. (17)
Stanford at Nevada, 7 p.m. (17)
UCLA vs. Samford, 10 a.m. (20)
UCLA vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (20)
Georgia at USC, 3 p.m.
Washington vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 10 a.m. (25)
Washington at Northern Illinois, 5 p.m. (25)
Washington State vs. San Jose State, 10 a.m. (28)
Washington State at UNLV, 5 p.m. (28)

Sun., Sept. 5
Arizona at Hawaii, 6 p.m. (1)
California at Houston, 2 p.m. (7)
USC at Pepperdine, 3 p.m. (CSTV)

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(1) Wahine Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
(4) New Hampshire Volleyball Classic, Durham, N.H.
(7) Houston Tournament, Houston, Texas
(10) Oregon Classic Tournament, Eugene, Ore.
(14) Indiana Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.
(17) Nevada Tournament, Reno, Nev.
(20) McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational, College Station, Texas
(25) Northern Illinois Tournament, Dekalb, Ill.
(28) UNLV Classic, Las Vegas, Nev.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats, ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/CSTV Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, start the season on Wednesday at San Diego State before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Wahine Classic... There they will take on Eastern Washington, San Diego, and No. 13 Hawaii over the weekend... Arizona returns all six starters and the libero from last year's squad... Junior OH Kim Glass anchors the Wildcat attack. She recorded the fourth-most kills in Pac-10 single-season history in 2004, with a school-record 650... Glass needs 654 kills to break Arizona's career record... Arizona has made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances under head coach David Rubio.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils travel to Durham, N.H. for the New Hampshire Volleyball Classic, where they will open the season against Florida International, Toledo and New Hampshire... Second year head coach Brad Saindon's squad welcomes eight freshman to the mix... Senior outside hitter Natalie Harris (3.95 kpg) and junior outside hitter Sarah Watkins (2.26 kpg) make up the Sun Devils' one-two punch on offense.

CALIFORNIA - The No. 10 Bears open the season at home against UC Davis before traveling to the Houston Tournament in Houston, Texas, to face No. 14 Kansas State, Maryland, and Houston... Senior OH Mia Jerkov needs 425 kills to become Cal's career leader... She already holds down first and second place on the Bears' single season list for kills, notching 701 last year (third most in Pac-10 history) and 578 in 2002... In addition, Jerkov's 6.04 kills per game average last season was the second highest in Pac-10 Conference annals... Sophomore S Samantha Carter earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors for her school-record-setting 1,555 assists in 2003... Cal looks to duplicate it's 2003 success, in which the Bears finished 25-7 and reached their first ever NCAA Sweet 16.

OREGON - The Ducks begin the 2004 campaign within the friendly confines of McArthur Court, playing Southern Oregon on Wednesday before hosting the Oregon Classic Tournament, in which Colorado, Trinity Western and Cal State Northridge will participate... Sophomore MBs Sarah Mason and Kristen Bitter form the foundation of a young Duck team that has just two juniors and two seniors... Mason was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team after posting 275 kills (3.06 kpg) and a .257 hitting percentage, both team highs... Bitter ranked ninth in the Pac-10 with 1.10 bpg.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers look to duplicate 2003's 5-0 start, opening the season ant the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana... In addition to the host Hoosiers, Oregon State will face Murray State and Saint Louis... Senior OH Allison Lawrence, Pac-10 honorable mention in 2003, led the Beavers with 425 kills (3.63 kpg) and 338 digs (3.32 dpg) last season... Sixth year head coach Nancy Somera's squad finished 16-16... The last time the Beavers finished a season at .500 (2001), they ended up in the NCAA Tournament the next (2002).

STANFORD - The No. 6 Cardinal journey to Reno, Nevada, for the Nevada Tournament, with matches against Utah State, Saint Mary's and Nevada on the docket... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani was a first-team All-American in 2003 and spent the summer as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team... Her 627 kills (5.45 kpg) in 2003 were a school record and good for seventh in the Pac-10 single season record books. Her 1,627 career kills put her within striking distance of Stanford's career mark (Logan Tom, 1,939 kills) as well as the Pac-10 record (Kristee Porter, UCLA, 2,255 kills)... Sophomore OH Kristin Richards, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for 2003, recorded 392 kills (3.38 kpg) and a team-leading 351 digs (3.03)... Head coach John Dunning has averaged 30 wins in each of his first three seasons on The Farm.

UCLA - The Bruins, ranked No. 3, begin the season with a flurry of competition, playing 5 matches in four days, the first of the 10 straight they will play on the road to open the season... UCLA visits Cal State Northridge before joining the field at the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, where they will take on Southern Mississippi, Bethune Cookman, Samford and No. 15 Texas A&M... The Bruins return six starters including three senior All-Pac-10 performers in OH Heather Cullen (2.86 kpg/2.35 dpg), MB Brynn Murphy (3.78 kpg/0.93 bpg), and L Chrissie Zartman (4.52 dpg).... Murphy's 3.78 kills per game was the 6th best mark in the Pac-10... Head coach Andy Banachowski, now in his 38th season as the Bruins' mentor, is 37 wins shy of 1,000... He was a 2003 inaugural inductee into the AVCA Hall of Fame.

USC - The top-ranked Women of Troy stretched their unbeaten streak to 49 games, with wins over No. 12 Georgia Tech (3-0) and No. 5 Minnesota (3-2) en route to winning the NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic in Fort Collins, Colorado, over the weekend... Junior MB Staci Venski and senior OH Keao Burdine earned all-tournament honors, while teammate Bibiana Candelas was named tournament MVP... Candelas averaged a .423 attack percentage for the tournament, and added 3.12 kills and 0.88 blocks per game... Venski provided 2.25 kills per game, including a career-high 12 kills in Saturday's final... Burdine, who averaged 3.88 kills in the two matches, led with a match-high 21 kills against Minnesota... The Trojans have not lost since November 2, 2002, capturing the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Championships along the way.

WASHINGTON - The No. 7 Huskies host Trinity Western on Wednesday before flying to DeKalb, Illinois, for this weekend's Northern Illinois Tournament... Butler, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Northern Illinois will fill the schedule... Senior All-American OH Sanja Tomasevic headlines a Husky squad that features six returning starters... Tomasevic recorded 571 kills (5.29 kpg) in 2003, second most in school history... Sophomore S Courtney Thompson, a Pac-10 All-Freshman Selection, posted a school record 1,590 assists (14.20 apg) last season, helping the Huskies to a school record .306 hitting percentage... Jim McLaughlin's squad has a chance at a third straight 20-win season, something not accomplished in Seattle since recording four such seasons from 1977-80.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars open the season with an away game at UNLV on Friday, followed by their participation in the UNLV Classic, where they will take on San Jose State along with the Rebels... WSU features strength up the middle, with sophomore MBs Jennifer Todd (2.27 kpg/1.21 bpg) and Jen Barcus (1.87 kpg/1.16 bpg), the fourth and sixth place finishers, respectively, among Pac-10 block leaders in 2003... First year head coach Brian Heffernan will try to get the Cougars back in the NCAA tournament, which they last visited in 2002.

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