This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 15, 2004

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Top-ranked WASHINGTON looks to capture at least a share of the Pac-10 title with its next victory, but No. 9 STANFORD and No. 14 CALIFORNIA stand in the way as the Huskies and WASHINGTON STATE travel to the Bay Area... The Oregon schools travel to Los Angeles for a showdown with No. 6 USC and No. 17 UCLA, while No. 22 ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE hook up in a rivalry match that will be featured on FSN... Diggin' it - Several dig marks fell last weekend as USC sophomore Debora Seilhamer posted a school-record 45 digs in USC's win over UCLA. UCLA senior Chrissie Zartman set a school record in the same match with 36 digs. Washington senior Candace Lee set a Husky career record and now has 1,264 digs and counting... Here's this week's schedule (all times local to site):

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thurs., Nov. 18

No. 1 Washington at No. 9 Stanford, 7 p.m.*
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 34-3. Streak: WASH 2
Washington State at No. 14 California, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 20-17. Streak: CAL 3

Fri., Nov. 19
No. 22 Arizona at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 21-16. Streak: ARIZ 2
Oregon at No. 6 USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 32-5. Streak: USC 28
Oregon State at No. 17 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 35-2. Streak: UCLA 5
No. 1 Washington at No. 14 California, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 20-17. Streak: WASH 1
Washington State at No. 9 Stanford, 7 p.m.*
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 34-3. Streak: STAN 3

Sat., Nov. 20
Oregon at No. 17 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 36-1. Streak: UCLA 34
Oregon State at No. 6 USC, 6 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 30-7. Streak: USC 15

* - Due to Maples Pavilion renovation, Stanford's home matches this season will be played on campus in Burnham Pavilion.

Game times local to site.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEBORA SEILHAMER, USC


USC libero Debora Seilhamer has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Seilhamer, a sophomore from Ponce, Puerto Rico, helped lead No. 6 USC to a five-game victory over No. 16 UCLA.

She collected a school record 45 digs, averaging 9.00 digs per game in the win over UCLA. The total exceeded the previous school mark of 38 set by Tracy Clark vs. Stanford (Dec. 8, 1984) and is only second on the Pac-10's record book to the 50 digs tallied by Oregon's Amy Barnes vs. California (Sept. 15, 1995).

Seilhamer pushed her season total to 373 digs and her 5.18 digs per game average would top USC's single-season records if the season ended today.

This is the first weekly honor for Seilhamer, and USC's 35th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sept. 7 - Lauren Westendorf, ORE; Sept. 13 - Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Sept. 20 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN; Sept. 27 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH; Oct. 4 - Emily Adams, USC; Oct. 11 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN; Oct. 18 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Oct. 25 - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA; Nov. 1 - Angie Pressey, CAL. Nov. 8 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 15 - Debora Seilhamer, USC.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - The Wildcats' win over Washington State gave coach Dave Rubio his 250th win at Arizona... Junior MB Bre Ladd hit .512 with 22 kills on 38 attempts with just two errors in the split at the Washington schools... Ladd is hitting .286 overall, but improved to .370 in conference matches only after last weekend's performance... With 1,137 career digs, senior L Kelli Mulvany needs 10 digs to move into third on the UA career list, 19 digs moves her into second on the all-time list.

ARIZONA STATE - Freshman MB Staci Smith had a career-high 13 kills and added five blocks in the victory over Washington State... At 10-14 overall and 5-10 in conference play, the Sun Devils surpassed last season's win total overall and in league play. Last season, ASU finished 9-18 overall, 4-14 in Pac-10 play... After falling to No. 1 Washington last Friday, the Sun Devils close out the season with three more ranked opponents - No. 22 Arizona, No. 9 Stanford and No. 14 California.

CALIFORNIA - Since taking over at the libero position for injured sophomore Jillian Davis, junior Alexis Kollias has recorded 100 digs in the last five matches, averaging 4.76 dpg. Prior to her filling in for Davis, Kollias had 85 digs for the year, averaging 1.85 dpg... Cal's balanced attack includes four players each with at least 200 kills this season - freshman OH Angie Pressey (286), senior OH Gabrielle Abernathy (280), senior MH Camille Leffall (238), junior MH Alicia Powers (220). Junior OH Jenna Brown can join that group with 36 more kills.

OREGON - Sophomore OH Sarah Mason recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs against Stanford... Sophomore MB Kristen Bitter looks to lead the Ducks in total blocks for the second straight season. She posted 98 blocks (1.10 bpg) as a freshman and is currently pacing the squad with 61 blocks (0.92 bpg).

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have posted double digit wins for the fourth time in five seasons... Senior OH Allison Lawrence moved up to fifth on the school's all-time kills list with 1,211... Junior S Desma Stovall tallied 91 assists last weekend taking her over 1,000 assists for the season, bringing her career total to 1,276 assists. She needs six assists to move into sixth on OSU's career list... Junior OH Katelyn Healy posted a career-high 24 kills and hit .478 in the four-game loss to Cal.

STANFORD - The Cardinal have won nine of their last 11 matches... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani needs 79 kills to become the Pac-10 career leader... With 4,915 career attack attempts, Nnamani needs 22 attempts to become the Pac-10's all-time leader... Nnamani has posted 20 or more kills in each of the last five matches, averaging 6.47 kp in that span... One more win and the Cardinal reach 20 victories for the 22nd time in the last 24 seasons... Freshman MB Franci Girard hit .500 in the sweep of the Oregon schools, collecting 19 kills in 34 attempts with just two errors. She also added seven blocks (1.17 bpg).

UCLA - Senior L Chrissie Zartman posted a school record 36 digs in the loss to USC. With 1,858 career digs, Zartman needs 13 digs to crack the NCAA's all-time list... With 1,151 kills and 355 total blocks for her career, senior MB Brynn Murphy became the fifth Bruin all-time to record 1,000 kills/350 blocks... The Bruins have gone the distance, playing three consecutive five-game matches for the first time since the 1994 season. In fact, UCLA has played five-game matches in five of its last seven matches.

USC - Sophomore L Debora Seilhamer set a USC single-match record with 45 digs in the Women of Troy's win over UCLA. It's the second best single-match total in Pac-10 history, trailing the 50 digs posted by Oregon's Amy Barnes vs. Cal on Sept. 15, 1995... In the win over UCLA, USC had five players reach double-digit kill totals in a match. That's the fifth time that the Women of Troy have accomplished that feat this season.

WASHINGTON - Next win by the Huskies will assure themselves of at least a tie for the Pac-10 title... The Huskies 22-0 start is the best in school history, bettering the 21-0 start of the 1977 squad. The big difference in those two seasons? The 2004 Huskies have defeated six ranked teams on the way to their 22-0 start. The 1977 Huskies defeated Pacific Luthern four times, Puget Sound three times and Oregon College of Education twice on the way to their 21-0 start... Senior L Candace Lee became Washington's career leader with 1,264 digs. She's averaging 5.72 dpg and is on pace to break the UW single-season mark of 4.17 dpg she set last season and the Pac-10 single-season mark of 4.92 set by Arizona State's Christy Nore in 1988.

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore MB Jennifer Todd has a team-leading 31 service aces on the season, and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 0.34 sapg. She led the Cougars last season as well, posting 30 service aces... With 238 total blocks for career, Todd has a chance to crack WSU's career top ten list after just two seasons.


NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT EARLY SIGNINGS

Here's a look at those student-athletes that have inked their names to a national letter of intent during the early signing period:

CAL - Morgan Beck, 6-3, OH, Coto De Caza, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
CAL - Sydney Blancarte, 6-1, MH, Alamo, Calif. (Corondelet HS)
CAL - Kathleen Reilly, 6-1, MH, Plano, Texas (Plano East Senior HS)
OSU - Ashley Evans, 5-8, S, Wilsonville, Ore. (West Linn HS)
OSU - Kaitlyn Myers, 6-1, OH, Camino, Calif. (El Dorado HS)
OSU - Jordana Price, 6-1, MB/OPP, Mountain Home, Idaho (Mountain Home HS)
STAN - Foluke Akinradewo, 6-3, MB, Plantation, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
STAN - Cynthia Barboza, 6-0, OH, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Wilson HS)
STAN - Alex Fisher, 6-1, OH, Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo School)
STAN - Erin Waller, 6-1, OH/MB, Ballwin, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)
UCLA - Elise Carstensen, 6-4, MB, Atlanta, Ga. (The Westminster Schools)
UCLA - Kelsey Hall, 6-1, OH, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS)
UCLA - Nellie Spicer, 5-9, S, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington HS)
USC - Kelli Tennant, 6-2, OH/MB, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
WSU - Brittany Johnson, 5-9, OH, Phoenix, Ariz. (Washington HS)
WSU - Natalia Owens, 6-1, MB, Lima, Peru (Shoreline CC)
WSU - Jalen Pendon, 5-7, OH, Spanaway, Wash. (Spanaway Lake HS)

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