This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 6, 2004

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The Pac-10 Conference accounts for one-fourth of the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament. It's the fourth consecutive year in which the Pac-10 has had four teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen... WASHINGTON, the Pac-10 champion, will host regional action that includes league foe UCLA. Two-time defending NCAA champion USC heads to the Louisville region, while STANFORD travels to the Green Bay region... The Pac-10 is one of four conferences that sent at least six teams into the postseason (Big 12 and Big Ten had seven teams each, Big West with six teams)... Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, Washington's Christal Morrison earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, and Washington's Jim McLaughlin was tabbed as Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

THIS WEEK'S NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Fri., Dec. 10 - Sat., Dec. 11 (at Louisville, Ky.)
No. 11 San Diego vs. No. 8 USC, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Nebraska vs. No. 15 Louisville, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 11, 6 p.m. (CSTV)

Fri., Dec. 10 - Sat., Dec. 11 (at Minneapolis, Minn.)
No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Tennessee, 5 p.m.
No. 20 Georgia Tech vs. No. 4 Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. (CSTV)

Fri., Dec. 10 - Sat., Dec. 11 (at Green Bay, Wis.)
No. 10 Texas vs. No. 6 STANFORD, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Hawaii vs. No. 22 Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 11, 3 p.m. (CSTV)

Fri., Dec. 10 - Sat., Dec. 11 (at Seattle, Wash.)
No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 13 UCLA, 5 p.m.
No. 12 St. Mary's at No. 5 WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. (CSTV)

NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships
(at Long Beach, Calif.)


Semifinals
Thur., Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Louisville region winner vs. Minneapolis region winner
Green Bay region winner vs. Seattle region winner

Championship
Sat., Dec. 18, 1 p.m.


Game times local to site.
Rankings are from the Dec. 6 USA Today/CSTV poll.

2004 ALL-PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Player, School, Pos., Ht., Yr., Hometown
Emily Adams, USC***, MB, 6-5, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Keao Burdine, USC***, OH, 6-1, Sr., La Habra, Calif.
Bibiana Candelas, USC**, MB, 6-5, Jr., Torreon, Mexico
Kim Glass, ARIZ***, OH, 6-2, Jr., Lancaster, Pa.
Brie Hagerty, WASH, OH, 6-1, Jr., Defiance, Ohio
Jolene Killough, ARIZ, MB, 6-5, Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Candace Lee, WASH, L, 5-7, Jr., Eugene, Ore.
Camille Leffall, CAL, MH, 6-1, Sr., Upland, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, Fr., Puyallup, Wash.
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN****, OH, 6-1, Sr., Normal, Ill.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, Fr., Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN**, OH, 6-0, So., Orem, Utah
Courtney Thompson, WASH, S, 5-8, So., Kent, Wash.
Chrissie Zartman, UCLA***, L, 5-5, Sr., Hermosa Beach, Calif.

** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL; Samantha Carter, CAL; Becky Green, UCLA; Jennifer Hucke, STAN; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Allison Lawrence, OSU; Sarah Mason, ORE; Krystal McFarland, UCLA; Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Brynn Murphy, UCLA; Darla Myhre, WASH; Alicia Powers, CAL; Debora Seilhamer, USC; Jennifer Todd, WSU.

2004 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Player, School, Pos., Ht., , Hometown
Sydney Donahue, ASU, L, 5-7, , Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sarah Florian, USC, OH, 6-1, , Toledo, Ohio
Franci Girard, STAN, MB, 6-2, , Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bryn Kehoe, STAN, S, 5-11, , North Bend, Ohio
Collette Meek, ASU, MB, 6-1, , Sherwood Park, Alberta, Can.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, , Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, , Heathrow, Fla.

Honorable Mention: Nina Baltimore, OSU; Diane Copenhagen, USC; Rachel Mittelstaedt, ASU.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Christal Morrison, Washington
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim McLaughlin, Washington

All-Conference Notes: Nine different Stanford players have combined to win the Player of the Year honor a total of 11 times... Nnamani is the 10th player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times... Morrison is the first Washington player to be named Freshman of the Year... McLaughlin earns Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons... Adams, Burdine, Glass, Nnamani and Zartman join 28 former Pac-10 players to be selected All-Conference three or more times... Washington places four players on the All-Pac-10 team for the first time in school history... USC has placed three or more players on the All-Conference team in each of the last four seasons... Stanford has placed two or more players on the All-Conference team in all 19 seasons of Pac-10 competition... Nine states are represented on the All-Pac-10 team... There are more players from the state of Ohio (2) on the All-Freshman team than from California (1).

PAC-10 NOTES

The Pac-10 has won three consecutive NCAA titles and 11 overall. Since the 1999 season, the Pac-10 has sent at least five teams into the NCAA Tournament. Over the last six years, the league has produced a 87-30 (.744) postseason record. Over the last four years, the league's postseason record is an impressive 63-19 (.768).

ARIZONA - The Wildcats made their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance... The Wildcats were 14-0 this season when they hit .300 or better... Junior OH Kim Glass ranks third on the Arizona career list with 1,526 kills... Glass and senior MB Jolene Killough teamed up for All-Pac-10 honors. It's the sixth time in eight seasons that Arizona has placed more than one player on the all-league squad.

ARIZONA STATE - Libero Sydney Donahue set the ASU freshman single-season record with 375 digs. She bettered the previous record of 355 set by current assistant coach Jami Coughlin in 1998... Freshman MB Colette Meek broke the ASU freshman record for blocks per game with 1.20. Meek is the first ASU player to post more than 1.00 blocks per game since 1998 (Shawna Vanley, 1.42 bpg)... ASU finished the season with a 10-17 record overall and a 5-13 league mark. Both the overall and Pac-10 record are improvements from the 9-18, 4-14 record from the 2003 season.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior MH Camille Leffall broke her own single-season hitting percentage record. She hit .384 this season, .003 above the single-season mark she set as a freshman in 2001. Her career attack percentage of .363 is a Cal career record. Leffall also established a Cal career record with 438 total blocks... Outside hitter Angie Pressey is the first California freshman to be named All-Pac-10.

OREGON - Sophomore OH Sarah Mason concluded the season by recording seven consecutive matches with double digit kill totals. She posted 96 kills, averaging 4.57 kpg over that seven-match span... With the season-ending victory over Portland State, Oregon concluded the season with a victory for the first time since sweeping Alabama in the 1996 season finale.

OREGON STATE - Senior OH Allison Lawrence concluded her OSU career fifth on the school's career list with 1,255 kills... Sophomore MB Abby Windell hit .310 on the year, the 10th best single-season attack percentage in school history... For the first time since 1996, the Beavers capped the season by winning their final two matches.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are making their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance. Stanford joins Penn State, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific as the only schools to appear in all 24 championships... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani continues to rewrite the Pac-10 record books. She's the all-time Pac-10 leader with 2,333 career kills and 5,289 career attack attempts... Nnamani has 706 kills on the season, most in Stanford history for a single season, second most in Pac-10 history... Stanford was 8-3 against ranked opponents this season... The Cardinal finished the regular season with a nine-match winning streak, which included victories over five ranked teams... Setter Bryn Kehoe set a Stanford freshman record with 1,441 assists. That total ranks fourth on the school's single-season list.

UCLA - The Bruins are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior L Chrissie Zartman has recorded double digit dig totals in 56 consecutive matches. She holds the Pac-10 career digs record with 2,006 digs. Prior to the 2004 season, only nine other players in NCAA Division I history have recorded 2,000 or more digs in a career... Senior MB Brynn Murphy became the 20th player in UCLA history to reach 1,000 career kills. Her current total stands at 1,224 kills - good for 17th on the schools all-time list

USC - The Women of Troy are making their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance... USC is 21-2 over the last five years of NCAA Tournament play, with three trips to the Final Four and back-to-back NCAA titles... USC was 10-4 against ranked opponents this season... Senior OH Keao Burdine has 1,370 career kills, which ranks 10th on the school's all-time list... Senior MB Emily Adams has posted 1,019 for her career. Adams is currently hitting a Pac-10 record .426 for her career.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance... The Huskies opened the year with 22-straight victories to set school records for best start and most consecutive wins... Junior L Candace Lee holds the school's career record with 1,412 digs. She's posted a school-single season record this year with 571 digs... Since her return to the starting lineup, senior OH Sanja Tomasevic has responded with 82 kills (4.82 kpg) and 91 digs (5.35 dpg) over the last four matches.

WASHINGTON STATE - With 259 total blocks for career, sophomore MB Jennifer Todd cracked WSU's career top ten list after just two seasons. Todd posted a career-best 11 total blocks in WSU's upset of No. 6 USC... Senior L Stacey Holbrook pushed her way onto the Cougars' single-season digs list with 395 digs this year.

PAC-10 RECORD BREAKERS

Career
Kills - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 2,333 kills
Attempts - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 5,289 attack attempts
Hitting Percentage - Emily Adams, USC - .426 (1019 kills, 194 errors, 1938 attempts)
Assists - Courtney Thompson, WASH - 14.44 (3062 assists, 212 games)
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 2,006 digs
Digs Average - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 4.53 dpg (2,0006 digs, 453 games)

Season
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 649 digs
Digs Average - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 5.85 digs per game

Single-Match
Service Aces - Lauren Westendorf, Oregon - 12 service aces vs. Seton Hall, Sept. 17

PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

First Team
Emily Adams, USC, Sr., 3.65, International Relations
Kristin Bitter, ORE, So., 4.10, Undeclared
Megan Camp, OSU, Jr., 3.95, Zoology
Allison Lawrence, OSU, Sr., 3.62, Philosophy
Candace Lee, WASH, Sr., 3.78, Pre-Major
Liz Suiter, STAN, So., 3.77, Advertising/Graphic Design
Sarah Watkins, ASU, Jr., 4.00, Secondary Education/Spanish

Second Team
Alison Billingsley, WSU, Sr., 3.61, Communication
Amanda Eggert, OSU, Sr., 3.50, Political Science
Leahi Hall, STAN, Sr., 3.50, Cultural and Social Anthropology
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN, Sr., 3.44, Human Biology
Katie O'Neil, ORE, Sr., 3.59, English
Courtney Thompson, WASH, So., 3.63, Pre-Major
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH, Sr., 3.34, Communication

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Butkus, So., ARIZ; Bibiana Candelas, Jr., USC; Samantha Carter, So., CAL; Meghan Cumpston, So., ARIZ; Danka Danicic, Jr., WASH; Jillian Davis, So., CAL; Amanda Fox, So., CAL; Kimi Freeburg, So., USC; Kim Glass, Jr., ARIZ; Katie Goldhahn, Jr., STAN; Jolene Killough, Sr., ARIZ; Alexis Kollias, Jr., CAL; Kaitlin Leck, Sr., WASH; Erin Little, So., ORE; Colby Lyman, So., UCLA; Heather Madison, So., ORE; Nicole Morton, So., ASU; Alicia Powers, Jr., CAL; Kristin Richards, So., STAN; Brittany Ringel, Sr., UCLA; Alicia Robinson, Sr., USC, Kelly Russell, Jr., ORE; Courtney Schultz, Jr., STAN; Debora Seilhamer, So., USC; Natalie Smart, So., CAL; Lauren Westendorf, Sr., ORE; Abby Windell, So., OSU; Chrissie Zartman, Sr., UCLA.

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