This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 13, 2004

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The Pac-10 Conference accounts for three-fourths of the NCAA Final Four field. It's the second time in Pac-10 history that three teams were among the Final Four teams. The feat also occurred in 1985 (Stanford, UCLA, USC)... With a Pac-10 team guaranteed to reach the Championship match, the league is assured of a team finishing no lower than second for the 18th time in 24 Championships... Three Pac-10 players earned Most Outstanding Player honors at regional play last weekend - Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani (Green Bay region), USC's Keao Burdine (Louisville region) and Washington's Sanja Tomasevic (Seattle region)... Stanford's Nnamani was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, Washington outside hitter 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

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

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

No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 5 WASHINGTON, 5:30 p.m. PT
(ESPN2 tape-delayed, 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT)
No. 8 USC vs. No. 4 Minnesota, 8 p.m.
(ESPN2 tape-delayed, Fri., Dec. 17, 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT)

Championship
Sat., Dec. 18, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

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

THE PATH TO LONG BEACH

Here's a look at how the three Pac-10 teams made their way through the NCAA Tournament field:

Stanford def. Jacksonville, 3-0
Stanford def. No. 13 Florida, 3-2
Stanford def. No. 11 Texas, 3-0
Stanford def. No . 22 Wisconsin, 3-0

USC def. College of Charleston, 3-0
USC def. No. 23 Kansas State, 3-0
USC def. No. 12 San Diego, 3-1
USC def. No. 1 Nebraska, 3-2

Washington def. Idaho, 3-0
Washington def. Kansas, 3-2
Washington def. No. 14 Saint Mary's, 3-0
Washington def. No. 13 UCLA, 3-2

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. The Pac-10 has sent at least five teams into the NCAA Tournament each year since 1999. Over the last six years, the league has produced a 94-31 (.752) postseason record. Over the last four years, the league's postseason record is an impressive 70-20 (.777).

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, their 15th Final Four 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 2,388 career kills and 5,394 career attack attempts... Nnamani has a Pac-10 single-season record 761 kills on the year... Stanford is 10-3 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 1,532 assists. That total ranks third on the school's single-season list... Sophomore MB Liz Suiter has posted 191 total blocks this season - third best in school history.


UCLA - The Bruins made their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior L Chrissie Zartman recorded double digit dig totals in 58 consecutive matches. She holds the Pac-10 career digs record with 2,065 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 final total stands at 1,242 kills - good for 17th on the schools all-time list


USC - The Women of Troy are making their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance, seventh Final Four appearance... USC is 23-2 over the last five years of NCAA Tournament play, with four trips to the Final Four and back-to-back NCAA titles... USC was 12-4 against ranked opponents this season... Senior OH Keao Burdine has 1,414 career kills, which ranks 10th on the school's all-time list... Senior MB Emily Adams has posted 1,039 kills for her career. Adams is currently hitting a Pac-10 record .419 for her career.


WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance, and first ever Final Four 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 1,473 digs. She's posted a school-single season record this year with 632 digs... Since her return to the starting lineup, senior OH Sanja Tomasevic has responded with 120 kills (4.80 kpg) and 121 digs (4.84 dpg) over the last six 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 - 2,388 kills
Attempts - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 5,394 attack attempts
Hitting Percentage - Emily Adams, USC - .419 (1,039 kills, 203 errors, 1996 attempts)
Assists - Courtney Thompson, WASH - 14.42 (3,173 assists, 212 games)
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 2,065 digs
Digs Average - Candace Lee, Washington - 4.53 dpg (1,473 digs, 325 games)

Season

Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 708 digs
Digs Average - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 5.90 digs per game

Single-Match

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

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

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. Nov. 22 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 29 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH

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.

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:

ASU - Marina Mercer, 5-11, S, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
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))
ORE - Alix Gombos, 6-1, MB/OH, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn 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 - Kaitlin Sather, 6-1, OH, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Maria Carrillo HS)
UCLA - Nellie Spicer, 5-9, S, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington HS)
USC - Kelli Tennant, 6-2, OH/MB, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
WASH - Jill Collymore, 5-10, OH, Bellevue, Wash. (The Bush School)
WASH - Jessica Swarbrick, 6-1, OH/MB, El Dorado, Calif. (Union Mine 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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