This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Aug. 29, 2005

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Seven Pac-10 teams combined for a 10-3 record in the opening week of competition. The remaining Pac-10 teams open the season this weekend with a full slate of matches scheduled ... No. 7 USC gets an early look at top-ranked competition with matches against No. 5 Penn State and No. 4 Hawai'i in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic ... Once again, the OREGON Ducks are off to a hot start having won their first three matches of the season. The Ducks opened the 2004 season with seven straight victories and were 9-2 against non-conference competition last year ... Other matches to watch this weekend include No. 20 Georgia Tech at No. 17 ARIZONA and No. 13 UCLA taking on No. 18 San Diego ... Here's this week's schedule:

Wed., Aug. 31
No. 7 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State, 7 p.m. (22)

Thur., Sept. 1
Southern Oregon at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Portland, 7:30 p.m. (13)
No. 3 Stanford at Boston College, 7 p.m. (16)
No. 7 USC at No. 4 Hawai'i, 7 p.m. (22)
Trinity Western at No. 2 Washington, 1 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2
Winthrop at No. 17 Arizona, 10 a.m. (1)
No. 20 Georgia Tech at No. 17 Arizona, 7 p.m. (1)
Arizona State vs. No. 11 Texas, 7 p.m. (5)
No. 19 California at Texas State, 7 p.m. (8)
Oregon State vs. Portland State, 12:30 p.m. (13)
No. 3 Stanford vs. Maine, 4:20 p.m. (16)
No. 13 UCLA vs. Eastern Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. (19)
No. 7 USC vs. Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m. (22)
Washington vs. Davidson, 6 p.m. (13)
Washington State vs. Idaho State, 5 p.m. (26)

Sat., Sept. 3
Northwestern at No. 17 Arizona, 7 p.m. (1)
No. 19 California vs. Morgan State, 12:30 p.m. (8)
Oregon State vs. Davidson, 5 p.m. (13)
No. 3 Stanford vs. Syracuse, 2 p.m. (16)
No. 13 UCLA vs. No. 18 San Diego, 10 a.m. (19)
No. 13 UCLA at Nevada, 7 p.m. (19)
No. 2 Washington at Portland, 7:30 p.m. (13)
Washington State vs. Toledo, 10 a.m. (26)
Washington State at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (26)

Sun., Sept. 4
Arizona State at Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (5)
No. 19 California vs. Albany, 1 p.m. (8)

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(1) Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
(5) The Inn at Saint Mary's Shamrock Invitational, South Bend, Ind.
(8) Century TelClassic Honda Premier, San Marcos, Texas
(13) NIKE Portland Invitational, Portland, Ore.
(16) Boston College Tournament, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
(19) Sands/SBC Tournament, Reno, Nev.
(22) Hawaiian Airlines Classic, Honlulu, Hawai'i
(26) UC Davis Tournament, Davis, Calif.


CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS - With STANFORD winning the 2004 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now captured four consecutive NCAA crowns (2004 - Stanford, 2003 - USC, 2002 - USC, 2001 - Stanford) and 12 NCAA titles overall - that's half of the 24 titles presented by the NCAA... With WASHINGTON's appearance in the national semifinals last year, the Pac-10 has been represented by five institutions (ARIZONA, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington) at the Final Four.

AROUND THE LEAGUE - ARIZONA STATE freshman OH Margie Giordano was impressive in the Sun Devils' victory over Cal State Northridge, picking up 17 kills and a pair of service aces. Sophomore L Sydney Donahue picked up where she left off after the 2004 season. In three matches, she's piled up 58 digs (5.27 dpg) ... Sophomore OH Angie Pressey tallied 13 kills in 16 attempts with just one error (.750) in CALIFORNIA's three-game sweep of UC Davis ... Senior OH Kelly Russell led OREGON to three wins in the opening week. She hit .532 while posting 5.60 kills per game. Freshman L Katie Swoboda recorded 52 digs (5.20 dpg) in the three matches ... STANFORD freshmen made an impressive debut in the opening weekend of play. OH Cynthia Barboza hit .362 with 22 kills, while MB Foluke Akinradewo hit .293 with 16 kills and added four blocks in Stanford's five-game victory over Penn State ... WASHINGTON posted a school record for team hitting percentage with a .566 attack percentage in its win over Montana State. The Huskies also tied a record for fewest points allowed in a game since rally scoring was introduced in 2001 when Washington held Montana State to eight points in the first game. Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic hit .667 with 16 kills in 24 attempts and no errors in two matches. Sophomore OH Christal Morrison was impressive in Washington's victories, averaging 4.17 kills per game and 5.50 points per game ... Junior MB Natalia Owens led WASHINGTON STATE to a season-opening victory over Portland. The JC transfer hit .312 to post a team-high 14 kills. She also added 13 digs and a team-best six block assists.

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