This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 26, 2005

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ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and WASHINGTON were perfect in the opening weekend of league action ... Stanford, winners in 12 straight, join California in a pair of matches in Oregon, while the Arizona schools head to Washington ... When No. 17 UCLA hosts No. 19 USC on Friday, both teams will be looking for their first Pac-10 win of the season. UCLA has never started Pac-10 play at 0-3, while USC posted an 0-3 mark to start the 1986 and 1995 seasons ... Teams were making short work of the competition during the opening weekend of league play as seven of the nine matches were decided in three games ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 13 ARIZONA, No. 14 California, No. 17 UCLA and No. 19 USC ... The Pac-10 owns a 72-23 (.758) record in non-conference play ... This week's FSN match features No. 14 California at Oregon. Cara Capuano and Karch Kiraly will call the action for FSN ... Here's this week's schedule:

Tues., Sept. 27
Washington State at Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 29
No. 14 California at Oregon, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 32-6. Streak: CAL 12

No. 3 Stanford at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 38-0. Streak: STAN 38

Fri., Sept. 30
Arizona State at No. 2 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 21-17. Streak: WASH 3

No. 13 Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 28-10. Streak: ARIZ 3

No. 19 USC at No. 17 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 21-17. Streak: USC 8

No. 14 California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 24-14. Streak: CAL 4

No. 3 Stanford at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 36-2. Streak: STAN 31

Sat., Oct. 1
No. 13 Arizona at No. 2 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 22-16. Streak: WASH 2

Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: Series tied, 19-19. Streak: ASU 2


ARIZONA - As a team, Arizona hit .321 in victories over Oregon State and Oregon ... Senior OH Jennifer Abernathy tallied team-high honors with 18 kills vs. Oregon State and 20 kills vs. Oregon, averaging 6.33 kills per game over the weekend ... The Wildcats are currently riding a six-match winning streak. The `Cats have not won seven straight since running off 11 consecutive wins during the 2001 season ... Arizona is 5-0 at home this season, winning each match in three games.

ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore L Sydney Donahue posted seven service aces against Oregon State. That equals the third best single-match total in school history ... Donahue recorded 22 digs vs. Oregon and 27 digs vs. Oregon State. She's picked up 20 or more digs in each of the last five matches for a total of 140 digs (7.00 dpg) ... Sophomore MB Staci Smith tallied a career-high 21 kills against Oregon State. Smith hit .400 over the weekend, collecting 29 kills in 60 attempts with just five errors ... The Sun Devils hit for a season-high .317 against Oregon.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears have opened Pac-10 play at 2-0 for the third straight year ... For the first time in 48 career matches against UCLA, the Golden Bears came up victorious with a 3-0 sweep of the Bruins last Friday ... Sophomore MH Ellen Orchard hit .333 in the two victories over UCLA and USC, collecting 22 kills in 48 attempts with six errors ... Eight of Cal's nine victories have come in three-game matches.

OREGON - Freshman MB Mira Djuric saw her string of matches with double digit kills end at 11 when she posted eight kills at Arizona State on Friday, but she's already started a new streak after collecting 11 kills at Arizona ... Oregon is third in the league, averaging 2.87 blocks per game. That's well above last season's average of 1.94 blocks per game. Junior OH Erin Little has collected 44 blocks (0.98 bpg) this season. She had a total of 21 blocks all of last season ... The Ducks will look to snap a 17-match Pac-10 losing streak when it hosts California on Thursday in this week's Pac-10 televised match on FSN.

OREGON STATE - Junior MB Brittany Cahoon hit .368 with 29 kills (3.63 kpg) in a split with the Arizona schools. She posted a career-best 23 kills in the thrilling five-game victory over Arizona State ... The Beavers tallied a season-best 96 digs in the win at Arizona State, including personal best from senior OH Karah Rhoades with 21 digs and a career-best tying 20 digs from senior S Desma Stovall ... OSU had no hitting errors in the deciding fifth game at ASU, hitting .367 (11-0-30) ... The Beavers host Stanford Thursday night and will be looking for their first-ever win over the Cardinal in 39 meetings.

STANFORD - Freshman OH Cynthia Barboza hit .511 with a career-best 26 kills in the win over USC. She added 21 kills in the win over UCLA. For the weekend, she hit .398, posted 47 kills (7.83 kpg) and 17 digs (2.83 dpg). Barboza leads all Pac-10 players with 4.86 kills per game ... Junior OH Kristin Richards became the seventh player in Stanford history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She has 1,049 kills and 1,011 digs for her career ... The Cardinal have won 12 straight and 27 of their last 28 matches.

UCLA - Junior OH Nana Meriwether continues to be a dominate block at the net. In two matches last week, she posted 15 blocks to average 2.50 blocks per game. She leads the Pac-10 with 1.67 blocks per game. With 364 career blocks, she needs 10 more to move into 10th on UCLA's all-time list ... Freshman OH Kelsey Hall saw extensive playing action last weekend. She entered the weekend with nine kills and two digs in five games, but then recorded seven kills and a team-high 12 digs at California and a team-high 10 kills at Stanford ... Junior OH Colby Lyman missed both matches last week with a deep bone bruise in her left knee. Her status this week is questionable ... Head coach Andy Banachowski now needs nine wins for 1,000 on his career.

USC - Junior L Debora Seilhamer has posted 20 or more digs in each of the last three matches and five of the last six matches. Over the last six matches she has 152 digs, averaging 6.33 digs per game ... Senior MB Staci Venski has double digit kill totals in each of the last six matches. She's tallied a total of 94 kills over that span, averaging 3.92 kills per game ... USC has won the last nine meetings with UCLA, which includes one match in the NCAA Tournament. The Women of Troy have won four in a row in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

WASHINGTON - Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic needs seven digs to reach 1,000 digs for her career. She would become the third Husky all-time to post 1,000 kills/1,000 digs in a career ... The Huskies continue to hit with efficiency. In nine of their 10 matches, the Huskies have hit .367 or better ... In game one vs. Washington State, the Huskies hit .704 with 19 kills and no errors in 27 attempts ... Washington has won 20 of its last 21 home matches ... Washington is one of nine teams that remain undefeated this season.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars will travel up the road to take on Eastern Washington (8-4) Tuesday, Sept. 27, in a 7 p.m. match at Reese Court. It's the final non-conference match of the season for WSU and the first match-up between the Cougs and the Eagles since Oct. 11, 1994 ... Freshman L Jalen Pendon has had double-figure digs in all 13 matches this year ... Senior MB Te'Ara Epps returned to action after suffering a broken bone in her thumb. She responded by hitting .500, collecting a season-high 16 kills and posting seven blocks at Gonzaga.

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