This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 3, 2005
The undefeated WASHINGTON Huskies travel to northern California to take on the two other league unbeaten squads in CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. The showdown between No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Stanford is a rematch of last year's national semifinal ... OREGON and OREGON STATE visit UCLA and USC, with Oregon and UCLA each looking for its first conference victory ... This week's FSN match features No. 12 ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE. Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will call the action for FSN ... Visiting teams won seven of nine league matches last weekend, with no matches extending beyond four games ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 California, No. 17 USC and No. 21 UCLA ... No non-conference matches on the docket this week. In fact, only three non-conference matches remain on the schedule - Portland State at Oregon on Nov. 8; UCLA at Pepperdine on Nov. 8; Santa Clara at California on Nov. 15. The Pac-10 owns a 72-2 (.750) record in non-conference play ... Here's this week's schedule:
Fri., Oct. 7
No. 12 Arizona at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 21-17. Streak: ARIZ 3
Oregon State at No. 17 USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 31-7. Streak: USC 16
Oregon at No. 21 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 37-1. Streak: UCLA 35
No. 2 Washington at No. 13 California, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 21-17. Streak: WASH 2
Washington State at No. 3 Stanford, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 35-3. Streak: STAN 4
Sat., Oct. 8
Oregon State at No. 21 UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 36-2. Streak: UCLA 6
Oregon at No. 17 USC, 6 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 33-5. Streak: USC 29
Washington State at No. 13 California, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 20-18. Streak: CAL 4
No. 2 Washington at No. 3 Stanford, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 35-3. Streak: STAN 1
ARIZONA - Sophomore OH Dominque Lamb hit .400 with 13 kills in 25 attempts with just three errors, and tallied eight blocks in the split at the Washington schools ... Freshman L Brittany Leonard posted back-to-back double digit dig totals with 13 at Washington State and 10 at Washington. She's collected double digit digs in seven matches this season ... Senior OH Kim Glass is the only Pac-10 player to collect double digit kills in each match this season.
ARIZONA STATE - Despite losing to Washington in three games last Friday, the Sun Devils managed to hit .241 for the match. That's the highest hitting percentage allowed this season by the second-ranked Huskies. In fact, the Sun Devils are the only team to hit better than .200 against Washington this season ... Sophomore MB Collette Meek hit .326 on the recent roadtrip, collecting 21 kills (3.00 kpg) and nine blocks (1.29 bpg) ... Sophomore L Sydney Donahue posted 33 digs against Washington State. It was the fourth time this season, and fifth time in her career, that she's collected 30 or more digs.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears have opened Pac-10 play at 4-0. Their best string of victories to open conference play came during the 2003 season when they opened Pac-10 play at 7-0 ... Sophomore OH Angie Pressey hit .373 with 34 kills (4.86 kpg) in the road sweep of the Oregon schools. Pressey leads the Pac-10 with a 4.73 kills per game average ... Sophomore MH Ellen Orchard collected a career-high nine blocks in the win over Oregon. As a team, the Bears tallied a season-best 18 blocks against the Ducks ... Senior OH Jenna Brown needs 32 digs to become the eight player in Cal history to reach 1,000 career digs.
OREGON - The Ducks hit the road for their next three matches (at UCLA, at USC and at Oregon State). Oregon's lone Pac-10 win last season came on the road at Washington State ... Freshman OH Mira Djuric leads all Pac-10 players with 234 kills and 33 service aces ... Not only will Oregon be looking for its first Pac-10 win of the season when it faces UCLA on Friday, but the Ducks also will be looking for their first-ever win over the Bruins in Los Angeles.
OREGON STATE - Senior S Desma Stovall has 1,719 career assists and needs 46 assists to pass Kristy Wing (1989-91) for fifth on the all-time list at Oregon State ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon has collected 21 blocks over the last five matches, averaging 1.11 blocks per game.
STANFORD - The Cardinal host Washington Saturday, Oct. 8 in a rematch of last year's national semifinal match ... Freshman MB Foluke Akinradewo had a productive weekend, hitting .532 with 30 kills (5.00 kpg) in 47 attempts with just five errors. She also posted 14 blocks (2.33 bpg), with nine of those being the solo variety ... As a team, Stanford hit a combined .330 in wins over Oregon State and Oregon ... The Cardinal have won 14 straight and 29 of their last 30 matches.
UCLA - For the first time in 20 seasons of Pac-10 competition, the Bruins are off to a 0-3 start in league play. UCLA has never finished under .500 for a conference season in program history ... Freshman OH Kaitlin Sather posted 18 kills against USC and continues to pace the UCLA offense with 159 kills (4.08 kills per game) ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether has 24 total blocks (2.40 bpg) in three Pac-10 matches. She's posted five or more blocks in eight matches this season ... The Bruins have won 35 consecutive matches over Oregon ... 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 four matches and six of the last seven matches. Over the last seven matches she has 181 digs, averaging 6.46 digs per game. Her 6.02 digs per game average for the season ranks among the top 10 in the national statistics ... Senior Bibiana Candelas posted a career-high 26 kills, hitting .389 in the process, in USC's win over UCLA. It was USC's 10th straight victory over the Bruins.
WASHINGTON - Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic became the third Husky all-time to post 1,000 kills/1,000 digs in a career. She currently has 1,455 kills and 1,002 digs ... Sophomore OH Christal Morrison hit .462 and gathered 29 kills (4.83 kpg) in the home sweep of the Arizona schools ... The Huskies have yet to drop a game this season, winning all 36 games they have played ... Washington has won 45 of its last 49 matches dating back to the 2003 season ... Washington is one of five schools remaining in the top-25 without a loss this season, and the only team in the nation that has not dropped a game yet this season.
WASHINGTON STATE - Senior MB Te'Ara Epps collected 18 blocks (1.64 bpg) in three matches last week. On the year, she's averaging 1.59 bpg and is one of five Cougars to average better than 1.00 blocks per game. Also contributing to the league's top block squad is junior MB Natalia Owens (1.51 bpg), junior MB Jen Barcus (1.39 bpg), freshman OH Brittany Johnson (1.05 bpg) and freshman OH/MB Kelly Russell (1.11 bpg) ... Barcus had a career-high 22 kills (.310) in win over ASU ... Also in the win over Arizona State, freshman L Jalen Pendon tied the school record with 34 digs in a match (Kortney Jamtaas, 2002, vs. Stanford, also a four-game match).