This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
NCAA TOURNAMENT TIME!
Washington, Arizona Earn Top Seeds
Pac-10 Champion WASHINGTON earns a No. 3 seed, while ARIZONA earns a No. 4 seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Joining the Huskies and Wildcats in the tournament field are CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA and USC ... Stanford, USC and UCLA are seeded No. 5, No. 12 and No. 16 respectively, and each will host first and second round matches ... It marks the sixth consecutive season that the Pac-10 will send at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament ... The Pac-10 has won the last four NCAA titles with Stanford winning titles in 2001 and 2004, while USC captured titles in 2002 and 2003. Over the last four years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 72-22 (.766) record. Toss out the seven postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 65-15 (.812) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 12 NCAA titles - that's half of the 24 titles presented by the NCAA. The league's overall record against non-conference opponents in NCAA Tournament play is 202-80 (.716) ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 3 Washington, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 12 USC, No. 14 UCLA and No. 16 California.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
December 2-3 at UCLA (Omaha, Neb. Regional)
Long Beach State (25-6) vs. San Diego (22-5), 5:30 p.m. PT
UCLA (18-10) vs. Kansas (15-14), 8 p.m. PT
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. PT
December 2-3 at Stanford (Stanford, Calif. Regional)
Santa Clara (23-4) vs. Sacramento State (26-8), 5 p.m. PT
STANFORD (25-5) vs. Nevada (18-12), 7 p.m. PT
Winners meet, Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. PT
December 2-3 at USC (Stanford, Calif. Regional)
Pepperdine (17-11) vs. Brigham Young (25-3), 5 p.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara (21-8) vs. USC (16-10), 7 p.m. PT
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 3, 6 p.m. PT
December 2-3 at Utah (Stanford, Calif. Regional)
Utah State (21-12) vs. ARIZONA (22-5), 6 p.m. MT
Utah (22-8) vs. Loyola Marymount (19-10), 8 p.m. MT
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. MT
December 2-3 at Colorado State (College Station, Texas Regional)
WASHINGTON (26-1) vs. Siena (20-11), 5 p.m. MT
Colorado (15-12) vs. Colorado State (20-8), 7 p.m. MT
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. MT
December 2-3 at Wisconsin (College Station, Texas Regional)
Wisconsin (23-6) vs. Loyola (Illinois) (13-17), 7 p.m. CT
Valparaiso (27-7) vs. CALIFORNIA (18-10), 5 p.m. CT
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. CT
2005 PAC-10 HONORS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- SANJA TOMASEVIC, WASHINGTON
Tomasevic, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the first Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the Huskies to a successful defense of their Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. Tomasevic, a native of Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro,was among the league statistical leaders in hitting percentage (.373/4th), kills per game (4.52 kpg/4th) and points (5.44 ppg/4th). She holds a pair of Washington career records with 1,716 kills and 150 service aces. With 1,157 career digs, she is one of only three Huskies all-time to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- FOLUKE AKINRADEWO, STANFORD
Akinradewo, a middle blocker from Plantation, Fla., is third in the Pac-10 with a .403 hitting percentage and tenth in kills (3.95 kpg), points (4.75 ppg) and blocks (1.08 bpg). In Pac-10 matches only, she tops all players with a .386 hitting percentage. She posted double digit kill totals in 25 of 30 matches played this season. Akinradewo becomes the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- JIM McLAUGHLIN, WASHINGTON
Jim McLaughlin has been tabbed as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Washington to its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. The Huskies rolled off a school-record 23-match winning streak and finished the regular season at 26-1 overall. Washington has been ranked second or third all season in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 poll. McLaughlin, who earns the honor for the third time in four seasons, has a career record of 190-83 (.696) in nine seasons, including a record of 107-40 (.728) in five seasons at Washington. Prior to Washington, McLaughlin spent four years at Kansas State, compiling a 81-43 (.653) record.
2005 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN
Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ OH 5-11 Sr. Antioch, Calif.
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Fr. Plantation, Fla.
Bibiana Candelas, USC*** MB 6-5 Sr. Torreon, Mexico
Alesha Deesing, WASH MB 6-1 So. Salem, Ore.
Kim Glass, ARIZ**** OH 6-2 Sr. Lancaster, Pa.
Candace Lee, WASH** L 5-7 Sr. Eugene, Ore.
Nana Meriwether, UCLA MB 6-1 Jr. Ventura, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH** OH 6-2 So. Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL OH 5-8 So. Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN*** OH 6-0 Jr. Orem, Utah
Debora Seilhamer, USC L 5-5 Jr. Ponce, Puerto Rico
Courtney Thompson, WASH** S 5-8 Jr. Kent, Wash.
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH** OH 6-1 Sr. Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro
Staci Venski, USC OH/MB 6-3 Sr. California City, Calif.
*** two-time selection
*** three-time selection
**** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Nancy Barba, UCLA; Kristina Baum, ARIZ; Jenna Brown, CAL; Brittany Cahoon, OSU; Samantha Carter, CAL; Jillian Davis, CAL; Sydney Donahue, ASU; Brie Hagerty, WASH; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Dominique Lamb, ARIZ; Nicole Morton, ASU; Alicia Powers, CAL; Nellie Spicer, UCLA.
2005 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
PLAYER, TEAM POS. HT. HOMETOWN
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Plantation, Fla.
Morgan Beck, CAL OH 6-3 Coto De Caza, Calif.
Mira Djuric, ORE MB 6-2 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
Margie Giordano, ASU OH 5-10 Glendale, Ariz.
Kaitlin Sather, UCLA OH 6-1 Santa Rose, Calif.
Nellie Spicer, UCLA S 5-10 Barrington, Ill.
Kelli Tennant, USC MB/OH 6-2 Temecula, Calif.
Honorable Mention: Brittany Johnson, WSU; Brittany Leonard, ARIZ; Jalen Pendon, WSU; Jordan Smith, UCLA; Katie Swoboda, ORE.
PAC-10 PARTICIPANTS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
ARIZONA - The Wildcats are making their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 21st appearance overall. Arizona has a record of 23-20 (.535) in the NCAA Tournament, with its best postseason finish coming in a 2001 Final Four appearance ... Arizona is 10-5 against the tournament field.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and ninth overall. Cal has a record of 7-8 (.467) in the NCAA Tournament, with its best postseason finish coming in a 2003 regional semifinal appearance ... California is 6-9 against the tournament field.
STANFORD - The Cardinal are one of three schools (also Penn State and UC Santa Barbara) to have appeared in all 25 NCAA Tournaments. Stanford has a record of 76-19 (.800) in the NCAA Tournament, and have captured six NCAA titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2004) ... Stanford is 11-5 against the tournament field.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 24th overall. UCLA has a record of 61-21 (.744) in the NCAA Tournament, and have captured three NCAA titles (1984, 1990, and 1991) ... UCLA is 6-10 against the tournament field.
USC - The Women of Troy are making their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 23rd overall. USC has a record of 49-19 (.721) in the NCAA Tournament, and have captured three NCAA titles (1981, 2002, and 2003) ... USC is 6-10 against the tournament field.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and tenth overall. Washington has a record of 14-9 (.609) in the NCAA Tournament, with its best postseason finish coming in last season's Final Four ... Washington is 11-1 against the tournament field.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats have posted 20 wins in a season for the 15th time in school history and the ninth time in 14 seasons under coach David Rubio ... With 2,045 kills, senior OH Kim Glass is the school's all-time kills leader and the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 kills ... With 157 aces, Glass needs four aces to break the UA career mark of 160 (Kiyomi Morino, 1984-87) ... Glass has 18 double-doubles this season ... Senior OH Jennifer Abernathy ranks ninth on the schools career kills list with 1,114. She needs 21 kills to pass current UA assistant coach Charita (Johnson) Stubbs for the eighth spot on the list.
ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore L Sydney Donahue established an ASU single-season record with 628 digs, passing the old mark held by Mindy Gowell with 601 in 1990. Donahue's two-year total stands at 1,003 digs ... 16 of ASU's 20 losses have come against opponents ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season ... Junior OH Nicole Morton led the team with 300 kills (3.57 kpg) and recorded eight double-doubles on the year.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears have won 10 or more league matches for the third consecutive year ... Junior L Jillian Davis moved up to fourth on the Cal career list with 1,223 total digs. She needs 16 digs to move up into the third spot ... Junior S Samantha Carter has 1,346 assists on the season, sixth on Cal's single-season assist chart. Previous Carter seasons are ranked No. 1 (1,555 in 2003) and No. 5 (1,349 in 2004) on the chart ... Sophomore OH Angie Pressey leads the Bears with 420 kills (4.12 kpg). She needs 13 kills to break into the schools single-season top 10 list.
OREGON - Freshman OH Mira Djuric finished her rookie campaign with 448 kills (4.19 kpg) and 59 service aces (0.55 sapg). Her kill total is the most in a season for a Duck since Madeline Ernst piled up 593 kills in 1998. Her aces total ties her for fourth most on the school's single-season list ... Freshman L Katie Swoboda recorded 448 digs - the second best single-season total in school history, just behind Teri Kramer's 452 digs in 1986.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers won seven league matches for the first time since 2001. At 7-11, it equals the third-best league mark in school history ... The Beavers were 6-3 in matches that went beyond three games ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon led OSU in hitting (.287), and topped the team with 260 kills (3.21 kpg) and 84 total blocks (1.04 bpg).
STANFORD - Junior OH Kristin Richards has posted 20 or more kills in each of the last six matches. Richards needs one more kill to reach 500 kills for the year. With 1,377 career kills, she ranks eighth on the school's career kills list. Her 1,234 digs are fifth on the school's all-time list ... MB Foluke Akinradewo leads all Pac-10 freshmen and ranks third overall in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.403) ... Senior L Courtney Schultz's 401 digs rank fifth on the school's single-season best list ... The Cardinal have won at least 25 matches in each of the last five seasons ... Stanford has finished first or second (including ties) in the Pac-10 standings in 24 of 25 seasons of league play.
UCLA - The Bruins won seven of their last nine matches, including an upset victory over then-No. 2 Washington ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether leads the Pac-10 with 182 blocks (1.77 bpg) ... Several Bruin freshmen rank among the league's top 10 in various statistical categories. Setter Nellie Spicer is fourth in assists (12.58 apg), OH Kaitlin Sather is sixth in service aces (0.37 sapg), and L Jordan Smith is seventh in digs (3.94 dpg) ... The Bruins are 5-0 in five-game matches.
USC - Senior MB Bibiana Candelas tallied a career-high 36 kills vs. Stanford. That ties the second-best single-match total in USC history. Over the last three matches, Candelas has piled up 92 kills (7.67 kpg) ... Junior L Debora Seilhamer has a established a single-season school record with 639 digs. Her 6.73 digs per game average is a Pac-10 single-season record, while her 639 digs rank third on the Pac-10's single-season list ... USC has won 12 of its last 16 matches, the four losses have come against top-10 ranked league foes Washington (twice), Stanford and Arizona.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies won their second-straight Pac-10 title ... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic owns the school career record for kills (1,716) and services aces (150) ... Should the Huskies maintain their .347 attack percentage throughout the postseason, they'll easily shatter the Pac-10 record of .330 set by UCLA in 1992 ... Junior S Courtney Thompson leads the Pac-10 with 14.95 assists per game average. Her 4,579 career assists rank sixth on the Pac-10's all-time list ... Senior L Candace Lee needs 36 digs to become the second player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 digs.
WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman L Jalen Pendon set WSU's single-season record with 514 digs. Pendon also set the school's single-match mark with 35 digs vs. Arizona State earlier this season ... Junior MB Jen Barcus has steadily moved up the school's block list. Her 43 solo blocks rank ninth, her 336 block assists rank fifth, while her 379 total blocks rank seventh.
ODDS AND ENDS - Of the 90 Pac-10 matches this season, 52 have been decided in three games, 22 have been decided in four games, and 16 have gone five games.