This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Sept. 19, 2006
The Pac-10 was impressive once again in non-league play, posting a 21-3 record and capturing five tournament titles last weekend. The league has upped its stellar non-conference record to 96-16 (.857)... Now it's on to league play as four Pac-10 teams remain undefeated on the year... This week's featured FSN match pits No. 6 STANFORD at No. 4 WASHINGTON. Jim Watson will call the action, with Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak providing color commentary. In addition to the Cardinal and Huskies, this week's AVCA rankings include No. 3 UCLA, No. 7 USC and No. 8 CALIFORNIA.
Thur., Sept. 21
No. 8 CALIFORNIA at No. 4 WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 23-17. Streak: WASH 4No. 3 UCLA at OREGON*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 39-1. Streak: UCLA 37No. 7 USC at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 33-7. Streak: USC 18No. 6 STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 37-3. Streak: STAN 6
Fri., Sept. 22
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 21-19. Streak: ARIZ 5No. 8 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: Tied, 20-20. Streak: CAL 6No. 7 USC at OREGON*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 35-5. Streak: USC 31No. 3 UCLA at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m. Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 38-2. Streak: UCLA 8No. 6 STANFORD at No. 4 WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m. (FSN) Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 35-5. Streak: WASH 2
* Pac-10 Conference Match
PAC-10 PLAYERS EARN MVP HONORS - The list continues to grow... MVP honors have been bestowed upon Pac-10 players at the various preseason tournaments. The list to date: ARIZONA's Brooke Buringrud , ARIZONA STATE's Nicole Morton and Nina Reeves , CALIFORNIA's Angie Pressey (twice) and Hana Cutura (twice), OREGON's Kristen Bitter , STANFORD's Bryn Kehoe and Cynthia Barboza , UCLA's Nana Meriwether (three times) and Nellie Spicer , USC's Asia Kaczor, WASHINGTON's Christal Morrison and WASHINGTON STATE's Brittany Johnson .
ARIZONA - Junior MB Dominque Lamb hit .438 (35 kills, seven errors, 64 attempts) last weekend at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic. In addition, she added 16 blocks (1.33 bpg) and earned All-Tournament honors for her efforts. It's the fourth time this season Lamb has achieved All-Tournament... Arizona hosts rival Arizona State on Friday in Tucson. The Cats have won six straight over the Sun Devils, including the last five in three-game sweeps.
ARIZONA STATE - At 8-3 on the year, the Sun Devils have now equaled last season's win total in only eleven matches... Senior Nina Reeves was named MVP of the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic... Junior L Sydney Donahue continues to rack up the digs. She collected 88 digs (7.33 dpg) during the Classic. Donahue leads the Pac-10 with a 7.18 digs per game average.
CALIFORNIA - Cal's 11-match winning streak is the longest since opening the 2003 season with 16 consecutive victories... Senior L Jillian Davis needs 72 digs to reach 1,500 for her career. When she reaches that total, she'd be the ninth player in Pac-10 history to achieve that milestone... Junior OH Angie Pressey has hit .400 or better in three of the last four matches. Over the last four matches, Pressey's hitting .433 with 68 kills on 127 attempts with just 13 errors.
OREGON - At 10-0, the Ducks are off to their best start in school history... The 10 consecutive wins ties a school mark set during the 1984 season... Senior MB Kristen Bitter was named MVP of the Boise State Invitational last weekend. She averaged 2.00 blocks and 2.83 kills per game, and hit .343 as Oregon swept both matches. Senior OH Erin Little was named All-Tournament for the third time this season.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers were idle last week and will now open Pac-10 play by hosting two of the league's four undefeated teams in No. 7 USC and No. 3 UCLA.
STANFORD - The Cardinal have run off eight straight victories, with the last three wins coming in the Stanford Invitational where the Cardinal knocked off No. 8 Santa Clara... Junior S Bryn Kehoe and sophomore OH Cynthia Barboza were named MVP of the Stanford Invitational. In three matches, Kehoe guided the Cardinal to a .304 team hitting percentage. Kehoe alone hit .444 over the weekend with 106 assists (11.78 apg), 33 digs, nine kills and nine blocks.
UCLA - At 13-0, this is UCLA's best start to a season since the 1993 campaign when the Bruins won their first 20 matches... Sophomore OH Ali Daley, sophomore S Nellie Spicer and senior MB Nana Meriwether were all named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational with Meriwether earning MVP honors. Meriwether hit .660 with 36 kills on 50 attempts with just three errors. She also added 14 blocks (1.56 bpg).
USC - Junior MB Bethany Johansen has been solid of late. Over the last three matches, Johansen is hitting .434 with 29 kills on 53 attempts with six errors. She's added 21 blocks in that span, averaging 1.75 blocks per game... USC has opened its season with a 11-0 mark for the seventh time in school history. Four previous squads that started 11-0 (1976, 1977, 2002 and 2003) have gone on to win the national championship.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies have won 70 of their last 75 matches and boast a school-record 20 match home court winning streak... Senior S Courtney Thompson picked up seven service aces last week, including five against UC Davis. She's nailed 100 aces in her career, good for seventh on the school's all-time list... Sophomore MB Jessica Swarbrick has posted four or more blocks in each of the last four matches. She has a total of 23 blocks in that span, averaging 1.92 blocks per game.
WASHINGTON STATE - Senior OH Kelly Rosin needs 55 kills to move into tenth on the school's career list. She needs 60 kills to reach 1,000 for her career... Rosin tallied 29 kills (4.14 kpg) and hit .377 in a split with Idaho. She leads the Cougars with a .338 attack percentage... Junior OH Adetokunbo Faleti paces the Cougars, and is fourth in the Pac-10, with 4.52 kills per game.
CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS - With WASHINGTON winning the 2005 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now captured five consecutive NCAA crowns (2005 - Washington, 2004 - Stanford, 2003 - USC, 2002 - USC, 2001 - Stanford) and 13 NCAA titles overall - that's better than half of the 25 titles presented by the NCAA.
CONFERENCE OF ALL-AMERICANS - The Pac-10 set a league record with 11 AVCA All-America selections in 2005. First Team selections were Kim Glass, ARIZ; Kristin Richards, STAN; Courtney Thompson, WASH; Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. Second Team selections were Foluke Akinradewo, STAN; Bibilana Candelas, USC; Candace Lee, WASH. Third Team selections were Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Bryn Kehoe, STAN, Nana Meriwether, UCLA, Christal Morrison, WASH. Seven former Pac-10 players earned All-America honors four times, while another seven former players earned All-American honors three times. Since 1990, Pac-10 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors eight times and NCAA Honda-Broderick Award honors nine times.
CONFERENCE OF COACHES - The current group of Pac-10 volleyball coaches enter the 2006 season having compiled 4,177 victories in a combined 175 years of head coaching experience. That averages out to nearly 24 wins a season for each coach. In addition, these coaches have guided NCAA Division I teams to 30 NCAA Final Four appearances and 10 NCAA titles.