This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Sept. 26, 2006

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CLASH OF THE TITANS

Fresh off a pair of three-game sweeps of top ten ranked CALIFORNIA and STANFORD, the WASHINGTON Huskies must now hit the road for another Pac-10 showdown with undefeated UCLA and USC. UCLA remains at No. 3, with the Huskies holding the No. 4 spot in this week's AVCA rankings, while USC jumps to No. 5 this week. STANFORD holds on to the No. 6 spot, while CALIFORNIA moves up to No. 7 - that's five Pac-10 teams among the top seven in this week's poll!... This week's featured FSN match pits OREGON STATE at OREGON. Jim Watson will call the action, with Cathy Nelson providing color commentary... The Pac-10 has shined in non-league play, posting a record to 96-16 (.857) outside the conference.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thur., Sept. 28

No. 4 WASHINGTON at No. 3 UCLA, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 31-9. Streak: UCLA 1WASHINGTON STATE at No. 5 USC, 6 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 29-11. Streak: USC 2

Fri., Sept. 29

ARIZONA at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 34-6. Streak: ARIZ 2ARIZONA STATE at No. 7 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 24-16. Streak: CAL 7OREGON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m. (FSN)	Pac-10 Series: OSU leads, 23-17. Streak: OSU 6WASHINGTON STATE at No. 3 UCLA, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 33-7. Streak: UCLA 6No. 4 WASHINGTON at No. 5 USC, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 29-11. Streak: WASH 2

Sat., Sept. 30

ARIZONA at No. 7 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 30-10. Streak: CAL 1ARIZONA STATE at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.	Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 38-2. Streak: STAN 11

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thur., Sept. 21

No. 4 WASHINGTON def. No. 8 CALIFORNIA, 3-0No. 3 UCLA def. OREGON, 3-0No. 7 USC def. OREGON STATE, 3-0No. 6 STANFORD def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0

Fri., Sept. 22

ARIZONA STATE def. ARIZONA, 3-1No. 8 CALIFORNIA def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0No. 7 USC def. OREGON, 3-2No. 3 UCLA def. OREGON STATE, 3-0No. 4 WASHINGTON def. No. 6 STANFORD, 3-0

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - The Wildcats collected a season-high 21 total team blocks in the loss to Arizona State. Junior MB Dominque Lamb posted a career-high 11 assisted blocks... The Wildcats will have their hands full over the next two weeks of league play as the next four opponents are ranked among the AVCA top seven - at No. 6 Stanford, at No. 7 California, vs. No. 3 UCLA, vs. No. 5 USC... The `Cats have won 11 of their last 13 matches at California. While Arizona is 2-18 at Stanford, both victories have come in the last six years, including last year's five-game victory over the fourth-ranked Cardinal.

  • ARIZONA STATE - At 9-3 on the year, the Sun Devils have surpassed last season's win total... ASU's victory over Arizona was the first for the Sun Devils in Tucson since 1999... Senior OH Nicole Morton led the Sun Devils in Tucson with 21 kills and hit .267 in the process... Junior L Sydney Donahue has posted 20 or more digs in each of the last four matches and in eight matches this season. Over the last four matches, she's averaging 6.81 digs per game... The Sun Devils travel to the Bay Area where they'll be looking for their first win at California since 2001 and their first-ever win at Stanford in 21 tries.

  • CALIFORNIA - Freshman OH Cat Dailey saw action for the first time this season at Washington State. She had been out the first part of the season with a broken finger. She appeared in two games, and responded with three kills on seven attempts, with no errors. She added five digs... Senior S Samantha Carter needs 126 assists to reach 5,000 for her career. Only five other players in Pac-10 history have recorded 5,000 or more assists... Junior OH Angie Pressey needs 21 kills to reach 1,000 for her career.

  • OREGON - Despite dropping the first two matches of league play, the Ducks have shown that they are much more competitive than in recent years. Oregon has taken the opposition to four or more games in seven of its last nine Pac-10 matches. In the previous 18 conference losses, the Ducks exceeded three games just once... Sophomore L Katie Swoboda posted 51 digs over the weekend (6.38 dpg), including a career-high matching 31 digs against USC... Defensively, Oregon held No. 7 USC to it's lowest attack percentage of the season (.149). The Trojans enter the match with the Ducks hitting .302 this season.

  • OREGON STATE - The Beavers head to Eugene for this week's featured match on FSN. OSU has won the last six matches in the series with Oregon, and have won six in a row in Eugene... With 195 assisted blocks, senior MB Abby Windell moved into ninth on the school's career list. With 186 assisted blocks, senior MB Brittany Cahoon needs three more to join Windell on the top ten list.

  • STANFORD - Sophomore OH Cynthia Barboza hit .345 and posted a season-high 25 kills in the three-game loss at Washington. With 37 kills on the weekend (6.17 kpg), Barboza moved into the Pac-10's top ten this season, averaging 4.38 kills per game (5th)... Sophomore L Jessica Fishburn has tallied double digit digs in 10 of 12 matches this season, with a career-high of 25 digs coming at Washington last Saturday.

  • UCLA - Senior MB Nana Meriwether collected 24 kills in 44 attempts with just three errors last week to hit .477 in two matches vs. the Oregon schools. That performance actually lowered her season hitting percentage. She is now hitting a league-leading .557. Only three other Bruins have led the Pac-10 in attack percentage - Daiva Tomkus in 1988 and 1989, Natalie Williams in 1992 and Elisabeth Bachman in 1999... Sophomore OH Ali Daley posted a pair of double-doubles last weekend with 16 kills/13 digs at Oregon and 11 kills/14 digs at Oregon State.

  • USC - The next Pac-10 victory for the Women of Troy will give USC its 250th win all-time in Pac-10 play. Since Pac-10 play began in 1986, only Stanford (315) and UCLA (281) have more league victories than the Women of Troy... Junior MB Bethany Johansen picked up her first double-double this season with 11 kills/13 blocks at Oregon... Junior OH Diane Copenhagen has recorded double digit kills in 12 of USC's 13 matches.

  • WASHINGTON - The Huskies have won 72 of their last 76 matches... Senior S Courtney Thompson moved into No. 2 on the Pac-10's all-time list with 5,433 assists. Former UCLA setter Erika Selsor is the only one standing in front of Thompson. Selsor posted 6,234 assists from 1998-2001... Thompson was stellar in last week's victories over No. 8 California and No. 6 Stanford. She led the Huskies to a combined .385 attack percentage in the two matches... Junior MB Alesha Deesing was the biggest benefactor of Thompson's sets last weekend. Deesing collected 20 kills in 26 attempts with just one error (.731).

  • WASHINGTON STATE - Senior OH Kelly Rosin needs 36 kills to move into tenth on the school's career list. She needs 41 kills to reach 1,000 for her career... Sophomore OH Brittany Johnson has posted double digit kills in 14 of 16 matches this season. She ranks tenth in the conference with 4.18 kills per game... Freshman S Corina Beyer continues to lead all Pac-10 freshmen with 12.79 assists per game. That figure ranks fourth overall in the league.
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