This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Oct. 31, 2006

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STANFORD RIDES NINE-MATCH WIN STREAK TO CONFERENCE LEAD

With the help of WASHINGTON's victories over UCLA and USC, STANFORD claims sole possession of first place and rides a nine-match winning streak into this week's match with CALIFORNIA ... WASHINGTON looks to extend its seven-match winning streak as it hits the road for matches in Oregon ... The Arizona schools travel to Los Angeles this weekend, where the FSN televised match features ARIZONA at USC. Jim Watson will call the action, with Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak providing color commentary ... The OREGON Ducks crack the AVCA rankings this week for the first time since 1991, coming in at No. 24. That's six Pac-10 teams in this week's AVCA rankings with No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 13 California, and No. 24 Oregon.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thur., Nov. 2
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 24 OREGON*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 31-10. Streak: ORE 1
No. 4 WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 31-10. Streak: WASH 9

Fri., Nov. 3
ARIZONA at No. 6 USC*, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 29-12. Streak: USC 1
ARIZONA STATE at No. 5 UCLA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 37-4. Streak: UCLA 8
No. 2 STANFORD at No. 13 CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 39-2. Streak: STAN 3
No. 4 WASHINGTON at No. 24 OREGON*, 8 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 34-7. Streak: WASH 11
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 29-12. Streak: OSU 7

Sat., Nov. 4
ARIZONA at No. 5 UCLA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 27-14. Streak: UCLA 1
ARIZONA STATE at No. 6 USC*, 6 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 32-9. Streak: USC 21

Last Week's Results:
Fri., Oct. 27
CALIFORNIA def. ARIZONA, 3-1
STANFORD def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-0
OREGON def. OREGON STATE, 3-0
WASHINGTON def. UCLA, 3-1
USC def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0

Sat., Oct. 28
STANFORD def. ARIZONA, 3-0CALIFORNIA def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-1
UCLA def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0
WASHINGTON def. USC, 3-1

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - Arizona ranks first in the Pac-10 Conference and seventh in the nation with 3.43 blocks per game. The `Cats have posted double-digit team stuffs in eight of their last nine matches, and 16 of their last 18 matches. Against Stanford on Saturday, the Wildcats had their streak of eight consecutive matches with double-digit blocks snapped with a total of 8.0 blocks... Junior middle blocker Dominique Lamb is working her way up the block charts at Arizona. With 331 total stuffs, Lamb is now 10th all-time at Arizona, and needs two more blocks to move past Leigh Halliwell for ninth all-time.

  • ARIZONA STATE - For just the third time this season, the Sun Devils had four players post double-digit kills against California. Senior outside hitter Nina Reeves led effort tying her season-high with 18, followed by senior Tierra Burnley with 14, while teammates Staci Smith and Nicole Morton tallied 13 each... Since Conference play began, Reeves has recorded double-digit kills in 10 of the last 11 matches.

  • CALIFORNIA - Senior libero Jillian Davis, with 44 digs last weekend at Arizona and Arizona State, became the Bears' all-time career dig leader (1,623), surpassing Lisa Arce's 1,602 digs from 1987-90. Also, it was the first time since 1989 that the Bears had swept the Arizona schools both at home and on the road.

  • OREGON - The Ducks and head coach Jim Moore have grabbed the attention of volleyball coaches across the nation, resulting in a No. 24 ranking in the latest AVCA/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll... The Ducks last cracked the Top 25 during the 1991 season, when they appeared in the poll three times and were ranked as high as No. 18. Oregon's highest ever ranking was No. 11 on Sept. 20, 1988... At 16-4 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10 conference, Oregon is enjoying its best season in more than a decade and a half. The last time the Ducks had a winning record and six or more conference victories was 1990, when Gerry Gregory's team went 15-14, 6-12 in the Pac-10.

  • OREGON STATE - The Beavers took on the Ducks at Gill Coliseum, in front of the second largest volleyball crowd in Oregon State history (2,517)... Freshman hitter Rachel Rourke led the Beavers with 10 kills and freshman middle Lexie Rathgeber added seven... Junior hitter Kristin Murray paced the Beavers with 11 digs and Rourke led the front row defense with three total blocks... Prior to this weekend's loss OSU had beaten Oregon 9 out of 11 times.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal swept the Arizona schools for the first time since the 2004 season... Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo had a career weekend in Arizona, tallying a team-high 32 kills for a .707 hitting percentage through six games. Akinradewo led the Cardinal with 15 kills for a .571 hitting percentage to sweep the Sun Devils and collected 17 more kills without a single error to record a career-high .850 hitting percentage against Arizona.

  • UCLA - Senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether had an impressive blocking weekend as UCLA split its matches in the state of Washington. On Thursday night at WSU, Meriwether led all players with six blocks, two solo and four assists, then posted 12 blocks at Washington, her fourth double-figure blocking match of the season... For her UCLA career, Meriwether's 441 block assists ranks fifth in UCLA history, as she passed Pac-10 Player of the Decade Natalie Williams during the Washington match, and her 530 total blocks ranks fifth on UCLA's all-time list.

  • USC - While the Women of Troy split their matches to the Washington schools, their win over Washington State marked Coach Mick Haley's 150th at USC... The Women of Troy travel to the desert looking for a win, which would be the 10th time in the last 11 years that USC has recorded at least 20 wins in a season.

  • WASHINGTON - The Huskies swept the Los Angeles schools over the weekend, including a 3-1 victory over then fourth-ranked and Pac-10 leader UCLA... Four Huskies recorded double-figure kills against then fifth-ranked UCLA. Stevie Mussie led the way with 18 kills, followed by Christal Morrison (17), Jessica Swarbrick (16) and Alesha Deesing (13)... The weekend sweep lifted Washington to 19-3 overall and 9-2 in the Pac-10, and extends its school-record 27-match home winning streak.

  • WASHINGTON STATE - Senior Kelly Rosin tallied 25 kills over the weekend, 292 this season, pushing her career to 1,068 kills - fifth on WSU's career kills list ... Freshman libero Kelly Hyder's 440 digs this season is third in WSU single -season records... She needs 29 more digs to move into second place with Kortney Jamtaas (496 digs, 2002) and 75 digs to move ahead of teammate Jalen Pendon who established the school single-season record of 514 digs last year... Freshman setter Corina Beyer has 905 assists this season and needs only 62 more to move into 10th on the WSU career list.

    WASHINGTON'S CHRISTAL MORRISON NAMED PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    WASHINGTON outside hitter Christal Morrison has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 23-29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

    Morrison, a junior from Puyallup, Wash., helped the Huskies topple No. 5 USC and No. 4 UCLA over the weekend to move into second place in the Pac-10 and extend their home winning streak to 27 matches.

    During Thursday's match against USC, Morrison led Washington with 17 kills and a career-best 21 digs. The All-American continued to play well in Friday's match-up against UCLA as she tallied 25 kills, just one shy of her career record, and recorded 13 digs. This marked her 11th double-double of the season, with nine coming within the last 10 matches.

    For the weekend, Morrison averaged 5.25 kills per game, 4.25 digs per game and 5.88 points per game. In addition, the junior has recorded 20 or more kills six times this season.This is the third weekly honor for Morrison, her second for the season, and Washington's 19th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.

    Also Nominated: Angie Pressey, JR,OH, CAL; Sonja Newcombe, FR, MB, ORE; Foluke Akinradewo, SO, MB, STAN; Nana Meriwether, SR, MB, UCLA.

    2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 28 - Angie Pressey, CAL; Sept. 5 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Sept. 11 - Cynthia Barboza, STAN; Sept. 18 - Asia Kaczor, USC; Sept. 25 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Oct. 2 - Katie Carter, UCLA; Oct. 9 - Kristin Richards, STAN; Oct. 16 - Sonja Newcombe, ORE; Oct. 23 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Oct. 30 - Christal Morrison, WASH.

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