This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Nov. 7, 2006

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BAY AREA RIVALS JOIN SIDES TO FIND A CURE

Bay Area rivals STANFORD and CALIFORNIA will be working as a team when they host UCLA and USC. Both Cal and Stanford designated the match-up against UCLA as this season's 'Dig for the Cure' match, which raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. FSN will televise UCLA at Cal with Jim Watson calling the action, while Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak provide color commentary ... The Oregon schools travel to the desert to take on the Arizona schools, while No. 4 WASHINGTON heads to the Palouse to take on cross-state rival Washington State ... This week's AVCA rankings show six Pac-10 teams among the top 25 with No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 12 California, and No. 24 Oregon.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thur., Nov. 9
OREGON at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 32-9. Streak: ORE 1
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 27-14. Streak: ASU 1

Fri., Nov. 10
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 33-8. Streak: ORE 1
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA*, 8 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 32-9. Streak: ARIZ 20
USC at STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 31-10. Streak: STAN 4
UCLA at CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 40-1. Streak: UCLA 2
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 28-13. Streak: WASH 7

Sat., Nov. 11
UCLA at STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 25-16. Streak: STAN 11
USC at CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m. (Comcast)
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 34-7. Streak: USC 2

Last Week's Results:

Thur., Nov. 2
OREGON def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0
WASHINGTON def. OREGON STATE, 3-0

Fri., Nov. 3
USC def. ARIZONA, 3-1
UCLA def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-1
STANFORD def. CALIFORNIA, 3-1
WASHINGTON def. OREGON, 3-2
WASHINGTON STATE def. OREGON STATE, 3-0

Sat., Nov. 4
UCLA def. ARIZONA, 3-0
USC def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-0

PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NANA MERIWETHER, UCLA

UCLA middle blocker Nana Meriwether has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Meriwether, a senior from Potomac, Md., helped the Bruins extend their Conference record to an impressive 11-2, as UCLA beat Arizona 3-1 and swept Arizona State 3-0, over the weekend.

During Friday night's match against Arizona State, Meriwether posted her fifth double-figure blocking performance of the season, marking her fourth double-figure blocking performance against a Pac-10 opponent this season. Her outstanding play continued into Saturday's match against Arizona as she posted 12 kills, 17 attacks, and six blocks.

For the week, Meriwether's kill average of 4.57 kpg was more than half a kill-per-game higher than her season average of 4.03 kpg entering the weekend. In addition, her attack percentage of .583 was more than 100 points higher and her 2.43 blocks per game was over half a block per-game higher than her season average entering the weekend.

With two matches with an attack percentage over .500, Meriwether now has 12 such matches this season. These were her first two matches over .500 for attack percentage since hitting .519 against Washington State on Sept. 29. Meriwether's 25.5 points against Arizona State on Friday night was a new season high and just 1.5 points shy of her career-high total.

This is the fourth weekly honor for Meriwether, her third for the season, and UCLA's 52nd Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.

Also Nominated: Sonja Newcombe, FR, MB, ORE; Rachel Rourke, FR, OH, OSU; Kristin Richards, SR, OH, STAN; Asia Kaczor, JR, OPP/OH, USC; Stevie Mussie, JR, OH, WASH.

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; Nov. 6 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - The Wildcats prepare for the Oregon schools this weekend where they will look for a Conference win ... Arizona's 20-match winning streak against Oregon State is the longest for the Wildcats against any of the Pac-10 schools. Arizona last lost to OSU on Sept. 27, 1996 in Tucson. Since then, Arizona has swept Oregon State 13 times, gone four games five times and has been pushed to five games two times in extending the streak.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Junior libero Sydney Donahue continues her quest for ASU records. She now has 1,564 career digs, passing Jami Coughlin for second on the school's all-time list ... Only Christy Nore had more when she amassed 1,597 from 1985 to 1988 ... Donahue needs only 34 more digs to hold the school record. She has 561 so far this season, 67 short of breaking her own school record for digs in a season which she set last season with 628 ... Donahue currently leads the Pac-10 in total digs (561) and digs per game (6.52) ... Her current dig total is third highest in school history.

  • CALIFORNIA - In last week's match-up against the Cardinal, Angie Pressey tied with Hana Cutura with a team-best 16 kills. Pressey now has 1,125 career kills, good for eighth on the Cal all-time list ... Senior libero Jillian Davis had a match-high 19 digs and senior setter Samantha Carter had a match-high 54 assists against Stanford. Carter and Davis are Cal career leaders as Carter has a school-best 5,358 career assists, and Davis has a school-best 1,642 career digs.

  • OREGON - Oregon's crowd of 2,672 against. Washington was the second highest in school history ... Freshman MB Sonja Newcombe has 20-plus kills in two of her past three matches ... Oregon's five losses this season have all come against teams ranked No. 7 or higher.

  • OREGON STATE - Freshman hitter Rachel Rourke started the season slowly from behind the service stripe but has tallied 16 of her 21 service aces since the Pac-10 season began to put her second in the conference in service aces per game at 0.41sapg ... Rourke's big weekend against the Washington schools puts her at 314 kills this season and makes her the fourth freshman in OSU history to tally 300 kills and the first since 1995 ... Another of OSU's freshmen, Lexie Rathgeber is making her presence felt averaging 1.13 blocks per game during the conference season to rank 10th in the conference.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal took on Bay Area rival, No. 10 California last week where they garnered their 10th consecutive win of the season, and their fourth consecutive win over the Golden Bears ... Stanford's 10-match conference winning streak ties for the longest since 1999 when the Cardinal won 12-straight Pac-10 matches. Stanford also won 10-straight conference matches in 2001.

  • UCLA - For the first time since 1999, the Bruins swept both Arizona and Arizona State ... Senior Nana Meriwether led UCLA on the floor and garnered her third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season ... There have only been seven players all-time to receive Player of the Week honors three or more times in a single season, with three of the seven receiving Pac-10 Player of the Year. The last player to earn three or more nominations in a single season was Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani in 2004.

  • USC - The Women of Troy swept the Arizona schools over the weekend where they garnered their 20th win of the season making it the 10th time in the last 11 years that USC has recorded 20 or more wins in a season ... USC was led by junior Asia Kaczor who had 44 kills (6.29 kpg) and 17 digs while hitting .430 for the weekend ... USC hit .379 as a team as freshman setter Taylor Carico had a season-high eight kills with 47 assists and 10 digs ... Carico's current 12.77 apg average is the highest by a USC setter since Janice Mounts' 15.05 apg mark in 1998.

  • WASHINGTON - Senior Courtney Thompson's 6,088 career assists rank 14th on the NCAA all-time career chart. She is eight assists away from moving into 13th and 14 away from 12th ... Washington has won all 11 of its home matches this season, extending its home win streak to 27 matches, which is a program record ... The Huskies have not lost at home since dropping a five game heartbreaker to USC on Nov. 26, 2004

  • WASHINGTON STATE - Last week the Cougars split a pair of matches on the road as they lost to No. 24 Oregon and went on to sweep Oregon State ... Adetokunbo Faleti led the Cougs with 25 kills while Brittany Johnson added 18 kills and 8 blocks ... Kelly Hyder had 31 digs, Corina Beyer had 77 assists, and Cassie Robbins had 9 blocks ... Beyer's performance moved her into 10th place on WSU's all-time assists list with 982 on the season ... This was the second time this season the Cougs defeated Oregon State ...WSU has now won more Pac-10 matches on the road than at home.
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