This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Nov. 7, 2006
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.
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
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.