This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Nov. 14, 2006

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FIGHT TO THE FINISH

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, four Pac-10 teams are locked into a heated race for the Pac-10 title. STANFORD and WASHINGTON hold a one-game lead over USC and UCLA. The latter two teams meet in Los Angeles this week where the victor looks to remain in the hunt for the league title. FSN will televise USC at UCLA match with Jim Watson calling the action, while Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak provide color commentary ... The Arizona schools travel to Washington, while the Bay Area schools head to Oregon ... This week's AVCA rankings show five Pac-10 teams among the top 25 with No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 6 UCLA, and No. 15 California.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thur., Nov. 16
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 22-19. Streak: WASH 5
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 21-20. Streak: ASU 2
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 26-15. Streak: CAL 1
STANFORD at OREGON*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 39-2. Streak: STAN 34

Fri., Nov. 17
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6:30 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 30-11. Streak: WSU 1
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 24-17. Streak: WASH 6
CALIFORNIA at OREGON*, 5 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 34-7. Streak: ORE 1
STANFORD at OREGON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 41-0. Streak: STAN 41
USC at UCLA*, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 22-19. Streak: UCLA 1

Last Week's Results:
Thur., Nov. 9
ARIZONA def. OREGON, 3-2
ARIZONA STATE def. OREGON STATE, 3-1

Fri., Nov. 10
ARIZONA STATE def. OREGON, 3-1
ARIZONA def. OREGON STATE, 3-0
USC def. STANFORD, 3-0
UCLA def. CALIFORNIA, 3-0
WASHINGTON def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0

Sat., Nov. 11
STANFORD def. UCLA, 3-1
USC def. CALIFORNIA, 3-0

USC'S ASIA KACZOR NAMED PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

USC opposite and outside hitter Asia Kaczor has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 6-12, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Kaczor, a junior from Wroclaw, Poland, led the Women of Troy to a pair of 3-0 victories over the weekend at No. 2 Stanford and No. 12 California, extending their Conference record to 12-3, 23-3 overall. The weekend sweep moved USC up two-spots in the national rankings from No. 6 to the No. 4 spot.

During Friday night's match against Stanford, Kaczor posted 26 kills and hit .500 for the night. Her outstanding play continued into Saturday's match against California as she posted 23 kills, four digs, three block assists, and two assists. For the week, she registered 8.17 kills per game and hit .415 while recording 13 digs and three block assists.

For the season, Kaczor has posted double-digit kills in 25 of USC's 26 matches and has recorded 20 or more kills nine times. She has a streak of four straight matches with 20 or more kills, with the last three matches being 3-0 sweeps, and has averaged 7.15 kills per game over that span. In addition, she has a 4.95 kpg average this season including a 5.22 kpg average in Pac-10 Conference matches this season. She is hitting .311 overall, with 168 digs (1.81 dpg), 66 total blocks (0.71 bpg), and 30 service aces (0.32 sapg) for the season.

Kaczor currently ranks third on USC all time list in points (522.5) and is 10th with 460 kills.

This is the second weekly honor for Kaczor and USC's 39th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona won back-to-back Pac-10 matches for the first time this season with a weekend sweep of No. 24 Oregon and Oregon State. The Wildcats upset No. 24 Oregon on Thursday with a 3-2 win, snapping a season-long seven match losing streak. Arizona followed the win with a 3-0 sweep of Oregon State on Friday night ... Freshman Whitney Dosty posted a career-best 29 kills on a .365 (29-6-63) hitting percentage against Oregon, becoming the first Wildcat this season to break the 20-kill plateau.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Junior libero Sydney Donahue collected her 1,598 dig of her career during the second game of Friday's match against No. 24 Oregon, vaulting her past Christy Nore for the all-time school record, a record she had held since 1988. She finished the evening with 20 digs to lead the team to a 3-1 upset of the 24th ranked Ducks ... Donahue now has 1,613 digs during her almost three years in Tempe.

  • CALIFORNIA - Despite suffering a weekend sweep by the Los Angeles schools, junior middle hitter Ellen Orchard managed to shine above the competition. Orchard was .327 vs. the LA schools, with 23 kills and a team-best 14 total blocks ... for the year, she is hitting .308 and has a team-leading 127 total blocks, which is already the fifth-most single-season blocks in school history ... Cal's 3-0 loss to USC was the first 3-0 loss at Haas Pavilion since a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M, Sept. 11, 2004.

  • OREGON - Over the weeked sophomore libero Katie Swoboda set the Oregon single-season digs mark and recorded the 900th of her brief UO career, moving into 10th place on the school's all-time list ... Her 20 digs tied for the match high, giving her a total of 469 this season and 917 overall in a Duck uniform ... Sophomore OH Mira Djuric notched the 100th service ace of her career .

  • OREGON STATE - It was a record-breaking weekend for the Beavers as a pair of freshmen made their way into the OSU record books ... Rachel Rourke tallied 28 kills Thursday night at Arizona State ... 28 kills ranks as the 10th highest single-match kill total in OSU history ... In addition, Rourke's 348 kills in 2006 is the second-most by a freshman in OSU history ... Lexie Rathgeber has 70 block assists in 2006 which ranks her seventh in OSU history among freshmen ... she has 79 total blocks this season to rank 10th among freshmen in OSU history.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal split over the weekend with a loss to No. 6 USC, 0-3, ending their ten-match Conference winning streak ... In Saturday's match against No. 4 UCLA, sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led Stanford with 15 kills, followed by double-digit efforts by sophomore Erin Waller (13), senior Kristin Richards (12) and junior Franci Girard (10) ... Richards' 23 digs on the weekend brought her career total to 1,473 digs, making her Stanford's all-time digs leader ... previous record holder was Kristin Klein with 1,456 (1988-91).

  • UCLA - The Bruins split in the Bay Area, beating No. 12 California, 3-1, and falling to No. 2 Stanford, 1-3. In Saturday's match-up, UCLA held the Cardinal to hit just .165, their lowest hitting percentage in Conference play ... senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether tallied 13 blocks against Stanford, marking her sixth double-figure kill mark of the season ... Her 565 career blocks ranks her 10th in the Pac-10 for all-time career leaders.

  • USC - The Women of Troy defeated Stanford for the first time since 2004 and swept them, 3-0, for the first time since their undefeated 2003 season ... Freshman Asia Kaczor led USC with 26 kills, while senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer had 18 digs against the Cardinal, to push her school-record career mark to 1,902 digs ... USC improves to 23-3 on the season and 12-3 in the Pac-10 Conference. The Women of Troy are now tied for third with UCLA, one half-game back behind co-leaders Stanford and Washington.

  • WASHINGTON - Juniors Christal Morrison and Stevie Mussie led the Huskies to their 10th consecutive win with a sweep over Washington State ... Morrison's 16 kills brings her career total to 1,289, which gives her the No. 5 spot on the UW all-time chart. Her 17.5 points moved her into seventh on the UW all-time list with 459.0 career points ... Senior Courtney Thompson tallied 44 assists, which moves her into 12th on the NCAA all-time list with 6,132 career assists.

  • WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman defensive specialist/libero Kelly Hyder tallied 15 digs against No. 4 Washington, marking the 13th straight game in which she has recorded double-digit digs ... Hyder and ASU's Sydney Donahue are the only two players in the Conference to record double-digit digs in every match this season ... Hyder's 486 digs this season ranks second on WSU's all-time single season list. She is just 28 digs behind teammate Jalen Pendon, who currenlty holds the record with 514.

    PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL EARLY SIGNEES
    (As relesased by schools.)

    ARIZONA
    Tiffany Owens
    Stephanie Snow
    Paige Weber

    OREGON
    Sarah Cawrse
    Heather Meyers
    Lana Zielke

    OREGON STATE
    Kaitlan Locke
    Kiersten Sambrailo

    USC
    Zoe Garrett
    Kimmee Roleder
    Geena Urango
    Lauren Williams

    WASHINGTON
    Jenna Hagglund

    WASHINGTON STATE
    Brittany Tillman
    Kimika Rozier

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