This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Nov. 27, 2006

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STANFORD CAPTURES 10th PAC-10 TITLE

SEVEN PAC-10 TEAMS HEAD OFF INTO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The STANFORD Cardinal captured their 10th Pac-10 title, their first since 2001, and now head into the NCAA Tournament as a top seed ... UCLA also lays claim to one of the four top seeds ... Defending national champion WASHINGTON hits the road for first and second round action, but will look to return successful to Seattle as Washington is one of the four regional sites ... USC and CALIFORNIA make their 16th and fifth consecutive NCAA appearances respectively ... OREGON will be making its first appearance in the postseason since 1989, while ARIZONA STATE makes its first appearance since 2002 ... It marks the seventh consecutive season that the Pac-10 will send at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament ... 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 ... The Pac-10 has posted a 97-16 (.858) record against non-conference foes this season.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

November 30 - December 1 at Florida (Gainesville Regional)
Col. of Charleston (27-7 vs. ARIZONA STATE (15-14), 5 p.m.
Florida (28-2) vs. Florida A&M (21-6), 7:30 p.m.
Winners meet Fri., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

November 30 - December 1 at USC (Honolulu Regional)
UC Santa Barbara (19-11) vs. Brigham Young (24-5), 5 p.m.
USC (25-4) vs. Mississippi (19-12), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Fri., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

November 30 - December 1 at Colorado (Seattle Regional)
Colorado State (20-9) vs. WASHINGTON (25-4), 5 p.m.
Colorado (16-11) vs. New Mexico State (33-3), TBD
Winners meet Fri., Dec. 1, 7p.m.

December 1-2 at Long Beach State (Honolulu Regional)
OREGON (17-11) vs. Hawaii (26-5), 5 p.m.
Pepperdine (16-11) vs. Long Beach State (25-5), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

December 1-2 at UCLA (Honolulu Regional)
Utah (27-3) vs. Michigan State (19-11), 5:30 p.m.
UAB (27-9) vs. UCLA (29-3), 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

December 1-2 at Cal Poly (Austin Regional)
CALIFORNIA (20-9) vs. LSU (26-5), 6 p.m.
Cal Poly (22-5) vs. Michigan (21-12), 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 2 , 7 p.m.

December 1-2 at Stanford (Austin Regional)
Missouri (17-12) vs. Santa Clara (20-7), 4:30 p.m.
Sacramento State (30-5) vs. STANFORD (25-3), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 2 , 7 p.m.

2006 PAC-10 HONORS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- CHRISTAL MORRISON, WASHINGTONMorrison, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the second Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. In fact, the Huskies have claimed the honor in back-to-back years as Morrison follows former Washington player Sanja Tomasevic as Pac-10 Player of the Year. Morrison, an outside hitter from Puyallup, Wash., was among the league statistical leaders in points (5.51 ppg/2nd), kills per game (4.80 kpg/2nd) and service aces (0.28 sapg/9th). She earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times during the season in helping the defending national champions post a 25-4 record overall and tie for second in the Pac-10 with a 15-3 league mark. She currently ranks fourth on the school's career kills list with 1,363 kills.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- TAYLOR CARICO, USC Carico, a setter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., is the fourth USC player to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. She led USC to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 while averaging 12.71 assists per game. Under Carico, the Trojans hit .255 as a team and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a 14-4 league record, and an overall record of 25-4. With 1,309 assists this season, Carico has established a USC freshman single-season record and its the sixth-best single-season total on USC's charts.

COACH OF THE YEAR -- JIM MOORE, OREGON Jim Moore has been tabbed as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Oregon to a tie for sixth in the Pac-10 race with a 7-11 league record, and a 17-11 record overall. In a rebuilding process that saw the Ducks win just three league matches over the previous five seasons, Moore, in just his second year, is taking Oregon to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989. Under Moore, Oregon also achieved a ranking of No. 24 in the AVCA/CSTV Top 25 poll on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Moore has a career record of 381-185 (.673) in 18 seasons, including a record of 29-29 (.500) in two seasons at Oregon.

STANFORD'S BRYN KEHOE NAMED PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

STANFORD outside hitter Bryn Kehoe has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 20-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Kehoe, a junior from North Bend, Ohio, led the Cardinal to back-to-back sweeps last weekend over No. 2 Washington and Washington State as Stanford claimed the 2006 Pac-10 title.

On Friday night, Kehoe collected 38 assists, four kills and a season-high eight blocks in Stanford's three-game upset over the Huskies. In the Cardinal's final regular season match against the Cougars, Kehoe tallied 40 assists, three kills and two aces to lead Stanford to an outright Conference championship. Kehoe was also second on the squad with 24 digs over the weekend.

For the weekend, Kehoe averaged 13.00 assists per game, 4.00 digs per game, and boasted a .545 hitting percentage.

This is the first weekly honor for Kehoe and Stanford's 58th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.Also Nominated: Nellie Spicer, SO, S, UCLA; Debora Seilhamer, SR, L, USC.

Also Nominated: Samantha Carter, SR, S, CAL; Bryn Kehoe, JR, S, STAN; Katie Carter, SR, OH, UCLA.

PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Pac-10 has won the last five NCAA titles with defending champion Washington in 2005, Stanford winning titles in 2001 and 2004, while USC captured titles in 2002 and 2003. Over the last five years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 86-27 (.761) record. Toss out the seven postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 79-20 (.798) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 13 NCAA titles - that's over half of the 25 titles presented by the NCAA. The league's overall record against non-conference opponents in NCAA Tournament play is 216-85 (.718) ... Over the last four years, the Pac-10 is 25-1 (.962) in the first round, and 77-10 (.885) in opening round matches since 1990.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA STATE - For the first time since 2002, the Arizona State Sun Devils volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. ASU finished tied for sixth with Oregon in the Pac-10, their best conference finish since a fifth place in 2000 ... The Sun Devils clinched their first winning season since 2002 after sweeping their in-state rival Arizona, 3-0 ... ASU won both meetings against the Wildcats for the first time since 1995.

  • CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears finished the regular season 20-9 overall, 9-9 Pac-10, earning them a school-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance ... Cal's 20 victories this season is only the sixth time in school history the Bears have captured 20 or more victories in a season. Under current head coach Rich Feller , Cal went 20-12 in 2002 and 25-7 in 2003.

  • OREGON - The Ducks completed the season 17-11, 7-11 in Pac-10 play, their most successful regular season in 17 years and are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989 ... Oregon finishes the season in a tie for sixth place in the Conference. The last time Oregon finished higher than a tie for eighth in the conference was a tie for seventh place in 1990 ... Sophomore libero Katie Swoboda became the seventh Duck to record 1,000 digs in a career and now has 1,003 after digging a match-best 23 balls.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal toppled the second-ranked Washington, 3-0, in a battle for the Pac-10 title ... The win over the Huskies marked their first loss via the sweep since the 2003 season ... The Cardinal handed Washington its most lopsided loss in five years with a 30-15 victory in game two, marking its fewest points since dropping a 30-11 set to the Cardinal on Oct. 19, 2001 ... The win earned Stanford a second-seed in its 26th-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal will host the first and second rounds this weekend in Maples Pavilion.

  • UCLA - The Bruins, ranked fourth in the most recent CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll, are participating in their 25th NCAA Championship ... This is UCLA's first top-four national seed since 1994, which is also the year of UCLA's most recent trip to the NCAA Division I Semifinals ... The Bruins, 29-3, 15-3 Pac-10, finish no worse than tied for second in the Pac-10, the best showing by UCLA since the 1999 team won the conference championship.

  • USC - The Women of Troy earned a No. 5 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round action this week at Galen Center ... Senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer became just the third Pac-10 Conference player to record 2,000 career digs as the Women of Troy swept Oregon schools over the weekend ... Freshman All-America candidate Taylor Carico has 1,309 assists on the season, good for sixth on USC's single-season list and the most by any freshman setter in school history.

  • WASHINGTON - The Huskies, the defending national champions, are making their fifth-straight NCAA appearance and 11th overall ... Last season, the Huskies won their first-ever NCAA Championship, winning all six of their postseason matches on the road. Washington won all six matches in straight sets, becoming the first team in NCAA history to sweeps its way to the title without dropping a game in the 64-team format.

    PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL

    CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS - With WASHINGTON winning the 2005 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now captured five consecutive NCAA crowns (2005 - Washington, 2004 - Stanford, 2003 - USC, 2002 - USC, 2001 - Stanford) and 13 NCAA titles overall - that's better than half of the 25 titles presented by the NCAA.

    CONFERENCE OF ALL-AMERICANS - The Pac-10 set a league record with 11 AVCA All-America selections in 2005. First Team selections were Kim Glass, ARIZ; Kristin Richards, STAN; Courtney Thompson, WASH; Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. Second Team selections were Foluke Akinradewo, STAN; Bibilana Candelas, USC; Candace Lee, WASH. Third Team selections were Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Bryn Kehoe, STAN, Nana Meriwether, UCLA, Christal Morrison, WASH. Seven former Pac-10 players earned All-America honors four times, while another seven former players earned All-American honors three times. Since 1990, Pac-10 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors eight times and NCAA Honda-Broderick Award honors nine times.

    CONFERENCE OF COACHES - The current group of Pac-10 volleyball coaches enter the 2006 season having compiled 4,177 victories in a combined 175 years of head coaching experience. That averages out to nearly 24 wins a season for each coach. In addition, these coaches have guided NCAA Division I teams to 30 NCAA Final Four appearances and 10 NCAA titles.

    PAC-10 IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY

    Pacific-10 Conference members have captured 13 of 25 NCAA titles awarded, including 11 of the last 16. USC won it in 1981, 2002 and 2003; UCLA in 1984, 1990 and 1991; Stanford in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2004; Washington in 2005. In 19 of 25 Championships, a Pac-10 team has finished no lower than second. In 1984, 1992, 1994 and 2002 two finalists were from the Pac-10. Three Pac-10 teams made it to the Final Four in 1985 and 2004. Overall, the Pac-10 owns a 261-130 (.668) mark in NCAA play (with 45 defeats coming at the hands of fellow Pac-10 teams).

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