This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Dec. 4, 2006

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Updated 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Bracket
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For the second time in Pac-10 history, five teams advance to regional action. The last time five teams reached regional play was in 2003 when USC successfully defended its national title ... Pac-10 Champion STANFORD advances to regional action for the fifth time in the last six years and will meet rival CALIFORNIA in the Austin Regional. It's just the second time in school history that the Golden Bears picked up two wins to advance to regional play ... UCLA and USC head to the Honolulu regional where they could meet should they advance past Oklahoma and Hawaii respectively. The Bruins and Women of Troy have combined to appear in 33 regionals ... Defending national champion WASHINGTON stays home to host the Seattle regional ... It marks the seventh consecutive season that the Pac-10 has sent 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.


December 8-9 at Seattle, Wash.
Penn State (31-2) vs. Purdue (23-10), 5 p.m.
Ohio State (25-7) vs. WASHINGTON (27-4), 7:30 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 9, 6 p.m.

December 8-9 at Austin, Texas
CALIFORNIA (22-9) vs. STANFORD (27-3), 5 p.m.
Texas (23-6) vs. Wisconsin (26-6), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 9, 5 p.m.

December 8-9 at Honolulu, Hawaii
UCLA (31-3) vs. Oklahoma (28-5), 4:30 p.m.
USC (27-4) vs. Hawaii (28-5), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.

December 8-9 at Gainesville, Fla.
Nebraska (29-1) vs. San Diego (26-5), 4:30 p.m.
Florida (30-2) vs. Minnesota (24-7), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 9 , 4 p.m.

December 14 and 16 at Omaha, Nebraska
Gainesville Region winner vs. Honlulu Region winner
Seattle Region winner vs. Austin Region winner


November 30 - December 1 at Florida (Gainesville Regional)
ARIZONA STATE def. College of Charleston, 3-1Florida def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-1

November 30 - December 1 at USC (Honolulu Regional)
USC def. Mississippi, 3-0USC def. Brigham Young, 3-0

November 30 - December 1 at Colorado (Seattle Regional)
WASHINGTON def. Colorado State, 3-1WASHINGTON def. Colorado, 3-1

December 1-2 at Long Beach State (Honolulu Regional)
Hawaii def. OREGON, 0-3

December 1-2 at UCLA (Honolulu Regional)
UCLA def. UAB, 3-0UCLA def. Utah, 3-0

December 1-2 at Cal Poly (Austin Regional)
CALIFORNIA def. LSU, 3-1CALIFORNIA def. Cal Poly, 3-1

December 2-3 at Stanford (Austin Regional)
STANFORD def. Sacramento State, 3-0STANFORD def. Missouri, 3-2


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 six years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 97-29 (.770) 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 90-22 (.804) ... 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 227-87 (.723) ... Over the last five years, the Pac-10 is 31-2 (.939) in the first round, and 83-12 (.874) in opening round matches since 1990.

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.


  • CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears grabbed a pair of 3-1 wins over the weekend against No. 16 LSU and No. 14 Cal Poly ... The Bears' NCAA first-round victory was the fifth consecutive year Cal has won a first-round NCAA match ... The Bears now advance to the NCAA round of 16 for only the second time in school history where they will face their Bay Area rival, Stanford at the Austin Regional ... The Bears' 22 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 25-7 in 2003 and advanced to the round of 16 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal survived a tough challenge from visiting Missouri in five games to advance to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.. The Cardinal continue to fight for their seventh national title as they swept Sacramento State, 3-0, and snatched a 3-2 win over Missouri during the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal (27-3) continues on due in part to sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo's career-high 26 kills on a .568 hitting percentage, while outside hitters Kristin Richards and Cynthia Barboza chipped in 22 and 18 kills, respectively Sunday night against the Hornets ... Stanford continues its postseason run with a meeting against Pac-10 rival California ... The Cardinal are 2-0 this season, 56-6 all-time, against the Golden Bears.

  • UCLA - With 3-0 victories over both UAB and Utah, UCLA advances to the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the fourth-straight year and seventh time in the last eight years ... This marked the fourth consecutive 3-0 sweep for the Bruins, and their 21st of the season ... senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether led the Bruins over the weekend with 27 kills, 14 blocks, and hit .480 on the weekend ... Meriwether's 14 blocks brought her season assisted block total to 205, giving her the top spot in both UCLA and the Pac-10 record books for most block assists in a single season.

  • USC - The Women of Troy swept both Ole Miss and BYU, 3-0, in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament ... USC is facing Hawai'i in the postseason for the first time since the 1982 NCAA Championship match when Hawai'i won 3-2 ... This is the sixth time in the last seven years USC has made a regional appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Watch out for senior libero Debora Seilhamer and sophomore Asia Kaczor to break some records this weekend. Seilhamer needs just 15 digs to tie Chrissie Zartman's all-time Pac-10 record of 2064 career digs, while Kaczor is 13 kills shy of tying the school season record of 554 set by Jennifer Kessy in 1998.

  • WASHINGTON - After capturing a pair of road wins against Colorado and Colorado State, the Huskies advance to their fourth consecutive round of 16, where they will play in front of their home crowd against No. 16 Ohio State ... In its 3-1 victory over Colorado on it's home court, Washington's senior All-American Courtney Thompson ran a balanced attack, while Pac-10 Player of the Year Christal Morrison led the way with 13 kills and 13 digs ... Thompson paced the Huskies to a .246 hitting percentage with 57 assists to move into sixth on the NCAA all-time list with 6,432 assists. She is 15 dishes away from the No. 5 spot.
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