This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Dec. 4, 2006
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.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
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
NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST/SECOND ROUND RESULTS
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.
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.
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