This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Sept. 10, 2007
Pac-10 teams were 26-2 last week, pushing the league's non-conference mark to 73-14 (.839). In fact, Pac-10 teams were 79-17in games played last week, sweeping 17 of the 28 matches played... Pac-10 teams wrap up tournament play this week andbegin preparations for league play... OREGON, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON remain unbeaten. In fact, Oregonhas yet to drop a game this season and will be in search of its 10th straight win - a school record... Five Pac-10 teams remainamong the AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 WASHINGTON, and No. 11 CALIFORNIA.
ARIZONA hit .324 in three matches to capture the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic title.Sophomore MB Jacy Norton led the way with a career-high 13 kills on .750 (13-1-16) hitting to gowith five blocks in the Cats win over Western Carolina. In three matches at the Classic, Nortonhit .617 to collect 31 kills (3.10 kpg). The Wildcats look to win four straight for the first time sinceopening the 2006 season with four consecutive victories. Coach David Rubio needs two wins toreach 300 victories in his Arizona career (298-160, .651)... ARIZONA STATE Sophomore S MarinaMercer and senior L Sydney Donahue were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the UVSCInvitational. Sophomore OH Paige Mittelstaedt compiled a career-high 26 kills and a .525 hittingpercentage in the win over Utah Valley State. Mittelstaedt led the squad in kills in each of the threematches last week, posting a total of 55 kills (4.58 kpg). Donahue needs eight digs to reach 2,000digs for her career... CALIFORNIA swept its three opponents to capture the Golden Bear Invitationalfor its 12th regular season tournament title in six years. Senior MB Ellen Orchard earnedInvitational MVP honors after posting 31 kills (3.44 kpg) and eight blocks (0.89 bpg). Junior OHMorgan Beck and senior OH Angie Pressey earned all-tournament honors. Beck had 12 blocks(1.71 bpg), while Pressey posted 25 kills (2.78 kpg), 19 digs and six service aces... After three victorieslast week, OREGON remains undefeated at 9-0 and has yet to drop a game in 27 played, anew record for the program. The Oregon volleyball team is just one victory shy of matching theprogram's all-time winning streak, 10 matches, accomplished in 2006 and 1984. Junior OH GoranaMaricic leads the team in kills (5.08 per game) and points (5.54 per game). Coach Jim Moore is30-1 in non-conference action in his three seasons at Oregon... OREGON STATE is 2-1 in five gamematches this season. It was 0-3 in five-game matches all of last season. Freshman OH JillSawatsky led OSU to the Sacramento State Invitational title with her career-high 16 kills in thewin over Manhattan College. Sophomore OH Rachel Rourke was named the tournament's MostValuable Player, while Sawatsky and junior L Ashley Evans were named to the All-TournamentTeam. Rourke posted 23 kills vs. Northridge, her third 20-plus kill match this season. It was OSU'sfirst tournament win in three seasons under coach Terry Liskevych... STANFORD has recordedits best start in five years with a 7-0 opening record. The Cardinal has a chance to wrap up thepreseason undefeated this weekend, a feat the program has not accomplished in more than a decade.Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo had a season-high of 21 kills and a season-high of eightblocks. Junior OH Cynthia Barboza had a season-high of 22 kills, along with a season-high of 16digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Senior S Bryn Kehoe had 61 assists and five blocks.Kehoe, who also came up with 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, joined Barbozaon the All-Tournament Team. Akinradewo was named the weekend's MVP with 47 kills, 19 blocksand a .547 hitting percentage over three matches... UCLA Junior Nellie Spicer moved into fifthall-time on the assists list on Friday at UC Irvine and for the second straight week was namedtournament MVP, earning the honors at last weekend's UC Irvine/Nike Invitational. . The junioris averaging 12.87 assists per game and is third on the team at 3.09 digs per game. After producingjust 36 aces over their first seven matches, the Bruins had 10 against Southern Mississippi onSaturday. Leading the way in the aces department is junior Ali Daley with nine. Twelve of the 15Bruins who have taken the floor this season have at least one ace... USC used a match-high .500hitting performance in game four for the win against Utah in their first road match of the season,improving to 8-0 overall. Senior OH Diane Copenhagen had 18 kills, Freshman Kimmee Rolederadded 14 kills for USC while senior All-American Asia Kaczor had 11 kills... WASHINGTON hasonly lost one game all season against Long Beach State. The Huskies have swept all seven of theirother matches. Freshman OH Becky Perry continues to lead UW in kpg (4.57) and ppg (5.20), andis second on the team in hitting percentage (.420)... WASHINGTON STATE finished second at theAT&T Invitational tournament. Sophomore DS/L Kelly Hyder and junior OH Brittany Johnsonwere two of the players named to the seven-player all-tournament team.