This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 1, 2007

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STANFORD and WASHINGTON have each opened the season with 14-match winning streaks and sit at the top of the Pac-10 standings with 3-0 league records. Since league play began in 1986, there have been eight perfect 18-0 records. However, it's only occurred once in the last nine seasons (USC in 2003)... The league's non-conference mark stands at 97-20 (.829). That mark includes a record of 17-3 (.850) against opponents ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25... CALIFORNIA and OREGON battle in this week's FSN televised match. Paul Sunderland calls the action, while Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly provide commentary... Six Pac-10 teams grace the CSTV/AVCA Top 25, including five among the Top 10 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 California, and No. 19 Oregon.


ARIZONA earned its first Pac-10 win of the season with a sweep over visiting Oregon State on Thursday night. Junior OH Randy Goodenough led the way with 19 kills on .350 hitting with eight digs. Freshman OH Tiffany Owens added 12 kills on .423 hitting and seven digs. In the three-game loss to No. 21 Oregon, Goodenough led the team with 14 kills while posting six digs and four blocks... ARIZONA STATE freshman OH Sarah Reaves set an ASU freshman record with 28 kills in a tough four-game loss to No. 21 Oregon. Sophomore S Marina Mercer added 72 assists, including 30 assists that came in game two (a 42-40 ASU win). Reaves and freshman MB Sara Todorovich anchored the Sun Devil offense Friday night with a combined 26 kills as the Sun Devils swept Oregon State to grab their first Pac-10 win of the season... CALIFORNIA's senior MH Ellen Orchard set a school record for total blocks in a game with 13 (1 BS, 12 BA) against No. 5 UCLA. Sophomore OH Hana Cutura had a season-high 24 kills in 54 attempts. The Bears put up season highs as a team in total blocks with 23; digs with 99 and attacks with 205, but fell to the Bruins in five games. Against No. 4 USC, Cutura led the Bears with 22 kills in a four-game loss to the Women of Troy... For the first time in two decades, OREGON left the state of Arizona with two victories under its belt, defeating Arizona State 3-1, and Arizona 3-0. The Ducks are off to their best start since the 1987 squad began league play with six straight victories. Junior OH Gorana Maricic continues to lead the Pac-10 averaging 5.51 points and 4.92 kills per game. The last time an Oregon player led the Pac-10 in kills average was back in 1986 - the inaugural season of Pac-10 women's volleyball. Former Duck Teri Kramer topped the Pac-10 that year with 5.37 kpg... OREGON STATE sophomore MB Lexie Rathgeber set a new career-high with 14 kills on 20 attempts, hitting .651, but the Beavers came up short in three games to Arizona Thursday evening. On Friday, against Arizona State, Sophomore OH Rachel Rourke had 14 kills and junior S K.C. Walsh posted a double-double with 43 assists and 11 digs. Rathgeber and freshman OH Jill Sawatzky both posted 11 kills each but was not enough as the Beavers fell to the Sun Devils, 0-3... STANFORD's 14-straight wins mark the program's best start since 1994, when the team went 32-1 and won its second NCAA title. With the three-game sweep over UCLA, Stanford has defeated the Bruins all 13 times the teams have met in coach John Dunning's tenure. Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo needs three kills to reach 1,000 for her career. Akinradewo is hitting .426 (997k-189e-1896att) for her career. The Stanford career record for hitting percentage is .364 (Sara McGee, 2000-03 and Jennifer Detmer, 1997-00), while the Pac-10 career record is .415 (USC's Emily Adams, 2001-04)... After being down two games, UCLA rallied to defeat California on the road in five games last week. It was the fifth time in the last six matches played in Berkeley between UCLA and Cal that went the distance of five games. Bruin freshman MB Katie Mills had a productive match against Cal, hitting .381 to pick up 11 kills in 21 attempts, while posting eight blocks (3 BS, 5 BA). Junior OH Ali Daley and junior S Nellie Spicer each had double-doubles in both Bay Area matches... USC senior OH Diane Copenhagen saw limited action at Stanford and did not play at California due to an abdominal strain. She was averaging 3.63 kills and 2.90 digs entering play last weekend. Freshman OH Kimmee Roleder matched a career high with 18 kills at California. Roleder has managed to rack up 98 kills over the last seven matches (3.63 kpg)... WASHINGTON remains unbeaten at 14-0 and 3-0 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies have swept 12 of their 14 matches. Senior OH Christal Morrison has five straight matches of double-figures in kills, and has reached double-figures in kills in 11 of UW's 14 matches. Morrison needs 16 digs to reach 1,000 for her career, and become the fourth Husky all-time to accumulate 1,000 kills/1,000 digs... WASHINGTON STATE honored former senior associate athletics director/SWA Marcia Saneholtz by naming the floor in Bohler Gym 'Marcia Saneholtz Court.' Saneholtz, who retired prior to the 2007-08 academic year, was a former chair of the NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Committee. In the first match on the newly-named court, the Cougars drew the largest volleyball crowd in Bohler Gym since Oct. 17, 2003, as 1,690 fans watched Washington State's match with No. 8 Washington. The match in 2003 was also UW vs. WSU with a crowd count of 1,739. Junior MB Tara West posted a team-high 10 kills in the loss to Washington. It was the eighth time in 17 matches this season that West has posted double digit kills.

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