This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 8, 2007
STANFORD and WASHINGTON must each get past their opponents on Thursday evening to set up a battle of unbeatens in the Pac-10. The Cardinal and Huskies are two of the five remaining undefeated NCAA Division I teams, joining Nebraska, Florida and Dayton. Each have opened the season with 16-match winning streaks and sit at the top of the Pac-10 standings with 5-0 league records. Washington has won 18 of its last 19 Pac-10 matches with the lone loss coming at Stanford last season... ARIZONA travels up Interstate 10 to face rival ARIZONA STATE in this week's FSN televised match. Paul Sunderland calls the action, while Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly provide commentary... Six Pac-10 teams continue to make their presence felt in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25, including five among the Top 10 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 CALIFORNIA, and No. 19 OREGON.
ARIZONA faces Arizona State this weekend in a series that's tied at 21-21 since Pac-10 play began in 1986. While the Sun Devils have won two in a row, the Wildcats have won 16 of the last 21 matches in the series. With 472 total blocks, senior MB Dominque Lamb has climbed to third on the Arizona career list, trailing Kelly Waage (532 from 1986-89) and Charita Johnson (506 from 1991-94). Arizona's six losses have come against teams that are a combined 79-18 (.814) this season... ARIZONA STATE freshman OH Sarah Reaves continued her torrid play by picking up 35 kills (5.83 kpg) and hitting a combined .333 in matches at Washington and Washington State last week. Reaves is averaging 4.26 kills per game, ranking her sixth in the Pac-10. She's third among Pac-10 players, and tops among Pac-10 freshmen, with 294 kills. In their win at Washington State, the Sun Devils hit .306, their best hitting percentage in Pac-10 play this season... CALIFORNIA picked up its first wins in Pac-10 play with road wins at Oregon and Oregon State. Senior MH Ellen Orchard posted 10 blocks against Oregon State, pushing her career total block figure to 400. She's certainly within reach of Cal career leader Camille Leffall (438 in 2001-04). Sophomore OH Hana Cutura hit .426 with 30 kills last week, including a 23-kill performance at Oregon. It was the fifth time in the last six matches in which she's record 20 or more kills. Over the last six matches, she's posted 118 kills (4.92 kpg)... For the first time this season, OREGON dropped two consecutive matches (1-3 loss to No. 10 California, 0-3 loss to No. 2 Stanford). It was also the first time this year a team has swept the Ducks. Junior OH Gorana Maricic tallied 31 kills in the four-game loss to Cal. It's the second time this season she's reached the 30-kill mark in match (33 vs. Washington, Sept. 21). Maricic currently leads the Pac-10 with 5.17 kills per game. Only three Oregon players have ever averaged more the 5.00 kills per game in a season... OREGON STATE sophomore OH Rachel Rourke tallied 20 kills against Stanford. It was the seventh match this season in which she's posted 20 or more kills... STANFORD extended its winning streak to 16 matches, the longest since the 2001 season. Against Oregon State, Stanford hit at its best clip since conference play began (.342) and put up a season-high 15 blocks. Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo had 15 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, and a team-high seven blocks. Freshman Gabi Ailes put up double-figure digs (14) for the 14th match in a row. Senior S Bryn Kehoe climbed 44 assists closer to the program's career record, and now stands just 117 assists shy of becoming the school's all-time leader. Against No. 19 Oregon, double-doubles were posted by freshman OH Alix Klineman (18 kills/10 digs) and Cynthia Barboza (18 kills/12 digs). Stanford out-hit Oregon .377 to .218, holding its 14th opponent of the year below .250 hitting... UCLA juniors Ali Daley (16 kills/16 digs), Kaitlin Sather (16 kills/15 digs) and Nellie Spicer (49 assists/10 digs) each had double-doubles for the Bruins in their win over USC. Spicer's was her sixth double-double in a row. Freshman MB Katie Mills fell just short of a double-double with nine kills and nine blocks. The victory for the Bruins marked the third straight against the Trojans and the first time since the 1993 and 1994 seasons that UCLA has defeated USC three times in a row. The Bruins had a season-high 15.5 blocks against USC. The match marked the fourth time in five contests in which the Bruins have had at least 14.5 blocks...USC junior OH Jessica Gysin had a season-high 19 kills and added a career-high 19 digs as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy rallied for a 3-2 victory against the UC Irvine Anteaters. It was the fourth time this season that USC has won a five-game match, but the first time the Trojans had to do it from an 0-2 deficit. Senior All-America OH Asia Kaczor had a team-high 20 kills. Sophomore L Alli Hillgren set a personal best with 24 digs in the match. In the four-game defeat to UCLA... WASHINGTON senior OH Stevie Mussie racked up 19 kills in leading the Huskies to a sweep of visiting Arizona State. She followed up with a team-leading 16 kills in victory over Arizona. The Huskies extended their winning streaks to 10 over Arizona State and seven in a row against Arizona. Washington has swept 14 of their 16 matches so far... WASHINGTON STATE was led by sophomore OH Jackie Albright's 13 kills while freshman MB Brittany Tillman and senior MB Tara West added 10 kills each in the loss to Arizona. The Cougars out-blocked Arizona 19 (season-high) to 8. West had a match-high and career-high nine blocks followed by junior OH Brittany Johnson's season-high seven blocks and senior S Maureen Perez' season-high six blocks.