This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Nov. 19, 2007
STANFORD CAPTURES SHARE OF TITLE
STANFORD captured a share of the Pac-10 title and looks to clinch the outright title at home against CALIFORNIA in this week's FSN televised match. WASHINGTON clings to the hope of a co-championship with the Cardinal, but will need to take care of business at home and get help from the Golden Bears. Paul Sunderland calls the action, while Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly provide commentary... Six Pac-10 teams still among the CSTV/AVCA Top 25, including five among the Top 10 - No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 California, No. 10 UCLA, and No. 13 OREGON.
NCAA TOURNAMENT... Selections for the 2007 Women's Volleyball NCAA Tournament will be announced Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The selections will be aired on ESPNU. At that time, First/Second round sites will be announced. STANFORD will host a Regional, while the Semifinals and Championship will be played December 13 and 15 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The Pac-10, which sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament last season, has captured 13 NCAA titles, including five of the last six.
ARIZONA senior MB Dominque Lamb has moved up to second on the school's all-time list for total blocks with 519. She'll need a big weekend to catch UA all-time leader Kelly Waage (1986-89), who finished here career with 536 total blocks. Junior L Brittany Leonard needs 44 digs to reach 1,000 for her career and become the 10th Wildcat all-time to reach that figure... ARIZONA STATE looks to keep its postseason hopes alive as it will need to at least split this weekend to receive consideration by the selection committee. Senior L Sydney Donahue needs 15 digs to reach 600 for the season and become the only player in Pac-10 history to record 600 or more digs in three separate seasons. Freshman OH Sarah Reaves leads the Sun Devils with 407 kills. She'll become the second freshman in school history to lead the team in kills, joining Christine Garner who posted 475 kills in 1992... CALIFORNIA has matched it's school record of 12 Pac-10 wins set in 2003. Senior OH Angie Pressey led her team with 34 kills (5.67 kpg) on the weekend, hitting .359. She needs 12 kills to move into 25th on the Pac-10's all-time kills list. Senior MH Ellen Orchard ran her total blocks on the season to 162 (third in Cal history), which is six from her personal best of 168, the second highest total in Cal history... OREGON, with 19 victories overall and eight in the Pac-10, have comprised its best win totals since 1989 (21-9, 10-8). The Ducks have put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1989 & 1990. In the win over Oregon State, junior L Katie Swoboda set Oregon's all-time dig record, she now has 1,497 digs in 292 career games played. Also in that match, junior OH Gorana Maricic set the Ducks' single-season point total, now accumulating 556.5 points in 2007. The victory was also the 400th for head coach Jim Moore. A crowd of 2,777 was on hand to watch the Civil War at Mac Court, the second-largest crowd at Mac Court in program history... OREGON STATE junior L Ashley Evans is the sixth player in school history to record 400 digs in a season. Her 416 digs rank fifth on the list and has a shot to move up to third by the end of the season. With 468 kills, sophomore OH Rachel Rourke needs 32 kills to become just the fourth Beaver to reach 500 kills in a season... STANFORD outhit Arizona State .379 to .134 as the Sun Devils became the 21st squad the Cardinal have held to hit below .200 this season. The Cardinal clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title with the win over Arizona as junior MB matched a season-high with 21 kills while hitting a season-best .769... UCLA junior trio OH Ali Daley, OH Kaitlin Sather and S Nellie Spicer all had double-doubles in the win over Washington State. Sather had a match-high 17 kills and 12 digs, Daley added 12 kills and 13 digs and Spicer posted 47 assists and 16 digs. Sather had another double-double with a match-high 16 kills to go along with 14 digs in the Bruins' loss to Washington... During USC senior OPP Asia Kaczor's record setting performance against Washington, she had 18 kills alone in game three, hitting .516 (18-2-31). She becomes the first Trojan player to record 500 or more kills in a season twice. She also set USC and Pac-10 records with 44 kills in a match with 100 attempts. The Women of Troy are now a perfect 6-0 this season in five-game matches. USC remains perfect at home with a 17-0 record this season, winning 23 straight matches dating to last season... WASHINGTON had season-highs in kills (83), attacks (212), assists (81) and digs (96) with senior OH Christal Morrison setting career-highs in kills (30) and attacks (77) in the five-game setback to USC. She also finished with 33.5 points, a new career-high. Morrison paced Washington with 14 kills to help lead the Huskies to a sweep of No. 10 UCLA. She is 12 kills away from become the Huskies all-time career leader in that category. Morrison, with 1,784 kills, trails Sonja Tomasevic (2002-05), who had 1,795 career kills... WASHINGTON STATE sophomore LS Jackie Albright had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs vs. UCLA. It was also the first time WSU went without a service ace this season. Against USC, junior LS Brittany Johnson led the Cougars with 10 kills and 10 digs.