This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Nov. 26, 2007
STANFORD captured its 11th Pac-10 title and gained the Pac-10's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Joining the Cardinal are five additional Pac-10 teams - No. 5 seed USC, No. 6 seed WASHINGTON, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 seed CALIFORNIA, and OREGON... No other conference had more than six teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament... Six Pac-10 teams remain ranked among the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 - No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 California, No. 12 UCLA, and No. 13 OREGON.
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Pac-10 has won five of the last six NCAA titles. Washington won it all in 2005, Stanford claimed 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 104-34 (.754) record. Toss out the nine postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 95-25 (.792) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 13 NCAA titles - that's half of the 26 titles presented by the NCAA. The league's overall record against non-conference opponents in NCAA Tournament play is 232-90 (.720) ... Over the last five years, the Pac-10 is 31-2 (.939) in the first round, and 83-11 (.883) in opening round matches since 1990.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. Senior OH Angie Pressey, a four-time All-Pac-10 performer, stands third on Cal's career list with 1,640 kills. Senior MB Ellen Orchard owns Cal's career record with 477 total blocks. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in blocks (3.70 bpg). The Bears' 22 victories match last season's win total. The 12 Pac-10 wins equal a school record in Pac-10 play. Coach Rich Feller has guided the Bears to four 20-win seasons in the last six years. The Bears have won 12 of their last 15, with the three losses coming at No. 6 USC, at No. 4 Washington, and at No. 4 Stanford.
OREGON - The Ducks are making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. Oregon is making back-to-back appearances for just the second time (also in 1986 & 1987). At 20-10 overall and 9-9 in Pac-10 play, Oregon has posted its best record since 1989 when it finished 21-9 overall, 10-8 in Pac-10 play. Junior L Katie Swoboda owns the Oregon career record with 1,536. Junior OH Gorana Maricic has tallied a Ducks' single-season best 602.0 points. Maricic is the sixth player in school history to record 500 or more kills in a season. At 5.44 kills per game, she's looking to become the second Oregon player, and first since 1986, to lead the Pac-10 in kills per game.
STANFORD - The Cardinal are making their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance, and are one of two teams (also Penn State) to have appeared in each NCAA Tournament. Stanford has won six NCAA titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004). The Cardinal captured their 11th Pac-10 title and have finished lower than second in Pac-10 play just once in 22 seasons of league play (4th in 2000). Senior S Bryn Kehoe is the seventh player in Pac-10 history to record 5,000 or more assists. Her school-record 5,600 assists currently ranks fourth on the Pac-10's all-time list. Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo is hitting an amazing .493 for the season and looks to eclipse the Pac-10 single-season record of .448 hit last season by UCLA's Nana Meriwether.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bruins reached the Final Four last season and have won three NCAA titles (1984, 1990, 1991). Junior OH Kaitlin Sather and junior OH Ali Daley each went over a 1,000 kills for their careers this season. Since 1986, the Bruins lead all Pac-10 schools with 18 players having recorded 1,000 or more kills in a career. Junior S Nellie Spicer sits third on UCLA's all-time list with 4,504 assists. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 with 19.21 digs per game.
USC - The Women of Troy are making their 25th NCAA Tournament appearance. USC has won three NCAA titles (1981, 2002, 2003). Senior OH Asia Kaczor set Pac-10 single-match records with 44 kills and 100 attempts vs. Washington (Nov. 16). With 534 kills, she's the only USC player to ever record 500 or more kills in a season twice (563 in 2006). USC has won 11 of its last 13 matches.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. Washington has appeared in each of the last three Final Fours and won it's first NCAA title in 2005. Senior OH Christal Morrison, a four-time All-Pac-10 performer, holds the school career record with 1,818 kills (ranks 13th all-time in the Pac-10). Three Huskies have each put up 300 or more blocks in their careers - Alesha Deesing (377), Jessica Swarbrick (348) and Morrison (324). Washington has won 10 of its last 12 matches.