This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Dec. 19, 2007
For the third time in the last four years, the Pac-10 provided three-fourths of the NCAA Final Four field. Pac-10 Champion STANFORD reached the NCAA title match for the 13th time in school history and came away with their seventh NCAA runner-up finish. Meanwhile, USC reached the Final Four for the eighth time in school history and CALIFORNIA made its first-ever Final Four appearance. Six different Pac-10 schools have reached the Final Four over the last seven years... The Pac-10 finished 19-6 (.760) in NCAA Tournament play, with three of those losses coming at the hands of another Pac-10 opponent... A record seven players were named AVCA First Team All-America, including WASHINGTON's four-time All-American Christal Morrison. She becomes the eighth Pac-10 player all-time to earn four AVCA All-America certificates... Stanford junior MB Foluke Akinradewo becomes the ninth Pac-10 player to be named AVCA Player of the Year... Akinradewo and USC's Asia Kaczor were tabbed as two of the four finalists for the Honda Award... California's Angie Pressey was honored as the Pac-10's Toyo Tire Student-Athlete of the Year... Six Pac-10 teams finished the year ranked among the CSTV/AVCA Top 10 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 4 California, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon, and No. 10 WASHINGTON.
ARIZONA - Senior MB Dominque Lamb set an Arizona career record with 464 block assists. Her 527 total blocks rank second all-time in the Arizona record books... The Wildcats knocked off No. 10 UCLA in the final match of the season. It was Arizona's only victory over a ranked opponent this season... Freshman S Paige Weber posted 1,330 assists, second most by a freshman in school history.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior L Sydney Donahue set a Pac-10 record with 2,385 digs. Donahue is the only player in Pac-10 history to record 600 or more digs in three separate seasons. With 418 kills, Freshman OH Sarah Reaves is the second freshman in school history to lead the team in kills.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their first ever trip to the Final Four. Senior OH Angie Pressey, a four-time All-Pac-10 performer, finished third on Cal's career list with 1,725 kills. Senior MB Ellen Orchard owns Cal's career record with 504 total blocks. Freshman S Carli Lloyd finished the year second on the school's single-season list with 1,550 assists. The Bears' 26 victories are second most in a season in school history, trailing only the 28 wins posted by the 1982 team. The 12 Pac-10 wins equal a school record in Pac-10 play.
OREGON - At 22-11, the Ducks posted their best overall record since 1986 (22-12). Oregon made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the second time in school history, and their first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance. Junior L Katie Swoboda owns the Oregon single-season dig record with 1,559 digs. Junior OH Gorana Maricic became the second Oregon player, and first since 1986, to lead the Pac-10 in kills per game (5.50 kpg). As a second team AVCA All-America selection, Maricic is the first Oregon player to garner AVCA All-America honors.
OREGON STATE - Sophomore OH Rachel Rourke finished the season with 505 kills to become the fourth player in school history to record 500 kills in a season. Junior L Ashley Evans is the sixth player in OSU history to reach 400 digs in a season. Her 459 digs rank third on the school's single-season list.
STANFORD - 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). Stanford appeared in the NCAA title match for the 13th time, and the fifth time in the last seven years. Senior S Bryn Kehoe's school-record 5,956 assists ranks third on the Pac-10's all-time list. Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo hit .499 for the season to set the Pac-10 single-season record.
UCLA - Junior OHs Kaitlin Sather and Ali Daley each went over 1,000 kills for their careers during the 2007 season. Sather has 1,169 kills, while Daley stands at 1,126 kills. Junior S Nellie Spicer is third on the school's all-time list with 4,697 assists. If she posts 1,550 assists again next season, she'll move into the top spot on the school's list. The Bruins posted 20 wins for the ninth straight season and have recorded 20 or more wins in 35 of the last 38 years.
USC - Senior OH Asia Kaczor set Pac-10 single-match records with 45 kills and 100 attempts vs. Washington (Nov. 16). With a single-season school record 658 kills, she's the only USC player to ever record 500 or more kills in a season twice (563 in 2006). The 658 kills rank fifth on the Pac-10's single-season best list. Sophomore S Taylor Carico is the first USC setter to record over 1,500 assists in a season and now has 1,596. USC was 8-1 in five-game matches this season.
WASHINGTON - Senior OH Christal Morrison finished her Husky career as the all-time kills leader with 1,859 kills. That ties her for eighth all-time in Pac-10 history. Morrison is the only Husky ever to be a four-time All-Pac-10 selection. The Huskies have posted six consecutive 20-win seasons.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars avoided the first winless conference season in school history by coming up victorious in the season finale with a five-game win over Oregon State. Sophomore L Kelly Hyder became the seventh Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 career digs. Her total of 1,089 digs ranks sixth on WSU's all-time list.