This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Sept. 15, 2008

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The OREGON Ducks pushed their winning streak to eight matches as they posted five wins last week.... Eight league teams are in tournament action this week, all on the road. This is the final weekend of tournament action before Pac-10 play begins.... The league boasted a 26-3 (.897) mark in non-conference action last week, with 19 of those victories each accomplished in three sets. The league is 71-17 (.807) this season in non-conference play, with a 53-8 (.869) mark in matches that lasted just three sets.... Six Pac-10 teams are among the top 25 in the latest CBS College Sports/AVCA Top 25 Preseason Poll - No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 CALIFORNIA, No. 10 WASHINGTON and No. 12 OREGON. It's the 17th consecutive week with six Pac-10 teams ranked among the Top 25.... Here's this week's schedule:

Mon., Sept. 15
Zhejiang Club Team at OREGON STATE (X), 7 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 16
Portland at No. 12 OREGON, 7 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 18
No. 5 USC vs. Hartford (29), 4 p.m.
Seattle University at No. 10 WASHINGTON (33), 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19
ARIZONA vs. Stephen F. Austin (4), 5:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Albany (8), 5 p.m.
No. 9 CALIFORNIA vs. Central Conn. State (12), 4 p.m.
No. 6 STANFORD vs. Saint Mary's (23), 7 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA vs. Virginia (26), 10:30 a.m.
No. 4 UCLA vs. Georgetown (26), 5 p.m.
No. 5 USC vs. Dartmouth (29), 11 a.m.
No. 5 USC at Army (29), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 17 San Diego at No. 10 WASHINGTON (33), 7 p.m.
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 20
ARIZONA vs. Loyola Marymount (4), 12 noon
ARIZONA at Houston (4), 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Western Kentucky (8), 1:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at No. 25 Michigan (8), 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco (12), 10 a.m.
No. 9 CALIFORNIA at Cal State Fullerton (12), 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Marquette (19), 12 noon
OREGON STATE vs. No. 13 Wisconsin (19), 8 p.m.
No. 6 STANFORD at No. 19 Cal Poly (23), 7 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA at Northwestern (26), 4 p.m.
Alumni at WASHINGTON STATE, 10 a.m. (X)

Sun., Sept. 21
OREGON STATE vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (19), 12:30 p.m.

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(4) University of Houston Tournament, Houston, Texas
(8) Michigan/Adidas Invitational, Ann Arbor, Mich.
(12) Fullerton Invitational, Fullerton, Calif.
(19) Marquette Cheese Bowl, Milwaukee, Wis.
(23) Cal Poly Invitational, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
(26) Northwestern Wildcat Classic, Evanston, Ill.
(29) Army Tournament, West Point, N.Y.
(33) Husky Fever Volleyball Classic, Seattle, Wash.


AROUND THE LEAGUE - Three Pac-10 players earned MVP honors at various tournaments last week; ARIZONA sophomore S Paige Weber (11.40 aps at the CSU Bakersfield Invitational), OREGON senior OH Gorana Maricic (4.60 kps at the Oregon Classic Tournament), and STANFORD sophomore OH Alix Klineman (4.44 kps, .481 attack percentage at the Stanford Invitational).... OREGON STATE junior OH Rachel Rourke pushed her career kills total over 1,000. Three more Pac-10 players are about to join the 1,000 kills club as CALIFORNIA junior OH Hana Cutura (987 kills), WASHINGTON STATE senior OH Brittany Johnson (978 kills), and California senior OH/MB Morgan Beck (971 kills) are each within 30 kills of he mark.... At 8-2 in non-conference action, Oregon State has already surpassed last season's non-conference win total of seven. In fact, the Beavers need two victories to match last year's overall win total of 10.... ARIZONA STATE has equaled last season's non-conference win total with eight this year and is off to its best start since 2002.... ARIZONA has been tough defensively this season, posting 2.93 blocks per set, while limiting the opposition to a league-low .088 hitting percentage.... WASHINGTON STATE junior L Kelly Hyder earned all-tournament honors at the Cougar Challenge as she posted 5.22 digs per set. She moved into second on the school's all-time career digs list with 1,245. She needs 10 more digs to set the WSU career mark.... UCLA senior S Nellie Spicer needs 89 assists to become the eighth Pac-10 player all-time to reach 5,000 career assists.... USC freshman OH Alex Jupiter started the season slow, hitting .200 in the first two matches of the season, both losses for the Women of Troy. However, during USC's current four-match win streak, she is hitting .360 and averaging 4.23 kills per set.

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