This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 13, 2008

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CARDINAL AND BEARS MEET FOR CONFERENCE LEAD

This week's FSN match features No. 5 CALIFORNIA at No. 4 STANFORD on Sun., Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. PT. Not only is first place in Pac-10 play on the line, but both squads are riding 11-match win streaks. The Bears have won a school record 29 consecutive sets, while the Cardinal have won 33 of their last 34 sets. Paul Sunderland will call the action, while Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak provide color commentary.... Seven Pac-10 teams are among the Top 25 in the latest CBS College Sports/AVCA Top 25 Poll - No. 4 STANFORD, No. 5 CALIFORNIA, No. 6 OREGON, No. 7 WASHINGTON, No. 10 WASHINGTON, No. 11 USC and No. 25 OREGON STATE. It's the 21st consecutive week with at least six Pac-10 teams ranked among the Top 25.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri., Oct. 17
UCLA at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 29-15. Streak: ARIZ 1
USC at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 35-9. Streak: USC 24
OREGON at WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 37-7. Streak: WASH 14
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 31-13. Streak: WSU 1

Sat., Oct. 18
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 40-4. Streak: UCLA 11

Sun., Oct. 19
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD*, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 42-2. Streak: STAN 6
USC at ARIZONA*, 1 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 32-12. Streak: USC 4
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE*, 1 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 31-13. Streak: ORE 4
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 1:30 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 34-10. Streak: WASH 12

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Oct. 10
No. 4 STANFORD def. ARIZONA, 3-0
No. 5 CALIFORNIA def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-0
No. 10 WASHINGTON def. No. 8 UCLA, 3-2
No. 11 USC def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0

Sat., Oct. 11
No. 5 CALIFORNIA def. ARIZONA, 3-0
No. 8 UCLA def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0
No. 10 WASHINGTON def. No. 11 USC, 3-2

Sun., Oct. 12
No. 4 STANFORD def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-0
No. 7 OREGON def. No. 24 OREGON STATE, 3-0

Pac-10 Volleyball Participates is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of October, Pac-10 teams will help raise awareness about breast cancer during selected home matches. Among the promotional events planned, teams will wear pink accessories (uniforms, ribbons, wristbands, etc.), pink game balls will be used for the match, and pink mini volleyballs will be tossed into the stands.

PAC-10 NOTES

Around the League - ARIZONA has dropped three in a row, but all three losses have come on the road against teams ranked in the top 12 - at No. 12 Colorado State, at No. 4 Stanford, and at No. 5 California. It doesn't get much easier this week as the Cats face No. 10 UCLA and No. 11 USC, but at least those matches are home in McKale Center... ARIZONA STATE sophomore L Sarah Johnson posted a match-high 15 digs in the loss at Stanford. She has tallied double digit dig totals in 16 of 18 matches this season, including nine of the last 10. She ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 4.07 dps... At 16-1, CALIFORNIA is off to its best start since 2003. It has posted a school-record 29 straight set wins. Cal has hit better than .300 in its last five matches (12 of 17 overall). Senior OH/MH Morgan Beck missed last week's matches after suffering a sprained ankle in practice last Tuesday. That occured the same day about 30 minutes after senior MH Kat Reilly returned to practice after recovering from of sprained ankle of her own... OREGON senior OH Gorana Maricic is hitting .343 with 53 kills (5.30 kps) over the last three matches. As a team, the Ducks are hitting .348 during thier three-match win streak... OREGON STATE senior L Ashley Evans has posted 52 digs (4.33 dps) over the last three matches to increase her season average to 3.13 dps... STANFORD senior MB Foluke Akinradewo is heating up for Pac-10 play. In non-conference play, she was hitting .442, while posting 1.35 blocks per set. In six Pac-10 matches, she's hitting .473 with 1.72 bps... UCLA senior OH Ali Daley posted a pair of double-doubles over the weekend in a split with the Washington schools. She tallied 14k/13d in a five-set loss to Washington, then responded with 13k/12d in a three-set sweep of Washington State. She's recorded five double-doubles on the season... USC junior L Alli Hillgren recorded a season-high 34 digs in the five-set loss to Washington. She had a total of 53 digs (6.63 dps) in two matches last weekend, pushing her season average up to 4.38 dps... WASHINGTON snapped USC's 32-match home winning streak on Saturday night with the 3-2 win in the Galen Center. The Huskies had three players record double-doubles in the win over the Women of Troy - sophomore OH Becky Perry (24k/13d), junior OH Airial Salvo (10k/15d) and sophomore S Jenna Hagglund (57a/11d)... WASHINGTON STATE looks to snap a six-match losing streak when it hosts Oregon State on Friday. The last time the Cougars hosted the Beavers, WSU snapped a 17-match losing streak and picked up its only win in Pac-10 play last season.

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