This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 1, 2008

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STANFORD captured its 12th Pac-10 title and gained the Pac-10's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed. Joining the Cardinal are five additional Pac-10 teams - No. 5 seed WASHINGTON, No. 8 seed CALIFORNIA, No. 11 seed OREGON, No. 14 seed UCLA, and USC... It's the eighth consecutive year in which the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament, and 17th overall... No other conference had more than five teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament... All six Pac-10 teams in the postseason are ranked among the Bison/AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 California, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 12 USC.


Dec. 5-6 at Stanford (Fort Collins Regional)
Pepperdine (20-7) vs. Long Beach State (25-5), 4:30 p.m.
No. 2 seed STANFORD (26-3) vs. Albany (23-8), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-6 at USC (Fort Collins Regional)
No. 7 seed Hawaii (28-3) vs. Belmont (25-7), 5 p.m.
USC (16-11) vs. San Diego (23-4), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-6 at American (Austin Regional)
No. 11 seed OREGON (23-8) vs. Delaware (19-15), 5 p.m.
American (24-8) vs. North Carolina (21-10), 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 6 p.m.

Dec. 5-6 at UCLA (Austin Regional)
San Francisco (22-7) vs. Duke (24-8), 5:30 p.m.
No. 14 seed UCLA (20-10) vs. LSU (18-9), 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-6 at California (University Park Regional)
New Mexico State (25-8) vs. St. Mary's (20-7), 6 p.m.
No. 8 seed CALIFORNIA (23-6) vs. Siena (20-12), 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

Dec. 5-6 at Washington (Seattle Regional)
Santa Clara (17-9) vs. Kansas State (24-7), 2 p.m.
No. 5 seed WASHINGTON (22-7) vs. Portland State (20-8), 4 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

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The Pac-10 has won five of the last seven 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 seven years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 123-40 (.755) record. Toss out the 12 postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 111-28 (.799) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 13 NCAA titles - that's nearly half of the 27 titles presented by the NCAA. The league's overall record against non-conference opponents in NCAA Tournament play is 248-93 (.727) ... Over the last six years, the Pac-10 is 37-2 (.949) in the first round, and 89-11 (.890) in opening round matches since 1990.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance... The Bears' 23 victories are the most during regular season play since the 1982 squad posted 25 wins before picking up three more wins in the postseason... The 13 Pac-10 wins are a school record in Pac-10 play... Coach Rich Feller has guided the Bears to their third consecutive 20-win season, and fifth in the last seven years... Junior OH Hana Cutura leads the Pac-10 with 4.47 kills per set.

OREGON - The Ducks are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, and record third consecutive appearance... At 23-8, Oregon has posted its best regular season record since 1984 when it finished the regular season at 24-10. The Ducks have posted a winning record (11-7) in league play for the first time since 1989 when they finished Pac-10 play at 10-8... Over the last three seasons (2006-08), Oregon has posted 27 league wins. In the 15 seasons from 1991-2005, it won a total of 23 Pac-10 matches... Senior L Katie Swoboda owns the Oregon career record, and is second all-time in the Pac-10, with 2,135 digs.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are making their 28th 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 12th Pac-10 title and have finished lower than second in Pac-10 play just once in 23 seasons of league play (4th in 2000)... Senior MB Foluke Akinradewo is hitting .445 for her career, well above the Pac-10 career record of .415 set by USC's Emily Adams (2001-04)... The Cardinal are riding an 11-match win streak for the second time this season.

UCLA - The Bruins are making their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance... The Bruins have won three NCAA titles (1984, 1990, 1991)... Senior S Nellie Spicer sits fourth on the Pac-10's all-time list with 5,901 assists and needs 56 more to move into third. Freshman MB Amanda Gil leads the league in blocks (1.49 bps) and ranks seventh in hitting percentage (.324), which tops all Pac-10 freshmen.

USC - The Women of Troy are making their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance... USC has won three NCAA titles (1981, 2002, 2003). Freshman OH Alex Jupiter leads all Pac-10 freshmen in kills (3.26 kps). In fact, she's on pace to become the third USC freshman to lead the team in kills.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance. Washington won it's first NCAA title in 2005. Senior MB Jessica Swarbrick is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.438). She's on pace to set the school single-season record in that category (Darla Myhre hit .418 in 2003). Her career hitting percentage is at .408, which would also establish a Washington career record... Sophomore S Jenna Hagglund leads the Pac-10 in assists (12.39)... Washington has won 15 of its last 16 matches.

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