This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Sept. 21, 2009
LEAGUE PLAY BEGINS FOR PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL!!!
Conference action gets underway this week... The STANFORD Cardinal will look to begin defense of their Pac-10 title as they take on rival CALIFORNIA in this week’s FSN televised match. The Pac-10 put on an impressive display during the non-conference portion of the schedule, racking up a record of 96-15 (.865) record against non-league competition, including a mark of 12-6 (.667) against teams ranked in the Top 25. Of those 96 non-league wins, 67 were accomplished in three sets... Nationally, eight teams remain undefeated, four of those reside in the Pac-10... For the third straight week seven Pac-10 teams are ranked among the AVCA Top 25 - No. 3 WASHINGTON, No. 7 OREGON, No. 10 STANFORD, No. 12 CALIFORNIA, No. 13 USC, No. 14 UCLA and No. 19 ARIZONA. Also receiving votes were OREGON STATE (tNo. 29) and WASHINGTON STATE (No. 37).
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Fri., Sept. 25
No. 13 USC at No. 19 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 33-13. Streak: USC 1
No. 14 UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 42-4. Streak: UCLA 13
No. 10 STANFORD at No. 12 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 43-3. Streak: STAN 1
No. 3 WASHINGTON at No. 7 OREGON, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 39-7. Streak: WASH 16
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 32-14. Streak: WSU 1
Sat., Sept. 26
No. 14 UCLA at No. 19 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 31-15. Streak: UCLA 2
No. 13 USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 37-9. Streak: USC 26
Sun., Sept. 27
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 7 OREGON, 1 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 31-15. Streak: ORE 6
No. 3 WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 36-10. Streak: WASH 14
• Tournament Honors... ARIZONA JR OH Tiffany Owens earned MVP honors, her second of the season, at the Arizona Invitational as she posted 53 kills (4.82 kps), hit .341, and added 32 digs (2.91 dps). She put down a career-high 29 kills against New Mexico... OREGON JR OH Heather Meyers earned MVP honors at the Pioneer Classic in Denver where she tallied 26 kills (3.25 kps), hit .273, and added 16 digs (2.00 dps). Meyers posted 19 kills in the win over No. 9 Minnesota... OREGON STATE SR OH Rachel Rourke collected MVP honors at the Michigan ADIDAS Invitational where she collected 57 kills (5.18 kps), hit .290, added six aces (0.55 saps), 18 digs (1.64 dps) and six blocks (0.55 bps). She saved her best performance for the final match against host and No. 6 Michigan, where she posted 25 kills, hit .420 and added five aces in a three-set sweep... WASHINGTON JR OH Becky Perry was tabbed MVP at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio. The Austin, Texas native hit .467 to collect 25 kills (4.17 kps), nine digs (1.50 dps) and seven blocks (1.17 bps) in a pair of sweeps... That now makes 13 MVP honors awarded to Pac-10 student-athletes during in-season tournament action this season.
• Streaking... ARIZONA is off to a 11-0 start for the first time in school history... At 10-0, OREGON has matched its best start in school history. In fact, the Ducks have opened three of their last four seasons with 10 straight victories. To get record number 11, the Ducks will need to go through No. 3 Washington in the opener of Pac-10 play this week... WASHINGTON STATE has opened the season with 11 straight victories, and have won 13 straight dating back to last season. The 11 wins surpasses the total number of wins during last season’s 10-19 campaign. The 13 straight wins is the longest streak since opening the 1997 season at 16-0... Meanwhile, WASHINGTON has started out a perfect 10-0. And by perfect, we mean 10 straight three-set sweeps by the average score of 25-15.93 per set. Since the 2003 season, Washington is 85-5 vs. non-conference competition. The five losses all came in five-set matches, while 78 of the 85 wins were decided in three sets.
• Numbers... WASHINGTON SR L Tamari Miyashiro needs 24 digs to set the Washington career mark, which is currently held by Candace Lee (2,038 digs, 2002-05)... OREGON SR MB Neticia Enesi has piled up 320 block assists during her career and is only 12 behind the school record holder Laura Krejcha (332 block assists, 1984-87).