This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Oct. 5, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Oct. 9
Sat., Oct. 10
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Oct. 2
Sat., Oct. 3
While the WASHINGTON Huskies have efﬁciently rolled out to a perfect 14-0 mark, sweeping every match along the way, their cross-state rival WASHINGTON STATE Cougars are right on their heels with a record of 3-1 in Pac-10 play, 14-1 over- all. The Cougars, who won just three matches in league play all last season, are off to their best start through 15 matches since 1997, when they opened the season with 16 straight wins... A record eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week’s AVCA Top 25. For the ﬁfth straight week at least seven Pac-10 teams are ranked among the AVCA Top 25 - No. 3 WASHINGTON, No. 7 STANFORD, No. 11 OREGON, No. 13 USC, No. 15 CALIFORNIA, No. 16 UCLA, No. 22 ARIZONA and No. 25 WASHINGTON STATE. Also receNo. 3 Washington at No. 7 Stanford.
• ARIZONA seeks for a little relief when it returns home to McKale Center after dropping two Pac-10 matches on the road. The Wildcats have not won on the road in Pac-10 play since Oct. 4, 2007 at Washington State, a string of 17 league matches. Senior MB Jacy Norton needs six blocks to become the sixth Wildcat all-time to post 400 total blocks.
OREGON STATE set an attendance record when 3,576 fans showed up for the upset win over No. 7 OREGON. OSU senior OH Rachel Rourke and Oregon junior OH Heather Meyers went toe-to-toe in the five-set match. Rourke tallied 29 kills (5.80 kps), hit .359, with 11 digs (2.20 dps) and six blocks (1.20 bps), while Meyers posted 20 kills (4.00 kps), hit .400, with three aces, 14 digs (2.80 dps) and four blocks (0.80 bps). The Beavers are 3-1 against ranked opponents this season. It is believed to be the first time OSU has knocked off three ranked teams in a season since 1995... Oregon’s Meyers leads the Pac-10 in service aces with 28 (0.76 saps), which is four more than she posted all of last season.
STANFORD is now 18-0 (17-0 in Pac-10) against UCLA under ninth-year head coach John Dunning. Cardinal junior L Gabi Ailes tallied 30 digs at USC, one shy of her career high. She has 1,236 career digs, ranking seventh on the school’s all-time list. Another 30, and she’ll find herself in the top five.
WASHINGTON has now won 42 consective sets to start the season, a program record. The Huskies have served tough in the early going of Pac-10 play, posting 2.42 saps in four matches. Husky junior OH Kindra Carlson has posted 13 or more kills in each of the four league matches, averaging 4.58 kps, while hitting at a .323 clip.
At 3-1, WASHINGTON STATE has equaled last year’s Pac-10 win total. Before the Oct. 2 sweep of No. 18 Arizona, the last time WSU defeated a ranked team in Pac-10 action was in November 2004 (3-2 win over No. 6 USC in Pullman). WSU freshman L Oceana Bush set a school record with 39 digs in the five-set win over Arizona State. She wiped out the school record of 35 digs (Jalen Pendon, 2005) and is now averaging 6.0 dps in four Pac-10 matches and 4.85 dps for the season.