This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Oct. 12, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Oct. 16
Sat., Oct. 17
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Oct. 9
Sat., Oct. 10
STANFORD, winners of four straight, snapped WASHINGTON’s unbeaten streak at 15 to climb within a half match of the Huskies at the top of the Pac-10 standings. The next seven in the league standings are tightly-bunched and separated by just one match... For the sixth straight week at least seven Pac-10 teams are ranked among the AVCA Top 25 - No. 4 WASHINGTON, No. 5 STANFORD, No. 12 UCLA, No. 14 CALIFORNIA, No. 15 OREGON, No. 16 USC, and No. 18 ARIZONA. Also receiving votes were and WASHINGTON STATE (No. 27) and OREGON STATE (tNo. 34)... This week’s FSN televised match features No. 18 Arizona at Arizona State. Pac-10 teams are making the most of the television exposure as three of the first four matches televised by FSN this season have gone five sets.
Around the League
ARIZONA JR OH Whitney Dosty, recovering from a fractured finger, came off the bench to spark the Wildcats in their win over Oregon State. She posted 12 kills (.308) and nine digs. She added a team-high 13 kills and six blocks the next evening in the win over No. 11 Oregon. Arizona hits the road this week to take on rival Arizona State where the Wildcats look to snap a 17-match road losing streak in Pac-10 play.
ARIZONA STATE has won three straight at home over Arizona, and all three matches have been three-set sweeps. Sun Devil FR OH Ashley Kastl had a breakout match in the five-set heartbreaker against Oregon State as she posted 16 kills and 16 digs. Coming into the match, Kastl had appeared in just seven matches (nine sets) this season, posting a total of 12 kills and six digs.
CALIFORNIA snapped a three-match losing streak with a three-set sweep over Washington State. Freshman MH Correy Johnson posted 17 kills (2.83 kps) in 28 attempts, with just two errors (.536) for the weekend.The Bears now hit the road where it will take on No. 15 Oregon, which will be the sixth straight match for the Bears against a ranked opponent. The next win for the Bears will give coach Rich Feller his 500th career victory.
OREGON SR OH Sonja Newcombe posted a career-high 26 kills in the loss at Arizona. For the weekend, she tallied 37 kills (5.29 kps) and has upped her season average to 3.88 kps, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
OREGON STATE SR OH Rachel Rourke has pounded the opposition for 20 or more kills in four of the last six matches, including the last three where she’s tallied 81 kills (5.40 kps). Over those same three matches, teammate JR OH Jill Sawatzky has posted 59 kills (3.93 kps).
STANFORD’s serve reception defense has been solid during its current four-match win streak, allowing just 11 aces in 16 sets (0.69 saps). Cardinal JR L Gabi Ailes has 95 digs in the last four matches, averaging a stellar 5.94 dps.
A total of 3,180 fans turned out to see UCLA knock off rival USC in three sets in Pauley Pavilion. It’s the fourth Pac-10 match this season where attendance has exceeded 3,000 fans. Through 27 Pac-10 matches, the average attendance is 1,828 fans.
WASHINGTON’s consecutive sets won streak came to an end at 46 when it dropped the second set in the five-set loss at Stanford. SR OH Airial Salvo has had the hot hand for the Huskies, hitting .402 over the last three matches with 38 kills (3.45 kps).
WASHINGTON STATE SR DS/L Kelly Hyder has climbed into the top 10 on the Pac-10’s all-time digs list. She sits ninth with a school record 1,637 digs. SO OH Meagan Ganzer has led the Cougars in kills in four of the last five matches. During that span, she’s posted 70 kills (3.68 kps), while hitting at a .320 clip.