This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Oct. 26, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Oct. 30
Sat., Oct. 31
Sun., Nov. 1
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Oct. 23
Sat., Oct. 24
Sat., Oct. 17
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA JR OH Whitney Dosty continues to pound the ball for the Wildcats. She tallied 29 kills (4.14 kps) over the weekend and has led the Wildcats in kills in each of the last four matches.
ARIZONA STATE has lost eight straight for the first time since the 2005 season. The Sun Devils have not dropped nine straight since the 1996 season. JR OH Sarah Reaves posted a pair of double-doubles in the Bay Area last weekend, collecting 22 kills/10 digs at California and 14 kills/13 digs at Stanford.
CALIFORNIA FR MH Tia Gaffen is making the most of her playing time. While she's appeared in just 22 of the team's 71 sets played, Gaffen has responded with 21 total blocks (0.95 bps), including eight blocks in the last five sets played. The Bears are hitting .322 during its three-match win streak, with JR S Carli Lloyd contributing 13.50 aps during the streak.
OREGON SR OH Sonja Newcombe has posted 20 or more kills in three straight matches, and in four of the last five. Over the last five matches, she's hitting .340 in collecting 108 kills (5.68 kps).
OREGON STATE SR OH Rachel Rourke needs 27 kills to set the school career record. The record is currently 1,763 kills held by Shelly Smith (1991-94). Rourke has posted double digit kills in seven consecutive matches.
STANFORD has posted at least seven wins in the first half of Pac-10 play for the ninth consecutive season. JR L Gabi Ailes continues to rack up the digs, having posted 37 (6.17 dps) in sweeps over the Arizona schools. She's currently second in the league, averaging 4.93 dps, but leads the league in conference-action only with 5.67 dps. Ailes sits third on the school's career list with 1,379 digs.
UCLA has won five of its last six matches and has received strong play from SO L Lainey Gera. Over the last five matches, Gera's tallied 99 kills (5.50 dps). In the five-set win over Oregon, SR OH Kaitlin Sather became the 12th Bruin to reach 1,000 kills/1,000 digs in a career.
USC JR MB Audrey Eichler has seen significant playing time over the last three matches, appearing in all 11 sets. Prior to the last three matches, she played in just 25 of 61 possible sets Over the last three matches, she's tallied 26 kills (2.36 kps), hit .328, and posted 12 blocks (1.09 bps). SO S Kendall Bateman leads the nation in assists (12.26 aps).
WASHINGTON SO MB Bianca Rowland is hitting .500 (30k-4e-52att) over the last two matches, averaging 3.33 kps. Rowland is leading the Pac-10, and third in the nation, in hitting percentage (.490).
WASHINGTON STATE's victory over No. 4 Washington was the first win for the Cougars in the last 13 meetings. The 2,724 fans in attendance marked the tenth-largest crowd in Bohler Gym history and the largest volleyball crowd on campus since 1997. The Cougars have posted five wins in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 2003 season. In fact, it's the first time a WSU team has been in positive territory in the win-loss column at the halfway point of league play since posting a 5-4 mark halfway through the 1998 season.