This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Nov. 9, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Nov. 13
Sat., Nov. 14
Sun., Nov. 15
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Nov. 6
Sat., Nov. 7
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA sophomore MB Courtney Karst excelled in the win at No. 14 Oregon as she hit .483 with a career-high 16 kills (4.00 kps) and a pair of blocks. Junior OH Tiffany Owens continued her consistent play with 17 kills/15 digs at Oregon and 17 kills/17 digs at Oregon State. She now has 13 double-doubles on the season, and five in a row.
ARIZONA STATE won its first road match in league play this season with a four-set win at Oregon State. Senior OH Paige Mittelstaedt posted 10 block assists in the win - the second time this season she has posted 10 blocks in a match. The win also provided coach Jason Watson with his 100th career victory.
After opening league play 1-3, CALIFORNIA has climbed back into the Conference race by winning six of its last seven matches. With a career-high 33 kills in the win at Washington, senior OH Hana Cutura has now claimed the top spot for career kills (1,825) in school history.
OREGON freshman L Kellie Kawasaki has tallied 54 digs over the last four matches (4.91 dps) and has moved into the top ten in conference only matches, where she's eighth with 3.65 dps.
In the upset win over No. 18 Arizona, OREGON STATE senior OH Rachel Rourke recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 31 kills and 12 digs. Freshman S Megan McBride saw her most extensive playing time of the season as she posted 38 assists and seven kills in leading the Beavers to a .299 hitting percentage against Arizona. She had a total of 37 assists and four kills for the entire season before entering the Arizona match.
STANFORD junior L Gabi Ailes averaged 9.00 digs per set over the weekend. She totaled 29 digs in the loss to No. 4 Washington on Friday, moving her into second place on Stanford's career digs list. She is 65 digs away from breaking the single-season digs record at Stanford, which she set her freshman season with 533 digs in 2007.
UCLA posted its ninth victory in league play with its win over USC last Friday, assuring the Bruins of finishing at least .500 in Pac-10 play. UCLA has never had a losing record in 24 seasons of Conference play. Sophomore MB Amanda Gil hit an impressive .560 to tally 16 kills and posted seven blocks in the five-set win at USC. Gil leads the nation in blocks at 1.60 bps.
USC will need to win five of its final six matches to avoid its first losing season in Pac-10 play since the league's inaugural season in 1986. It will help that the Women of Troy will finish Conference play with four of its last six matches at Galen Center where they are 9-2 this season.
With 3,650 assists for her career, WASHINGTON junior S Jenna Hagglund needs 58 assists to move into second on the school's all-time list. Junior OH Kindra Carlson has led the team in kills in each of the last four matches, posting a total of 80 kills (5.33 kps).
WASHINGTON STATE senior MB Cassie Robbins picked up 11 blocks over the weekend to move into the top ten on WSU's all-time total blocks list with 323. She's third in the Pac-10, averaging 1.28 bps.