This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Nov. 16, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Nov. 17
Fri., Nov. 20
Sat., Nov. 21
Sun., Nov. 22
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Nov. 13
Sat., Nov. 14
Sun., Nov. 15
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA defeated Arizona State for the second time this season, completing the season sweep of the Sun Devils for the first time since 2005. Junior OH Tiffany Owens posted her sixth straight double-double, and 14th this season, with 11 kills/14 digs.
With 1,258 career kills, ARIZONA STATE junior OH Sarah Reaves needs three kills to move up to eighth on the school’s all-time list. She’ll pass former Sun Devil Mindy Gowell (1,260 kills from 1987-91).
CALIFORNIA senior OH Hana Cutura continues to rack up the kills having tallied 118 kills (5.62 kps) during the Bears’ five-match win streak. Her 1,869 career kills place her eighth all-time in the Pac-10. She needs three more to move into the seventh spot.
OREGON junior OH Heather Meyers has led the Ducks in kills in three of the last four matches. During that span, she has hit .317 in tallying 56 kills (4.00 kps).
OREGON STATE’s next win in league play would give it four for the season, which would be the most since posting seven wins in 2005. Sophomore L Betsy Devich recorded 30 digs (4.29 dps) over the weekend and leads the Beavers this season with 304 digs (3.62 dps).
STANFORD junior L Gabi Ailes is closing in on a pair of school records - digs in a season, and digs in a career. With 506 digs this season, she needs 28 more to eclipse her own school record of 533 digs set during her freshman year. Her 1,530 career digs leave her 68 digs away from breaking the school mark of 1,597 digs set by former Cardinal Kristin Richards (2003-06).
After the dust settles in two weeks, and UCLA should find itself in the mix for the Pac-10 title, it would be the first time the Bruins finished at the top of the Pac-10 standings since 1999 when they were co-champions with Stanford. Sophomore L Lainey Gera tallied 48 digs (6.86 dps) over the weekend, giving her 472 digs (4.72 dps) for the season. She needs 28 digs to become the third Bruin ever to post 500 or more digs in a season.
USC stepped up defensively over the weekend, limiting Washington and Washington State to a combined .197 attack percentage. The Women of Troy entered the weekend allowing Pac-10 opponents to hit .242 in league play. Sophomore S Kendall Bateman posted 117 assists (13.00 aps) over the weekend. Bateman leads the nation in assists at 12.23 aps.
WASHINGTON controls its own destiny for the Pac-10’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Should Washington win out to finish 14-4, and UCLA and/or Stanford do the same, the Huskies own the tie-breaker that will determine the Pac-10’s automatic qualifier. Sophomore MB Lauren Barfield had her own little roof party in the split with the Los Angeles schools as she recorded 18 blocks (2.25 bps), including a career-high 11 block assists at USC. She entered the weekend with just 29 blocks (0.78 bps) for the season.
WASHINGTON STATE junior MB Brittany Tillman also posted some impressive numbers at the net in Los Angeles with 14 blocks (1.75 bps) in the two matches.