This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Nov. 24, 2009
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Nov. 25
Fri., Nov. 27
Sat., Nov. 28
Sun., Nov. 29
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Nov. 17
Sat., Nov. 21
Sun., Nov. 22
AROUND THE LEAGUE
ARIZONA reached eight league victories for the first time since finishing 14-4 in 2005. The 2005 season also marked it’s last appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Junior OH Whitney Dosty led the Cats in kills in each match over the weekend, picking up 17 in a five-set loss to Stanford and 14 in a four-set win over California.
ARIZONA STATE looks to sweep the season series with UCLA for the first time since 1995, and the third time ever.
CALIFORNIA will finish in the top half of the Conference race for the seventh straight season. With 1,914 career kills, senior OH Hana Cutura finds herself sixth on the Pac-10’s all-time list. She needs 26 kills to pass former Stanford great Logan Tom and move into the top five.
OREGON Senior OH Sonja Newcombe posted an impressive 27 kills and a career-high 27 digs in a comeback victory over No. 7 UCLA. Senior S Nevena Djordjevic also got into the action on “Senior Night”, recording a career-high 66 assists.
OREGON STATE senior OH Rachel Rourke has led the team in kills in each of the last 10 matches. She will conclude her career this weekend among the all-time Pac-10 leaders in kills. Her 1,875 kills rank eighth all-time in the Pac-10.
STANFORD will have finished first or second in the Pac-10 race for the 23rd time in 24 seasons of Pac-10 play. Junior L Gabi Ailes has set a new single-season digs record at Stanford. She surpassed the record in the first set at Arizona State on Saturday. She currently has 547 digs on the season. The previous record was 533, which she set in 2007.
UCLA sophomore MB Amanda Gil has posted five or more blocks in a match 20 times this season, including 13 of the last 15 matches.
USC has won four straight Pac-10 matches since winning five straight in 2007. Senior OH Jessica Gysin needs six digs to reach 1,000 for her career. Since she already has 1,263 kills, she’ll become the eighth player at USC to reach 1,000 kills/1,000 digs in a career.
After finishing second each of the last three years, WASHINGTON will be looking to capture its third Pac-10 crown. With 2,321 digs, senior L Tamari Miyashiro is 65 digs shy of becoming the Pac-10 career leader.
WASHINGTON STATE picked up win No. 17 vs. Eastern Washington to become the eighth Pac-10 team this season with 17 wins. Never before has the Pac-10 produced eight, 17-win teams in a single season. Freshman RS Rachel Todorovich collected 18 kills and hit .432 last weekend. Her 13 kills vs. Eastern Washington matched her career-high set against Idaho earlier this season.