This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (11/27/00)

Nov. 27, 2000

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Pac-10 co-champion USC received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and, along with ARIZONA and UCLA, will serve as hosts for first and second round matches. ARIZONA STATE, STANFORD and WASHINGTON STATE received at-large bids and will travel for their opening rounds of the Tournament. . . It's the ninth time the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams to the NCAA Tournament. . . The Pac-10 has had considerable success during the NCAA Championships. Eight of the 19 NCAA titles awarded, including six of the last 10, have been claimed by a Pac-10 institution. The Pac-10 owns a mark of 162-97 (.625) in the postseason (38 matches pitted Pac-10 teams going head-to-head). The Pac-10 has sent half its teams to NCAA Tournament play in 16 of 20 championships.


Thur., Nov. 30Alabama A&M at ARIZONA, 8 p.m. MTSTANFORD vs. Loyola Marymount, 5:30 p.m. PT (1)

Fri., Dec. 1ARIZONA STATE vs. Duke, 6 p.m. CT (2)Georgia State at USC, 7 p.m. PTWASHINGTON STATE vs. Tennessee, 5 p.m. ET (3)

Sat., Dec. 2Morgan State at UCLA, 7 p.m. PT


Fri., Dec. 1Michigan/Louisville at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MTSTANFORD vs. UCSB/UT-San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. PT(1)

Sat., Dec. 2ARIZONA ST. vs. Robert Morris/Minnesota, 7 p.m. (2)Cal Poly/South Florida at USC, 6 p.m. PTWASHINGTON ST. vs. Penn State/James Madison, 7:30 p.m. ET (3)

Sun., Dec. 3Wis.-Milwaukee/Michigan State at UCLA, 3 p.m. PT

NCAA Tournament Sites(1) Santa Barbara, Calif.(2) Minneapolis, Minn.(3) State College, Pa.


Player of the Year2000 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ1999 Kerri Walsh, STAN1998 Kerri Walsh, STAN1997 Kristin Folkl, STAN1996 Sarah Silvernail, WSU1995 Cary Wendell, STAN1994 Annett Buckner, UCLA1993 Julie Bremner, UCLA1992 Natalie Williams, UCLA1991 Kristin Klein, STAN

Freshman of the Year2000 April Ross, USC1999 Logan Tom, UCLA1998 Kristee Porter, UCLA1997 Antoinette Polk, USC1996 Kerri Walsh, STAN1995 Jasmina Marinkovic, USC1994 Kristin Folkl, STAN1993 Kim Krull, UCLA1992 Cary Wendell, STAN1991 Annett Buckner, UCLA

Coach of the Year2000 David Rubio, ARIZ Jerritt Elliott, USC1999 Jerritt Elliott, USC1998 A. Banachowski, UCLA1997 Lisa Love, USC Don Shaw, STAN1996 Bill Neville, WASH1995 Cindy Fredrick, WSU1994 A. Banachowski, UCLA1993 A. Banachowski, UCLA1992 Patty Snyder, ASU1991 Don Shaw, STAN

2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK9/5 Kristee Porter, UCLA9/11 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ9/18 Marisa DaLee, ARIZ9/25 Jennifer Pahl, USC10/2 Allison Napier, ARIZ10/9 Alicia Perry, CAL10/16 Kristee Porter, UCLA10/23 Amanda Burbridge, ASU*10/30 Marisa DaLee, ARIZ11/6 LaToya Harris, WSU11/13 April Ross, USC*11/20 Katie Olsovsky, USC*AVCA Nat'l Player of the Week


ARIZONA (16th NCAA Tournament appearance) - The Wildcats captured a share of the Pac-10 title with USC. It's the first Pac-10 volleyball title won by a team other than UCLA or Stanford. . . It's 25 wins are the most by an Arizona team since 1978. . . Junior Dana Burkholder, senior Marisa DaLee and senior Allison Napier were selected All-Pac-10 - the first time Arizona has placed three players on the All-Conference team. Burkholder became the first Wildcat to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. . . The Wildcats have posted five consecutive 20-win seasons under ninth year coach David Rubio - the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. . . The Wildcats led the league in hitting percentage (.320).

ARIZONA STATE (13th NCAA Tournament appearance) - All-Pac-10 Senior outside hitter Amanda Burbridge has recorded double-digit kills in each of her 26 matches played this season, with 20 or more kills in 17 of those matches. Burbridge set an ASU single-season record with 563 kills this season, while her 1,561 career kills rank third in school history and 22nd on the Pac-10's all-time list. . Freshman setter Cheryl Anglin's 1,350 assists are the most in a single season by a Sun Devil since 1988 when Noelle Fidrich tallied 1,444 assists. . . The Sun Devils led the league in digs (18.94 dpg).

CALIFORNIA - Senior outside hitter Alicia Perry led Cal with a team-high 448 kills and 393 digs. Perry led Cal in both kills and digs in 16 of the Bears 28 matches. She is finished her career third on the Cal all-time career kill list with 1348, third with 3729 kill attempts and sixth with 1131 digs. . . The Bears closed out the season with a win for the second consecutive season and just the fourth time in school history that Cal finished the year on a winning note. . . The Golden Bears finished the year with three straight victories and a 13-15 overall record in coach Rich Feller's second season. Cal also finished 13-15 in 1999. The back-to-back 13-15 records are the best back-to-back seasons for the Bears since the 1988 and `89 campaigns (19-15 and 19-13).

OREGON - The Ducks' 10 wins this season are the most by an Oregon team since 1996 (11-20). . . Senior Halie Mazza posted 99 total blocks this season, the most by a Duck in a single season since 1996. Mazza ranked 10th in the Pac-10 with 0.96 blocks per game. . . Junior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi finished the season ranked 7th in the Pac-10 with 3.79 kills per game. Tobbagi has 784 kills in three years with the Ducks.

OREGON STATE - With 16 wins this year, the Beavers doubled their win total from last season and was their most wins since 1996 (19-12). . . With 548 kills this year, All-Pac-10 junior outside hitter Gina Schmidt became only the third Oregon State player with 500 kills in a season. With 981 career kills, her first kill of the 2001 season will place her in the top ten all-time at Oregon State. Schmidt's 397 digs this year are the sixth-best single season total in school history. . . Senior middle blocker Angie Shirley finished her stellar career with 1,098 kills (7th on the school charts) and 490 total blocks (3rd on the OSU career list) . . . Senior setter Brandi Bonnarens set a school record for assists in a season with 1,589 assists. Her 4,063 career assists rank second all-time at Oregon State.

STANFORD (20th NCAA Tournament appearance) - Stanford is one of only four teams to have appeared in all 20 NCAA Championships, joining UC Santa Barbara, Penn State and Pacific. . . The Cardinal have won four in a row and seven of their last nine matches. . . Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa has a shot at adding her name in the Cardinal record book. With 1,274 assists this season, she needs 35 assists to rank fifth on the Stanford single season list. She's fourth on the career list with 3,291 assists. . . Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom has a team-leading 273 kills in 14 matches played - junior Tara Conrad (262) is second on the squad in kills in 29 matches played.

UCLA (19th NCAA Tournament appearance) - UCLA has posted its 28th 20-win season. . . With 625 kills, All-Pac-10 junior outside hitter Kristee Porter ranks fourth on the Pac-10 single-season list. She needs 15 kills to establish a UCLA single-season record. . . All-Pac-10 senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman has 593 total blocks during her UCLA career, placing her second on the schools all-time total block list. . . Junior Erika Selsor has recorded 4,573 assists during her Bruin career, second on the UCLA career chart and fifth all-time in Pac-10 history.

USC (18th NCAA Tournament appearance) - USC clinched a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time in program history. At 25-2, the Trojans posted their first 25-win season since 1985 when USC finished 26-9 with a trip to the NCAA Final Four. . . USC hit .311 for the season, led by All-Pac-10 junior Jennifer Pahl (.399) and freshman Katie Olsovsky (.364). Pahl ranked second in the league in hitting and second in blocks (1.25 bpg), while Olsovsky ranked third in hitting. . . April Ross became the third USC freshman in the last six years to be named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining current teammate Antoinette Polk (1997) and former Trojan Jasmina Marinkovic (1995). Polk became the sixth player in USC history to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies had several players move up and into the school's career leaders list. . . Junior setter Britni Churnside moved to sixth all-time in career assists with 1,890, sophomore Paige Benjamin (.284) and junior Lisa Underhill (.281) rank third and fourth in career hitting percentage and Underhill is seventh in career block assists (265) and eighth in total blocks (300).

WASHINGTON STATE (7th NCAA Tournament appearance) - All-Pac-10 sophomore outside hitter LaToya Harris has 42 service aces on the season, ranking tied for seventh on the WSU single-season list. Harris has posted 404 kills this season, 722 kills for her two seasons in Pullman. Her 4.16 kills per game ranks fifth in Pac-10 this season. . . Junior setter Kali Surplus has moved up to sixth on the single-season assist list with 1,270 assists this year. . . The Cougars have won eight of their last 11 matches. The three losses coming to NCAA participants Arizona, Arizona State and USC.

PAC-10 NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORDARIZ	12-15 (.444)ASU	5-12 (.294)CAL	3-5 (.375)ORE	1-4 (.200)OSU	0-1 (.000)STAN	56-16 (.778)UCLA	48-16 (.750)USC	26-16 (.619)WASH	6-6 (.500)WSU	5-6 (.455)Total	162-97 (.625)

PAC-10 NCAA TITLES1981 USC1984 UCLA1990 UCLA1991 UCLA1992 STAN1994 STAN1996 STAN1997 STAN


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