This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (10/22/01)

Oct. 22, 2001

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No. 7 Arizona has won five Conference matches in a row and will look to tighten the league race as it hosts No. 3 USC Thursday and No. 6 UCLA Friday. FOX Sports Net will televise Thursday's match for tape-delayed broadcast Saturday. . . CALIFORNIA and STANFORD try to add to the Pac-10's impressive non-league record (14-7, .667) vs. ranked opponents with tilts against No. 19 Santa Clara and No. 17 Pacific. . . Pac-10 in the weekly rankings - this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 USC, No. 4 STANFORD, No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 ARIZONA. Those four are a combined 53-10, with all 10 losses coming against opponents ranked in the top-10.


Tue., Oct. 23Northern Arizona at Arizona State, 7 p.m.Santa Clara at California, 7 p.m.Pacific at Stanford, 7 p.m.Oregon at Gonzaga, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct. 25Oregon State at Washington State, 7 p.m.UCLA at Arizona State, 7 p.m.USC at Arizona, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)

Fri., Oct. 26California at Stanford, 7 p.m.Oregon at Washington State, 7 p.m.Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m.UCLA at Arizona, 7 p.m.USC at Arizona State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 27Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m.


Sophomore middle blocker KATIE OLSOVSKY repeats as Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading USC to wins over No. 14 Pepperdine and No. 5 UCLA. She hit .511 with 24 kills (2.67 kpg) and just one error in 45 attempts. She also added 21 digs (2.33 dpg) and 14 blocks (1.56 bpg). Against She fell one block short of a triple-double vs. UCLA with 10 kills (.391), 10 digs and nine blocks. In the win over Pepperdine, she posted 14 kills (.636), 11 digs and five blocks.

It's the third weekly award for Olsovsky, USC's 27th honor all-time.

PREVIOUS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Sept. 4 - Kristee Porter, UCLA, Sept. 10 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Sept. 17 - None selected. Sept. 24 - Logan Tom, STAN. Oct. 1 - Laura Collins, OSU. Oct. 8 - Logan Tom, STAN. Oct. 15 - Katie Olsovsky, USC*. Oct. 22 - Katie Olsovsky, USC.* - AVCA National Player of the Week.


USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES (Oct. 22) 1. Long Beach State (61) 2. Nebraska (4) 3. USC 4. STANFORD 5. Wisconsin 6. UCLA 7. ARIZONA 8. Colorado State 9. Florida10. Ohio State11. Hawai'i12. Pepperdine13. Penn State14. Texas A&M15. Utah16. Brigham Young17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. Notre Dame21. Minnesota South Carolina23. UC Santa Barbara24. Colorado25. Utah State(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Oct. 22) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. USC 4. STANFORD 5. Florida 6. Wisconsin 7. Colorado State 8. UCLA 9. ARIZONA10. Ohio State11. Hawai'i12. Penn State13. Pepperdine14. Brigham Young15. Texas A&M16. Santa Clara17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. Utah20. South Carolina


ARIZONA - Senior outside hitter Jill Talbot hit .486 in the two, three game sweeps over the Oregon schools to tally 21 kills (3.50 kpg) on 35 attempts with four errors. Against Oregon she recorded nine kills on 13 attempts with only one error for a match-high .615 attack percentage. A night later, in Corvallis, Talbot was the lone player to record a double-double in Arizona's win. She scored 12 kills on 22 attempts with only three errors for a .409 hitting percentage. She also finished with 10 digs and dished out three assists. . . With the win at Oregon, coach David Rubio became the sixth coach in Pac-10 history to reach 100 Conference wins.

ARIZONA STATE - with 2,135 assists, sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin needs 104 more to move into sixth on the Sun Devil all-time list. . . Sophomore outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn has registered double digit kills in each of the last four matches. . . The Sun Devils are home for their next four matches and six of their next eight matches with four of those against top-10 ranked opponents. . .

CALIFORNIA - Senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee needs one to break into the top ten on Cal's all-time list. She also needs 10 total blocks to break into the top ten on Cal's all-time list in that category as well. She currently has 206 total blocks. . . Freshman outside hitter Mia Jerkov continues to pace the Bears. She tallied 54 kills last week, averaging 5.40 kills per game. She's posted double digit kills in each of the last seven matches.

OREGON - Currently with 1,015 career kills, senior outside hitter Monique Tobbagi became the fifth Oregon player to reach 1,000 career kills since the beginning of Pac-10 play in 1986. . . The Ducks look to snap a 10-match skid when they face Gonzaga in a non-conference match this week. Oregon is 6-2 all-time vs. Gonzaga.

OREGON STATE - Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt and junior middle blocker Michele Solomon reached significant milestones in their volleyball careers during OSU's win over Arizona State. Schmidt had 11 digs against the Sun Devils to become the ninth OSU player to record 1,000 career digs and the fifth Beaver to reach 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She now has 1,238 kills (fourth all-time at OSU) and 1,016 digs (ninth all-time). Solomon picked up six blocks against ASU, becoming the eighth Beaver to record 300 career blocks. She now has 305 career blocks, ranking eighth all-time at OSU.

STANFORD - Stanford has now won 10 consecutive matches at home in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion. . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom had a solid weekend against the Washington schools, recording 4.33 kills and 3.67 digs per game. For her career, Tom is averaging 4.95 kills per game (1,100 kills in 222 games) - that ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average for a career. . . The Cardinal hit a season-high .432 against the Huskies on Friday. . . The Cardinal will be facing its 10th ranked opponent this season when it hosts No. 15 Pacific on Tuesday night. . . Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee tied her career high with 14 kills against WSU on Saturday.

UCLA - Senior outside hitter Kristee Porter was declared ineligible by UCLA prior to its match with USC. UCLA has forwarded a report of its investigation to the NCAA. Porter will not be allowed to compete until the NCAA renders a decision. . . In Porter's absence, senior outside hitter Ashley Bowles responded with 21 kills and 17 digs and junior outside hitter Lauren Fendrick added 20 kills in UCLA's five game loss to USC.

USC - USC has won 13 consecutive matches (one win away from equaling last season's 14-match win streak). . . The Trojans' win over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion was their first since 1998 when USC also earned a five-game victory. This is also the first time the Trojans have swept the Bruins in the regular season since 1998 - a feat which now has only happened five times in program history (2001, 1998, 1997, 1982, 1977). USC came back to defeat the Bruins after dropping the first two games. In the last three years, USC is 3-0 in five game matches after dropping the first two games. . . Sophomore setter Toni Anderson set a new career-high with 54 assists.

WASHINGTON - Senior Lisa Underhill became the eighth player in UW history to record her 1,000th career kill, reaching the mark in the Huskies' win over Portland last Tuesday. Underhill's 1,025 kills ranks eighth in school history. . . Washington's 10 wins so far this season are the program's most since 1997, when the Huskies went 20-10 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars are home for three straight matches vs. non-ranked opponents. While Washington State is 10-8 this season, they are an impressive 9-1 vs. non-ranked teams. The Cougars have reeled off 21 consecutive wins in Pullman vs. the Oregon schools. The last loss coming during the 1990 season (vs. OSU). Nine of the last 10 matches in Pullman have been three-game sweeps for the Cougars.

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