This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball (11/5/01)

Nov. 5, 2001

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STANFORD has won eight in a row and has a 13-match home win streak in Maples Pavilion, but will get those streaks challenged by UCLA and USC this week. . . ARIZONA meets WASHINGTON in Seattle for this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. . . Pac-10 in the weekly rankings - this week's USA TODAY/AVCA poll - No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 5 USC and No. 11 UCLA. Those four are a combined 67-13, including a 14-4 record against non-conference opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-25.


Tue., Nov. 6Oregon at Portland, 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 8UCLA at California, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 9Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m.UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m.USC at California, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 10Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m.Arizona State at Washington, 7 p.m.USC at Stanford, 7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 11UCLA at St. Mary's, 2 p.m.


Junior outside hitter LOGAN TOM (Salt Lake City, Utah) earns Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time this season after leading Stanford to three victories last week. She collected 52 kills (5.20 kpg) while hitting at a .339 clip. She also added 44 digs (4.40 dpg), eight service aces (0.80 sapg) and nine blocks (0.90 bpg). Against Oregon State, she tallied 23 kills, 18 digs and four aces. In the win over Oregon, she posted 17 kills, 16 digs, two aces and five blocks. Earlier in the week, she posted 12 kills and 10 digs in the win over Sacramento State.

It's the fifth weekly award for Tom, Stanford's 143rd honor all-time.

USA TODAY/AVCA COACHES  (Nov. 5) 1. Long Beach State (62) 2. Nebraska (2) 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Wisconsin 7. Florida 8. Colorado State 9. Ohio State10. Pepperdine11. UCLA12. Hawai'i13. Penn State14. Utah15. Texas A&M16. Brigham Young17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina21. Colorado22. UC Santa Barbara23. Notre Dame24. Illinois25. Kansas StateARV Washington State     Oregon State(first place votes)

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE (Nov. 5) 1. Long Beach State 2. Nebraska 3. STANFORD 4. ARIZONA 5. USC 6. Florida 7. Wisconsin 8. Colorado State 9. Hawai'i10. Ohio State11. Pepperdine12. UCLA13. Penn State14. Texas A&M15. Brigham Young16. Pacific17. Utah18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina


ARIZONA - Arizona has now won eight consecutive Pac-10 matches - a school record. The 2001 Wildcats eclipsed the previous mark of seven, set twice last season, with their 3-1 win over Arizona State. . . Freshman Kelli Mulvany eclipsed her previous career high in digs of 10 with a total of 22 against the Sun Devils. . . Lisa Rutledge, Shannon Torregrosa, Dana Burkholder and Jill Talbot all posted double-doubles in the instate rivalry match. . . Burkholder dished out 65 assists in the win. . . Saturday's victory was the first match all season that at least one Arizona player did not hit .300-plus.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior outside hitter Jami Coughlin now has 14 double-doubles on the year and 56 in her career. . . Sophomore outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn tied a career-high with 19 kills against Arizona and has strung together nine consecutive matches with 10 or more kills. Over that string of matches, she is averaging 3.91 kills per game. . . In the match against Arizona, Couglin and sophomore Courtney Blocher tied career-highs with 26 digs each. . . The Devils travel to the Washington schools trying to end a recent skid that has seen the team drop 10 of their last 11 Pac-10 matches. ASU has had recent success in the Pacific Northwest, sweeping the Huskies and Cougars on the road last year and carries a three-match road win streak into Saturday's match with the Huskies.

CALIFORNIA - With two service aces at Oregon, senior outside hitter/setter Candace McNamee pushed her career total to 91 service aces - good for 10th on the Cal career list. . . With 21 kills and 13 digs at Oregon, sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy posted her first double-double of the season.

OREGON - Currently with 1,095 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. . . Tobbagi has posted three double-doubles in the last five matches and has six on the season. . . The Ducks drew 1,863 fans for their match against Stanford - the largest attendance mark for an Oregon home match since Oct. 16, 1999 when 1,867 fans turned out for a match against USC.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have posted eight wins in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1990 season when they finished with a school-best 11-7 league record. . . The Beavers have secured their first winning season since posting a 19-12 record in 1996. . . Senior outside hitter Gina Schmidt hit .345 with 25 kills (4.17 kpg) and 27 digs (4.50 dpg) in two matches for OSU last week. In the win over California, she hit .407 with a team-high 13 kills, and she tied her season-high with 22 digs. It was her 15th match with double-digit digs this season, and she became the first Beaver to record 20 digs in a three-game match this year. With two double-figure kill efforts over the weekend, Schmidt has had 10 or more kills 18 times this season.

STANFORD - The short and the long of it - the Cardinal have not lost a match that has gone three games (13-0), nor have they lost a match that has gone the distance of five games (3-0). . . Junior outside hitter Logan Tom has 113 career service aces, tying her for fifth on the Stanford career list. . . Freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani tied her career-high with 20 kills against Oregon last week. . . Junior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy had a career-high six aces against Oregon State last week. The six aces ties her for fifth at Stanford for a single match. . . Sophomore setter Anna Robinson set a career-high with 56 assists against the Ducks on Friday night. . . In last week's three matches, as a team, Stanford averaged 19.60 kills per game, hit .341, averaged 2.60 aces and 3.20 blocks per game.

UCLA - In Friday night's win over Washington State at Pauley Pavilion, senior setter Erika Selsor became the UCLA career assists record holder, recording the 5,665th assist of her career on a game two kill by freshman middle Brynn Murphy. Selsor currently has 5,768 career assists, placing her 22nd on the NCAA's all-time list.

USC - USC has swept 12 opponents this season. . . The win over WSU marked the 27th consecutive at home. . . Against the Cougars, six Trojans finished with double digit digs, five with double-digit kills and three overall with double-double performances. . . Setter Toni Anderson surpassed a career-best with thee aces against the Cougars and tied a career-high with three kills. . . Defensive specialist Nicole Davis posted a career-high 13 digs against WSU.

WASHINGTON - Allison Richardson's career-best 28 kills are the most by a UW player since former standout Kristina Laffling also had 28 versus Wisconsin in 1999. . . Richardson's 2,489 career attempts and her 85 aces both rank 10th in school history. Richardson needs 49 kills over the next three matches to become the ninth player in school history to record her 1,000th career kill and the second UW player this season to reach the 1,000 kill plateau, joining current teammate Lisa Underhill. . . Senior Britni Churnisde entered the UW career top 10 in digs over the weekend, vaulting from 11th to eighth with 805 digs.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior outside hitter LaToya Harris pushed her career kills total over 1,000 with 39 kills last weekend in Los Angeles. Her career total stands at 1,017 - seventh on the WSU career list. . . Harris posted her fourth career 20/20 match with 23 kills and 22 digs in the loss to UCLA. . . More Harris on the WSU career lists - she ranks fifth with 94 service aces and sixth with 957 digs. With 43 more digs, she'll become the third player in WSU history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

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