This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball
Sept. 22, 2003
CALIFORNIA, USC and WASHINGTON remain unbeaten. . . . Six teams ranked among the top 25 in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll, led by top-ranked USC. Stanford remains at No. 4, followed by No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 CALIFORNIA, No. 13 WASHINGTON, and No. 22 ARIZONA. . . . Pac-10 teams are 66-24 (.733) against non-league foes, including a 9-7 (.563) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tue., Sept. 23
Thur., Sept. 25
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 32-2
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 22-12
Fri., Sept. 26
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 20-14
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 33-1
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 27-7
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 19-15
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 31-3
Sat., Sept. 27
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 29-5
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 33-1
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK EMILY ADAMS, USC
USC junior middle blocker Emily Adams has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Adams, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., hit .579 with a career-high 23 kills in 38 attempts with just one error as No. 1 USC defeated No. 9 UCLA in four games. She also added seven digs, four blocks, and one service ace on the way to 26.5 points (6.63 ppg) in the match. It was the second weekly honor of her career, USC's 31st Player of the Week honor all-time.
2003 Pac-10 Player of the Week Winners: Sept. 2 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. Sept. 8 - Mia Jerkov, CAL. Sept. 15 - Zanda Bautre, WSU. Sept. 22 - Emily Adams, USC.
ARIZONA - Sophomore OH Kim Glass had her sixth and seventh 20-plus kill matches of the season against the Washington schools. She is third all-time at Arizona in 20-plus kill matches with 21, only nine away from the school record of 30. . . . Glass has led Arizona in kills in all 12 matches this season. . . . Arizona looks to avoid an 0-3 start in Conference play when it visits Arizona State on Friday. The last time the Wildcats started Pac-10 play at 0-3 was in 1992 during head coach David Rubio's first season in Tucson.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior OH Juliana Escobar is averaging 3.66 kpg and 3.47 dpg and has recorded six double-doubles in her 11 matches played. . . . Over the last six matches, senior MB Mandy Stephens is hitting .558 with 57 kills (2.71 kpg) in 95 attempts with only four errors. She had her string of four consecutive error-free matches snapped at four when she hit .400 in collecting 11 kills in 20 attempts with three errors at Washington State.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears' 10-0 start is the best in school history. . . . The Bears swept both Oregon schools on the road for the first time since 1999. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov hit .351 with 46 kills (7.67 kpg) in 92 attempts with 13 errors on the Oregon road trip, posting 23 kills in each match. She has led the Bears in kills in nine of 10 matches this season. . . . Freshman Jillian Davis collected 26 digs against Oregon. That's the most by a Pac-10 player in a three-game match this season.
OREGON - Freshman MB Sarah Mason has posted double digit kills in each of the last three matches. In that stretch, she is hitting .338 with 35 kills (3.89 kpg). . . . Junior L Katie O'Neil has posted double digit dig totals in five matches, including each of the last two matches. She needs 28 digs to reach 500 for her career.
OREGON STATE - Junior OH Allison Lawrence has led the Beavers in kills in nine of the 13 matches played. She has 20 or more kills in three matches. . . . The Beavers have posted the most services aces this season with 99. They had 118 service aces all of last season. . . . Prior to last weekend's action, freshman MB Brittany Cahoon had 11 total blocks in 10 matches played. Over the weekend, she collected nine total blocks, included a career-best five blocks against California.
STANFORD - Senior MB Jenn Harvey hit .676 with 25 kills (3.57 kpg) in 34 attempts with just one error last weekend in victories over the Oregon schools. She also added 11 blocks (1.57 bpg). . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani led the fourth-ranked Cardinal to a pair of road wins in Oregon. She tallied 41 kills in two matches (5.86 kpg) while adding 22 digs (3.14 dpg), four blocks (0.57 bpg) and three service aces (0.43 sapg). Nnamani notched double-doubles in both matches with 22 kills and 10 digs against Oregon State and 19 kills and 12 digs versus Oregon. She has posted four consecutive double-doubles. For the season, she is leading the team with 5.41 kills per game while hitting at a .324 clip.
UCLA - Junior OH Heather Cullen collected a career-high 17 kills in the loss to USC. She needs 16 kills to reach 500 for her career. . . . Also on the verge of 500 career kills are senior MB Cira Wright (479 kills) and junior OH Brittany Ringel (475 kills). . . . The Bruins broke USC's consecutive games won streak for the second time in four years. On Oct. 4, 2000 the Bruins snapped a season-opening 38-game winning streak of USC's. Friday they snapped USC's 30-game streak.
USC - The Women of Troy are 5-0 this season against opponents ranked in the top 10. . . . Despite having its 30-game win streak to open the season, USC has won 22 consecutive matches. The school record is 56 consecutive victories (Nov. 7, 1976 - Sept. 27, 1978). . . . Senior OH April Ross leads the Pac-10 with 0.74 service aces per game. Her 23 aces this season give her 125 aces for her career - good for third on USC's career list. . . . Prior to UCLA ending USC's 30-game winning streak, only twice were the Trojans extended beyond 30 points (31 in game one vs. Florida and 31 in game three vs. Hawaii). . . . USC's average margin of victory is +9.42 points per game (USC - 29.81, opponents - 20.39).
WASHINGTON - The Huskies have posted a school best 11-0 mark to open the season. Washington looks to start league play at 3-0 for the first time since the 1997 season when it posted a Pac-10 record of 13-5 on the way to a second place tie in the league standings. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic has recorded five double-doubles on the year. . . . Senior OH Kara Bjorklund improved her hitting percentage to .433, third best in the Pac-10, with efficient hitting against the Arizona schools. In the two victories, Bjorklund hit .548 with 26 kills on 42 attempts with just three errors.
WASHINGTON STATE - After opening the season at 1-6, the Cougars have reeled off four straight victories. . . . A victory at California Thursday and the Cougars can open Pac-10 play with a 3-0 record for the first time since 1997 when they won their first four league matches. . . . Freshman OH Kristen Carlson tallied a career-high 23 kills in the win over Arizona. . . . Freshman MB Jennifer Todd recorded a career-best 10 total blocks in the win over Arizona State. Meanwhile, freshman teammate Jen Barcus as a string of four matches in which she has recorded at least six total blocks. Todd (1.36 bpg) and Barcus (1.35 bpg) rank fifth and sixth respectively among Pac-10 block leaders.