This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 13, 2003
USC and UCLA visit the Bay Area to take on CALIFORNIA and STANFORD - four matches that feature teams ranked among the nation's top eleven teams. . . . This week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll lists five Pac-10 teams, led by top-ranked USC. California moves up to No. 5, Stanford's at No. 7, followed by No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 WASHINGTON. . . . Pac-10 teams are 70-25 (.737) against non-league foes, including a 11-7 (.611) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Thur., Oct. 16
Oregon at Arizona, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 17
Oregon at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona, 7 p.m. (FOX SN)
UCLA at California, 7 p.m.
USC at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 18
Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
USC at California, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 19
Arizona at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK MIA JERKOV, CALIFORNIA
CALIFORNIA outside hitter Mia Jerkov has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Jerkov, a junior from Split, Croatia, hit .271 in collecting 65 kills (6.50 kpg) on 144 attack attempts, in leading the Golden Bears to wins over a pair of ranked opponents. In knocking off No. 14 Santa Clara, Jerkov posted 34 kills, 18 digs, three service aces and one block. In the victory over No. 4 Stanford, Cal's first ever in Pac-10 play against the Cardinal, she hit .357 in recording 31 kills, 12 digs, four aces and two blocks. The victory also snapped a 40-match losing streak to Stanford. Jerkov has posted 30 or more kills in 10 matches during her career. It was the fifth weekly honor of her career, third this season, and Cal's 18th 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. Sept. 29 - Mia Jerkov, CAL. Oct. 6 - Brynn Murphy, UCLA. Oct. 13 - Mia Jerkov, CAL.
ARIZONA - Arizona knocked off No. 8 UCLA for its first Pac-10 win of the season. It was the Wildcats' fourth consecutive win over the Bruins. . . . Sophomore outside hitter Kim Glass collected a team-high 24 kills in the win. It was the ninth match this season in which she posted 20 or more kills. . . . Junior MB Jolene Killough chipped in with seven blocks in the victory over UCLA. She has 60 blocks this season, doubling her career total of 30 total blocks she accumulated during her first two seasons.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils were swept in back-to-back matches for the first time this season, dropping a pair to USC and UCLA. . . . ASU has lost six of its last seven matches. However, six of those last seven opponents were ranked in the USA Today/AVCA top 25. . . . So far this season, ASU has 104 service aces in 57 games (1.82 sapg -third in the Pac-10). It tallied 122 services in 102 games (1.20 sapg) last season.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears defeated No. 4 Stanford for their first win over the Cardinal in Pac-10 play, and the first win over Stanford since 1982, snapping a 40-match losing streak to the Cardinal. . . . The Bears hit .333 against Stanford, a team which has allowed its opponents to hit just .180 on the year. . . Freshman S Samantha Carter posted a career-high 70 assists against Stanford. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov pushed her career kills total to 1,030, becoming the eighth player in Cal history to reach 1,000 kills. . . . Cal meets UCLA Friday and is looking for its first ever win over the Bruins (UCLA leads the all-time series, 44-0). Senior Ashleigh Turner's mom (Linda Lehde) played for the UCLA's 1974 AIAW national championship team.
OREGON - Freshman MB Sarah Mason tallied 13 kills against Washington and 12 kills against Washington State, giving her 10 or more kills in eight of the last nine matches. . . . Sophomore MB Kelly Russell needs 34 kills to reach 500 kills for her career. . . . The Ducks drew a season-high 1,056 fans to their home match with Washington. Each Pac-10 team has now drawn 1,000 or more fans to a least one home match this season.
OREGON STATE - Junior OH Allison Lawrence picked up 35 kills (4.38 kpg) in a split with the Washington schools. She's among the league's top 10, averaging 3.87 kills per game. . . . Junior MB Amanda Eggert hit a season-high .552 in collecting 17 kills in 29 attempts with just one error against Washington. . . . OSU has averaged 20.21 digs per game over the last four matches, with senior libero K.C. Frederic leading the Beavers with 62 digs (4.43 dpg) during that span. . . . Junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts made her Pac-10 debut last week after missing eight matches with an injury. She finished with 28 kills (3.50 kpg) against the Washington schools.
STANFORD - With the win over No. 23 Pacific last Tuesday, coach John Dunning improved his record to 3-0 against his former team. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has recorded double digit kills in each of the 15 matches she's played this season, and in 79 of 87 career matches played. . . . Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn recorded a career-high six service aces in the four-game win over Pacific. She had all of five service aces last season in 40 games played. . . . The Cardinal have won nine consecutive Pac-10 home matches, and 22 of their last 23 Pac-10 matches at home.
UCLA - Junior MB Brynn Murphy led the Bruins last week with back-to-back 10+ kill matches. She collected 10 kills in UCLA's loss to Arizona, and followed up that performance with an 11-kill match against Arizona State. Murphy has had at least 10 kills in 12 straight matches. . . . The Bruins continued their mastery of the Sun Devils, they are now 49-6 all-time against ASU. . . . The Bruins had eight services aces on Saturday night, including three straight aces by Senior MB Cira Wright to start the second game. . . . UCLA travels to California this week and is looking to remain unbeaten against the Bears. The Bruins are 44-0 all-time against California.
USC - The Women of Troy hit .595 in their match against Arizona, setting a school record in the process. On its way to the record, USC only committed three attack errors, which ties the program record for least number of errors in a match. Sophomore MB Bibiana Candelas paced the USC attack by hitting .917 for the match. . . . Senior OH April Ross tied a career-high with seven service aces against ASU (one shy of USC's record), she also served six consecutive aces in game one. . . . USC has now won its last 28 straight matches, 12 consecutive home matches, and 80 of its last 83 games, including 49 out of its last 50.
WASHINGTON - Freshman S Courtney Thompson dished out 111 assists (15.86 apg) in the two road wins for the Huskies and was a big reason the Huskies hit .336 in their matches against the Oregon Schools. . . . The Huskies are the Pac-10's second best hitting team, averaging .311. Thanks to back-to-back .300+ performances, they have now hit .300 or above in 11 matches this season. Against the Ducks, the Huskies earned seven service aces, including four from Sophomore OH Jessica Veris. They are now leading the Pac-10 with 1.90 service aces per game. . . . The 72 kills against the Beavers were the most for a Huskies in a four-game match this season.
WASHINGTON STATE - Redshirt freshman OH Kristen Carlson led the Cougars with 26 kills over the weekend, including a 15-kill performance against the Oregon. . . . By collecting 14 blocks against Oregon State, WSU remained in third place in the Pac-10 with 2.67 blocks per game. . . . Freshman MB Jennifer Todd and redshirt freshman MB Jen Barcus are both ranked in the top ten in the league with 1.32 and 1.24 bpg, respectively. . . . The Cougars look to knock off No. 12 Washington this week at home. A victory would give the Cougars its eighth win against their rival in the last nine matches, dating back to 1999.