This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 3, 2003

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While top-ranked USC extends its Pac-10 lead to three matches, CALIFORNIA, UCLA and STANFORD battle it out for second with just five matches remaining. . . . USC meets up with a surging ARIZONA team in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. The Wildcats have won five of their last seven Pac-10 matches. . . . Five Pac-10 teams continue to be ranked among the nation's best in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll. USC leads the group at No. 1, followed by No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 California and No. 11 WASHINGTON. . . . Pac-10 teams are 71-27 (.724) against non-league foes, including a 11-8 (.579) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.


Thur., Nov. 6
Oregon State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 28-7
UCLA at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 25-10

Fri., Nov. 7
California at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 34-1
Oregon at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 28-7
Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 25-10
UCLA at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 31-4
USC at Arizona, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 24-12

Sat., Nov. 8
Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 28-7
USC at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 26-9

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Arizona outside hitter JENNIFER ABERNATHY has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Abernathy, a sophomore from Antioch, Calif., posted 43 kills (6.14 kpg) on 67 swings with just eight errors for a team-best .522 hitting percentage in Arizona's two matches. She also added 20 digs (2.86 dpg). In Arizona's four-game loss at Stanford, Abernathy tallied 19 kills on 33 attempts with just four errors for a match-high .455 hitting percentage. She also added 11 digs, two service aces and two block assists. A night later, she led Arizona to the first three-game sweep over No. 6 California this season with a career-high 24 kills on 34 attempts with again just four errors for a .588 hitting percentage. She also had nine digs. For the weekend, she collected 46 points (6.57 ppg). It was the first weekly honor of her career, and Arizona's 19th 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. Oct. 20 - April Ross, USC. Oct. 27 - Mia Jerkov, CAL. Nov. 3 - Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ.


ARIZONA - The Wildcats have won five of their last eight matches - the three losses coming at No. 1 USC, at No. 2 Hawaii and at No. 9 Stanford. Meanwhile, two of those victories came at No. 8 UCLA and at No. 6 California. . . . Sophomore OH Jennifer Abernathycollected a career-high 24 kills and hit .588 in Arizona's upset win at No. 6 California. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass eclipsed the 1,000 career kill mark during the Stanford match. She became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 kills. . . . The Wildcats hit .421 in the three-game win over Cal. It was the first sweep of the Cal by an opponent this season. . . Arizona has won five of its last seven Pac-10 matches, hitting a combined .336 in those five victories.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior OH Juliana Escobar tallied 41 kills (4.56 kpg) and hit .315, while junior OH Natalie Harris posted 39 kills (4.33 kpg) and hit .291 in two matches last week. . . . Escobar had double-doubles in both matches (22 kills/17 digs vs. Stanford, 19 kills/15 digs vs. California), giving her 10 double-doubles for the season. . . . Freshman MB Tierra Burnley recorded a career-high 11 kills against Stanford and finished the weekend with 19 kills (2.38 kpg) and had five total blocks. . . . Senior libero Courtney Blocher averaged 3.22 dpg over the weekend and now has 1,098 career digs.

CALIFORNIA - Junior OH Mia Jerkov suffered from flu symptoms and missed game one against Arizona. She still managed to hit .333 and collect 12 kills in the three-game match. . . . Junior MH Camille Leffall recorded nine total blocks in the win over Arizona State. Leffall ranks fifth in the league with 1.22 blocks per game. . . . With the win over Arizona State, the Bears move to 10-3 in Pac-10 play. The 10 wins are the most by a Cal team in Pac-10 play since 1987 when the Bears finished league play at 11-7.

OREGON - The Ducks' home match against Oregon State drew 1,303 fans - the largest gathering to watch the Ducks this season. . . . Despite dropping the match in four games, the Ducks outhit the Beavers, .315 to .300. It's the third time this season the Ducks have hit .300 or better. Oregon hit .331 and .337 in back-to-back matches against James Madison on Aug. 30 and Sept. 4.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers snapped a five-match losing streak with a win at Oregon. . . . Junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts is 15 kills away from recording her 1000th career kill. She has 172 as a Beaver this year, and she finished with 813 in two years at Montana State (2000 and 2001). . . . After hitting .462 against Oregon, Junior MB Amanda Eggert improved her season hitting percentage to .331, which currently ranks fourth in OSU's record books. She has hit .400 or better in 10 matches this year.

STANFORD - The Cardinal were pushed to five games by Arizona State. It was the sixth five-game match for Stanford this season. The last time the Cardinal played more than six five-game matches in a single season was during the 1986 season when it played in eight such matches. . . . Senior MB Jennifer Harvey hit a combined .420 with 25 kills (2.78 kpg) and 11 blocks (1.22 bpg) in wins over Arizona and Arizona State. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has recorded double digit kills in all 21 matches this season and 35 consecutive matches dating back to last season.

UCLA - By sweeping the Washington schools for the second time this season, the Bruins are now a combined 67-13 all-time against Washington and Washington State. . . . Junior OH Heather Cullen recorded a double-double in two out of the Bruins three matches, and averaged 14.3 points per match. . . . By collecting 22 digs against Cal State Northridge, and 20 digs each against Washington and Washington State, junior L Chrissie Zartman now has 1,166 career digs. That mark is good for fifth on UCLA's all-time list. Zartman passed Liz Masakayan (1982-85) and Lauren Fendrick (1999-2002) last week.

USC - The Women of Troy have extended their overall win streak to 34 matches, and their home win streak to 14. . . . In the 3-0 win over Washington State, Mick Haley earned his 600th career NCAA victory.In his 20 years as head coach at the Division I level, Haley has amassed a 600-142 (.809) NCAA record. . . . Senior OH April Ross led the team with 31.5 total points in the two matches. Against Washington State, she collected a season-best five blocks and tied a career-best with two solo blocks. . . . USC's win over Washington marked its ninth over a ranked opponent this season. . . . The Trojans have now swept 20 opponents this season, including seven over ranked opponents. . . . The Women of Troy are now the only undefeated team in Division I after Georgia Tech fell to Maryland, 3-2, on Nov. 1. . . . Despite only playing five games, Junior MB Emily Adams led the team with 2.20 blocks per game in the two matches.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies just finished a four-match stretch of playing four top ten ranked teams. They posted a 1-3 record, with the victory over No. 6 Stanford. . . .Junior OH San ja Tomasevic continued her excellent season by totaling 36 points in the two matches. Tomasevic is now averaging 6.34 points per game, placing her third in the Pac-10. . . . Freshman S Courtney Thompson dished out 114 assists last week, she is now averaging a league-best 13.94 assists per game. . . . The Huskies host the Oregon schools this week and look to extend win streaks against both teams. Washington has defeated the Ducks five matches in a row, and have topped the Beavers in three straight.

WASHINGTON STATE - Following their two matches against UCLA and USC, The Cougars have now played 11 matches against ranked opponents this season - matching Arizona for the most by a Pac-10 team. . . . After a tough five-game loss to Idaho the Cougars limped into their Pac-10 matches. WSU's kills leader, Redshirt freshman OH Kristen Carlson, injured her left knee in the Idaho match and did not play in the UCLA or USC matches. Her status is uncertain this week. . . . Senior OH Zanda Baute recorded 13 kills against UCLA and 10 against USC and has now had 10 or more kills in 17 matches this season.

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