This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 10, 2003

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Top-ranked USC captured a share of the Pac-10 title with its win over Arizona and looks for the outright title with its next league victory. . . . The Women of Troy will get that chance in front of a television audience as their next match will be against STANFORD in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. . . . ARIZONA and OREGON STATE battle this week, with both teams having an eye on improving their postseason chances. . . . 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. 7 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, 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.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Nov. 13

  • Arizona at Oregon, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 28-7
  • Arizona State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 25-10
  • Stanford at UCLA, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 19-16

    Fri., Nov. 14

  • Arizona at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 26-9
  • Arizona State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 28-7
  • California at UCLA, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 35-0
  • Stanford at USC, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
    Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 27-8
  • Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 22-13

    Sat., Nov. 15

  • California at USC, 7 p.m.
    Pac-10 Series: USC leads 30-5

    Game times local to site

    PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK OGONNA NNAMANI, STANFORD

    Stanford outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Nnamani, a junior from Normal Ill., posted 26 kills (6.50 kpg) on 62 swings with just four errors for a team-best .355 hitting percentage in Stanford's victory over Bay Area rival California. She also added 11 digs (2.75 dpg) for her 11th double-double of the season. She has posted 20 or more kills in 10 matches this season. It was the second weekly honor of her career, and Stanford's 49th 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. Nov. 10 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN.

    PAC-10 NOTES

    ARIZONA - Arizona has won six of its last 10 matches, with three of those victories coming over top 10 ranked teams. . . . The Wildcats swept the season series with UCLA for the first time since 1999. . . . Arizona was just the third team this season to take a game from USC. The Wildcats held USC to a .188 hitting percentage - the lowest attack percentage by USC this season (USC's previous low was .236 at Hawaii). . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass recorded a pair of double-doubles with 21 kills/19 digs against UCLA and 22 kills/18 digs against USC. The 19 digs are a career-high. . . . Glass has tied her record set last season with 14 matches of 20 or more kills in a season. . . . Junior libero Kelli Mulvany posted her seventh straight match in double digit digs with 15 digs against USC.

    ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore OH Sarah Watkins hit .471 with eight kills and no errors in 17 attempts against USC. . . . Senior libero Courtney Blocher added 19 digs over the weekend, moving into the ASU career top 10 with 1,117. . . . In just two seasons, senior OH Juliana Escobar has tallied 81 service aces, tying her for 16th on the school's career list. . . . The Sun Devils lead the league in service aces per game (1.86 sapg). The only other time ASU led the league in service ace average was in 1986 (2.08 sapg)

    CALIFORNIA - Freshman libero Jillian Davis tallied a career-high 28 digs in the loss at Stanford. It was the most digs by a Cal player this season. . . . Freshman OH Amanda Fox collected a career-high 14 kills and added six blocks at Stanford. . . . Cal's next win will give the Bears back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. . . With 1,180 career kills, junior OH Mia Jerkov needs 54 kills to move into fifth place on Cal's all-time kills list.

    OREGON - Freshman MB Sarah Mason hit .400 with 12 kills against Washington. She continues to pace the Oregon offense with a .270 attack percentage, 242 kills and 3.10 kills per game. Mason had led the Ducks in eight straight matches until coming up with eight kills to teammate Jaclyn Jones' nine kills at Washington.

    OREGON STATE - Junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts picked up career kill 1,000 when she collected match point in the fifth game against Washington State. Watts-Roberts transferred from Montana State where she compiled 813 kills in two seasons. She has recorded 200 kills this season for the Beavers. . . . The Beavers won in Pullman for the first time since 1990. The win also gave the Beavers their first ever season sweep of the Cougars in the history of Pac-10 play (the last time OSU beat the Cougars twice in the same season was back in 1985, when OSU played in the NorPac).

    STANFORD - Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 26 kills/11 digs in the win over California. . . . Nnamani has posted double figures in kills in all 22 matches this season, collecting 20 or more kills in 10 matches. . . . Nnamani leads the team this year, averaging 5.31 kills per game while hitting .308. She needs to average only nine kills per game over the final six regular season matches to reach 500 kills in a single season for the second time in her career. . . . Stanford travels to top-ranked USC on Friday, where the Cardinal were victories last season in handing USC its only loss of the year.

    UCLA - With the win over Arizona State, the Bruins posted their fifth consecutive 20-win season, and the program's 31st 20-win season all-time. . . . The Bruins' three game sweep of Arizona State was UCLA's 50th win all-time against the Sun Devils. The Bruins now own a 50-6 record against ASU. . . . Freshman OH Colby Lyman led the Bruins with 3.67 kills per game, 50 total attacks, a .400 attack percentage and four service aces. . . . Junior libero Chrissie Zartman finished weekend play with 1,200 career digs. She passed Jenny Evans for fourth place on UCLA's career list with dig 1,197. . . . Behind Zartman, the Pac-10 dig leader (4.29 dpg), the Bruins are averaging a league best 16.76 dig per game.

    USC - Collecting two road victories last week, The Women of Troy extended their win streak to 36 matches overall and have won 31 consecutive road matches. . . . The Trojans' single game loss to Arizona was only its fourth of the season. . . . The Women of Troy have won 21 out of 24 matches by virtue of a sweep. . . . Senior OH April Ross continued her stellar play by leading USC past Arizona. Ross had six kills off of nine attacks in the third game of the match. She then added seven kills and committed no errors (.583) in the final game to finish with a team-best 14 kills, in addition to 16 digs and 14.5 points.

    WASHINGTON - The Huskies extended their winning streak against both of the Oregon schools. Washington has now defeated Oregon State four times in a row, and they have won six straight matches against Oregon. . . . The Huskies hit .356 against the Beavers, and .468 versus the Ducks improving their hitting percentage to .307 for the season, that mark is good enough for second place in the Pac-10 behind USC. . . . Junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic totaled 40.5 points in the two contests, and is now third in the Pac-10 in points (6.37 ppg). Tomasevic tallied 15 kills and 16 digs against the Beavers for her 11th double-double of the season.

    WASHINGTON STATE - By defeating Oregon 3-0, the Cougars have now defeated the Ducks 26 consecutive times... Senior OH Zanda Bautre had a triple-double on her senior night match vs. Oregon - 10 kills, 23 assists, 10 digs and hit .318.Checking the WSU records book, Bautre needs seven more aces to reach 10th on the WSU all-time service ace list. . . . The Cougars' loss to Oregon State was the first to the Beavers in Pullman since 1990. . . . The Cougars were plagued by injury yet again this week, sophomore S Brenn Larson is listed day-to-day with two ankle sprains and did not play against Oregon State or Oregon.Bautre stepped in to set against Oregon.

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