This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Nov. 17, 2003
Top-ranked USC claimed the Pac-10 title with its win over Stanford. It's the third title in the last four years for the Women of Troy. With one match remaining, USC looks to make it a perfect 18-0 record in league play. It would be the eighth time a team went unbeaten in Pac-10 play, but the first time since Stanford accomplished the feat in 1997 (UCLA - 1988, '89, '90, '92. Stanford - 1991, '95, '97). . . . CALIFORNIA and STANFORD take on the Oregon schools with each needing one victory for a 20-win season. . . . ARIZONA pops back into the polls as six Pac-10 teams are 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, No. 11 WASHINGTON and No. 25 Arizona. . . . 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. 20
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 33-2
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads 21-14
Fri., Nov. 21
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads 29-6
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 35-0
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 21-14
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 18-17
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 21-14
Sat., Nov. 22
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 18-17
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 25-10
Game times local to site
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK KEAO BURDINE, USC
USC outside hitter Keao Burdine has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. Burdine, a junior from Pico Rivera, Calif., led the Women of Troy to a pair of victories over No. 7 Stanford and No. 9 California, clinching the Pac-10 title in the process. She hit .544 with 40 kills (5.71 kpg) in 68 attack attempts with just three errors. She also added 27 digs (3.86 dpg) and four blocks (0.57 bpg). In the win over Stanford, she hit .649 with a career-high 24 kills. She added 18 digs, three blocks and one ace. In the win over Cal, she hit .419 with 16 kills, nine digs, once block and one service ace. For the week, she collected 45.5 points (6.50 ppg). It was the first weekly honor of her career, and USC's 33rd 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. Nov. 17 - Keao Burdine, USC.
ARIZONA - Arizona has won eight of its last 12 matches, pushing its record over .500 for the first time since Sept. 18. . . . Sophomore OH Kim Glass set a UA single-season record for most matches with 20 or more kills when she tallied 28 kills at Oregon State for her 15th 20-plus kill performance of the year. . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd hit .606 with 22 kills (3.14 kpg) on 33 attempts with just two errors in last week in Oregon. . . . As a team, Arizona hit .341 in the victories over Oregon and Oregon State. . . . Freshman S Stephanie Butkus pushed her season assists total to 1,056 assists. She needs 142 assists to crack the single-season top ten list.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior libero Courtney Blocher recorded 37 digs (5.29 dpg) as the Sun Devils split matches in Oregon. Blocher has 1,154 career digs. . . . Junior OH Natalie Harris entered the year with 16 career service aces - she's more than doubled that figure this season with 33 aces. She ranks among the league leaders with 0.37 service aces per game. . . . Senior MB Mandy Stephens hit .404 with 24 kills (3.43 kpg) in the road split at Oregon. Stephens ranks fifth in the league, hitting at a .388 clip this season. With two matches remaining, it appears Stephens will set the ASU single-season record for hitting percentage.
CALIFORNIA - Cal's next win will give the Bears back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov needs 31 kills to move into fifth place on Cal's all-time kills list. She currently has 1,203 kills. . . . Freshman S Samantha Carter has 1,195 assists, already eighth on the Bears single-season list with at least four matches remaining. . . . The Bears look to snap a Haas Pavilion three-match losing streak to Oregon State when the teams face off in this week's FOX Sports Net televised match. The Bears are 1-0 this season when appearing on FSN, defeating Washington in five games in Seattle (Oct. 24).
OREGON - Freshman MB Kristen Bitter picked up 13 blocks (1.86 bpg) in a pair of home losses last week to the Arizona schools, including a career-high 10 total blocks against Arizona State. Bitter ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.24 blocks per game in Conference-only matches. . . . Filling in for injured sophomore S Jodi Bell (sprained ligaments in her right knee), freshman S Heather Madison started for the first time this season and responded with 81 assists (11.57 apg) last week, including an Oregon season-high 53 assists against Arizona State.
OREGON STATE - Freshman MB Abby Windell hit .354 with 13 kills as the Beavers split with the Arizona schools. . . . OSU's two seniors had strong performances in their final week at Gill Coliseum. K.C. Frederic led the defense both nights, with 19 digs against Arizona and 11 against Arizona State to average 4.29 digs per game over the weekend. She has had 10 or more digs in 12 of the last 13 matches. Setter Laura Collins, who's averaging 10.17 assists per game, had 13.00 assists per game in the two matches last week. She set up a Beaver offense that hit .253 in the two matches, well above the team's .195 mark in conference play. She pushed her season assists total to 1,017 - the third straight season in which she has posted 1,000 or more assists. . . . With 370 kills this season, junior Allison Lawrence needs 16 kills to crack OSU's single-season top ten list.
STANFORD - Junior MB Jennifer Harvey collected nine total blocks in the win over UCLA. It was the seventh time this season she posted eight or more blocks in a match. Harvey continues to lead the league in blocks, averaging 1.51 blocks per game. . . . Harvey hit .386 with 22 kills (2.75 kpg) in the split with the Los Angeles schools. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani needs 14 kills to reach 1,500 career kills. With 1,486 kills, she ranks 29th all-time in the Pac-10. . . . Stanford's next win will give the Cardinal their third straight 20-win season, and 23rd 20-win season in the program's history.
UCLA - With a four-game victory over California, UCLA continued its mastery of the Bears. The Bruins are 44-0 all-time against the Bears. . . . With a 22-dig performance against Stanford, junior L Chrissie Zartman moved into third place on UCLA's career dig list. She finished the weekend with 1,241 career digs, good for third on the Bruins' all-time list. . . . Junior MB Brynn Murphy led the Bruins with 38 kills and five blocks in the Bruins' two matches last week. She currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a 4.61 points per game.
USC - USC's win over California gave head coach Mick Haley his 50th Pac-10 victory. Haley now owns a 50-3 (.943) career record in Pac-10 play. . . . The two victories over Stanford and Cal were the Trojans 10th and 11th wins this season over ranked opponents, all 11 have been ranked in the top-13. . . . USC has won 38 consecutive matches, 16 in a row at home and 31 straight on the road. . . . Four Trojans set career highs in the match against Stanford; Junior OH Keao Burdine had a career high 24 kills and 27.5 points. Sophomore MB Bibiana Candelas tallied 20 kills and 23 points for career highs. Senior S Toni Anderson had 66 assists and senior L Nicole Davis recorded 31 digs, both career highs.
WASHINGTON - With the win over Washington State, the Huskies swept the Cougars in the season series for the first time since the 1998 season. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic recorded 20 kills, marking the ninth time this season she topped the 20-kill mark. . . . Freshman S Courtney Thompson collected 53 assists giving her a league best 4.23 assists per game.
WASHINGTON STATE - Redshirt freshman OH Kristen Carlson collected 14 kills in the match against rival Washington. She currently ranks in the top-10 in the league averaging 4.20 points per game in conference play. . . . Senior OH Zanda Bautre collected 10 kills against Washington, marking the 21st time this season she reached double digits in kills. . . . The Cougars play both Arizona and Arizona State and look to sweep both season series. If they succeed, it will be the first time the Cougars will have won all four matches against the Arizona schools in one season since 1991.
Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Test. . . . The following Pac-10 student-athletes were honored as CoSida All-District VIII Academic selections:
Emily Adams, USC 1st teamSara McGee, Stanford 1st teamOgonna Nnamani, Stanford 1st teamK.C. Frederic, Oregon State 2nd teamSanja Tomasevic, Washington 2nd teamSarah Watkins, Arizona State 2nd teamZanda Bautre, Washington State 3rd team