This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 1, 2003

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Top-ranked USC grabs the NCAA Tournament's top seed. The Women of Troy posted a perfect 18-0 record in league play to capture their third Pac-10 title in the last four years. The unblemished league record for the Women of Troy was the eighth such record in Pac-10 history, joining UCLA (1988, '89, '90, '92) and Stanford (1991, '95, '97). . . . Each of the six Pac-10 teams in the NCAA Tournament 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. 6 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 California, No. 14 WASHINGTON and No. 21 Arizona. . . . Pac-10 teams are 80-30 (.727) against non-league foes, including a 13-10 (.565) mark against ranked non-conference opponents this season.

NCAA FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE

Thur., Dec. 4
Sacramento State at No. 5 STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 5
ARIZONA vs. Wisconsin, 5 p.m.
St. Mary's at No. 10 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
San Diego at No. 8 UCLA, 8 p.m.
New Hampshire at No. 1 USC, 7 p.m.
Northwestern at No. 12 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

NCAA SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
(should Pac-10 teams advance)

Fri., Dec. 5
Pacific or San Francisco at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 6
ARIZONA at/vs. Texas A&M or Nicholls State, 7 p.m.
Colorado or Michigan at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
CS Northridge or Loyola Marymount at USC, 6 p.m.
UC Irvine or Missouri at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Santa Clara or Utah at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Game times local to site

Lincoln, Nebraska Region - USC, Arizona, UCLA
Long Beach, California Region - Stanford, Washington
Honolulu, Hawaii Region - California

REVIOUS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS
1986 Teresa Smith, STAN
1987 Wendi Rush, STAN
1988 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA
1989 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA
1990 Bev Oden, STAN
1991 Kristin Klein, STAN
1992 Natalie Williams, UCLA
1993 Julie Bremner, UCLA
1994 Annett Buckner, UCLA
1995 Cary Wendell, STAN
1995 Sarah Silvernail, WSU
1996 Kristin Folkl, STAN
1997 Kerri Walsh, STAN
1999 Kerri Walsh, STAN
2000 Dana Burkholder, ARIZ
2001 Logan Tom, STAN
2002 Logan Tom, STAN
2003 April Ross, USC

PREVIOUS PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS
1986 Michelle Krebsbach, ORE
1987 Holly McPeak, CAL
1988 Kristin Klein, STAN
1989 Bev Oden, STAN
1990 Cara Dane, CAL
1991 Annett Buckner, UCLA
1992 Cary Wendell, STAN
1993 Kim Krull, UCLA
1994 Kristin Folkl, STAN
1995 Jasmina Marinkovic, USC
1996 Kerri Walsh, STAN
1997 Antoinette Polk, USC
1998 Kristee Porter, UCLA
1999 Logan Tom, STAN
2000 April Ross, USC
2001 Ogonna Nnamani, STAN
2002 Kim Glass, ARIZ
2003 Kristin Richards, STAN

PREVIOUS PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS
1986 Debbie Brown, ASU
1987 Don Shaw, STAN
1988 Andy Banachowski, UCLA
1989 Andy Banachowski, UCLA
1990 Guy Enriques, OSU
Patty Snyder, ASU
1991 Don Shaw, STAN1992 Patty Snyder, ASU
1993 Andy Banachowski, UCLA
1994 Andy Banachowski, UCLA
1995 Cindy Fredrick, WSU
1996 Bill Neville, WASH
1997 Lisa Love, USC
Don Shaw, STAN
1998 Andy Banachowski, UCLA
1999 Jerritt Elliott, USC
2000 David Rubio, ARIZ
Jerritt Elliott, USC
2001 John Dunning, STAN
2002 Jim McLaughlin, WASH
2003 Rich Feller, CALr

NCAA CHAMPIONS FROM THE PAC-10
1981 USC
1984 UCLA
1990 UCLA
1991 UCLA
1992 Stanford
1994 Stanford
1996 Stanford
1997 Stanford
2001 Stanford
2002 USC

MOST NCAA PARTICIPANTS FROM THE PAC-10
8 2002
7 1983, 1987, 1988, 1994
6 1982, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003
5 1981, 1984, 1985, 1995, 1996, 1999
4 1991, 1992, 1998
3 -
2 1990
1 -

PAC-10 POSTSEASON NOTES - The Pac-10 has 10 NCAA volleyball titles to its name, including back-to-back NCAA titles with Stanford in 2001 and USC in 2002. . . . Last season, the Pac-10 sent a record eight teams to the Tournament, and all eight won first round matches. Since 1990, the Pac-10 is 61-7 (.897) in NCAA Tournament opening round matches. . . . A Pac-10 team has appeared in the Final Four in 20 of 22 NCAA Tournaments. . . . The six Pac-10 teams participating in the postseason are 31-9 (.775)this season against the rest of the field. Those six teams were also 21-1 (.955) on neutral courts. The five teams hosting first and second round action posted a combined 11-1 (.917) record at home against non-league foes.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats are making their eighth consecutive appearance, 19th appearance overall. . . . The Wildcats have advanced to region semifinals in each of the last four Tournaments, have posted a record of 10-3 (.769) in the last three Tournaments, and made an appearance in the Final Four in 2001.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since making three straight trips in 1987-89. . . . Excluding Pac-10 opponents, Cal was 6-0 against non-league opponents selected for the NCAA Tournament.

STANFORD - Stanford is making its 23rd consecutive appearance. The Cardinal are one of four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament. Not only have they appeared in every single NCAA Tournament, but they've won their opening Tournament match in every Tournament. . . . Stanford has reached the NCAA championship match three of the last four years, winning the national title in 2001. In all, Stanford owns five NCAA crowns.

UCLA - The Bruins are making their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and have appeared in 22 of the 23 Tournaments. . . . The Bruins have won their first match of the Tournament in 20 of their previous 21 appearances. . . . UCLA captured NCAA titles in 1984, 1990 and 1991.

USC - The defending national champions 13-2 (.867) over the past three years of postseason play. . . . Excluding Pac-10 opponents, the Women of Troy were 7-0 against teams selected for the NCAA Tournament. . . . USC won the inaugural NCAA championship crown in 1981.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. It's just third time in school history that Washington has made back-to-back appearances (1988-89, 1996-97, 2002-03). . . . The Huskies have won their first round match in each of their last four appearances, and five of their seven appearances.

AROUND THE PAC-10. . ..

ARIZONA - The Wildcats won seven of their last nine, including a 3-2 record against ranked teams. . . . Arizona sophomore OH Kim Glass surpassed her UA single-season kill record set last year, posting 630 kills to date this season. That ranks fifth all-time in the Pac-10. . . . Freshman S Stephanie Butkus has tallied 1,231 assists this season - 10th best single-season total in school history. . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd led the Wildcats in hitting at .329, ranking seventh in the Pac-10. That's also the seventh best single-season attack percentage in school history.

ARIZONA STATE - Kim Mehlhorn and Sarah Watkins were first team Pac-10 All-Academic selections, while teammates Cheryl Anglin and Courtney Blocher were second team selections. The Sun Devils have 34 Pac-10 All-Academic selection s all-time - the most by any Pac-10 team. . . . Senior MB Mandy Stephens posted an ASU single-season record with a .383 attack percentage.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. The 12 Pac-10 wins are a school best in league play, eclipsing the old mark of 11 victories earned during the 1987 season. Cal's 23-6 (.793) winning percentage is the best regular season winning percentage in school history. . . . Junior OH Mia Jerkov has recorded 1,299 kills in her career, which ranks fifth on the school's all-time list. She needs 50 kills to move into third on the list. Jerkov finished the regular season with 33 kills at Long Beach State - the 12th 30-plus kill performance of her career.

OREGON - Freshman MB Sarah Mason was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. It's sixth time since 1991 that an Oregon freshman earned such an honor. Mason finished the season with 275 kills - the second-highest kill total for a freshman in Oregon history. Her 3.06 kills per game and .275 hitting percentage led the Ducks. Mason had 10 or more kills in 17 of Oregon's 27 matches, including a string of six straight Pac-10 matches. . . . Freshman MB Kristen Bitter ranked ninth in the Pac-10 with 1.10 blocks per game.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have finished .500 or better in three of the last four seasons. . . . Junior OH Allison Lawrence posted 425 kills this season, the seventh best single-season total in OSU history. Only five other players in school history have recorded 400 or more kills in a season. . . . Senior S Laura Collins finished her career with 3,786 assists, third all-time at OSU.

STANFORD - The Cardinal posted a 20-win season for the 23rd time in the program's history. . . . With its second place finish, Stanford has finished first or second in 17 of 18 seasons of Pac-10 play. . . . Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani has posted double digit kills in each of the 28 matches played this season. With 1,563 career kills, Nnamani become the 29th player to reach 1,500 kills in Pac-10 history. . . . Senior MB Jenn Harvey leads the league in blocks with 163 total blocks (1.50 bpg). She has 459 career blocks and needs three blocks to move up to sixth on the school's career list.

UCLA - Junior L Chrissie Zartman has 478 digs this season. She needs three digs to move into the Pac-10's single-season top 10 list. Her 535 digs last season set a UCLA single-season record and rank fourth all-time in the Pac-10. Zartman has 1,283 career digs, placing her second on the school's all-time list and 21st on the Pac-10's career list. . . . With Zartman, junior MB Brynn Murphy and junior OH Heather Cullen selected All-Pac-10, the Bruins have placed two or more players on the All-Pac-10 team in 15 of 18 seasons.

USC - The Women of Troy placed a Pac-10 record five players on the All-Pac-10 team. Senior OH April Ross, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, is the ninth player in league history to be a four-time All-Pac-10 selection. . . . USC went 12-0 against ranked opponents. . . . The 29-0 record is the school's best record since posting a 38-0 record in 1977. . . . With 1,502 kills, Ross became the 30th player in Pac-10 history to record 1,500 kills. She ranks seventh on the school's career kills list. She also has 155 career aces to rank second all-time at USC, sixth all-time on the Pac-10 charts. . . . USC ranks first in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, assists, kills, and blocks.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1996-97. . . . Junior OH Sanja Tomasevic's 493 kills this season rank fifth on UW's single-season list. Her 53 service aces rank second on the school's single-season chart. She needs two aces to set the school's single-season mark. . . . Sophomore L Candace Lee has 413 digs on the season, second on the school's single-season list. She needs 21 digs to establish a Husky single-season record. . . . Senior MB Kara Bjorklund ranks third in the Pac-10 this season, hitting at a school-record .425 clip.

WASHINGTON STATE - Freshmen MB Jennifer Todd and Jen Barcus finished the year with an identical 129 total blocks. Todd ranked fifth in the Pac-10, tops among league freshmen, with 1.22 blocks per game. Barcus ranked seventh at 1.16 blocks per game. . . . Todd and freshman OH Kristen Carlson were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. It's the first time in school history that two Cougars garnered All-Freshman honors in the same season. . . . The Cougars played in nine five-game matches.

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