This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Dec. 8, 2003
Never before have five Pac-10 teams advanced to the Sweet 16 - that's 31.3 percent of the remaining NCAA Tournament field. All five teams swept both their first and second round opponents. . . . Top-ranked USC, the NCAA Tournament's top seed, posted a perfect 18-0 record in league play to capture its 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). . . . Six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's best in the latest 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 90-31 (.744) against non-league foes.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
NCAA REGION SEMIFINALS
Fri., Dec. 12
at Lincoln, Neb.
USC vs. Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m.
UCLA at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
at Long Beach, Calif.
STANFORD vs. WASHINGTON, 5:30 p.m.
at Honolulu, Hawaii
CALIFORNIA vs. Georgia Tech, 5 p.m.
NCAA REGION FINALS
Sat., Dec. 13
at Lincoln, Neb.
USC/Texas A&M winner vs. UCLA/Nebraska winner, 7 p.m.
at Long Beach California
STANFORD/WASHINGTON winner vs. Minnesota/Pepperdine winner, 7 p.m.
at Honolulu, Hawaii
CALIFORNIA/Georgia Tech winner vs. Illinois/Hawaii winner, 7 p.m.
Game times local to site
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Team (Seasons) App. W L Pct.Stanford (1981-02) 23 70 18 .795UCLA (1981-95, 97-02) 22 57 19 .750USC (1981-85, 87-89, 91-02) 21 41 18 .695Washington (1986, 88-89, 94, 96-97, 02) 8 9 7 .563Arizona (1981-89, 93-94, 96-02) 19 22 19 .537Washington State (1991, 93-97, 00-02) 9 9 9 .500California (1982-83, 87-89, 02) 7 6 6 .500Arizona State (1981-83, 85-88, 92, 94-95, 99-00, 02) 14 7 14 .333Oregon (1984, 86-87, 89) 4 1 4 .200Oregon State (1983, 01) 2 0 2 .000Totals 129 222 116 .657
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. . . . The Pac-10 has sent six or more teams to the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years, including a record eight teams last season. Since 1990, the Pac-10 is 66-8 (.892) in NCAA Tournament opening round matches. . . . A Pac-10 team has appeared in the Final Four in 20 of 22 NCAA Tournaments. . . . The five Pac-10 teams advancing to the NCAA Regionals are 21-0 on neutral courts.
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. . . With victories over Saint Mary's and Michigan, Cal posted two wins in Tournament play for the first time in school history.
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 also 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. . . The Cardinal are making a Sweet 16 appearance for the eighth time in the last nine years.
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 21 of their 22 appearances. . . . UCLA captured NCAA titles in 1984, 1990 and 1991. . . . The Bruins reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in last five seasons.
USC - The defending national champions are 15-2 (.882) over the past three-plus years of postseason play. . . . The Women of Troy were 17-0 against teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, including a 7-0 mark against non-league opponents. . . . USC won the inaugural NCAA championship crown in 1981. . . . It's the fourth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16 for the Women of Troy.
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. . . . It's the third time in school history that the Huskies have posted two postseason victories. They also opened the NCAA Tournament with a pair of wins in 1988 and 1997.
AROUND THE PAC-10. . ..
ARIZONA - Arizona sophomore OH Kim Glass surpassed her UA single-season kill record set last year, posting 650 kills this season. Her single-season total ranks fourth all-time in the Pac-10. . . . Freshman S Stephanie Butkus tallied 1,269 assists this season - eighth best single-season total in school history. . . . Sophomore MB Bre Ladd led the Wildcats in hitting at .329, ranking tenth 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 1,358 kills in her career, which ranks fifth on the school's all-time list. She's posted 669 kills this season, a single-season school record, and a mark that ranks third in the Pac-10. Jerkov tallied 30 kills against St. Mary's in the opening round - the 13th 30-plus kill performance of her career. . . . Freshman S Samantha Carter established a Cal single-season record with 1,500 assists.
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 30 matches played this season. She has 607 kills this season, second-best in school history. With 15 more kills, she'll pass Logan Tom for the best single-season mark. Her 1,607 career kills rank 22nd in Pac-10 history. . . . Senior MB Jenn Harvey leads the league in blocks with 178 total blocks (1.55 bpg). She has 474 career blocks, ranking sixth on the school's career list.
UCLA - Junior L Chrissie Zartman has 514 digs this season - fifth best single-season performance in Pac-10 history. Her 535 digs last season set a UCLA single-season record and rank fourth all-time in the Pac-10. Zartman has 1,319 career digs, placing her second on the school's all-time list and tied for 14th 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 31-0 record is the school's best record since posting a 38-0 record in 1977. . . . With 1,523 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 157 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 524 kills this season rank third on UW's single-season list. Her 57 service aces tops the school's single-season chart. . . . Sophomore L Candace Lee has 426 digs on the season, second on the school's single-season list. She needs eight 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.