This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 15, 2003

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USC looks to defend its national title at the Final Four in Dallas, Texas. . . . It's the 23rd year for the NCAA's Women's Volleyball Tournament, which translates to 92 teams reaching the Final Four over the last 23 years. The Pac-10 has sent 31 teams to the Final Four - representing 33.3 percent of field. . . . 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). . . . Five 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 92-33 (.736) against non-league foes. . . . Nine Pac-10 players received AVCA All-Pacific Region honors - Emily Adams, USC; Keao Burdine, USC; Bibiana Candelas, USC; Kim Glass, ARIZ; Jennifer Harvey, STAN; Mia Jerkov, CAL; Ogonna Nnamani, STAN; April Ross, USC, Sanja Tomasevic, WASH. . . . California's Rich Feller was named AVCA Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year.

NCAA VOLLEYBALL FINAL FOUR
Dallas, Texas

SEMIFINALS
Thur., Dec. 18
USC vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.
Florida vs. Hawaii, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Sat., Dec. 20
USC/Minnesota winner vs. Florida/Hawaii winner, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Game times local to site

FINAL FOUR PARTICIPANTS FROM THE PAC-10 OVER THE YEARS

1981 - UCLA, USC
1982 - Stanford, USC
1983 - Stanford, UCLA
1984 - Stanford, UCLA
1985 - Stanford, UCLA, USC
1986 - Stanford
1987 - Stanford
1988 - UCLA
1989 - UCLA
1990 - UCLA
1991 - UCLA
1992 - Stanford
1993 - No participant
1994 - Stanford, UCLA
1995 - Stanford
1996 - Stanford
1997 - Stanford
1998 - No participant
1999 - Stanford
2000 - USC
2001 - Arizona, Stanford
2002 - Stanford, USC
2003 - USC

National Champions in bold

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. . . . Junior MB Jolene Killough led the Wildcats in hitting at .333, ranking seventh in the Pac-10. That's also the seventh best 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 made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since making three straight trips in 1987-89. . . . With victories over Saint Mary's and Michigan, Cal posted two wins in Tournament play for the first time in school history. . . .Cal 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 1,390 kills in her career, which ranks third on the school's all-time list. She's posted 701 kills this season, a single-season school record, and a mark that ranks third in the Pac-10. Jerkov tallied 32 kills against Georgia Tech in the regionals - the 14th 30-plus kill performance of her career. . . . Freshman S Samantha Carter established a Cal single-season record with 1,555 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 - Stanford made its 23rd consecutive NCAA 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. . . . The Cardinal reached the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in the last nine years. . . .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 31 matches played this season. She set a school single-season mark with 627 kills. Her 1,627 career kills rank 22nd in Pac-10 history. . . . Senior MB Jenn Harvey leads the league in blocks with 182 total blocks (1.53 bpg). She has 478 career blocks, ranking fifth on the school's career list.

UCLA - The Bruins made their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and have appeared in 22 of the 23 Tournaments. . . . The Bruins reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in last five seasons. . . .Junior L Chrissie Zartman posted 551 digs this season - eclipsing the school mark of 535 digs she set last season. It's the third best single-season performance in Pac-10 history. Zartman has 1,356 career digs, placing her second on the school's all-time list and tied for 13th 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 is 14-0 against ranked opponents. . . . The 33-0 record is the school's best record since posting a 38-0 record in 1977. . . . With 1,551 kills, Ross became the 30th player in Pac-10 history to record 1,500 kills. She ranks fifth on the school's career kills list. She also has 158 career aces to rank second all-time at USC, sixth all-time on the Pac-10 charts. . . . The Women of Troy have three players with 1,000 or more career kills - Ross (1,551), senior MB Katie Olsovsky (1,040) and junior OH Keao Burdine (1,000). . . . 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. . . . The Huskies appeared 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 reached the regional finals for the second time in school history. . . .A banner year in the Husky record books - junior OH Sanja Tomasevic's finished the year with 571 kills, ranking second on UW's single-season list. Her 59 service aces tops the school's single-season chart. . . . sophomore L Candace Lee established a UW single-season record with 467 digs. . . . sophomore MB Darla Mhyre set the Husky single-season attack percentage mark, hitting at a school-record .418 clip for the year. . . . freshman setter Courtney Thompson set the school mark with 1,590 assists for the season.

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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