This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 18, 2004

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Top-ranked WASHINGTON looks to hold on the first place as No. 13 CALIFORNIA and No. 11 STANFORD travel to the Northwest with the task of cutting into the Huskies lead at the halfway point of conference action... No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 USC travel to Oregon, while ARIZONA STATE and No. 23 ARIZONA clash in Tucson... Washington remains one of three unbeaten teams in the nation... Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani became the third player in Pac-10 history to reach 2,000 career kills. She's at 2,026 and counting... UCLA's Chrissie Zartman needs 44 digs to become the Pac-10's all-time leader... Here's this week's schedule (all times local to site):


Tues., Oct. 19
Arizona State at Northern Arizona, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 21
No. 12 UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 35-1. Streak: UCLA 33
No. 6 USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 29-7. Streak: USC 14

Fri., Oct. 22
Arizona State at No. 23 Arizona, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 21-15. Streak: ARIZ 1
No. 13 California at No. 1 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 19-17. Streak: CAL 3
No. 11 Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 33-3. Streak: STAN 2
No. 12 UCLA at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 34-2. Streak: UCLA 4
No. 6 USC at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 31-5. Streak: USC 27

Sat., Oct. 23
No. 13 California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads, 20-16. Streak: CAL 2
No. 11 Stanford at No. 1 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 34-2. Streak:WASH 1


Washington outside hitter Christal Morrison has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

In the absence of injured teammate Sanja Tomasevic, Morrison, a freshman from Puyallup, Wash., stepped up to lead the Huskies to a road sweep of the Arizona schools.

Morrison finished the week with 38 kills (5.86 kpg) on 86 attempts with 15 errors for a .267 hitting percentage, while collecting 27 digs (3.86 bpg). She posted 18 kills in 39 attempts with nine errors (.230) and 15 digs in the win at Arizona State. She recorded 20 kills on 47 attempts with six errors (.298), while picking up 15 digs in the win at No. 22 Arizona.

Her back-to-back double-doubles gave her four in the last six matches.

This is the first weekly honor for Morrison, and Washington's 14th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.


ARIZONA - The Wildcats drew 5,275 fans for their match with Washington State - the third largest crowd to watch a match in McKale Center, the fifth largest crowd in Pac-10 history... Junior OH Kim Glass posted a season-high 28 kills against Washington... Junior MB Bre Ladd picked up 10 total blocks in the split with the Washington schools, giving her 303 career total blocks. With two more blocks, she'll move into 10th on the UA's all-time list... Ladd hit .458 over the weekend, collecting 27 kills (3.86 kpg) on 48 attempts with just five errors. Prior to the weekend's matches, she had been hitting .220 for the year and averaging 2.18 kpg.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior OH Sarah Watkins tallied a career-high 24 kills in ASU's five-game victory over Washington State... With the win over WSU, the Sun Devils are 8-2 this season against non-ranked opponents... Sophomore OH Nicole Morton has collected double digit kills in 13 of 16 matches this season. In the split with the Washington schools, she collected 18 kills against Washington and posted 22 kills against Washington State. For the weekend, she hit .315 with 40 kills (5.00 kpg)... Freshman S Rachel Mittelstaedt had a career high 66 assists vs. WSU and added a career-high 12 digs for her first double-double of the season... ASU was playing without sophomore starting OH Nina Reeves, who had an emergency appendectomy surgery earlier in the week

CALIFORNIA - Freshman OH Angie Pressy hit .556 with 15 kills and no errors in 27 attempts in the win over Oregon State... Pressy posted double-doubles in both wins over the Oregon schools, collecting 14 kills/10 digs against the Ducks and 15 kills/10 digs against the Beavers... Junior MH Alicia Powers collected eight blocks against Oregon and added five blocks against Oregon State for 13 total blocks (1.86 bpg) over the weekend. With her performance last weekend, she moved her season average from 0.85 bpg to 0.98 bpg.

OREGON - Sophomore OH Sarah Mason suffered an ankle injury in practice last week and missed the matches at California and Stanford. Mason is the second Duck outside hitter to go down with an injury this season, joining senior Lauren Westendorf (torn ACL). Mason (193 kills) and Westendorf (182 kills) have accounted for 46.3 percent of the team's kill numbers... In Mason's absence, junior OH Jaclyn Jones responded with a season-high 17 kills on a .406 attack percentage in the loss at Stanford.

OREGON STATE - With 1,098 kills, senior OH Allison Lawrence needs one kill to move into sole possession of the eighth spot on OSU's career kills list... The Beavers are in the midst of playing five consecutive matches against ranked opponents... Junior S Kristy Mortenson saw extensive action in last weekend's matches vs. Stanford and California. Entering last weekend's contests, she had a total of 45 assists in 31 games (1.45 apg). In the two Bay Area matches, she collected 41 assists (5.86 apg), including a career-high 26 assists at California.

STANFORD - The Cardinal take on the Oregon schools this week, owning a 29-match winning streak over the Ducks and a 36-match winning streak over the Beavers... The Cardinal have played in five five-game matches this season. Four have come against non-conference opponents... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani has hit .381 or better in each of the last four matches. During that span, she is hitting .427 with 107 kills (6.69 kpg)... With the win over Pacific earlier in the week, coach John Dunning is now 6-0 against his former team.

UCLA - Senior L Chrissie Zartman is averaging 4.15 digs per game for her career. Should she maintain that average for the remainder of the season, that figure would top the Pac-10 career list for highest dig average. USC's Katie Haller averaged 4.01 dpg from 1990-93... With 1,659 digs, Zartman needs 44 digs to pass Haller on the all-time digs list... With 3,006 career assists, senior S Krystal McFarland is one of six Bruins all-time to record 3,000 career assists... Bruin coach Andy Banachowski goes for career win No. 975 at Oregon Thursday night.

USC - With the win over UCLA, the Women of Troy extended their winning streak to eight over the Bruins, matching their longest streak in the series that dates back to 1976... Senior MB Emily Adams hit .464 with 15 kills and five blocks in the win over UCLA. Adams has hit .414 or better in five of the last six matches... Junior MB Staci Venski has put together three straight matches in which she has recorded double digit kills. Over the last three matches, she's collected 32 kills (3.20 kpg), while hitting at a .353 clip.

WASHINGTON - Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic fractured the third and fourth metacarpal bones in her right hand during practice last week. She is expected to be out of action for 4-5 weeks. She had been averaging 5.62 points per game for the Huskies, third among all Pac-10 players... Senior OH Kaitlin Leck filled in for the injured Tomasevic and came up big in the desert sweep of the Arizona schools. Leck, who had a total of 26 kills in nine games (2.89 kpg) leading into last weekend's matches, hit .268 with 32 kills (4.57 kpg) in the pair of victories.

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore MB Jennifer Todd hit a season-high .581 as she tallied 20 kills in 31 attempts with just two errors against Arizona State. Through the first four games of the match, Todd had only one attack error with 18 kills in 25 attempts (.680)... Sophomore OH Kelly Rosin has posted double digit kills in 16 of 20 matches this season... For only the second weekend in the last eight, the Cougars return to Pullman for matches in Bohler Gym against Stanford and California.

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