This Week In Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 22, 2004

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No. 3 WASHINGTON returns home with at least a share of its first Pac-10 title, and will look to grab the league's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament... However, No. 6 USC and No. 16 UCLA stand in the way as the Women of Troy and Bruins visit Washington and WASHINGTON STATE... No. 7 STANFORD mixes in a non-league match with No. 25 Santa Clara, then joins No. 14 CALIFORNIA on the road with a swing through the desert against the Arizona schools... OREGON and OREGON STATE lock up in the volleyball version of the Civil War... This weeks FSN televised match features USC at Washington... Here's this week's schedule (all times local to site):


Tues., Nov. 23

No. 25 Santa Clara at No. 7 Stanford, 7 p.m.*

Fri., Nov. 26
No. 14 California at No. 21 Arizona, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 28-9. Streak: CAL 1
No. 7 Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 35-2. Streak: STAN 8
Oregon at Oregon State, 5 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: OSU leads, 20-17. Streak: OSU 3
No. 16 UCLA at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 30-7. Streak: UCLA 3
No. 6 USC at No. 3 Washington, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 28-9. Streak: WASH 1

Sat., Nov. 27
No. 14 California at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads, 24-13. Streak: CAL 4
No. 7 Stanford at No. 21 Arizona, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 33-4. Streak: STAN 4
No. 16 UCLA at No. 3 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads, 30-7. Streak: WASH 1
No. 6 USC at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads, 27-10. Streak: USC 12
Oregon vs. Portland or Portland State, 5 p.m. (1)
Portland or Portland State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 28
NCAA Selection Show, 6:45 p.m., ET (ESPNews)

* - Due to Maples Pavilion renovation, Stanford's home matches this season will be played on campus in Burnham Pavilion.
(1) Oregon State Showcase, Corvallis, Ore.

Game times local to site.


STANFORD outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Nnamani, a senior from Normal, Ill., helped lead No. 9 Stanford to a five-game upset victory over No. 1 Washington and a three-game sweep of Washington State.

She collected 57 kills (7.12 kpg) kills, including a school-record 37 kills in the win over previously undefeated Washington. She hit .336 for the week to go along with 12 digs (1.50 dpg) and five blocks (0.62 bpg).

With 2,234 career kills, Nnamani needs 22 kills to become the conference career kills leader, surpassing UCLA's Kristee Porter (2,255 kills, 1998-01).

This is the fourth weekly honor this season for Nnamani, her sixth all-time, and Stanford's 53rd Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time.

Sept. 7 - Lauren Westendorf, ORE; Sept. 13 - Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Sept. 20 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN; Sept. 27 - Sanja Tomasevic, WASH; Oct. 4 - Emily Adams, USC; Oct. 11 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN; Oct. 18 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Oct. 25 - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA; Nov. 1 - Angie Pressey, CAL. Nov. 8 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN. Nov. 15 - Debora Seilhamer, USC. Nov. 22 - Ogonna Nnamani, STAN.


ARIZONA - Senior MB Jolene Killough posted her sixth error-free match over the last nine matches. During the last nine matches, Killough is hitting .545 with 87 kills (3.22 kpg) on 145 attempts and eight errors... With 1,456 kills, junior OH Kim Glass needs 16 kills to move into third all-time on the Arizona career list... The Wildcats are hitting .346 in their nine league victories, while posting a .178 attack percentage in their seven league defeats.

ARIZONA STATE - Libero Sydney Donahue recorded 13 digs against Arizona to set the ASU freshman single-season record with 361. She bettered the previous record of 355 set by current assistant coach Jami Coughlin in 1998. Donahue has now recorded double-digits in digs in 18 matches this season and is averaging 4.51 dpg... Freshman MB Colette Meek is on pace to break the freshman record for blocks per game with 1.25. The current record is 1.09 set by Laura Hibsman in 1996.

CALIFORNIA - With its win over Washington State, California secured a winning record in league play. It's the first time in Pac-10 play that the Bears have posted back-to-back winning records... Senior OH Gabrielle Abernathy posted five service aces against Washington State. She has 93 career service aces and needs three aces to crack the school's all-time top 10 list... The Bears head to the desert in an attempt to sweep the season series with both Arizona schools for first time in Pac-10 history.

OREGON - Since the 2000 season, Oregon has won four Pac-10 matches. Two of those victories have come on the road at Oregon State - site of the 2004 Pac-10 season finale for the Ducks... Since returning to the starting lineup after recovering from an injury, sophomore OH Sarah Mason has recorded five consecutive matches with double digit kill totals. She's posted 65 kills, averaging 4.33 kpg over that span.

OREGON STATE - Junior S Desma Stovall has posted four consecutive double-doubles. She's collected... Sophomore MB Abby Windell hit .333 with 19 kills on 45 attempts with four errors over the weekend. She raised her attack percentage to .309 on the year, which would tie her for 10th best single-season attack percentage in school history.

STANFORD - Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani needs 22 kills to become the Pac-10 career leader... With 5,043 career attack attempts, she's the Pac-10's all-time leader in that category... Nnamani has 607 kills on the season, third most in Stanford history for a single season. She holds the score mark set last season with 627 kills.. Sophomore OH Kristin Richards hit a season-best .643, collecting 19 kills in 28 attempts with just one error in the win over Washington State.

UCLA - Senior L Chrissie Zartman has recorded double digit dig totals in 50 consecutive matches... Sophomore OH Katie Carter hit .615 with a career-high 16 kills and no errors in 26 attempts in the win over Oregon State. It was the second largest number of error-free total attacks in a single match in UCLA history.

USC - Senior OH Keao Burdine took a breather last weekend and did not play in USC's wins over Oregon and Oregon State. She had played in all 73 games up until coach Mick Haley decided to rest her against the Oregon schools... The Women of Troy have won eight straight over Washington in Seattle, and six straight road matches against Washington State.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies control their own destiny to capture the league's NCAA automatic qualification... In a three-team tie situation (Washington, USC and Stanford), the Huskies would need to win one game vs. USC to get the league's automatic bid. In a two-team tie with Stanford, the Huskies capture the tiebreaker based on games won (5-3) in head-to-head competition with the Cardinal. In a two-team tie with USC, the Huskies would need to win at least two games against the Women of Troy and finish with a head-to-head point total greater than USC. (Washington won the first meeting with USC, 3-2. However, USC leads in points, 127-120)... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic returned to action last week, appearing briefly in one game at Stanford, collecting a pair of kills and a pair of digs. She has been out of action since Oct. 14 with a broken hand.

WASHINGTON STATE - With 245 total blocks for career, sophomore MB Jennifer Todd has a chance to crack WSU's career top ten list after just two seasons. She needs 10 more total blocks to make the list... Senior L Stacey Holbrook pushed her way onto the Cougars' single-season digs list with 364 digs this year.


The NCAA 64-team field will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT on ESPNews.

The Pac-10 has won three consecutive NCAA titles and 11 overall. Since the 1999 season, the Pac-10 has sent at least five teams into the NCAA Tournament. Over the last five years, the league has produced a 77-28 (.670) postseason record. Over the last three years, the league's postseason record is an impressive 53-17 (.757).

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
2003 USC


First Team
Emily Adams, USC Sr. 3.65 International Relations
Kristin Bitter, ORE So. 4.10 Undeclared
Megan Camp, OSU Jr. 3.95 Zoology
Allison Lawrence, OSU Sr. 3.62 Philosophy
Candace Lee, WASH Sr. 3.78 Pre-Major
Liz Suiter, STAN So. 3.77 Advertising/Graphic Design
Sarah Watkins, ASU Jr. 4.00 Secondary Education/Spanish

Second Team
Alison Billingsley, WSU Sr. 3.61 Communication
Amanda Eggert, OSU Sr. 3.50 Political Science
Leahi Hall, STAN Sr. 3.50 Cultural and Social Anthropology
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN Sr. 3.44 Human Biology
Katie O'Neil, ORE Sr. 3.59 English
Courtney Thompson, WASH So. 3.63 Pre-Major
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH Sr. 3.34 Communication

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Butkus, So., ARIZ; Bibiana Candelas, Jr., USC; Samantha Carter, So., CAL; Meghan Cumpston, So., ARIZ; Danka Danicic, Jr., WASH; Amanda Fox, So., CAL; Kimi Freeburg, So., USC; Kim Glass, Jr., ARIZ; Katie Goldhahn, Jr., STAN; Jolene Killough, Sr., ARIZ; Alexis Kollias, Jr., CAL; Kaitlin Leck, Sr., WASH; Erin Little, So., ORE; Colby Lyman, So., UCLA; Heather Madison, So., ORE; Nicole Morton, So., ASU; Alicia Powers, Jr., CAL; Kristin Richards, So., STAN; Brittany Ringel, Sr., UCLA; Alicia Robinson, Sr., USC, Kelly Russell, Jr., ORE; Courtney Schultz, Jr., STAN; Debora Seilhamer, So., USC; Natalie Smart, So., CAL; Lauren Westendorf, Sr., ORE; Abby Windell, So., OSU; Chrissie Zartman, Sr., UCLA.


Here's a look at those student-athletes that have inked their names to a national letter of intent during the early signing period:

ASU - Marina Mercer, 5-11, S, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
CAL - Morgan Beck, 6-3, OH, Coto De Caza, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
CAL - Sydney Blancarte, 6-1, MH, Alamo, Calif. (Corondelet HS)
CAL - Kathleen Reilly, 6-1, MH, Plano, Texas (Plano East Senior HS)
OSU - Ashley Evans, 5-8, S, Wilsonville, Ore. (West Linn HS)
OSU - Kaitlyn Myers, 6-1, OH, Camino, Calif. (El Dorado HS)
OSU - Jordana Price, 6-1, MB/OPP, Mountain Home, Idaho (Mountain Home HS)
STAN - Foluke Akinradewo, 6-3, MB, Plantation, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
STAN - Cynthia Barboza, 6-0, OH, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Wilson HS)
STAN - Alex Fisher, 6-1, OH, Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo School)
STAN - Erin Waller, 6-1, OH/MB, Ballwin, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)
UCLA - Elise Carstensen, 6-4, MB, Atlanta, Ga. (The Westminster Schools)
UCLA - Kelsey Hall, 6-1, OH, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS)
UCLA - Kaitlin Sather, 6-1, OH, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Maria Carrillo HS)
UCLA - Nellie Spicer, 5-9, S, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington HS)
USC - Kelli Tennant, 6-2, OH/MB, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
WASH - Jill Collymore, 5-10, OH, Bellevue, Wash. (The Bush School)
WASH - Jessica Swarbrick, 6-1, OH/MB, El Dorado, Calif. (Union Mine HS)
WSU - Brittany Johnson, 5-9, OH, Phoenix, Ariz. (Washington HS)
WSU - Natalia Owens, 6-1, MB, Lima, Peru (Shoreline CC)
WSU - Jalen Pendon, 5-7, OH, Spanaway, Wash. (Spanaway Lake HS)