This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 29, 2004

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WASHINGTON captured its first Pac-10 volleyball title and collects the league's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament... Joining the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament are STANFORD, defending NCAA champion USC, UCLA, CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA... The Pac-10 is one of four conferences to send at least six teams into the postseason (Big 12 and Big Ten with seven teams each, Big West with six teams)... Washington, USC, UCLA and California will host first and second round action. Washington also will host regional play on Dec. 10-11... Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, Washington's Christal Morrison earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, and Washington's Jim McLaughlin was tabbed as Pac-10 Coach of the Year.


Thur., Dec. 2 - Fri., Dec. 3 (at Los Angeles, Calif.) (1)

Cal State Northridge vs. No. 23 Kansas State, 5 p.m.
College of Charleston at No. 8 USC, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 2 - Fri., Dec. 3 (at Berkeley, Calif.) (3)
Sacramento State vs. No. 14 Saint Mary's, 5 p.m.
Pacific at No. 17 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 - Sat., Dec. 4 (at Seattle, Wash.) (3)
Kansas vs. Santa Clara, 5 p.m.
Idaho at No. 5 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 - Sat., Dec. 4 (at San Diego, Calif.) (1)
UC Irvine vs. No. 21 ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
New Mexico State at No. 12 San Diego, 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 - Sat., Dec. 4 (at Tallahassee, Fla.) (2)
Jacksonville vs. No. 6 STANFORD, 5 p.m.
No. 13 Florida at No. 22 Florida A&M, 7 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 - Sat., Dec. 4 (at Los Angeles, Calif.) (3)
No. 20 Utah vs. Long Beach State, 5:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at No. 15 UCLA, 8 p.m.
Winners meet Sat., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

(1) Louisville, Kentucky Regional
(2) Green Bay, Wisconsin Regional
(3) Seattle, Washington Regional

Game times local to site.


Emily Adams, USC***, MB, 6-5, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
Keao Burdine, USC***, OH, 6-1, Sr., La Habra, Calif.
Bibiana Candelas, USC**, MB, 6-5, Jr., Torreon, Mexico
Kim Glass, ARIZ***, OH, 6-2, Jr., Lancaster, Pa.
Brie Hagerty, WASH, OH, 6-1, Jr., Defiance, Ohio
Jolene Killough, ARIZ, MB, 6-5, Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Candace Lee, WASH, L, 5-7, Jr., Eugene, Ore.
Camille Leffall, CAL, MH, 6-1, Sr., Upland, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, Fr., Puyallup, Wash.
Ogonna Nnamani, STAN****, OH, 6-1, Sr., Normal, Ill.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, Fr., Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN**, OH, 6-0, So., Orem, Utah
Courtney Thompson, WASH, S, 5-8, So., Kent, Wash.
Chrissie Zartman, UCLA***, L, 5-5, Sr., Hermosa Beach, Calif.

** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Abernathy, CAL; Samantha Carter, CAL; Becky Green, UCLA; Jennifer Hucke, STAN; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Allison Lawrence, OSU; Sarah Mason, ORE; Krystal McFarland, UCLA; Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Brynn Murphy, UCLA; Darla Myhre, WASH; Alicia Powers, CAL; Debora Seilhamer, USC; Jennifer Todd, WSU.


Sydney Donahue, ASU, L, 5-7, , Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Sarah Florian, USC, OH, 6-1, , Toledo, Ohio
Franci Girard, STAN, MB, 6-2, , Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bryn Kehoe, STAN, S, 5-11, , North Bend, Ohio
Collette Meek, ASU, MB, 6-1, , Sherwood Park, Alberta, Can.
Christal Morrison, WASH, OH, 6-2, , Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL, OH, 5-8, , Heathrow, Fla.

Honorable Mention: Nina Baltimore, OSU; Diane Copenhagen, USC; Rachel Mittelstaedt, ASU.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Christal Morrison, Washington
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim McLaughlin, Washington

All-Conference Notes: Nine different Stanford players have combined to win the Player of the Year honor a total of 11 times... Nnamani is the 10th player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times... Morrison is the first Washington player to be named Freshman of the Year... McLaughlin earns Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons... Adams, Burdine, Glass, Nnamani and Zartman join 28 former Pac-10 players to be selected All-Conference three or more times... Washington places four players on the All-Pac-10 team for the first time in school history... USC has placed three or more players on the All-Conference team in each of the last four seasons... Stanford has placed two or more players on the All-Conference team in all 19 seasons of Pac-10 competition... Nine states are represented on the All-Pac-10 team... There are more players from the state of Ohio (2) on the All-Freshman team than from California (1).


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)... The Pac-10 was 20-19 against the NCAA Tournament field this season.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats are making their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance... The Wildcats are 13-0 this season when they hit .300 or better... Junior OH Kim Glass ranks third on the Arizona career list with 1,487 kills... Since the 2000 season, Arizona is 10-4 in the postseason, having reached the 2001 Final Four... Arizona was 3-2 against non-league teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

ARIZONA STATE - Libero Sydney Donahue set the ASU freshman single-season record with 375. She bettered the previous record of 355 set by current assistant coach Jami Coughlin in 1998... Freshman MB Colette Meek broke the ASU freshman record for blocks per game with 1.20. Meek is the first ASU player to post more than 1.00 blocks per game since 1998 (Shawna Vanley, 1.42 bpg)... ASU finished the season with a 10-17 record overall and a 5-13 league mark. Both the overall and Pac-10 record are improvements from the 9-18, 4-14 record from the 2003 season.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior MH Camille Leffall is on pace to break her own single-season hitting percentage record. She is hitting .394 this season, .013 above the single-season mark she set as a freshman in 2001. Her career attack percentage of .365 is a Cal career record... Outside hitter Angie Pressey is the first California freshman to be named All-Pac-10... The Golden Bears are 3-4 against non-conference teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

OREGON - Sophomore OH Sarah Mason concluded the season by recording seven consecutive matches with double digit kill totals. She posted 96 kills, averaging 4.57 kpg over that seven-match span... With the season-ending victory over Portland State, Oregon concluded the season with a victory for the first time since sweeping Alabama in the 1996 season finale.

OREGON STATE - Senior OH Allison Lawrence concluded her OSU career fifth on the school's career list with 1,255 kills... Sophomore MB Abby Windell hit .310 on the year, the 10th best single-season attack percentage in school history... For the first time since 1996, the Beavers capped the season by winning their final two matches.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are making their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance. Stanford joins Penn State, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific as the only schools to appear in all 24 championships... Senior OH Ogonna Nnamani continues to rewrite the Pac-10 record books. She's the all-time Pac-10 leader with 2,285 career kills and 5,164 career attack attempts... Nnamani has 658 kills on the season, most in Stanford history for a single season... Stanford was 8-3 against ranked opponents this season... The Cardinal finished the regular season with a nine-match winning streak, which included victories over five ranked teams... Setter Bryn Kehoe set a Stanford freshman record with 1,340 assists. She needs 51 assists to crack the school's single-season top five list.

UCLA - The Bruins are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance... Senior L Chrissie Zartman has recorded double digit dig totals in 54 consecutive matches. She holds the Pac-10 career digs record with 1,947 digs. Prior to the 2004 season, only nine other players in NCAA Division I history have recorded 2,000 or more digs in a career... Senior MB Brynn Murphy became the 20th player in UCLA history to reach 1,000 career kills. Her current total stands at 1,190 kills - good for 18th on the schools all-time list... The Bruins were 3-2 against non-league teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

USC - The Women of Troy are making their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance... USC is 19-2 over the last four years of NCAA Tournament play, with three trips to the Final Four and back-to-back NCAA titles... USC was 10-4 against ranked opponents this season... Senior OH Keao Burdine posted a career-best 35 kills at Washington State. Her 1,340 career kills rank 10th on the school's all-time list... Senior MB Emily Adams needs three kills to reach 1,000 for her career. Adams is currently hitting .423 for her career.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance... The Huskies opened the year with 22-straight victories to set school records for best start and most consecutive wins... Junior L Candace Lee holds the school's career record with 1,369 digs. She's posted a school-single season record this year with 528 digs... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic returned to the starting lineup last weekend for the first time since breaking her hand on Oct. 14. She responded with 42 kills (4.67 kpg) and 50 digs (5.56 dpg) in the split with the Los Angeles schools.

WASHINGTON STATE - With 259 total blocks for career, sophomore MB Jennifer Todd has cracked WSU's career top ten list after just two seasons. Todd posted a career-best 11 total blocks in WSU's upset of No. 6 USC... Senior L Stacey Holbrook pushed her way onto the Cougars' single-season digs list with 395 digs this year.


- Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 2,285 kills
Attempts - Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford - 5,164 attack attempts
Hitting Percentage - Emily Adams, USC - .423
Digs - Chrissie Zartman, UCLA - 1,947 digs

Digs Average
- Candace Lee, Washington - 5.74 digs per game

Service Aces
- Lauren Westendorf, Oregon - 12 service aces vs. Seton Hall, Sept. 17


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))
ORE - Alix Gombos, 6-1, MB/OH, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn 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)