This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Oct. 31, 2005

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The WASHINGTON Huskies escaped a five-game thriller at ARIZONA last week to remain unbeaten on the season, but now faces another Top 10 team in fourth-ranked STANFORD in this week's FSN televised match ... USC and UCLA travel to the Oregon schools, CALIFORNA joins Stanford on the northwest swing through Washington, and ARIZONA STATE visits Arizona for this week's rivalry match ... Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will call the action for FSN ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 16 USC, No. 18 California, and No. 21 UCLA ... The Pac-10 owns a 72-24 (.750) record in non-conference play ... Here's this week's schedule:

Thur., Nov. 3

No. 4 Stanford at No. 2 Washington, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 35-4. Streak: WASH 1

No. 18 California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WSU leads 20-19. Streak: CAL 5

No. 16 USC at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 34-5. Streak: 30

No. 21 UCLA at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 37-2. Streak: UCLA 7

Fri., Nov. 4

Arizona State at No. 8 Arizona, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 21-18. Streak: ARIZ 4

No. 18 California at No. 2 Washington, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads 22-17. Streak: WASH 3

No. 4 Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 36-3. Streak: STAN 5

No. 21 UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 38-1. Streak: UCLA 36

No. 16 USC at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 32-7. Streak: USC 17


NCAA 25th ANNIVERSARY TEAM - In celebrating 25 years of women's championships, the NCAA polled the public for the selection of the 25th Anniversary Team. Three former Pac-10 student-athletes were selected. Here's the team: Deitre Collins, Hawaii; Elaina Oden, Pacific; Daniell Scott, Long Beach State; Logan Tom, STANFORD; Kerri Walsh, STANFORD; Natalie Williams, UCLA; and coach Dave Shoji, Hawaii.

ARIZONA - With 1,870 career kills, senior OH Kim Glass moved past former Wildcat Barb Bell (1,859 kills from 1993-96) and now sits atop the school's all-time kills list. She ranks seventh on the Pac-10's all-time list and needs two kills to move up to sixth ... Senior MB Bre Ladd and senior OH Jennifer Abernathy reached the 1,000-kill plateau last week. Ladd now has 1,008 kills for her career, while Abernathy has 1,005 kills ... Sophomore MB Dominique Lamb posted her first double-double of her career with 11 kills and a career-high matching 10 blocks against Washington.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils snapped an eight-match losing streak behind the play of junior OH Nina Reeves. Reeves recorded a season-high 22 kills in the win over Washington State and also added 18 digs for her 16th career double-double ... Freshman OH Margie Giordano recorded her team-high eighth double-double with 13 kills and 16 digs in the win ... Sophomore L Sydney Donahue 23 digs vs. Washington State and 24 digs vs. Washington. She's posted 20 or more digs in 11 matches this year.

CALIFORNIA - Senior OH Jenna Brown was the third Pac-10 player, along with Arizona's Bre Ladd and Jennifer Abernathy, to reach 1,000 kills. With 1,001 career kills, Brown ranks 10th on Cal's all-time list. She's the fifth player in school history with 1,000 kills/1,000 digs ... With 33 assists against Oregon, junior S Samantha Carter moved up to second on the Bears' all-time list with 3,849 assists, surpassing Holly McPeak's 3,819 assists from 1987-89 ... In the Bears' 3-2 loss to Oregon State, it was Cal's fourth five-game loss of the season and the first time the Bears have lost to an unranked Pac-10 opponent since falling to the Beavers, 3-0, Oct. 25, 2002 in Berkeley ... With its next victory, Cal will assure itself of finishing the regular season with a winning record for a school-record fourth consecutive year.

OREGON - Senior OH Kelly Russell moved into sixth on Oregon's career kills list. She now has 1,185 kills ... Junior Stephanie Alleman, who filled in for injured freshman L Katie Swoboda, posted a match-high 17 digs against California. She had 32 digs for the weekend, averaging 5.33 digs per game.

OREGON STATE - With the victory at No. 15 California, Oregon State defeated a ranked conference opponent on the road for the first time since knocking off fifth-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2000. In fact, it was just the fifth time ever that the Beavers defeated a ranked Conference opponent on the road. The Beavers also won at No. 15 USC on Sept. 28, 1990, at No. 20 Arizona on Oct. 1, 1993 and at No. 11 USC on Sept. 20, 1996 ... Oregon State has won four of its last six matches at California ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon hit .571 with 17 kills and just one error in 28 attempts, and also picked up seven blocks in the win at Cal.

STANFORD - Junior OH Kristin Richards posted back-to-back double-doubles with 17 kills/10 digs vs. Oregon and 19 kills/10 digs vs. Oregon State. She averaged 6.00 kills per game in the three-game sweeps of the Oregon schools ... Freshman MB Foluke Akinradewo hit .571 with 32 kills in 49 attempts with just four errors in the sweep of the Oregon schools ... Senior L Courtney Schultz needs 13 digs to reach 1,000 career digs ... The Cardinal have posted 20 or more victories in each of the last five seasons, 15 of the last 16 seasons, and 18 of 20 seasons of Pac-10 play.

UCLA - Since Pac-10 play started in 1986, the Bruins have a combined record of 75-3 against Oregon and Oregon State ... Junior OH Katie Carter entered the USC match averaging 1.84 kills per game, but responded with 19 kills (4.75 kpg) in the loss to the Women of Troy ... Freshman S Nellie Spicer matched her season-high with 63 assists against USC. Over the last four matches, Spicer is averaging 14.07 assists per game ... Head coach Andy Banachowski now needs five wins for 1,000 on his career. His career record stands at 995-263 (.791).

USC - The Women of Troy have won seven of their last eight matches ... Senior OH Staci Venski hit .400 with a career-high 23 kills in USC's win over UCLA. She's tallied 20 or more kills in each of the last three matches, and six matches for the year ... Venski is hitting .359 over the last seven matches, collecting 124 kills in 284 attempts with just 22 errors ... Over the last three matches, junior L Debora Seilhamer has tallied 90 digs (8.18 dpg).

WASHINGTON - The Huskies matched a school record by posting 20 or more wins in a season for the fourth consecutive year. Washington also accomplished the feat from 1977 to 1980 ... In Washington's match against ASU, the Huskies held the Sun Devils to seven points in the third game. It marked the least number of points UW has allowed since rally scoring was introduced in 2001 and the fourth game this season that Washington opponents have scored fewer than 10 points in a set.

WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman L Jalen Pendon's 35 digs vs. Arizona State broke the school record for digs in a match. In the earlier match this season against ASU at Pullman, Pendon tied the record of 34 digs in a match held by Kortney Jamtaas set in 2002 against Stanford. Pendon's 410 digs is now fourth-best in single-season totals at WSU. She has had double-figure digs in 22 of WSU's 24 matches this year and had 20 or more digs nine times.

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