This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Nov. 7, 2005

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WASHINGTON holds a firm grip on first place, but now will join travel partner WASHINGTON STATE as the two teams head to Los Angeles for a showdown with USC and UCLA ... The Arizona schools travel to the Bay Area with ARIZONA and STANFORD battling for second place ... OREGON and OREGON STATE meet in the Civil War with the Ducks looking to snap the Beavers' five-match win streak in the series ... A sweep by Washington this weekend would clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title and the tie-breaker, if needed, would give the Huskies the Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament ... Chris McGee and Holly McPeak will call the action in this week's FSN match featuring ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA ... Six Pac-10 teams remain in the AVCA Top 25 - No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 15 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:

Tues., Nov. 8
Portland State at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Thur., Nov. 10
Arizona at California, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 30-9. Streak: ARIZ 2

Arizona State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 37-2. Streak: STAN 10

Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: OSU leads 22-17. Streak: OSU 5

Fri., Nov. 11
Washington State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 32-7. Streak: UCLA 5

Washington at USC, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 29-10. Streak: WASH 1

Arizona at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads 34-5. Streak: ARIZ 1

Arizona State at California, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: ASU leads 24-15. Streak: CAL 6

Sat., Nov. 12
Washington at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 30-9. Streak: WASH 3

Washington State at USC, 6 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: USC leads 28-11. Streak: USC 1


ARIZONA - With 1,894 career kills, senior OH Kim Glass, the school's all-time kills leader, needs 16 kills to move into the Pac-10's top five on the all-time list ... Glass posted 24 kills/10 digs against Arizona State for her 14 double-double of the season ... Junior S Stephanie Butkus returned to the court last week as she saw action in two games against Arizona State. Butkus missed the last 15 matches as she recovered from an injury to the medial collateral ligament in her right knee ... The Wildcats dropped both matches in their Bay Area trip last season. Arizona is 1-18 at Stanford, having picked up its lone victory on the Farm in 2000.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are looking for their first win in the Bay Area since knocking off California in five games during the 2001 season ... With 472 digs this season, sophomore L Sydney Donahue ranks fourth on the school's single-season digs list. That's the most digs in a season for a Sun Devil since Mindy Gowell set the school record with 601 digs during the 1990 season ... Tough schedule for the Sun Devils as 12 of their last 15 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 25 at some point this season.

CALIFORNIA - With its win over Washington State, California assured itself of finishing the regular season with a winning record for a school-record fourth consecutive year ... With 3,961 assists, junior S Samantha Carter needs 48 assists to break the school record held by Sienna Curci (4,008 assists from 1989, 91-93) ... Sophomore MH Ellen Orchard hit .358 with 22 kills last weekend in Washington. She also tallied 14 blocks, including a career-high 10 total blocks against Washington ... Senior MH Alicia Powers pushed her career total blocks total to 402. She's the third player in school history to reach 400 blocks ... Of the six remaining matches for Cal, five are against teams ranked in the top 25.

OREGON - The Ducks took UCLA to five games before dropping the match. It was only the second time the two teams hooked up in a five-game match in the series that has reached 42 matches ... Freshman L Katie Swoboda matched her career high with 31 digs against UCLA ... With one more victory, the Ducks will have their most wins in a season since posting 14 victories during the 1991 season ... Freshman OH Mira Djuric leads the Pac-10 with 48 service aces. That's the most by a Duck since Julie Jeffery posted 61 aces in 1990 ... Junior MB Kristen Bitter tallied 17 blocks last weekend (1.89 bpg), including a career-high nine total blocks against USC.

OREGON STATE - With 1,983 career assists, senior S Desma Stovall needs 17 assists to become the fifth Oregon State player all-time to reach 2,000 assists ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon led the Beavers in kills in each of the last four matches (3.33 kpg), including double-digit kill totals in three of those matches. She's posted double-digit kills in eight matches this year .... The Beavers play at Oregon on Thursday and have won the last five matches played in Eugene.

STANFORD - Senior L Courtney Schultz reached 1,000 career digs and now has 1,018 digs ... Sophomore S Bryn Kehoe suffered a broken bone in her right hand during practice last week and is out for three-to-six weeks ... In her absence, senior S Katie Goldhahn stepped up to deliver a career-best 68 assists in Stanford's win over Washington State ... Junior OH Kristin Richards tallied a career-high 31 kills against Washington State. She moved into tenth on Stanford's career kills list with 1,238 kills.

UCLA - At 6-6, the Bruins have reached .500 in league play for the first time this season ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether posted a career-high 16 total blocks in UCLA's win over Oregon. She tied the school record with eight solo blocks ... Meriwether is leading the league with 1.63 blocks per game. Her Pac-10 career average is 1.63 blocks per game, which ranks third among the Pac-10's all-time leaders ... Head coach Andy Banachowski now needs three wins for 1,000 on his career. His career record stands at 997-263 (.791).

USC - The Women of Troy have won nine of their last 10 matches ... Senior MB Bibiana Candelas tied her career-high with 26 kills in the win over Oregon State ... After posting 20 or more kills in four of the team's first 17 matches this season, Candelas has responded with 20 or more kills in each of the last three matches ... With 1,124 digs, junior L Debora Seilhamer ranks eighth on the school's career digs list ... With the victory over Oregon State, head coach Mick Haley earned his 900th career collegiate win (127 wins at USC, 522 wins at Texas, 251 wins at Kellogg CC).

WASHINGTON - The Huskies matched a school record by winning its 22nd consecutive match. Washington also accomplished the feat last season ... Junior S Courtney Thompson moved into the No. 8 spot on the Pac-10 all-time assists list with 121 dishes over the weekend to bring her career total to 4,319 assists ... Over the last 63 matches, dating back to the final 10 matches of the 2003 season, Washington has posted a 58-5 record. Of those 58 wins, 44 have come by three-game sweeps.

WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman L Jalen Pendon is now second on the school's single-season digs list with 442 digs. She needs 27 more digs in the remaining five matches to become the school's single-season record holder ... The Cougars hit .280 against Stanford. That's the best hitting percentage of the season for WSU ... The 1,633 fans in attendance at Nov. 4 Stanford match was the best of season.

ODDS AND ENDS - Of the 63 Pac-10 matches played to date, 39 have been decided in three games, 15 have been decided in four games, and nine have gone five games.

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