This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball

Dec. 12, 2005

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Washington Advances Again

The WASHINGTON Huskies reach the Final Four for the second consecutive year after knocking off Purdue and Wisconsin in the College Station Regional ... ARIZONA was looking to join the Final Four party, but fell just short in a five-game match to Santa Clara in the Palo Alto Regional final ... The Pac-10 has posted a 12-5 record in the NCAA Tournament ... The Pac-10 was perfect in the first round with a 6-0 record. Over the last four years, the Pac-10 is 25-1 (.962) in the first round, and 77-10 (.885) in opening round matches since 1990 ... This is the sixth consecutive season that the Pac-10 has sent at least six teams into the NCAA Tournament ... The Pac-10 has won the last four NCAA titles with Stanford winning titles in 2001 and 2004, while USC captured titles in 2002 and 2003. Over the last five years of the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has compiled an impressive 86-27 (.761) record. Toss out the seven postseason matches in which Pac-10 teams faced each other and the league's NCAA Tournament record against non-conference foes stands at 77-20 (.794) ... Overall, the Pac-10 has won 12 NCAA titles - that's half of the 24 titles presented by the NCAA.

Alamodome - San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, Dec. 15
WASHINGTON vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m. CST, ESPNU
Nebraska vs. Santa Clara, 8 p.m. CST, ESPNU

Saturday, Dec. 17
NCAA Championship match, 5 p.m. CST, ESPN2

NCAA Champions from the Pac-10 Conference
2004 - Stanford
2003 - USC
2002 - USC
2001 - Stanford
1997 - Stanford
1996 - Stanford
1994 - Stanford
1992 - Stanford
1991 - UCLA
1990 - UCLA
1984 - UCLA
1981 - USC

2005 PAC-10 HONORS

Tomasevic, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the first Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She led the Huskies to a successful defense of their Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. Tomasevic, a native of Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro,was among the league statistical leaders in hitting percentage (.373/4th), kills per game (4.52 kpg/4th) and points (5.44 ppg/4th). She holds a pair of Washington career records with 1,716 kills and 150 service aces. With 1,157 career digs, she is one of only three Huskies all-time to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Akinradewo, a middle blocker from Plantation, Fla., is third in the Pac-10 with a .403 hitting percentage and tenth in kills (3.95 kpg), points (4.75 ppg) and blocks (1.08 bpg). In Pac-10 matches only, she tops all players with a .386 hitting percentage. She posted double digit kill totals in 25 of 30 matches played this season. Akinradewo becomes the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.

Jim McLaughlin has been tabbed as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Washington to its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. The Huskies rolled off a school-record 23-match winning streak and finished the regular season at 26-1 overall. Washington has been ranked second or third all season in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 poll. McLaughlin, who earns the honor for the third time in four seasons, has a career record of 190-83 (.696) in nine seasons, including a record of 107-40 (.728) in five seasons at Washington. Prior to Washington, McLaughlin spent four years at Kansas State, compiling a 81-43 (.653) record.


Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ OH 5-11 Sr. Antioch, Calif.
Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Fr. Plantation, Fla.
Bibiana Candelas, USC*** MB 6-5 Sr. Torreon, Mexico
Alesha Deesing, WASH MB 6-1 So. Salem, Ore.
Kim Glass, ARIZ**** OH 6-2 Sr. Lancaster, Pa.
Candace Lee, WASH** L 5-7 Sr. Eugene, Ore.
Nana Meriwether, UCLA MB 6-1 Jr. Ventura, Calif.
Christal Morrison, WASH** OH 6-2 So. Puyallup, Wash.
Angie Pressey, CAL OH 5-8 So. Heathrow, Fla.
Kristin Richards, STAN*** OH 6-0 Jr. Orem, Utah
Debora Seilhamer, USC L 5-5 Jr. Ponce, Puerto Rico
Courtney Thompson, WASH** S 5-8 Jr. Kent, Wash.
Sanja Tomasevic, WASH** OH 6-1 Sr. Uzice, Serbia-Montenegro
Staci Venski, USC OH/MB 6-3 Sr. California City, Calif.

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

Honorable Mention: Nancy Barba, UCLA; Kristina Baum, ARIZ; Jenna Brown, CAL; Brittany Cahoon, OSU; Samantha Carter, CAL; Jillian Davis, CAL; Sydney Donahue, ASU; Brie Hagerty, WASH; Bre Ladd, ARIZ; Dominique Lamb, ARIZ; Nicole Morton, ASU; Alicia Powers, CAL; Nellie Spicer, UCLA.


Foluke Akinradewo, STAN MB 6-3 Plantation, Fla.
Morgan Beck, CAL OH 6-3 Coto De Caza, Calif.
Mira Djuric, ORE MB 6-2 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
Margie Giordano, ASU OH 5-10 Glendale, Ariz.
Kaitlin Sather, UCLA OH 6-1 Santa Rose, Calif.
Nellie Spicer, UCLA S 5-10 Barrington, Ill.
Kelli Tennant, USC MB/OH 6-2 Temecula, Calif.

Honorable Mention: Brittany Johnson, WSU; Brittany Leonard, ARIZ; Jalen Pendon, WSU; Jordan Smith, UCLA; Katie Swoboda, ORE.


WASHINGTON - The Huskies are making their second consecutive Final Four appearance after winning the College Station Regional ... Sophomore OH Christal Morrison was named the College Station Regional MVP. Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic and junior S Courtney Thompson each earned a spot on the College Station Regional all-tournament team ... Washington reached 30 victories for the third time in school history, and the first time since 1979 ... The Huskies are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and tenth overall. Washington has a record of 18-9 (.667) in the NCAA Tournament, with its best postseason finish coming in last season's Final Four semifinal appearance ... The Huskies have swept each opponent in the NCAA Tournament, and have won 21 consecutive games dating back to its only loss this season (at UCLA on Nov. 12) ... Washington all-time vs. the Final Four field; 0-0 vs. Tennessee, 2-1 vs. Santa Clara, and 0-1 vs. Nebraska.


ARIZONA - The Wildcats posted 20 wins in a season for the 15th time in school history and the ninth time in 14 seasons under coach David Rubio ... Senior OH Kim Glass was named Palo Alto Regional Co-MVP, while senior OH Jennifer Abernathy earned a spot on the all-tournament team ... With 2,151 kills, Glass is the school's all-time kills leader and the fourth player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 kills ... With 162 aces, Glass owns that UA career record as well ... Glass had 21 double-doubles this season ... Abernathy ranks eighth on the schools career kills list with 1,189.

ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore L Sydney Donahue established an ASU single-season record with 628 digs, passing the old mark held by Mindy Gowell with 601 in 1990. Donahue's two-year total stands at 1,003 digs ... 16 of ASU's 20 losses have come against opponents ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season ... Junior OH Nicole Morton led the team with 300 kills (3.57 kpg) and recorded eight double-doubles on the year.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears have won 10 or more league matches for the third consecutive year ... Junior L Jillian Davis finished the season third on the Cal career list with 1,262 total digs ... Junior S Samantha Carter has 1,423 assists on the season, third on Cal's single-season assist chart. Previous Carter seasons are ranked No. 1 (1,555 in 2003) and No. 6 (1,349 in 2004) on the chart ... Sophomore OH Angie Pressey led the Bears with 447 kills (4.14 kpg). Her kill total is ninth on the school's single-season top 10 list.

OREGON - Freshman OH Mira Djuric finished her rookie campaign with 448 kills (4.19 kpg) and 59 service aces (0.55 sapg). Her kill total is the most in a season for a Duck since Madeline Ernst piled up 593 kills in 1998. Her aces total ties her for fourth most on the school's single-season list ... Freshman L Katie Swoboda recorded 448 digs - the second best single-season total in school history, just behind Teri Kramer's 452 digs in 1986.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers won seven league matches for the first time since 2001. At 7-11, it equals the third-best league mark in school history ... The Beavers were 6-3 in matches that went beyond three games ... Junior MB Brittany Cahoon led OSU in hitting (.287), and topped the team with 260 kills (3.21 kpg) and 84 total blocks (1.04 bpg).

STANFORD - Junior OH Kristin Richards posted 20 or more kills in each of the last eight matches. Her 554 kills this season ranks sixth Stanford's single-season best list ... With 1,422 career kills, she ranks ninth on the school's career kills list. Her 1,247 digs are fifth on the school's all-time list ... MB Foluke Akinradewo led all Pac-10 freshmen and ranks third overall in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.397) ... Senior L Courtney Schultz's 415 digs rank fifth on the school's single-season best list ... The Cardinal have won at least 25 matches in each of the last five seasons ... Stanford has finished first or second (including ties) in the Pac-10 standings in 24 of 25 seasons of league play.

UCLA - UCLA posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season, and the 33rd in school history ... The Bruins won nine of their last 12 matches, including an upset victory over then-No. 2 Washington ... Junior MB Nana Meriwether leads the Pac-10 with 196 blocks (1.73 bpg) ... Several Bruin freshmen rank among the league's top 10 in various statistical categories. Setter Nellie Spicer is fourth in assists (12.65 apg), OH Kaitlin Sather is sixth in service aces (0.36 sapg), and L Jordan Smith is seventh in digs (3.92 dpg) ... The Bruins were 5-0 in five-game matches ... UCLA only loses one senior to graduation.

USC - Over the final five matches of senior MB Bibiana Candelas' career, she piled up 125 kills (6058 kpg) ... Junior L Debora Seilhamer established a single-season school record with 696 digs. Her 6.82 digs per game average is a Pac-10 single-season record, while her 696 digs rank second on the Pac-10's single-season list ... USC won 12 of its last 16 regular season matches, the four losses came against top-10 ranked league foes Washington (twice), Stanford and Arizona.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies won their second-straight Pac-10 title ... Senior OH Sanja Tomasevic owns the school career record for kills (1,771) and services aces (155) ... Should the Huskies maintain their .341 attack percentage throughout the postseason, they'll break the Pac-10 record of .330 set by UCLA in 1992 ... Junior S Courtney Thompson leads the Pac-10 with 14.83 assists per game average. Her 4,746 career assists rank sixth on the Pac-10's all-time list ... With 2,012 digs, senior L Candace Lee is the second player in Pac-10 history to record 2,000 digs.

WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman L Jalen Pendon set WSU's single-season record with 514 digs. Pendon also set the school's single-match mark with 35 digs vs. Arizona State earlier this season ... Junior MB Jen Barcus has steadily moved up the school's block list. Her 43 solo blocks rank ninth, her 336 block assists rank fifth, while her 379 total blocks rank seventh.

ODDS AND ENDS - Of the 90 Pac-10 matches in conference play only, 52 have been decided in three games, 22 have been decided in four games, and 16 have gone five games.

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