This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Oct. 17, 2006
No. 4 UCLA visits No. 5 USC with the victor securing at least a share of the Pac-10 lead at the midway point of the conference race... No. 3 STANFORD can push its way into a two-team team at the top of the standings by taking care of business at home with the Oregon schools... The Washington schools travel to Arizona where this week's FSN televised match takes place between WASHINGTON STATE an ARIZONA STATE... While there were some jockeying of order in this week's AVCA rankings, five teams still remain among the top eight with No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 6 WASHINGTON and No. 8 CALIFORNIA. The OREGON Ducks continue their assault on the rankings, picking up additional votes to reach No. 30 this week... Jim Watson will call the action for this week's FSN match at Arizona State, with Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak providing color commentary.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads, 30-10. Streak: ARIZ 5
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: WASH leads, 23-17. Streak: WASH 5
OREGON at CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 34-6. Streak: CAL 14
OREGON STATE at STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 40-0. Streak: STAN 40
Fri., Oct. 20
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: ARIZ leads 22-18. Streak: WASH 4
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Pac-10 Series: Series tied, 20-20. Streak: ASU 1
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: CAL leads, 25-15. Streak: OSU 1
OREGON at STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: STAN leads, 38-2. Streak: STAN 33
UCLA at USC*, 7 p.m.
Pac-10 Series: UCLA leads 21-19. Streak: USC 10
Last Week's Results:
Thur., Oct. 12
ARIZONA def. OREGON STATE, 3-0
OREGON def. ARIZONA STATE, 3-1
No. 3 UCLA def. No. 7 CALIFORNIA, 3-0
No. 6 STANFORD def. No. 4 USC, 3-0
Fri., Oct. 13
OREGON def. ARIZONA, 3-0
ARIZONA STATE def. OREGON STATE, 3-0
No. 4 USC def. No. 7 CALIFORNIA, 3-1
No. 6 STANFORD def. No. 3 UCLA, 3-2
No. 5 WASHINGTON def. WASHINGTON STATE, 3-0
OREGON middle blocker Sonja Newcombe has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 9-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Newcombe, a freshman from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., led Oregon to a pair of victories over Arizona State and Arizona over the weekend, marking the Ducks' first two-match series sweep over Pac-10 opponents for the first time in 17 years.
On Friday, Newcombe collected 14 digs to tie her match-high against the Wildcats. In addition, she tallied 17 kills against one error in a three-set win over Arizona. Against the Sun Devils, Newcombe collected 15 digs to pass her previous match-high record, and went on to add 16 kills and eight blocks.
The weekend sweep not only snapped a 16-match losing streak to the Sun Devils and a 15-match losing streak against the Wildcats, but pushed Oregon over the .500 mark in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1989. The Ducks Conference record of 4-3 marks the most Conference wins since 1991.
This is the first weekly honor for Newcombe, and Oregon's 10th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time. This is the second Duck to receive the honor since 1995, with the most recent being Lauren Westendorf, Sept. 7, 2004.
Also Nominated: Morgan Beck, SO,OH, CAL; Bryn Kehoe, SR, OH, STAN; Katie Carter, SR, OH, UCLA.