This Week in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball

Sept. 15, 2009

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This will be the final weekend of tournament action before league play begins the following week. The Pac-10 has raced out to a 73-12 (.859) record against non-league competition through the first three weeks of the season, including a mark of 9-6 (.600) against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Conference posted a 21-2 (.913) mark last week... For the second straight week seven Pac-10 teams are ranked among the AVCA Top 25 - No. 3 WASHINGTON, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 STANFORD, No. 12 OREGON, No. 13 CALIFORNIA, No. 15 USC, and No. 21 ARIZONA. Also receiving votes were WASHINGTON STATE (No. 35) and OREGON STATE (tNo. 38). The league sported seven teams in the Top 25 four times last season, and it’s the 48th time in poll history (since 1982) that seven Pac-10 teams have appeared in the Top 25... Here’s this week’s schedule (all times local to site):

Tues., Sept. 15 

No. 12 OREGON at Utah, 7 p.m. 

WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 16 

No. 12 OREGON at Utah Valley State, 7 p.m. 

No. 7 UCLA at No. 25 Pepperdine, 7 p.m. 

Thurs., Sept. 17 

No. 3 WASHINGTON at Texas-San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. (33) 

Fri., Sept. 18 

ARIZONA STATE vs. Harvard, 4:30 p.m. (8) 

St. Mary’s at No. 13 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (12) 

No. 12 OREGON vs. No. 9 Minnesota, 5 p.m. (14) 

OREGON STATE vs. Dayton, 11 a.m. (18) 

OREGON STATE vs. Marquette, 5:30 p.m. (18) 

San Francisco at No. 11 STANFORD, 7 p.m. (12) 

No. 7 UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. (25) 

Portland at No. 15 USC, 7 p.m. (29) 

No. 3 WASHINGTON vs. Rice, 3:30 p.m. (33) 

Sat., Sept. 19 

Tulane at No. 21 ARIZONA, 11 a.m. (4) 

New Mexico at No. 21 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. (4) 

ARIZONA STATE vs. Wyoming, 10 a.m. (8) 

ARIZONA STATE at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. (8) 

San Francisco at No. 13 CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (12) 

No. 12 OREGON at Denver, 11 a.m. (14) 

OREGON STATE at No. 6 Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (18) 

St. Mary’s at No. 11 STANFORD, 4 p.m. (12) 

No. 7 UCLA vs. Fordham, 11 a.m. (25) 

No. 7 UCLA vs. Long Beach State, 5 p.m. (25) 

Fresno State at No. 15 USC, 7 p.m. (29) 

No. 3 WASHINGTON vs. Middle Tennessee, 12 noon (33) 

Alumni Match at WASHINGTON STATE, 10 a.m. (exhib.) 

Sun., Sept. 20 

UTEP at No. 7 ARIZONA, 11 a.m. (4) 

Tournaments and Neutral Sites 

(4) Arizona Invitational, Tucson, Ariz. 

(8) New Hampshire Classic, Durham, N.H. 

(12) Pac-10/WCC Challenge, Berkeley, Calif. 

(18) Michigan ADIDAS Invitational, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

(25) Fullerton Classic, Fullerton, Calif. 

(29) USC Tournament, Los Angeles, Calif. 

(33) UTSA Classic, San Antonio, Texas




More Tournament Honors... ARIZONA JR OH Tiffany Owens earned MVP honors at the Santa Clara Tournament as she posted 21 kills (3.50 kps), hit .333, and added 21 digs (3.50 dps)... UCLA FR S Lauren Cook earned MVP honors at the Ameritas Players Challenge (10.38 aps, 3.38 dps, 1.15 kps, hit .519)... USC SR L Alli Hillgren was tabbed MVP of the Utah Valley State Wolverine Invitational where she played strong defense in piling up 39 digs (3.90 dps)... While MVP honorees were not awarded at the UNLV Invitational, OREGON STATE SR OH Bree Knitter earned “Most Outstanding Hitter” honors (24 kills/3.43 kps, .300) and teammate SR S Camilla Ah-Hoy was tabbed “Most Outstanding Setter” (11.57 aps).


Streaking... WASHINGTON STATE has opened the season with 10 straight victories, and have won 12 straight dating back to last season. The 10 wins equals last season total number of wins during a 10-19 campaign. The last time the Cougars opened up the season with 10 straight wins was in 2002 when they started 11-0. They 12 straight wins is the longest streak since opening the 1997 season at 16-0... Meanwhile, WASHINGTON has started out a perfect 8-0. And by perfect, we mean eight straight three-set sweeps by the average score of 25-16.13 per set. Out of 24 sets, only three times has an opponent scored more than 19 points in a set against the Huskies.


Numbers Game... ARIZONA STATE JR OH Sarah Reaves is just 14 kills shy of reaching 1,000 kills for her career, STANFORD JR OH Alix Klineman needs 19 kills to reach 1,000 kills... WASHINGTON SR L Tamari Miyashiro needs 18 digs to reach 2,000 digs. She’d be the sixth player in Pac-10 history to reach 2,000 digs. Washington’s school records is 2,038 digs set by Candace Lee (2002-05).


Aces Wild... OREGON tops the nation with 3.21 service aces per set. The Ducks’ JR OH Heather Meyers leads the nation at 1.41 aces per set. In their last match, the Ducks tallied a season-high 16 aces in a four set win over Portland State... CALIFORNIA SR OH Hana Cutura needs two aces to reach 100 for her career. She’s currently tied for 10th on the school’s all-time list with former Bear and current FSN analyst Holly McPeak.


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