This Year in Pac-10 Women's Volleyball
Dec. 22, 2009
AROUND THE LEAGUE
For the first time in Conference history, the Pac-10 had each team post 12 or more wins on the year:
ARIZONA made its way back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. Junior OH Tiffany Owens led the Wildcats in kills, averaging 3.76 per set.
ARIZONA STATE junior OH Sarah Reaves paced the Sun Devils with 4.33 kills per set. She has posted 1,308 kills during her career and sits seventh on the school’s all-time kills list.
CALIFORNIA reached the NCAA Regional finals for the third consecutive season. Senior All-America OH Hana Cutura led the Pac-10 with 5.15 kills per set and finished her career with 2,004 kills. Only four others in Pac-10 history have recorded 2,000 or more kills - Stanford’s Ogonna Nnamani (2,450 kills - 2001-04), UCLA’s Kristee Porter (2,255 kills, 1998-01), Arizona’s Kim Glass (2,151 kills - 2002-05), and UCLA’s Natalie Williams (2,115 - 1989-92).
OREGON has recorded 20 or more wins in three consecutive seasons for the first time since the Ducks strung together five such seasons from 1976-80. Senior S Nevena Djordjevic finished her career as Oregon’s all-time assists leader with 4,400 assists, while senior All-America OH Sonja Newcombe capped off her career fifth on the school’s all-time kills list with 1,580 kills.
OREGON STATE senior All-America OH Rachel Rourke established a new school mark for career kills as she posted 1,920 kills during her career. Four of the Beavers’ 12 wins came against teams ranked in the Top 25.
STANFORD won its 13th Pac-10 title and made its 29th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cardinal are one of two teams (also Penn State) to have appeared in each NCAA Tournament. Junior L Gabi Ailes set a pair of school records with most digs in a season (617) and career (1,641).
UCLA has posted 20 or more wins in 11 consecutive seasons. Sophomore All-America MB Amanda Gil led the Pac-10 in blocks (1.57 bps) and was ranked among the national leaders. She’s posted 355 total blocks in just two seasons.
USC has finished in the top half of the league standings in each of the last 23 seasons of Pac-10 play. Sophomore All-America OH Alex Jupiter tallied 522 kills (4.54 kps), good for the fourth best single-season mark in school history. Senior L Alli Hillgren posted 510 digs (4.51 dps), which also ranks fourth on the school single-season charts.
WASHINGTON has posted 13 or more wins in league play in each of the last six seasons, and has finished no lower than second in each of those seasons. Senior All-America L Tamari Miyashiro wrapped up her career with 2,382 digs, which ranks second on the Pac-10 career list.
For the first time since the 2002 season, WASHINGTON STATE posted a winning record and returned the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars finished league play at 6-12, their most wins in the Pac-10 since 2002. In fact, the Cougars recorded a total of seven league wins in the three previous seasons combined. With 531 digs, freshman L Oceana Bush led all Pac-10 freshmen in that category and it was the second most by Cougar in a single season.