Volleyball ranked 12th, tied for third in Pac-10

By Ron Parsons

Arizona Daily Wildcat

For the second week in a row, the Pacific 10 Conference placed seven teams in the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Arizona (12-3), on the strength of two home victories over the Oregon schools, moved up one place to No. 12.

Stanford (12-2) remained at No. 4 after defeating both Washington schools. Despite a loss to Stanford, Washington State (14-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 after beating California last week.

The UCLA Bruins (9-4) slipped three notches, dropping to ninth after losing to 17th-ranked Southern Cal last Friday. Arizona State stayed at No. 14 as the Sun Devils also swept the Oregon schools last weekend.

USC remained the country's 17th-ranked team despite beating the Bruins, and the Washington Huskies dropped to No. 23 after dropping a pair of matches to the Bay Area schools.

The Pac-10 conference standings:

Stanford, undefeated in the league with an 8-0 mark, is in first place. The Cardinal played California last night, but would remain on top even with a loss.

Washington State, 6-1 in conference play, is in second place. The Cougars travel to Oregon this weekend for a pair of matches.

Arizona heads up a four-team tie for third place. UA, Arizona State, UCLA, and USC all hold 4-3 records. That will change after this weekend, however, as the Arizona schools travel to Los Angeles.

Rounding out the conference standings are Cal at 3-5, Washington at 2-5, Oregon State at 1-8 and the Oregon Ducks at 0-7.

Senior outside hitter Kelly Kuebler of USC was named the Pac-10 player of the week after guiding the Trojans to two victories last week, including a win over No. 9 UCLA.

The victory over the Bruins marked the Trojans' first over their cross-town rival in 15 matches, dating to 1987. The Trojans also beat Pepperdine last week.

Kuebler, named a second-team All-American last year, recorded 29 kills and 35 digs in the matches. She also had four solo blocks and three service aces.

Arizona sophomore middle blocker Stephanie Venne is in the conference's top 10 in several categories.

Venne is fourth in hitting percentage with a .345 average. In 55 games she has amassed 130 kills.

She is first in aces-per-game with a .51 mark, and ninth in blocks-per-game with 1.29 per game.

UA is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage with a .256 mark, and fourth in blocks-per-game with three.

In national NCAA statistics, Arizona is ninth in kills average (16.83 per game) and sixth in assists average (15.15 per game).

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