Eyes On Pac-12 After Big Wins, No. 1 Ranking
All eyes are on the Pac-12 after teams made history in the last week.
CALIFORNIA enjoys the top spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll, the first-ever No. 1 national ranking for the Golden Bears. The 2010 national runner-up puts its new ranking on the line when it heads East to the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va. Unranked to start the season, OREGON jumps to No. 16 in the nation after defeating four-time defending NCAA Champion Penn State, snapping the Nittany Lions' 94-match winning streak.
Six teams had players named Most Valuable Players at regular-season tournaments, including WASHINGTON freshman Krista Vansant, who earned the first-ever Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor. ORE's Alaina Bergsma was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and WASH's Bianca Rowland was selected the Defensive Player of the Week. Pac-12 weekly honors are sponsored by the Bank of the West.
The Pac-12's four teams in the top 10 of the AVCA Coaches poll is the most for any conference in the country. Cal is No. 1, USC is No. 3, STANFORD is No. 6 and WASHINGTON is No. 8. Also ranked this week are UCLA at No. 12 and the Ducks at No. 16. ARIZONA is receiving votes.
Tues., Aug. 30
OREGON at Liberty, 4 p.m. ET
Wed., Aug. 31
OREGON at Liberty, 4 p.m. ET
OREGON at American, 7 p.m. ET
Thurs., Sept. 1
UCLA vs. Long Beach State (1), 5 p.m. HT
Fri., Sept. 2
Presbyterian at ARIZONA (2), 10:30 a.m. PT
Cal State Fullerton at ARIZONA (2), 7 p.m. PT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Iowa (3), 11 a.m. CT
ARIZONA STATE at Iowa State (3), 6:30 p.m. CT
CALIFORNIA vs. Long Island (4), 1 p.m. ET
CALIFORNIA at Virginia (4), 7 p.m. ET
Seattle at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Notre Dame at STANFORD (5), 7 p.m. PT
UCLA vs. Ohio State (1), 5 p.m. HT
USC vs. Central Florida (6), 11:30 a.m. ET
USC at Florida Gulf Coast (6), 7:30 p.m. ET
UTAH vs. Colgate (7), 5 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON vs. Portland State (8), 4 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Nevada (9), 10 a.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Portland, 7:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Sept. 3
Eastern Washington at ARIZONA (2), 12:30 p.m. PT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Southern Mississippi (3), 1 p.m. ET
CALIFORNIA vs. East Carolina (4) 6:30 p.m. CT
STANFORD vs. Duke (5), 7 p.m. PT
USC vs. Furman (6), 11:30 a.m. ET
UTAH vs. Boston College (7), 1 p.m. ET
UTAH at Yale (7), 7 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga (8), 12 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON vs. Boise State (8), 4 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Butler (9), 12 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Texas A&M (9) 5:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Sept. 4
Albany at COLORADO (10) 2 p.m. MT
Cal State Bakersfield at OREGON STATE 12:30 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount at OREGON STATE 7:30 p.m. PT
UCLA at Hawai'i (1) 5 p.m. HT
USC vs. Clemson (11) 12 p.m.
1 - Wahine Volleyball Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i; 2 - Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz.; 3 - Iowa State Challenge, Ames, Iowa; 4 - Cavalier Classic, Charlottesville, Va.; 5 - Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.; 6 - FGCU Homewood Suites Invitational, Fort Meyers, Fla.; 7 - Yale Invitational, New Haven, Conn.; 8 - Northwest Challenge, Spokane, Wash.; 9 - Univ. of Portland Nike Invitational, Portland, Ore.; 10 - Colorado Classic, Boulder, Colo.; 11 - Orlando, Fla.