Volleyball wraps up non-conference slate this weekend

Craig Pessman

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The final non-conference matches of the season approaches this weekend, with 10 of the league’s teams facing at least one opponent before the Pac-12 volleyball slate begins … Fifth-ranked USC makes its first national television appearance of the season, hosting UC Irvine on Wednesday, Sept. 18 on ESPNU … For the second-straight week, six teams are ranked in the AVCA top-25 poll, with WASHINGTON jumping to No. 3 to be the highest-ranked Pac-12 team in the nation. USC fell to No. 5  and ARIZONA STATE made their way into the rankings for the first time since 2002, coming in at No. 18 after upsetting No. 2 Texas and receiving votes the past two weeks. No. 8 STANFORD, No. 11 UCLA and No. 20 OREGON stayed put at their respective rankings … Three teams in the Conference remain undefeated as UTAH, Washington and WASHINGTON STATE lead the standings so far. The Utes and Cougars are both 10-0 through the season, while the Huskies stand at 6-0 … Arizona State, CALIFORNIA and USC all dropped their first set of the year this past weekend. The Sun Devils and the Lady Trojans both suffered losses to host teams in their respective tournaments, both coming against teams ranked in the top 15 in the country … COLORADO are riding an eight-game win streak as they have a free weekend before their Pac-12 schedule begins … UW's Krista Vansant was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, while ASU's Bianca Arellano earned weekly defensive honors. USC's Elise Ruddins was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, the second Trojan this season to earn the honor.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 17
Utah vs. BYU, 7 p.m. MT

Wednesday, September 18
#8 Stanford vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m. PT
#11 UCLA at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. PT
#5 USC vs. UC Irvine, 7 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Thursday, September 19
California vs. UC Davis, 7 p.m. PT
Utah at New Mexico State, 7 p.m. MT
#3 Washington vs. Coppin State, 7 p.m. PT
Washington State vs. Idaho (1), 7 p.m. PT

Friday, September 20
Arizona vs. Loyola Maryland (2), 7 p.m. PT
#18 Arizona State vs. Cal Poly (3), 7 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Prairie View A&M, 11 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Long Beach State, 7 p.m. PT
#8 Stanford vs. St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. PT (P12N)
#5 USC vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. PT
#3 Washington vs. Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m. PT
Washington State vs. Seattle (1), 11 a.m. PT
Washington State vs. Nevada (1), 7 p.m. PT

Saturday, September 21
Arizona vs. Wofford (2), 10:30 a.m. PT
Arizona vs. Santa Barbara (2), 7 p.m. PT
#18 Arizona State vs. Alabama State (3), 12 p.m. PT
#18 Arizona State vs. Louisiana-Monroe (3), 7 p.m. PT

P12N - televised match on Pac-12 Networks. (1) Cougar Challenge, Pullman, Wash.; (2) Wildcat Classic, Tucson, Ariz.; (3) ASU Marriott Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. All times local to site.

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