2014 Pac-12 volleyball schedule includes 99 televised games
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2014 volleyball season opens on Friday, August 29 for all Pac-12 teams, including Conference champion and NCAA semifinalist WASHINGTON which will compete in an in-season tournament that weekend in Boise, Idaho. The highlight of the the upcoming season includes a Conference-record 99 live televised matches, with three being televised nationally on ESPNU and 96 on the league’s Pac-12 Networks.
All three ESPNU matches will feature the league’s four most recent Pac-12 regular-season champions and four teams that have advanced to the NCAA semifinals within the last three years. ESPNU will air the October 3 match that features OREGON at STANFORD at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. The Ducks advanced to their first-ever national semifinal appearance in 2012, while the Cardinal have claimed a record 15 Conference titles, with the latest coming in 2012.
A pair of November matches includes UO visiting defending Pac-12 Champion WASHINGTON on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. PT. The Huskies advanced to the national semifinals last season, their best showing in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. An intra-city rivalry between UCLA and USC is slated for Nov. 28 on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET with the Trojans hosting the match. The Bruins won the 2011 NCAA crown while USC made back-to-back appearances in the tournament in 2010 and 2011, also capturing the Conference’s regular-season title in 2011.
The Pac-12 is coming off a record-breaking season were nine league teams earned NCAA Tournament bids. 2013 marked the fourth-consecutive year a league team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals. The Huskies captured its first league crown last year since winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, and returns AVCA National Player of the Year Krista Vansant.
Live television coverage of the 99 begins on Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6. Stanford will host perennial powerhouse and defending NCAA Champion Penn State at 6 p.m. PT, followed by another Big Ten clash that evening at 8 p.m. with the Bruins taking on Illinois from Palo Alto. ARIZONA STATE, which had a stellar season last year making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1999-2000, hosts the Big 12’s Iowa on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
Rivalry action begins Tuesday, Sept. 23 with CALIFORNIA traveling to Stanford, and UCLA hosting USC that evening. Both of those matches will be on the Pac-12 Networks. In all, six rivalry matches will be televised that week. Regular-season play wraps up the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 26-28 with rivalry matches, all six of which will also be televised on the Conference’s Network.
Teams will gear up for postseason action which begins Dec. 5-6, 6-7 or 7-8, with Pac-12 teams looking to host first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament that weekend. Regional action is scheduled for Dec. 12-13 at four sites, including UW hosting in Seattle at Alaska Airlines Arena. The NCAA Tournament semifinals and championship matches will take place Dec. 18 and 20 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Visit www.pac-12.com for the full 2014 Pac-12 volleyball composite schedule, including game times and television listings. Dates and times are subject to change.