After an historic season, Pac-12 volleyball begins this weekend

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Pac-12 volleyball is coming off its most successful season in history with a league-record nine teams earning NCAA Tournament bids in 2013. League teams will try to build on that success as the 2014 campaign is set to start this weekend ... 13 AVCA All-Americans return from last season, including AVCA National Player of the Year Krista Vansant of WASHINGTON. UW will look to Vansant to lead the squad back to the top of the standings in her final campaign after leading the Huskies to its first Conference title since 2005 in 2013. UW is also looking to make a second-straight trip to the NCAA semifinals as the season is set to begin ... It will not be easy for the Huskies to repeat in 2014 as three Conference teams earned national top-five rankings in the preseason, including STANFORD, which was picked to finish first in the regular season by the Pac-12 coaches and is also the highest-ranked team in the AVCA Preseason Coaches poll. The Cardinal was tabbed third in the nation heading into 2014, followed by the fourth-ranked Huskies and fifth-ranked USC. ARIZONA STATE was also tabbed 25th in the country in the ranking, its first appearance in the preseason poll since 1996. An additional five Pac-12 teams also received votes ... In addition to the returning All-Americans, Pac-12 coaches have done another stellar job of recruiting the nation’s top talent which resulted in four nationally ranked incoming classes and 11 Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 seniors ... Pac-12 volleyball has claimed 14 NCAA titles, the most of any conference in the country. At least one league squad has advanced to the national semifinals 30 times in the 33-year history of the NCAA Tournament ... An unprecendented 99 Pac-12 matches will be televised this year on the Pac-12 Networks and ESPNU.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, August 29
Arizona vs. South Dakota (1), 4:30 p.m. CT
#25 Arizona State vs. San Diego State (2), 5 p.m. HT
California vs. SIU Edwardsville (3), 9 a.m. MT
Colorado vs. Northwestern (4), 5 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Oregon (5), 7 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.) (6), 4 p.m. MT
#3 Stanford at Iowa State, 7 p.m. CT
UCLA vs. Binghamton (7), 5 p.m. PT
#5 USC vs. Rider (8), 5 p.m. PT
Montana State at Utah (9), 7 p.m. MT
#4 Washington vs. Portland State (10), 8 p.m. MT
Washington State vs. Wyoming (11), 4:30 p.m. MT

Saturday, August 30
Arizona at Wisconsin-Green Bay (1), 12 p.m. CT
Arizona vs. Kansas State (1), 4:30 p.m. CT
#25 Arizona State at #17 Hawai’i (2), 8 p.m. HT
California vs. Winthrop (3), 5 p.m. MT
Colorado at Northern Illinois (4), 12 p.m. CT
Colorado vs. Presbyterian (4), 5 p.m. CT
Central Arkansas at Oregon (5), 9 a.m. PT
Illinois State at Oregon (5), 7 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Utah State (6), 10 a.m. MT
Oregon State vs. Idaho State (6), 4 p.m. MT
UCLA vs. LIU Brooklyn (7), 11 a.m. PT
UCLA at Loyola Marymount (7), 7:30 p.m. PT
#5 USC vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (8), 10 a.m. PT
#5 USC at Pacific (8), 7 p.m. PT
Missouri State at Utah (9), 10 a.m. MT
New Mexico State at Utah (9), 7 p.m. PT
Washington vs. Gonzaga (10), 2 p.m. MT
#4 Washington at Boise State (10), 6 p.m. MT
Washington State at Montana (11), 12 p.m. MT
Washington State vs. Cal Poly (11), 5 p.m. MT
    
Sunday, August 31
#25 Arizona State vs. Ohio (2), 3 p.m. HT
California at Air Force (3), 1 p.m. MT
#3 Stanford at #7 Nebraska, 12 p.m. CT

1 - Wisconsin Green Bay Tournament, Green Bay, Wis.; 2 - Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Manoa, Hawaii; 3 - Air Force Tournament, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 4 - Northern Illinois Invitational, DeKalb, Ill.; 5 - Oregon Invitational, Eugene, Ore.; 6 - Utah State Tournament, Logan, Utah; 7 - LMU Invitational, Los Angeles, Calif.; 8 - Community Bankers Volleyball Classic, Stockton, Calif.; 9 - Utah Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah; 10 - Northwest Challenge, Boise, Idaho; 11 - Montana Invitational, Missoula, Mont. 

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