Pac-12 volleyball wraps up regular season with rivalry matches

Eric Evans

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Pac-12 volleyball teams head into the final week of the regular season with historic performances and sights set on the NCAA Tournament. The season finales are highlighted by a slate of six rivalry matches on Friday, five of which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with the contest between USC and UCLA to be broadcast on ESPNU ... Also coming up this week is one of the most anticipated matches of the year as No. 5 WASHINGTON hosts top-ranked STANFORD. The top-two teams in the league face off Wednesday on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal can clinch the Pac-12 title with a victory while the Huskies could get a share of the crown if they get a win ... Stanford won its 28th-straight match to set a program record for wins to start a season, and OREGON STATE enters the final week with the most wins by an OSU team since 1996. OREGON reached the 20-win mark for the fourth-straight season, and ARIZONA has back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2001 and 2002 ... Eight Pac-12 volleyball teams are ranked in this week’s AVCA Coaches poll, with 10 of the 12 league teams receiving votes for the third-straight week. Stanford has anchored the top spot in the polling for 11-straight weeks, while Washington has received a top-five ranking every week this season. Last week saw nine Pac-12 teams ranked, a league record ... Weekly honors went to UCLA’s Karsta Lowe for Offensive Player of the Week, UW’s Cassie Strickland for Defensive Player of the Week, and OSU’s Mary-Kate Marshall for Freshman of the Week ... A Pac-12 volleyball player leads the nation in five different statistical categories, and four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 16 in national hitting percentage ... The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Selection Announcement will take place this Sunday, Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPNU. Last year, the Pac-12 had a league-record nine teams in the NCAA Tournament. 

UPCOMING PAC-12 VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Nov. 25
#13 Oregon at #23 Utah *, 7 p.m. MT

Wednesday, Nov. 26
Oregon State at #18 Colorado *, 3 p.m. MT
#17 UCLA at #22 Arizona State *, 4 p.m. MT
#1 Stanford at #5 Washington *, 5 p.m. PT (P12N)
USC at #14 Arizona *, 6 p.m. MT
California at Washington State *, 7 p.m. PT

Friday, Nov. 28
#18 Colorado at #23 Utah *, 12 p.m. MT (P12N)
#1 Stanford at California *, 3 p.m. PT (P12N)
#13 Oregon at Oregon State *, 3 p.m. PT (P12N)
#5 Washington at Washington State *, 5 p.m. PT (P12N)
#14 Arizona at #22 Arizona State *, 6 p.m. MT (P12N)
USC at #17 UCLA *, 8:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

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