Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Faces Numerous Ranked Foes

AVCA Coaches Poll

• There are several big matches coming up this week, including a clash of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Defending NCAA Champion Penn State hosts No. 2 STANFORD, No. 21 COLORADO and No. 6 Illinois this weekend, with the second-ranked Cardinal and Nittany Lions colliding on Saturday. No. 11 OREGON continues its long road trip around the country and heads to Austin, Texas, to take on Florida and Nebraska, both tied for No. 4 in the country. No. 8 USC will put its new top-10 ranking to the test, facing No. 10 Kentucky. And No. 25 UCLA travels to No. 17 Hawai’i where the Bruins have won three of the last five meetings. No. 15 ARIZONA STATE will also look to make some early headlines when No. 9 Colorado State hosts the Sun Devils on Friday.

• Six Pac-12 teams moved up in the AVCA Coaches poll, including USC. Ranked No. 8, the Trojans moved from No. 22 after taking down two ranked opponents last week. Both opponents were ranked 11th or higher. In all, eight Pac-12 teams are ranked, led by No. 2 STANFORD. No. 7 WASHINGTON and No. 21 COLORADO both moved up three spots from last week, while No. 11 OREGON climbed up two places. No. 15 ARIZONA STATE and No. 16 ARIZONA each moved up a notch. UCLA dropped five slots, but still remains in the top 25. OREGON STATE and UTAH are also receiving votes.

• Both COLORADO and USC headlined last weekend’s results, posting upset wins. COLORADO pulled out a hard-fought, five-set match to upend No. 9 Florida State. USC started and ended the weekend with a pair of upsets, taking down No. 7 North Carolina, 3-1, in the season opener, then defeated No. 11 BYU in straight sets to win its home tournament.

• Entering the season with just 28 career digs, ARIZONA’s Kalei Mau accounted for 31 of the team’s 112 digs in the season-opening win over SMU. Mau was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. She also contributed 5.29 points per set to help the Wildcats start the season 3-0.

• Pac-12 teams went 27-7 in the opening weekend, with 17 of those victories coming in three-set sweeps. Since 2002, league teams have dominated the first weekend of play, going 332-81 (.804).

• The Pac-12 is coming off another historic season which saw an unprecedented 10 teams earn NCAA Tournament bids and went a perfect 10-0 in the first round of the postseason.

 Last year, 14 players were named AVCA All-Americans and eight return for 2015 including senior standouts such as Stanford’s Madi Bugg and Jordan Burgess, USC’s Samantha Bricio, UO’s Martenne Bettendorf, ASU’s Macey Gardner and UW’s Lianna Sybeldon. Sophomores Merete Lutz of Stanford and Mary-Kate Marshall of OSU also return to help lead their respective teams this season.

• One new coach will be roaming the Pac-12 sidelines after WASHINGTON announced the hiring of Keegan Cook, who replaced former UW coach Jim McLaughlin. However, Cook may look familiar to some as he served as an assistant coach under McLaughlin the last two years, helping the Huskies advance to the NCAA semifinal in 2013. Also in coaching news, UTAH head coach Beth Launiere needs just seven more victories for career No. 500. She has spent all 25 years of her career in Salt Lake City.

• FAB Freshman ... Pac-12 volleyball continues to recruit marquee student-athletes. Seven Pac-12 teams landed at least one Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 recruit with OREGON pacing the Conference with four. STANFORD signed the nation’s top recruit according to the publication in Hayley Hodson.

• Once again, the Pac-12 will have the most comprehensive volleyball television coverage of any league in the country. 95 total matches will be broadcast live, with 92 being televised on the Conference's Pac-12 Network. Another three more were selected to be televised on ESPNU. For the full television schedule, visit pac-12.com.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)

Teams Points Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 0 0-0 3-0
Arizona State 0 0-0 3-0
California 0 0-0 3-0
Oregon 0 0-0 3-0
USC 0 0-0 3-0
Utah 0 0-0 3-0
Washington 0 0-0 3-0
Stanford 0 0-0 2-0
Colorado 0 0-0 2-1
Washington State 0 0-0 2-1
UCLA 0 0-0 1-1
Oregon State 0 0-0 1-2

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Local To Site)

Monday, Aug. 31 TV/Stream Time
#11 OREGON at LIU Brooklyn   5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Sep. 1    
#11 OREGON at George Washington   7 p.m. ET
UTAH at Utah State   7 p.m. MT
Friday, Sept. 4 TV/Stream Time
CALIFORNIA vs. UNLV (1)   10 a.m. CT
Buffalo at #7 WASHINGTON   1 p.m. PT
#2 STANFORD vs. #6 Illinois (2) BTN 5 p.m. ET
#11 OREGON vs. #4 Florida (3) LHN 3 p.m. CT
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UC Irvine (4)   4:30 p.m. PT
#8 USC vs. Creighton (5)   6:30 p.m. CT
CALIFORNIA at Kansas State (1)   7:30 p.m. CT
#21 COLORADO at #1 Penn State (2) BTN 8:30 p.m. ET
South Dakota at #16 ARIZONA (6) Live Stream 6 p.m. MT
UTAH vs. Montana (7)   6 p.m. PT
#15 ARIZONA STATE at #9 Colorado State (8)   7 p.m. MT
Murray State at #7 WASHINGTON   7 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at #23 San Diego (9)   7 p.m. PT
American vs. #25 UCLA (10)   4:30 p.m. HT
Saturday, Sept. 5    
#8 USC vs. #10 Kentucky (5)   10 a.m. CT
CALIFORNIA vs. UW-Green Bay (1)   11 a.m. CT
Florida A&M at #16 ARIZONA (6) Live Stream 10 a.m. MT
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Seattle (4)   10 a.m. PT
Western Michigan vs. #15 ARIZONA STATE (8)   11 a.m. MT
UTAH vs. Wyoming (7)   12 p.m. PT
#11 OREGON vs. #4 Nebraska (3) LHN 5 p.m. CT
#8 USC at Northern Iowa (5)   7:30 p.m. CT
Pacific vs. OREGON STATE (9)   3 p.m. PT
#21 Colorado vs. #6 Illinois (2)   6:30 p.m. ET
#2 STANFORD at #1 Penn State (2)   8 p.m. ET
CS Northridge at #16 ARIZONA (6)   7 p.m. MT
Northern Colorado vs. #15 ARIZONA STATE (8)   7 p.m. MT
#25 UCLA vs. Iowa (10)   4:30 p.m. HT
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho (4)   7 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at San Diego State (9)   7:30 p.m. PT
UTAH at Gonzaga (7)   7 p.m. PT
Sunday, Sept. 6    
#25 UCLA at #17 Hawai'i (10)   5 p.m. HT
Monday, Sept. 7    
#11 OREGON at UTSA   7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Sep. 8    
OREGON at Texas State   6:30 p.m. CT
Northern Arizona at #15 ARIZONA STATE Live Stream 7 p.m. MT

1 - Kansas State Tournament, Manhattan, Kansas; 2 - Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, University Park, Pa.; 3 - VERT Challenge, Austin, Texas; 4 - Idaho Invitational, Moscow, Idaho; 5 - Northern Iowa Tournament, Cedar Falls, Iowa; 6 - Arizona Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.; 7 - Gonzaga Invitational, Spokane, Wash.; 8 - CSU/UNC Tournament, Fort Collins, Colo.; 9 - San Diego Tournament, San Diego, Calif.; 10 - Wahine Volleyball Classic, Honolulu, Hawai'i; 11 - Northwest Challenge, Spokane, Wash.

PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA - Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
LHN- Indicates live broadcast on the Longhorn Network.
BTN - Indicates live broadcats on the Big Ten Network


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK:
Offensive - Samantha Bricio, USC
Defensive - Kalei Mau, Arizona
Freshman - Hayley Hodson, Stanford

ALSO NOMINATED:
Offensive
: Nikki Attea, ARIZ; Kizzy Ricedorff (Willey), ASU; Lara Vukasovic, CAL; Alexis Austin, Martenne Bettendorf, ORE; Mary-Kate Marshall, OSU; Jordan Burgess, STAN; Jordan Anderson, UCLA; Adora Anae, UTAH; Courtney Schwan, WASH; Kyra Hotl, WSU.
Defensive: Whitney Follette, ASU; Cierra Simpson, COLO; Amanda Benson, ORE; Darby Reeder, OSU; Ivana Vanjak, STAN; Reily Buechler, UCLA; Taylor Whittingham, USC; Tess Sutton, UTAH; Melanie Wade, WASH; Kate Sommer, WSU.
Freshman: Tyler Spriggs, ARIZ; Naghede Abu, COLO; Lindsey Vander Weide, ORE; Kayla Ellis, OSU; Baylee Johnson, USC; Berkeley Oblad, USC; McKenna Woodford, WSU.

2015 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offensive Defensive Freshman
Aug. 31 Samantha Bricio, USC Kalei Mau, ARIZ Hayley Hodson, STAN

IN THE PRESEASON

Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll & All-Pac-12 Team | AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll


HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

o The Pac-12 has captured six of the last 14 NCAA crowns (2011 - UCLA, 2005 - Washington, 2004 - Stanford, 2003 - USC, 2002 - USC, 2001 - Stanford) and 14 NCAA titles overall.

o The Pac-12 has had 10 or more All-Americans selections in eight of the last 10 years. Last year, 11 were named to the AVCA All-America squad, the most since 13 were selected in 2009. Ten former Pac-12 players have earned All-America honors four times, while another 18 players in all have earned All-American honors three times.

o Since 1990, Pac-12 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors 13 times, including the last four of the last five years - CAL's Carli Lloyd (2010), USC's Alex Jupiter (2011), ORE's Alaina Bergsma (2012) and WASH's Krista Vansant (2013). The NCAA Honda Sports Award honor has been bestowed upon a Pac-12 volleyball player 13 times, including Vansant in 2013.

o The current group of Pac-12 volleyball coaches enters the 2015 season with nearly 5,000 Division I victories to its credit, having compiled 4,822 wins in a combined 219 years of head coaching experience. That averages out to nearly 23 wins a season for each coach per season. In addition, these coaches have guided NCAA Division I teams to 38 NCAA semifinal appearances and eight NCAA titles. In the last 13 years, seven different coaches have been named the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year and/or the AVCA Coach of the Year - Arizona's David Rubio (2001 ASICS), California's Rich Feller (2007 ASICS, 2010 ASICS and AVCA), Stanford's John Dunning (2001 AVCA), UCLA's Mike Sealy (2011 AVCA), USC's Mick Haley (2003 AVCA), Washington's Jim McLaughlin (2004 ASICS and AVCA), and UCLA's Andy Banachowski (2006 ASICS and AVCA).

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