Brent Crouch, the 2016 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year who inherited a winless Portland program and within 2 seasons guided the Pilots to their winningest season in 25 years, has been named the USC women's volleyball head coach, Trojan athletic director Lynn Swann announced today (Jan. 8).
USC women's volleyball sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier (Scottsdale, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) and senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) were each named to the 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Teams on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Both are first-time selections for the national honor.
• STANFORD is making its NCAA-record 21st NCAA semifinal appearance, also making it the 33rd time a Pac-12 team has advanced that far. The third-seeded Cardinal are the defending NCAA Champion, having won its seventh crown last season under the direction of then-head coach John Dunning to tie for the most of any program.
• Nine Pac-12 teams received NCAA Tournament bids, the most of any conference in the country. Five of the teams earned top-16 seeds. It marks the 18th-consecutive years at least six tems have earned tournament berths. League teams went 8-1 in the first round this season, eventually advancing five teams to the round of 16. It marked the 18th time at least three Pac-12 teams reached the regional semifinal round.
The 10th-seeded and 14th-ranked USC women's volleyball team (25-10) suffered a five-set loss (25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 26-24, 15-11) to No. 2 seed Florida (29-1) and was eliminated in the regional final of the 2017 NCAA Division I Championship in Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday, Dec. 9.