Marquee Matchups Highlight Women's Volleyball Schedule
The 2013 Pac-12 Networks women's volleyball schedule features some key early conference showdowns and a slew of marquee Wednesday night matchups.
After airing five nonconference matches, including the season-opener between Portland State and 2012 national runner-up Oregon, the networks dive into conference play with 11 contests during the first week of the Pac-12 season. The first conference matches to be televised will take place on September 24, wtih a doubleheader featuring Colorado and Utah at 6 p.m. PT followed by Arizona at Arizona State at 8 p.m.
The second week of the Pac-12 season will have Stanford, which spent most of last season as the No. 1 team in the country, traveling to Southern California to take on USC and UCLA. The Cardinal, USC and UCLA all figure to be highly ranked in the preseason and those matches could provide early separation in the conference standings. Stanford, which lost in the Elite Eight of last year's NCAA Tournament, visits UCLA on Oct 2 at 7:30 p.m. and then USC on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
The Stanford-UCLA match is one of many premier Wednesday night matchups throughout the season. Others include Oregon at Stanford on Oct. 23, USC at Stanford on Oct. 30, UCLA at Washington on Nov. 13, Washington at Stanford on Nov. 20 and USC at UCLA on Nov. 27.
Other highlights of the Pac-12 Networks' schedule include another pivotal early-season tilt between Oregon and Washington. The Huskies were a top-10 team throughout last season and return explosive hitter Krista Vansant. USC visits Oregon on Oct. 13, Stanford takes on Washington on Oct. 20, Washington travels to the L.A. schools the last weekend of October while USC and UCLA visit Stanford during the first week of November.
Arizona State, which made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 last season, will appear on the networks 16 times. Cal, which played in the postseason for the 11th straight year in 2012, also is slated for 16 Pac-12 Networks matches.