Roundup: Spotlight on volleyball

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Three Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams take the court in the round of 16 in the NCAA tourney on Friday, and while it was the Krista Vansant Show against LSU last weekend, the Huskies look to attain balance in Los Angeles, starting at 5 p.m. PT with a match against Kansas. Gregg Bell can do it all.


Right after that match on the same court, the Trojans will host BYU in an NCAA regional semifinal. Can the USC athletic department inch closer to another national championship after men’s water polo did the deed last weekend?


And last, but not least, we have our Stanford crew. Turns out that the Cardinal will be crashing a B1G party in SEC country, as Stanford takes on Minnesota in one regional semi and Michigan State meets Penn State in another. Last weekend, UCLA crashed an all-ACC Final Four to win the women’s soccer title; you’re up next, John Dunning.

Oregon State

Bigtime congratulations are in order for Brandin Cooks for winning the Biletnikoff Award (top WR in the nation).


A bunch of Pac-12 footballers earned All-American honors, and here’s a little taste of that with Bruins earning football All-America honors: Anthony Barr, Xavier Su’a-Filo and Myles Jack all got the nod.

Washington State

Jacob Thorpe writes that the Cougs’ bowl return is seen as a sign of bigger things.


In pointing out some promising academic statistics for Cal student-athletes, Cal Chancellor Nicholas Dirks says that Cal still has “serious work to do” to help its student-athletes even more. There has been a much greater emphasis placed on academics for Cal athletics in light of low graduation rates for football players.


There aren’t many better college basketball follows on Twitter than Jon Rothstein, and he writes that the versatile Brandon Ashley is thriving as Arizona’s unsung presence.


Games don’t get bigger in the Beehive State than Utah-BYU, and although BYU has owned the series in men’s basketball as of late (seven straight wins), the Utes are ready to make the BYU rivalry competitive again. Pac-12 Networks at 7 p.m. PT tomorrow night to watch Utah face one of its biggest non-conference tests of the season.

Arizona State

How’s about you watch this video feature on Arizona State teammates with Jordan Bachynski? Find out who the best dancer is and who has the worst taste in music on the team.


Big game for the 15th-ranked Quacks (AP, 11th USA Today) against Illinois in Portland, and former Grant High star Mike Moser expects raucous support in his Portland homecoming. He thinks that at least 150 friends and family members will attend the game- looks like nobody else on Oregon will have any tickets to give to loved ones.


It might be tough to get up for a game against Elon after beating Kansas in thrilling fashion, but the Buffs can’t sleep against the Phoenix tonight because Elon shoots 51 percent from the field (das good). Pac-12 Networks at 5:30 p.m. PT tonight if you want to tune in for some men’s basketball fun.

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