1 vs. 2 showdown as Pac-12 volleyball takes on top teams

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The Pac-12 is off to another hot start in 2014, going 32-3 in the first weekend of play, including 20 victories by virtue of three-set sweeps. Two of those wins were on home floors of top-25 opponents: STANFORD defeated then-No. 7 Nebraska in Lincoln, while ARIZONA STATE pulled off an upset at then-No. 17 Hawai’i in what is one of the historically toughest places to play in NCAA Division I volleyball. Both those victories were also by straight-sets. League teams posted quality wins over power conferences including the Big Ten (2-1) and Big 12 (2-0) ... This week’s AVCA Poll boasts six Pac-12 teams in the top 25, led by the Cardinal at No. 2. Also ranked are WASHINGTON at No. 5 and USC at No. 6. After their big upset over the weekend, the Sun Devils moved up to No. 17 while OREGON and ARIZONA broke into the top 25 at 22nd and 23rd, respectively ... A big clash between the Pac-12 and Big Ten is scheduled for this weekend, with Stanford hosting UCLA and both will take on defending NCAA Champion Penn State and Illinois. Friday’s matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, as will Sunday’s finale between the Cardinal and the Illini ... Other highlights to this week’s slate are Iowa visiting ASU, while OREGON visits Hawai’i. The Trojans also take a road trip to Lexington, Ky., to participate in the Commonwealth Classic to take on three ranked opponents ... The first weekly honors of the season went to the Wildcats’ Madi Kingdon, who was tabbed the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the week. The Cardinal’s Inky Ajanaku was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, and OREGON STATE’s Mary-Kate Marshall was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

Thursday, September 4
#22 Oregon vs. St. John’s (Neb.) (1), 4 p.m. HT

Friday, September 5
Alabama State at #23 Arizona (2), 10:30 a.m. PT
Loyola Chicago at #23 Arizona (2), 7 p.m. PT
UAB at #17 Arizona State (3), 2 p.m. PT
Idaho State at #17 Arizona State (3), 7 p.m. PT
California vs. Radford (4), 10 a.m. MT
California vs. North Dakota State (4), 4:30 p.m. MT
Portland State at Colorado (5), 7 p.m. MT
#22 Oregon at #17 Hawai’i (1), 6:30 p.m. HT
#22 Oregon State vs. Pacific (6), 4 p.m. PT
#1 Penn State at #2 Stanford (7), 6 p.m. PT (P12N)
UCLA vs. #9 Illinois (7), 8 p.m. PT (P12N)
USC at #16 Kentucky (8), 7 p.m. CT
Washington at #10 BYU (9), 7 p.m. MT
Washington State vs. IUPUI (10), 12 p.m. ET
Washington State at Notre Dame (10), 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, September 6
CSU Northridge at #23 Arizona (2), 6 p.m. PT
California at New Mexico State (4), 1 p.m. MT
Georgia Southern at Colorado (5), 12 p.m. MT
Pittsburg at Colorado (5), 7:30 p.m. MT
#22 Oregon vs. New Mexico (1), 1:30 p.m. HT
Oregon State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (6), 10 a.m. PT
Oregon State at Seattle (6), 7 p.m. PT
UCLA vs. #1 Penn State (7), 4 p.m. PT
USC vs. Creighton (8), 11 a.m. CT
USC vs. Northern Iowa (8), 5 p.m. CT
Utah vs. Cal Poly (11), 11 a.m. PT
Utah at St. Mary’s (Calif.) , 7 p.m. PT
Washington vs. Utah Valley (9), 10 a.m. MT
Washington vs. UMBC (9), 5 p.m. MT
Washington State vs. Western Michigan (10), 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, September 7
Iowa at #17 Arizona State (3), 1 p.m. PT (P12N)
#9 Illinois at #2 Stanford (7), 11 a.m. PT (P12N)

1 - Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii; 2 - Arizona Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.; 3 - Residence Inn Challenge, Tempe, Ariz.; 4 - New Mexico State Tournament, Las Cruces, N.M.; 5 - Omni Classic, Boulder, Colo.; 6 - Seattle University Invite, Seattle, Wash.; 7 - Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge, Stanford, Calif.; 8 - Commonwealth Classic, Lexington, Ky.; 9 - BYU Invitational, Provo, Utah; 10 - Notre Dame Golden Dome Invite, Notre Dame, Ind.; 11 - Moraga, Calif. 

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