Stanford volleyball represents Pac-12 in NCAA Semifinal
• 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 teams 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.
• Stanford head coach Kevin Hambly is in his first season with the Cardinal, leading it to the program’s 17th all-time Pac-12 title. Sophomore Kathryn Plummer is the Pac-12 Player of the Year, one year after being voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and AVCA National Freshman of the Year. She is just the second player in league history and first since 1989 to earn freshman and player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons.
• Sophomore teammates Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz were also voted the Pac-12 Setter and Libero of the Year, respectively. Joining the list of honorees were OREGON STATE’s Mark Barnard who was tabbed the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after a campaign the saw the Beavers accomplishments not seen in decades. OSU’s Kylee McLaughlin was picked the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• A combined 16 Pac-12 players were named to the AVCA Pacific North and Pacific South All-Region teams. Regional Player of the Year nods were given to Plummer (Pacific North) and UTAH’s Adora Anae (Pacific South). OREGON STATE’s Kylee McLaughlin and COLORADO’s Brynna Deluzio were selected the Pacific North and Pacific South Freshmen of the Year, respectively.
• Joining Stanford among the top-16-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament were No. 8-seeded WASHINGTON, No. 10-seeded USC, No. 11-seeded UTAH and No. 15-seeded UCLA. COLORADO, OREGON, OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE earned bids, as well.
• The Pac-12 has won a record 15 of 36 NCAA titles awarded, including 13 of the last 26.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (PST)
Thursday, Dec. 14 -Semifinal, Kansas City, Missouri
No. 3-seed STANFORD at No. 2-seed Florida, 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET • ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 16 -Final, Kansas City, Missouri
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (PST)
|Thursday, Dec. 14|
|#3 STANFORD vs. #2 Florida||ESPN||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 16|
2017 PAC-12 VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oct. 3: Brittany Abercrombie, USC, ESPNW National Player of the Week
Oct. 10: Adora Anae, Utah, Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Women Player of the Week
Oct. 10: Adora Anae, Utah, ESPNW Player of the Week
Nov. 2: Kathryn Plummer, Stanford, ESPNW Player of the Week
Nov. 14: Khalia Lanier, USC, AVCA National Player of the Week
• The Pac-12 has captured seven of the last 16 NCAA crowns (2016 - Stanford, 2011 - UCLA, 2005 - Washington, 2004 - Stanford, 2003 - USC, 2002 - USC, 2001 - Stanford) and a record 15 NCAA titles overall.
• Pac-12 coaches have led NCAA Division I teams to 39 NCAA semifinal appearances and eight NCAA titles. In the last 15 years, seven different coaches have been named the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year and/or the AVCA Coach of the Year.
• The Pac-12 has had 10 or more All-Americans selections in eight of the last 11 years. Ten former Pac-12 players have earned All-America honors four times, while 20 players in all have earned All-American honors three times.
• Since 1990, Pac-12 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors 14 times, including the five of the last seven - CAL’s Carli Lloyd (2010), USC’s Alex Jupiter (2011), ORE’s Alaina Bergsma (2012), WASH’s Krista Vansant (2013) and the latest honoree in USC’s Samantha Bricio (2015). The NCAA Honda Sports Award honor has been bestowed upon a Pac-12 volleyball player 14 times, including Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku in 2016.