Roundup: Stanford women's volleyball to face Nebraska for national title
Stanford women’s volleyball advanced to the NCAA title match after sweeping BYU (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) Thursday night. The Cardinal, which avenged its only loss of the season in the process, held the Cougars to a negative hitting percentage and will face Nebraska in Saturday’s final.
In other volleyball news, Washington State associate head coach Burdette Greeny was named AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, the AVCA announced Thursday.
Bowl season begins Saturday around the country and in the Pac-12 with Arizona State playing Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, and Michelle Gardner reports that linebacker Merlin Robertson will miss the Las Vegas Bowl due to a family emergency. That’s a big loss considering Robertson was named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.
A night after scoring a career-high 39 points in leading his team to a big win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Dinwiddie agreed to a three-year, $34 million contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets. Dinwiddie is averaging 16.9 points per game this season, a year after finishing third in voting for Most Improved Player.
Former USC women’s basketball star Lisa Leslie was selected as a recipient of the 2019 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (recognizing distinguished athletes on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate careers). Leslie, a three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year at USC, went on to win a WNBA title and was a four-time Olympian.
The University of Oregon and Fanatics agreed to a 10-year deal that will make Fanatics a licensee, manufacturer and retailer for Oregon gear beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Per the Sports Business Daily article linked above, “this is the first bundled-rights deal of its kind for Fanatics with a university.”
Jon Wilner writes that Washington football will be the barometer for the Pac-12’s postseason success. No pressure in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State, Huskies.
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley says that if he’s cleared to play, he’ll start in the Holiday Bowl against Northwestern. Dirk Facer of the Deseret News has the story. Huntley has been out since hurting his shoulder in a Nov. 3 loss at Arizona State.
Joe Londergan of Front Office Sports details how Oregon State football helps its players get ready for life after the gridiron with the Beyond Football initiative started by then-head coach Mike Riley and Varsity OSU director Scott Spiegelberg, with former OSU kicker Alexis Serna being the program’s director.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times features UCLA men’s basketball guard Jaylen Hands and his “pass-first mentality.” Hands currently leads the Pac-12 with 6.8 assists per game.
Bruce Pascoe tells us that Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller is trying to figure out why the Wildcats have lapses during an eight-minute stretch in the first half between the under-16 and under-8 minute media timeouts.
California Golden Blogs helps us prepare for the Cheez-It Bowl by looking at how Cal can attack the TCU defense.