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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Nov. 3, 2021

Nov 3, 2021
Ross Turtleltaub/UCLA Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Statistics // NCAA Statistics // Record Book

PAC-12 TURNS PAGE TO WEEK 11

  • Two top-25 matches highlight the Pac-12 women’s volleyball schedule, as four weeks remain in the regular season. 
  • On Thursday, No. 18 Oregon takes on No. 19 Stanford in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Oregon, while on Friday No. 16 Utah hosts No. 13 UCLA at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain.
  • The Bruins are currently in sole possession of first place with a 10-2 record after beating then-No. 8 Washington in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday night. The Huskies are alone in second with a 9-3 mark. 
  • Utah and No. 21 Washington State are tied for third, a game back of Washington at 8-4.
  • Side-by-side in the national rankings, the Ducks and Cardinal are also currently tied for fifth in the Conference standings with 7-5 records.
  • Winners of nine straight before Sunday's result at UCLA, No. 12 Washington will host Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday. The Sun Devils have won five in a row and are third among teams receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25.
  • In total, six of the Conference’s 12 matches will be televised this weekend on the Pac-12 Networks.​​​​
    • Thursday
      • No. 18 Oregon at No. 19 Stanford // 7 p.m. PT // Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Oregon
    • Friday
      • No. 13 UCLA at No. 16 Utah // 6 p.m.  PT // Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain
    • Sunday
      • No. 13 UCLA at Colorado // 11 a.m. PT // Pac-12 Los Angeles 
      • USC at No. 16 Utah // 11 a.m. PT // Pac-12 Mountain 
      • Arizona State at No. 21 Washington State // 11:30 a.m. PT // Pac-12 Arizona 
      • Arizona at No. 12 Washington // 12 p.m. PT // Pac-12 Washington 

LAST WEEK

  • Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Utah went 2-0 last weekend, while Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington State split each of their two matchups.
  • Both Arizona schools went unbeaten in their weekends at home against the Bay Area schools. The Wildcats' Friday sweep of the No. 15 Cardinal was their first ranked win of the season and they followed that up with a sweep of California on Sunday.
  • Arizona State extended its winning streak to five after two victories over the Golden Bears (3-0) and Cardinal (3-1). The Sun Devils are currently on a five-match winning streak, with three of those five wins coming against ranked opponents. It's the first time since 2018 that ASU has defeated three ranked opponents in one season and the winning streak is its longest since that same season.
  • The Sun Devils have the fifth-longest active winning streak in the nation among Power 5 programs, behind only Louisville (21), Texas (17), Kentucky (10), Baylor (6).
  • The Bruins were victorious against Washington State (3-2) and Washington to move to a perfect 7-0 at home this season. UCLA's 17-3 record matches its best through 20 matches since their national-championing winning season of 2011. The Bruins are in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 for the first time since 1999, which was also the year of their last conference championship.
  • The Utes picked up a top 25 road win over then-No. 17 Oregon (3-0) on Friday and followed that up with another win at Oregon State (3-1) on Sunday to secure their first road sweep over the Oregon schools since 2016. 
  • Additionally last Friday, Colorado won at Oregon State (3-1), Washington was victorious at USC (3-1).
  • On Sunday, Oregon picked up a victory at home over the Buffs (3-2), while Washington State swept USC (3-0) on the road.

RPI REPORT

  • In the NCAA's most recent RPI report the Pac-12 has three programs in the top 20. No. 8 UCLA leads the way for the Conference, followed by  No. 18 Washington  and No. 19 Utah. Three other Conference teams find their way in the top 40, as Oregon is No. 26, Stanford is No. 28, and Washington State is No. 36.
  • The Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee revealed its top 10 rankings on Sunday and UCLA checked in at No. 10. 
  • Eleven teams in the nation have at least three wins against the RPI top 25 this season and two are from the Pac-12 in UCLA (3-1) and Stanford (3-5).
  • UCLA is one of ten programs in the country with a winning record against RPI top 25 opponents (Pittsburgh, Louisville, Wisconsin, Texas, Creighton, Boise State, Houston, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin).
  • Stanford’s eight matches against RPI top 25 foes are tied for second most in the country, behind only Pittsburgh (9).

SIX IN AVCA TOP 25

  • Six Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are ranked in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Nov. 1 in No. 12 Washington, No. 13 UCLA, No. 16 Utah, No. 18 Oregon, No. 19 Stanford and No. 21 Washington State.
  • The Conference’s six programs in the poll are the second most among all leagues (Big Ten - 7).

NONCONFERENCE RECAP

  • Pac-12 programs closed the nonconference portions of their schedules with a combined record of 78-36 (.684), the fourth-best among all leagues (ACC .790, Big 12 .747, Big Ten .712).
  • The Pac-12 went 6-12 against Top 25 opponents and 13-17 against Power 5 foes in non-league play in 2021.
  • No. 17 Stanford collected three of those ranked wins, toppling then-No. 5 Florida (3-1), then-No. 18 Penn State (3-2) and then-No. 6 Nebraska (3-1) during an Aug. 31-Sept. 19 gauntlet that featured six consecutive Top 25 foes, including four in the Top 10. 
  • Oregon swept then-No. 18 Penn State and Washington downed then-No. 22 Pepperdine (3-1) on Sept. 10 and Utah earned its best true road victory in program history with a stunning 3-2 comeback triumph at then-No. 3 Nebraska on Sept. 11 for the Pac-12's other nonconference Top 25 wins.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  • Pac-12 players have won three of the 10 Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week awards this season, a total which leads all conferences.
  • Arizona State’s Iman Isanovic claimed the honor on Oct. 26 after stellar performances in road wins over then-No. 18 Utah (3-1) and Colorado (3-1). She notched 24 kills against the Utes, her fifth time this season with 20+, and tied her career high with six blocks. In ASU's first win over Utah since 2015, Isanovic added 12 digs to secure her eighth double-double of the season. She also helped the Sun Devils to their first Pac-12 road sweep since 2019 with another 18 kills and eight digs at Colorado.
  • Washington State's Pia Timmer took home the honor on Sept. 28 after she lit it up against Washington with a WSU rally-score record 31 kills on 76 swings and added career-bests in digs (21), blocks (7) and aces (4).
  • Utah's Dani Drews earned the national weekly honor on Sept. 14. Drews, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, is second among active NCAA players in career kills (2,062) and is sixth in Conference history in that category. She is the ninth Pac-12 player to surpass 2,000 career kills and first since USC's Khalia Lanier in 2019. Drews is third in the NCAA this season in kills per set (5.00) and fifth in points per set (5.56).
  • Also with 1,001 career digs, Drews is now the sixth player in Conference history with at least 2,000 kills and 1,000 digs, joining Kristee Porter (UCLA), Kim Glass (Arizona), Alix Klineman (Stanford), Samantha Bricio (USC) and Lanier.
  • On Monday, Utah's Dani Drews was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career, UCLA’s Zoe Fleck was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career and the Arizona's Puk Stubbe earned Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season.

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS

  • In addition to Drews, UCLA's Mac May is fifth among active players and 21st in the Pac-12 record book with 1,866 career kills. May also has 151 career aces, which is tied for 15th among active NCAA players and 12th in Conference history. Her 4.72 kills per set average this season is 10th nationally and her 5.26 points per set are 11th.
  • Washington's Lauren Sanders is second among active Division I players in career blocks with 616, a total that is also eighth in Pac-12 history. Sanders also ranks eighth in blocks per set (1.42) nationally. 
  • Utah's Stef Jankiewicz, a transfer from Illinois State, tops active NCAA career leaders in assists with 5,550, while Washington's Ella May Powell is eighth in that category (4,537). Powell is 17th in Conference history in assists.
  • Oregon State’s Grace Massey is 12th among active NCAA players with 2,046 career digs, a total which is 11th in Conference history.

MORE NCAA RANKS

  • Stanford is twenty-fourth nationally in assists per set (12.77) and is led by three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Kami Miner, who is sixth in the NCAA in that category (11.27).
  • Stanford, UCLA and Washington all sit in the top-20 with the best in the nation in terms of hitting percentage, with the Cardinal 16th (.275), the Bruins 18th (.274), and the Huskies 20th (.272).
  • Defensively, Stanford is also 14th in blocks per set (2.66), while Oregon is 29th (2.56), UCLA is 35th (2.55) and Washington is 37th (2.52). Individually, four from the Conference are in the top 20 in the category, including Sanders, Stanford's McKenna Vicini in 15th (1.38) and Washington State's Magda Jehlářová in 16th (1.38).
  • Oregon's Karson Bacon is 15th in the country in hitting percentage (.416) and California's Bella Bergmark is 19th (.407).

BIG NUMBERS

  • UCLA's Mac May totaled a career-high 39 kills in a five-set victory at Washington State on Oct. 3, the second-most in program history and tied for the sixth-most in Pac-12 history.
  • Her 39 kills were the most by a Bruin since Natalie Williams set the school record with 43 against Hawaii on Sept. 7, 1991 and are tied for the third-most in the NCAA this season.
  • In a five-set victory over then-No. 6 Washington on Sept. 26, Washington State totaled 132 points (25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 44-46, 15-11) to tie the NCAA record for a five-set match in the 25-point scoring era (since 2008), while the Huskies' 46 points in the fourth also tied the NCAA mark for points in a set. Both marks equaled totals from a Nov. 21, 2017 match between Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. The Gaels won the five setter (22-25, 25-22, 44-46, 26-24, 15-11), while the Broncos took the fourth set with 46 points.

PRESEASON POLL REVISIT

  • Washington was voted by the Conference’s women’s volleyball head coaches as the league’s preseason favorite for the 2021 campaign.
  • It’s the fourth time that WASHINGTON has led the Conference’s preseason rankings. The Huskies were previously voted to the top spot in 2017, 2009 and 2005.
  • The preseason favorite has gone on to win the league title 20 times in the 35 years of Pac-12 women’s volleyball, including UW in 2005, which also capped that campaign with one of the Conference’s 17 national championships.

OLYMPIANS AND PARALYMPIANS MADE HERE

  • Five Pac-12 volleyball alumnae were Olympians and Paralympians at the recently concluded Summer Games in Tokyo and four were gold medalists.
  • Four-time All-American and 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year Alix Klineman (Stanford) won a beach volleyball gold medal for the United States playing with April Ross (USC), a three-time All-American and the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year.
  • Sarah Sponcil, who was an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection at UCLA in 2017, was also a beach volleyball Olympian along with USC's Kelly Claes. Claes did not play indoor volleyball during her collegiate career.
  • Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo, a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (2007 and 2008), 2007 AVCA Player of the Year and four-time All-American, helped Team USA take home an Olympic indoor gold medal for the first time. Fellow Cardinal Kathryn Plummer, herself a two-time AVCA Player of the Year (2017 and 2018) was an alternate on that U.S. roster. 
  • Washington's Tamari Miyashiro was an assistant coach of UCLA alumnus Karch Kiraly for Team USA, and legendary UCLA softball head coach Sue Enquist was also on staff as a consultant.
  • At the Tokyo Paralympics, Arizona's Whitney Dosty, who compiled 1,278 kills during her collegiate career in Tucson, won a gold medal in sitting volleyball with Team USA.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

  • Pac-12 institutions have won 17 of the 40 all-time NCAA championships in women’s volleyball, five more than the next closest conference, and four of the past 10.
  • The Conference has had at least five teams earn NCAA Tournament bids in 22 consecutive seasons and boasts eight postseason berths in five of the past eight tournaments.
  • The Pac-12 has had 10 or more first, second and third-team All-America selections in 12 of the last 16 seasons.
  • Eleven former Pac-12 players have earned first, second or third-team All-America honors four times, while 26 players have earned All-America honors three times, with Dani Drews garnering her third nod this past spring.
  • Since 1990, Pac-12 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors 15 times, including the seven of the last 11 - California's Carli Lloyd (2010), USC’s Alex Jupiter (2011), Oregon's Alaina Bergsma (2012), Washington's Krista Vansant (2013), USC’s Samantha Bricio (2015) and Stanford's Kathryn Plummer (2017 and 2018).
  • The Honda Sports Award for volleyball has been bestowed upon a Pac-12 athlete 21 times in its 45 years of existence, including most recently Stanford's Jenna Gray in 2019.