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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Nov. 10, 2021

Nov 10, 2021
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Schedule // Standings // Statistics // NCAA Statistics // Record Book

THE PAC-12 TITLE RACE HEATS UP

  • Three top-25 matches highlight the Pac-12 women’s volleyball schedule with three weeks remaining in the regular season. 
  • No. 20 Stanford hosts No. 13 Washington on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT and No. 21 Washington State on Saturday at 8 p.m. PT. The Cardinal/Husky match will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area.
  • On Sunday, No. 17 Oregon hosts No. 12 UCLA at noon PT on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Oregon.
  • The Bruins are currently in sole possession of first place with a 12-2 Conference record after road victories over then-No. 16 Utah (3-2) and Colorado (3-0).
  • Following weekend sweeps of Arizona State and Arizona, the Huskies remain one game back at 11-3. 
  • The Cougars are third with a 10-4 mark, while the Utes and Ducks are tied for fourth at 9-5.
  • Four Conference matches will be televised this weekend on the Pac-12 Networks.​​​​
    • Thursday
      • No. 13 Washington at No. 20 Stanford // 7 p.m. PT // Pac-12 Bay Area
    • Friday
      • Colorado at Arizona State // 1 p.m.  PT // Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Mountain
    • Sunday
      • No. 12 UCLA at No.17 Oregon // noon PT // Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Oregon 
      • No. 13 Washington at California // noon PT // Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Washington

LAST WEEK

  • Oregon, UCLA, Washington and Washington State went 2-0 last weekend, while Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford and Utah split each of their two matchups.
  • Both Washington schools went unbeaten in their weekends at home against Arizona and Arizona State. The Huskies have now won 11 of 12 and the Cougars collected their first season sweep of the Arizona schools since 2016.
  • The Ducks picked up a pair of victories in the Bay Area, including its first-ever season sweep of the Cardinal and first win at Stanford since 2011.
  • Off to their best start since their national championship season of 2011, UCLA upped its winning streak to six with results at Utah (3-2) and Colorado (3-0).
  • The Bruins have the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation among Power 5 programs, behind Louisville (23), Georgia Tech (10) and Mississippi State (8). 
  • Additionally last Friday, Colorado won against USC (3-1), and Oregon State was victorious at Cal (3-0).
  • On Sunday, Utah picked up a home victory over USC (3-1), and Stanford beat Oregon State in Maples Pavilion (3-1).

RPI REPORT

  • In the NCAA's most recent RPI report the Pac-12 has six programs in the top 31, which is tied with the ACC for the second-most among all league (Big Ten - 8). No. 8 UCLA leads the way for the Conference, followed by  No. 18 Washington  and No. 21 Utah, No. 22 Oregon, No. 30 Stanford and No. 31 Washington State.
  • Eleven teams in the nation have at least four wins against the RPI top 25 this season and three are from the Pac-12 in UCLA (5-1), Utah (4-2) and Stanford (4-7).
  • UCLA and Utah are two of 12 programs in the country with winning records against RPI top 25 opponents (Wisconsin, Louisville, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Creighton, Texas, Houston, Boise State).
  • Stanford’s 11 matches against RPI top-25 foes are the most in the country.

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. 8 in No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Washington, No. 16 Utah, No. 17 Oregon, No. 20 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 11 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 (2,113) and is fifth 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 fourth in the NCAA this season in kills per set (5.07) and fourth in points per set (5.60).
  • Also with 1,026 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, Washington's Claire Hoffman was voted Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career, Washington State's Magda Jehlarova was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, her eighth career weekly Conference honor, and Oregon's Kiari Robey earned Freshman of the Week accolades for the first time this season.

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS

  • In addition to Drews, UCLA's Mac May is fifth among active players and 18th in the Pac-12 record book with 1,908 career kills. May also has 154 career aces, which is 15th among active NCAA players and tied for 10th in Conference history. Her 4.77 kills per set average this season is ninth nationally and her 5.32 points per set are 12th.
  • Washington's Lauren Sanders is second among active Division I players in career blocks with 620, a total that is also eighth in Pac-12 history. Sanders also ranks 18th in blocks per set (1.35) nationally this season. 
  • Utah's Stef Jankiewicz, a transfer from Illinois State, tops active NCAA career leaders in assists with 5,648, while Washington's Ella May Powell is eighth in that category (4,614). Powell is 16th in Conference history in assists.
  • Oregon State’s Grace Massey is 12th among active NCAA players with 2,075 career digs, a total which is ninth in Conference history.

MORE NCAA RANKS

  • Stanford is 24th nationally in assists per set (12.77) and is led by three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Kami Miner, who is seventh in the NCAA in that category (11.23).
  • Stanford, UCLA and Washington are all in the top-20 in the nation in hitting percentage, with the Bruins 14th (.277), the Huskies 15th (.276) and the Cardinal 19th (.273).
  • Defensively, Stanford is also 24th in blocks per set (2.61), while Oregon is 27th (2.59) and UCLA is 33rd (2.54). Individually, three from the Conference are in the top 25 in the category in addition to Sanders. Washington State's Magda Jehlářová in sixth (1.43) and Stanford's McKenna Vicini is 24th (1.32).
  • Oregon's Karson Bacon is 17th in the country in hitting percentage (.413), Jehlářová is 19th (.407) and Washington's Marin Grote is 22nd (.399).

BIG NUMBERS

  • Against Arizona State on Nov. 7, Washington State's Magda Jehlářová had a career-high 21 kills on 25 attempts to hit .840 as a three-rotation player. It's the third-best percentage for a Pac-12 player with 20+ attempts all-time and the best since 2006. It's also the 18th-best hitting percentage in NCAA history for a player with 20+ attempts and the fifth-best in NCAA single-match history for a player with 20+ kills.
  • 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.