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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Aug. 31, 2022

Aug 31, 2022
Stanford Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Statistics // Record Book

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • 29 matches will fill the Pac-12 women's volleyball slate from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4, which will be highlighted by four top 25 matchups. 
  • Arizona will head to Chapel Hill to participate in the UNC Tournament, while Arizona State will compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, GA. 
  • California is set to play at Lockhart Arena in the Utah Valley Tournament, while Colorado will host the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge in Boulder, which will also feature Conference foes, No. 14 Washington. 
  • No. 18 Oregon will serve host to UC Davis and Rice for the Oregon Invitational, while Oregon State is set to compete in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in Houston.
  • No. 23 UCLA will travel to Honolulu to take the court in the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge, while No. 25 USC will have a challenging weekend at the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha. 
  • Utah looks to have a strong outing in Lafayette at the Purdue Tournament, while Washington State will host the Cougar Challenge in Pullman. 
  • Three unranked Pac-12 teams look to make noise and shake up the polls when Arizona State meets No. 5 Georgia Tech on Saturday (1 p.m PT), while Colorado will take on No. 19 Illinois on Saturday (1:30 p.m PT) and Utah faces off against No. 11 Purdue on Friday (4:30 p.m PT). 

UPCOMING TOP 25 MATCHUPS

  • No. 25 USC at No. 17 Creighton - Friday - 5:30 p.m PT/6:30 p.m. MST (FloSports) 
  • No. 25 USC vs. No. 16 Kentucky - Saturday - 3 p.m PT/4 p.m. MST (FloSports)
  • No. 12 Stanford vs. No. 1 Texas - Sunday - 1 p.m PT/2 p.m MST ( Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area) 
  • No. 14 Washington vs. No. 19 Illinois - Sunday - 10 a.m PT/11 a.m MST (Pac-12 Insider)

AVCA NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • After week one of the 2022 season five Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25, which was revealed Monday, Aug. 29. The Conference’s five programs in the week one poll are the second-most among all leagues.
  • Stanford leads the group at No. 12, followed by No. 14 Washington, No. 18 Oregon, No. 23 UCLA and No. 25 USC, while Utah and Washington State are receiving votes.

EARLY SUCCESS 

  • Pac-12 teams are a combined 24-8 (.750) so far on the season, which includes five unbeaten squads in Arizona (3-0), Colorado (3-0), No. 25 USC (3-0), No. 12 Stanford (3-0) and No. 18 Oregon (2-0). 
  • The Cardinal has clinched the Conference's biggest victory of the young season after defeating No. 13 Florida on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the swamp. Stanford looks to top that victory when they face off against No. 1 Texas in Maples Pavilion on Sunday.

IMPACT PLAYERS

  • Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller claims the first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor, while fellow teammate Mimi Colyer brings home Freshman of the Week. Nuneviller averaged a conference-leading kills per set (5.00), a mark that currently sits tied for eighth in the nation. Her 28-kill performance against Long Beach State is her fifth career-match with at least 25 or more kills. She also notched her 49th career double-double during the opening weekend. Colyer opened her collegiate career with a double-double, tallying 16 kills and 12 digs against Long Beach State. In the same match, she recorded the match-winning ace in the five-set victory. She followed that performance with a match-high 13 kills in a straight-set win against Portland State, which included the match-winning kill. 
  • Colorado's Alexia Kuehl earned her first career Conference honor, as she nabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after leading the league in blocks (22) after the first week of play, which is tied for sixth in the NCAA. She recorded her first career double-double with 10 blocks and 11 kills against Denver. Her block per set average (1.83) ranks her second in the Conference and tied for 15th in the nation.
  • Colorado's Meegan Hart is tied for 10th in the nation in hitting percentage (.543) after recording 40 kills in opening week, while also picking up her first career double-double. 
  • Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller is tied for eighth in kills per set (5.00) after a stellar start to her Senior campaign. 
  • The Pac-12 has two featured in the national top 10 in assists per set, as Washington's Ella May Powell ranks eighth (11.88) and USC's Mia Tuaniga is tied for 10th (11.67) in the nation.
  • California's Lydia Grote ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per set (5.79) and tied for 12th in total kills (57), while Stanford's Sami Francis ranks tied for sixth in the nation in blocks per set (2.00).

NUMBERS TO WATCH

  • Washington’s Ella May Powell leads all active NCAA players with 5,061 career assists, which ranks her 14th in Pac-12 history. She also ranks first in the nation in career sets (478), fourth in matches (124), while sitting sixth in both assists per set (10.59) and service aces (143). 
  • Washington State's Laura Jansen (1,120), Washington's Claire Hoffman (1,111) and Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller (1,065) are among Pac-12 players with more than 1,000 career kills.
  • Jasen also ranks 24th among all active NCAA player with 3,493 career total attacks.
  • Washington State's Magda Jehlarova career hitting percentage (.367) ranks her 11th among active players, while Oregon's Karson Bacon ranks 15th (.355) in the same category. 
  • UCLA's Matti McKissock, a transfer from Georgia Tech, ranks seventh in the nation in career assists (4,173), while Oregon State's Inna Balyko, a transfer from Rutgers, is tied for 17th in the same category (3,493). 
  • UCLA's Mackenzie Cole, a grad-transfer from Duke, ranks 12th in career digs (1,677) and tied for 12th in total career service aces (126). 
  • Along with Cole, Nuneviller (1,670) and Powell (1,123), Arizona's Kamaile Hiapo (1,127), Colorado's Brynna DeLuzio (1,190) and Oregon’s Georgia Murphy (1,111) are also over 1,000 career digs.
  • Jehlarova also finds herself ranked fifth among all active NCAA players in total blocks (436), which is tied for 53rd in Pac-12 history. 

OLYMPIANS MADE HERE

  • Four Pac-12 volleyball alumnae were Olympians at the 200 Summer Games in Tokyo and three 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.

HOW TO WATCH

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

  • Pac-12 institutions have won 17 of the 41 all-time NCAA championships in women’s volleyball, four more than the next closest conference (Big Ten), and four of the past 11.
  • The Conference has had at least five teams earn NCAA Tournament bids in 30 consecutive seasons and boasts eight postseason berths in five of the past nine tournaments.
  • The Pac-12 has had 10 or more first, second and third-team All-America selections in 13 of the last 17 seasons.
  • 13 former Pac-12 players have earned first, second or third-team All-America honors four times, while 27 players have earned All-America honors three times, with Ella May Powell garnering her third nod last season.
  • Since 1990, Pac-12 players have garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors 15 times, including the seven of the last 12 - 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 46 years of existence, including most recently Stanford’s Jenna Gray in 2019.