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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Sept. 7, 2022

Sep 7, 2022
Colorado Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Statistics // Record Book

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • 32 matches will fill the Pac-12 women's volleyball slate from Thursday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 11, which will be highlighted by five top 25 matchups. 
  • Arizona will head to San Diego to participate in the Aztec Invitational, while Arizona State will compete in the Baylor Invitational in Waco, TX. 
  • California will open up its home slate as the Bears host the Cal Tournament at Haas Pavilion, while Colorado looks to remain unbeaten in Fayetteville for the Arkansas Invitational. 
  • No. 18 Oregon will head to Minneapolis, along with Conference foe No. 11 Stanford, for the continuation of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge, while Oregon State opens up its home schedule as host for the Asics Invitational.
  • Utah will continue their road schedule as they will take the court at Jenny Craig Pavilion for the USD Invitational, while No. 13 Washington is set to host the Husky Invitational in Seattle.
  • Washington State will travel to Connecticut for the Fairfield Invitational. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS

  • No. 13 Washington vs. No. 24 Pepperdine - Friday - 11:00 a.m PT/12:00 p.m. MST (Pac-12 Insider
  • No. 11 Stanford vs. No. 20 Penn State - Friday - 2:30 p.m PT/3:30 p.m. MST (BTN)
  • No. 18 Oregon at No. 3 Minnesota - Friday - 5:30 p.m PT/6:30 p.m MST (BTN
  • Arizona State at No. 15 Baylor - Saturday - 9:30 a.m PT/10:30 a.m MST (Big 12 Now / ESPN+)
  • No. 18 Oregon vs. No. 20 Penn State - Saturday - 2:30 p.m PT/3:30 p.m. MST (BTN Plus)
  • No. 11 Stanford vs. No. 3 Minnesota - Saturday - 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m MST (BTN Plus)
  • Utah at No. 12 San Diego - Saturday - 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST (WCC Network)

AVCA NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • After the second week of the 2022 season four Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25, which was revealed Monday, Sept. 5. The Conference’s five programs in the poll are the second-most among all leagues.
  • Stanford leads the group at No. 11, followed by No. 13 Washington, No. 18 Oregon and No. 22 UCLA, while USC, Utah, Colorado and Washington State are receiving votes.

EARLY SUCCESS 

  • Pac-12 teams are a combined 45-16 (.737) through the first two weeks of the season, which includes two unbeaten squads in Colorado (5-0) and No. 18 Oregon (4-0). 
  • The Pac-12 is one of three power five leagues that have a winning percentage of .700 or better, joining the Big Ten (.770) and ACC (.747). 
  • The Conference has taken down two top-25 ranked opponents so far this season, when then-No. 12 Stanford defeated then-No. 13 Florida (3-2) on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Swamp and when then-No.14 Washington took down then-No. 19 Illinois (3-1) on Sept. 4 in a neutral setting.

IMPACT PLAYERS

  • Utah's Madelyn Robinson claims the second Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor on the season after being named to the Reamer Club Xtra Special All Tournament Team. This past weekend she averaged 4.54 kills per set and posted two double-doubles, while setting new career-highs in kills in back-to-back performances. Against Milwaukee she tallied 21 kill with 18 dig, only to top that against then-No.11 Purdue with 26 kills and 16 digs, and finished out the weekend with a match-high in kills (12) against Bradley. She now has three career matches where she has hit the 20-plus kill mark. 
  • Colorado's Alexia Kuehl earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in consecutive week after leading the Buffs to sweeps over then-No.19 Illinois and Iowa. Against Illinois, she recorded a match-high in blocks (5), while playing a huge part in holding the opponent to a .185 hitting percentage. Against Iowa, she was responsible for all of Colorado's seven blocks, to finish the weekend averaging 2.00 in blocks per set. She now leads the Conference in blocks per set (1.89), which is second in the nation.  
  • Oregon's Mimi Colyer brings home Freshman of the Week honors for the second-straight week after a stellar weekend of play. Against UC Davis, she recorded a season-high 21 kills on 30 swings (.667 hitting pct.), which is tied for the second most by any player in the NCAA in a three set match this season. She followed that performance up with 12 kills and 11 digs in the victory against Rice, which was her second double-double of the season. 

PAC-12 IN NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS

  • Colorado's Meegan Hart is third in the nation in hitting percentage (.535), while Stanford's Sami Francis is ranked 10th (.474) and Arizona's Zyonna Fellows is 22nd (.433) in the nation in the same category
  • California's Lydia Grote is 16th in the nation in kills per set (4.79) and eighth in the nation in points per set (5.71), where she leads the Conference in both categories.
  • Stanford's Kendall Kipp also ranks tied for 21st in the nation in points per set (5.07). 
  • The Pac-12 has two featured in the national top 10 in assists per set, as Washington's Ella May Powell ranks fourth (11.87) and USC's Mia Tuaniga is tied for ninth (11.25) in the nation.
  • The Pac-12 has three featured in the national top 20 in blocks per set along with Kuehl (1.89), as Francis is third (1.86) and Washington State's Magda Jehlarova is tied for 18th (1.52) in the nation.
  • Washington State's Karly Basham ranks 25th in the nation in service aces (14), where she leads the Conference. 

NUMBERS TO WATCH

  • Washington’s Ella May Powell leads all active NCAA players with 5,144 career assists, which ranks her 14th in Pac-12 history. She also ranks first in the nation in career sets (485), fourth in matches (126) and assist per set (10.61), while sitting sixth in career service aces (144). 
  • Washington State's Laura Jansen (1,160), Washington's Claire Hoffman (1,140), Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller (1,089), Arizona State's Iman Isanovic (1,045), Oregon's Gloria Mutiri (1,007) and USC's Skylar Fields (1,006) are among Pac-12 players with more than 1,000 career kills.
  • Jasen is also tied for 24th among all active NCAA player with 3,575 career total attacks.
  • Washington State's Magda Jehlarova leads the NCAA in career blocks per set (1.43) and third in total blocks (456), while her hitting percentage (.366) ranks her 11th among active players. Her total block number is 48th in Pac-12 history.  
  • Oregon's Karson Bacon ranks 17th (.356) in hitting percentage. 
  • UCLA's Matti McKissock, a transfer from Georgia Tech, ranks sixth in the nation in career assists (4,292), while Oregon State's Inna Balyko, a transfer from Rutgers, ranks 17th in the same category (3,571). 
  • McKissock also ranks 15th in the NCAA in assists per set (10.12) and 18th in total career matches (120).
  • UCLA's Mackenzie Cole, a grad-transfer from Duke, ranks 10th in total career service aces (135) and 12th in career digs (1,715).
  • Along with Cole, Nuneviller, who ranks 14th in the NCAA (1,697), and Powell (1,138) joins Colorado's Brynna DeLuzio (1,204), Arizona's Kamaile Hiapo (1,163) and Oregon’s Georgia Murphy (1,142) who are also over 1,000 career digs.

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.