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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Sept. 14, 2022

Sep 14, 2022
Washington State Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Statistics // Record Book

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • 27 matches will fill the Pac-12 women's volleyball slate from Thursday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 18, as the Conference heads in to the last week of non-conference play. One top 25 matchup will highlight this weeks schedule. 
  • Arizona will host the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, while Arizona State will visit Lubbock for the Red Raider Classic. 
  • No. 20 Oregon will head to Coral Gables for the Hurricane Invitational, while Oregon State will travel to New Orleans for the Green Wave Invitational.
  • USC is set to host the Trojan Challenge at Galen Center, while No. 18 Washington will hit the road as they will compete in the Bobcat Invitational.
  • Washington State will travel to Minneapolis to face off against a pair of ranked opponents in the Diet Coke Classic.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS

  • Utah vs. No. 15 BYU - Thursday - 6 p.m PT/7:00 p.m. MST (Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Mountain) 
  • Washington State vs. No. 22 Pepperdine - Friday - 3:00 p.m PT/4:00 p.m. MST
  • UCLA at No. 8 San Diego - Friday - 7:00 p.m PT/8:00 p.m MST
  • Washington State vs. No. 6 Minnesota - Saturday - 5:30 PT/6:30 MST
  • No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 3 Louisville - Saturday - 7:00 p.m PT/8:00 p.m MST (Pac-12 Insider)

AVCA NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • After the third week of the 2022 season, three Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25, which was revealed Monday, Sept. 12. 
  • Stanford leads the group at No. 9, followed by No. 18 Washington and No. 20 Oregon, while UCLA, Utah, Washington State, Colorado and USC are receiving votes.

EARLY SUCCESS 

  • Pac-12 teams are a combined 66-28 (.702) through the first three weeks of the season.
  • The Pac-12 is one of four power five leagues that have a winning percentage of .700 or better, joining the ACC (.738), Big Ten (.715) and Big 12 (.700),
  • Stanford has defeated three top-25 ranked opponents on the season, which is the most among all Conference teams.
  • The Cardinal have defeated then-No. 13 Florida (3-2) in the Swamp on Tuesday, Aug. 30, followed that by upsetting then-No. 3 Minnesota (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 10 and then upset then-No.2 Nebraska (3-1) on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Lincoln. 

IMPACT PLAYERS

  • Stanford's Kendall Kipp claims the third Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor on the season after leading the Cardinal in a pair of big matchups against ranked opponents. She notched her first double-double of the season, while posting a match-high in back-to-back outings. Against then-No. 20 Penn State, she recorded a season and match-high in kills (20) while also recording her season-best in digs (10) on a .295 hitting percentage. In the upset win over then-No. 3 Minnesota, she posted a match-high with 17 kills, six digs, three blocks and one ace.
  • Oregon State's Izzi Szulczewski earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career after accomplishing a rare feat over the weekend. Against North Texas, she tallied a match-high 15 digs to go along with nine kills. In the sweep against Portland, she became the first Beaver since 2017 to record a triple-double with 11 kills, 12 assists and 22 digs. She is the first Pac-12 player to post a triple-double since Arizona's Julia Patterson, who accomplished this feat against Utah on Nov. 3, 2019 (10 kills, 46 assists, 13 digs).  
  • Stanford's Elia Rubin brings home Freshman of the Week honors after she posted a career-high six blocks to go with seven kills, six digs and an ace in the outing against then-No. 20 Penn State. In the upset victory against then-No. 3 Minnesota, she notched her first career double-double with a career-high in kills (12) and digs (11).

PAC-12 IN NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS

  • Colorado's Meegan Hart is third in the nation in hitting percentage (.473), as she leads the Conference.
  • California's Lydia Grote is 24th in the nation in kills per set (4.33) and 18th in points per set (5.03), where she leads the Conference in both categories.
  • Utah's Madelyn Robinson is also ranked 28th in the nation in kills per set, while she also ranks 25th in total kills (143).
  • Stanford's Kendall Kipp also ranks 25th in the nation in points per set (4.91). 
  • The Pac-12 has two featured in the national top 15 in assists per set, as USC's Mia Tuaniga ranks seventh (10.90), while Washington's Ella May Powell ranks 12th (10.79) in the nation.
  • The Pac-12 has three featured in the national top 25 in blocks per set along with Colorado's Alexia Kuehl  ranked third (1.79) in the nation, followed by Stanford's Sami Francis at 11th (1.59) and UCLA's Francesca Alupei is 23rd (1.46) in the nation.
  • Kuehl also ranks 17th in the nation in total blocks (47), which leads the Conference. 
  • As a team, Washington State ranks second in the nation in hitting percentage (.329), while Washington ranks 24th in the same category (.280).
  • Washington also ranks 12th in kills per set (14.11), while Utah ranks 24th (13.83). 
  • Two Conference teams rank nationally in the top 15 in assists per set, as Washington is 12th (13.04) and Oregon is 14th (12.96). 
  • Three Conference teams find themselves in the top 10 in opponent hitting percentage, Arizona is second (.121) in the nation, Washington State is third (.121), UCLA is seventh (.125), while Colorado ranks 25th (.145). 
  • Four Pac-12 programs rank in the top 15 in blocks per set as UCLA leads the way at No. 3 (3.08), followed by No. 6 Colorado (3.04), No. 14 Stanford (2.87) and No. 15 Washington State (2.85). 

NUMBERS TO WATCH

  • Washington’s Ella May Powell leads all active NCAA players with 5,268 career assists, which ranks her 12th in Pac-12 history. She also ranks first in the nation in career sets (498), fourth in matches (129) and assist per set (10.58), while sitting sixth in career service aces (147). 
  • Washington State's Laura Jansen (1,190), Washington's Claire Hoffman (1,186), Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller (1,126), Arizona State's Iman Isanovic (1,072), USC's Skylar Fields (1,045), Utah's Madelyn Robinson (1,043) and Oregon's Gloria Mutiri (1,025) are among Pac-12 players with more than 1,000 career kills.
  • Jasen is also ranked 25th among all active NCAA player with 3,635 career total attacks.
  • Washington State's Magda Jehlarova leads the NCAA in career blocks per set (1.42) and third in total blocks (466), while her hitting percentage (.369) ranks her 11th among active players. Her total block number is 44th in Pac-12 history.  
  • Washington's Marin Grote ranks 16th in hitting percentage (.362), while Oregon's Karson Bacon follows closely behind ranked at 18th (.356) among active NCAA players. 
  • UCLA's Matti McKissock, a transfer from Georgia Tech, ranks sixth in the nation in career assists (4,337), while Oregon State's Inna Balyko, a transfer from Rutgers, ranks 17th in the same category (3,670). 
  • McKissock also ranks 14th in the NCAA in assists per set (10.09) and tied for 20th in total career matches (122).
  • UCLA's Mackenzie Cole, a grad-transfer from Duke, ranks 12th in total career service aces (136) and 13th in career digs (1,730).
  • Along with Cole, Nuneviller, who ranks 15th in the NCAA (1,725) and Powell (1,162), joins Colorado's Brynna DeLuzio (1,235), Arizona's Kamaile Hiapo (1,227) and Oregon’s Georgia Murphy (1,176) 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.