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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Sept. 20, 2022

Sep 20, 2022
Isaac Wasserman/Oregon Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Pac-12 Statistics // NCAA Statistics // Record Book

PAC-12 PLAY IS HERE

  • A dozen matches, highlighted by six rivalry contests, one ranked clash and a nationally televised ESPNU broadcast, will ring in the start of Pac-12 women's volleyball play this week.
  • Conference action begins with the league's six rivalry matchups, four on Wednesday - Washington State at Washington, Arizona State at Arizona, Oregon at Oregon State, Stanford at California - and the final two on Thursday - Colorado at Utah, USC at UCLA. All six will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
  • On Sunday, No. 5 Stanford will be at No. 21 Oregon at noon PT on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Oregon. 
  • The weekend will be capped by a meeting of last season's top two league finishers when No. 18 Washington, the two-time defending Pac-12 champion, is at UCLA at 3 p.m. PT on ESPNU. 

NONCONFERENCE WRAP

  • Pac-12 programs combined to go 19-9 last week to close nonconference play at 84-37 (.694), currently fourth-best among all leagues (Big Ten .729; Big 12 .726; ACC .706), and an improvement over last season's 78-36 mark (.684).
  • With Stanford's victory at then-No. 2 Nebraska last Tuesday, the Pac-12 moved to a combined 5-18 versus Top 25 opponents and 16-16 against Power 5 foes in non-league play in 2022 (8-5 vs. Big Ten; 4-4 vs. SEC; 3-3 vs. ACC; 1-4 vs. Big 12).
  • The Pac-12 is one of four leagues with .500 or better nonconference records against Power 5 opponents (Big 12 .643; ACC .538; Big Ten .500).
  • The Conference went 8-5 against the Big Ten in August and September, one of six winning records one Power 5 league had against another (ACC 7-4 vs. Big Ten; ACC 10-8 vs. SEC; Big 12 6-1 vs. ACC; Big 12 4-1 vs. Pac-12; Big Ten 10-1 vs. SEC).

THREE IN AVCA TOP 25

  • Three Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are ranked in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Sept. 19 in No. 5 Stanford, No. 18 Washington and No. 21 Oregon. Utah is fifth among a group of eight teams receiving votes.
  • At No. 5 Stanford, the Cardinal is the Conference's highest-ranked team since Washington opened the 2021 season at No. 4. It is Stanford's best ranking since it was No. 3 on Jan. 26, 2021.

SCHEDULE SPOTLIGHT

  • Three of the nation's 10 toughest schedules thus far belong to Pac-12 programs in Stanford (third), Oregon (fifth) and Washington (10th), a total which leads the country.
  • The Cardinal went 3-3 in both Top 25 and Power 5 matches during a gauntlet nonconference slate with those six matches in succession from Aug. 30-Sept. 17. Other ranked victories for the Conference came from Colorado (3-0) and Washington (3-1) against then-No. 19 Illinois.
  • Stanford, which opens up Pac-12 play at California and Oregon, is a perfect 5-0 on the road this season and has more true road victories than any other team in the country. The Cardinal's three ranked wins all came on the road - at then-No. 13 Florida (3-2), at then-No. 3 Minnesota (3-1), at then-No. 2 Nebraska (3-1).
  • All of the losses for the league's three ranked squads have come against teams currently in the AVCA rankings. Stanford (5-2) has lost to No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Louisville, Washington (8-2) has lost to No. 17 Pepperdine and No. 20 Arkansas, and Oregon (6-2) has lost to No. 8 Minnesota and No. 9 Penn State.
  • Washington State, currently 8-3 overall, is the other Pac-12 team in the same situation, with its losses to No. 8 Minnesota, No. 16 BYU and No. 17 Pepperdine.

ARIZONA ON A ROLL

  • One of 24 teams in the country with double-digit wins, Arizona is 10-1 overall, its best start since an 11-1 nonconference in 2018. Its .909 winning percentage is tied with Rice for 11th nationally.
  • The Wildcats are second in the country (North Alabama .103) in opponent hitting percentage, limiting their foes to a .119 clip. 

COUPLE NUMBERS OF NOTE

  • Washington's Ella May Powell, the NCAA's active assists leader, is currently tied for 10th in Pac-12 history with 5,368 career assists, 53 behind Holly McPeak (California/UCLA) in ninth with 5,421.
  • Oregon State's Izzi Szulczewski is one of nine players in the country this season with multiple triple doubles. She had 11 kills, 12 assists and 22 digs on Sept. 10 against Portland and 12 kills, 22 assists and 13 digs on Sept. 16 against LSU. Szulczewski is the first in Pac-12 history with multiple triple-doubles in a season since Oregon's August Raskie in 2018 (2).

PRESEASON POLL REVISIT

  • As league play commences, a reminder of the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll order, which had the Huskies on top for the fifth time (2021, 2017, 2009, 2005).
  • The preseason favorite has gone on to win the league title 21 times in the 36 years of Pac-12 women’s volleyball, including UW last season and in the Huskies' national championship season of 2005.
    1. Washington (8) - 117
    2. Stanford (2) - 107
    3. UCLA (1) - 98 
    4. Oregon (1) - 93
    5. USC - 87
    6. Washington State - 68
    7. Utah - 50
    8. Arizona State - 49
    9. Colorado - 46
    10. Arizona - 45
    11. Oregon State - 20
    12. California - 12

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 23 consecutive seasons and eight postseason berths in five of the past nine tournaments.
  • Four different Pac-12 teams have won at least one NCAA title (UCLA, USC, Stanford, Washington), double any other conference. The Big Ten (Nebraska, Penn State) and Big West (Hawaii, Long Beach State) are the only other leagues with multiple NCAA champions.
  • Seven different Pac-12 programs have made NCAA semifinal appearances since 2001 and 14 of the past 21 NCAA championship matches have included at least one Pac-12 program.
  • At least one Pac-12 team has played in 27 of the 41 NCAA title matches all-time, the most of any league. At least one Big Ten team has been in 22 NCAA finals all-time and a Big West team has played in the title match nine times.
  • Five NCAA title matches have been between two Pac-12 teams (2002, 1994, 1992, 1984, 1981). The only other conference to have an all-conference NCAA title match is the Big Ten, which has done so three times (2021, 2013, 2000).
  • A Pac-12 team has been one of the final four teams in all but five years of the NCAA tournament.
  • Since 2010, the Pac-12 has the second-most NCAA Tournament berths of any league with 88.
  • The Pac-12 has had 10 or more first, second and third-team All-America selections in 13 of the last 17 seasons. Thirteen 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 (Washington) garnering her third nod last season.
  • Since 1990, Pac-12 players 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). Overall, the Pac-12 has produced 16 student-athletes that have won AVCA Player of the Year, the most of any league. Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes have earned the honor, along with 10 from the Big West and one each from the Big 12 and WCC.
  • The Honda Sports Award for volleyball has been bestowed upon a Pac-12 athlete 21 times in its 46 years of existence, including eight of the past 11. The Big Ten has had 11 student-athletes earn the honor, the Big West seven, the SEC two and the Big 12, WCC, A-10 and MWC each one.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 0-0 10-1
Colorado 0-0 8-2
#18 Washington 0-0 8-2
#21 Oregon 0-0 6-2
USC 0-0 8-3
Washington State 0-0 8-3
California 0-0 7-3
UCLA 0-0 6-3
Utah 0-0 7-4
#5 Stanford 0-0 5-3
Arizona State 0-0 6-6
Oregon State 0-0 5-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Wednesday, Sept. 21    
Washington State at #18 Washington Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Washington
6 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 Arizona 7 p.m. PT
#21 Oregon at Oregon State Pac-12 Oregon 7 p.m. PT
#5 Stanford at California Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
8 p.m. PT
Thursday, Sept. 22    
Colorado at Utah Pac-12 Mountain 6 p.m. PT
USC at UCLA Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Los Angeles
7 p.m. PT
Friday, Sept. 23    
California at Oregon State Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
6 p.m. PT
Saturday, Sept. 24    
Washington State at USC USC Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
Arizona at Utah Pac-12 Insider
Utah Live Stream
6 p.m. PT
Sunday, Sept. 25    
Arizona State at Colorado Pac-12 Insider
Colorado Live Stream
 noon PT
#5 Stanford at #21 Oregon Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Oregon
noon PT
#18 Washington at UCLA ESPNU 3 p.m. PT

2022 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

  Offensive Defensive Freshman
Aug. 29 Brooke Nuneviller, ORE Alexia Kuehl, COLO Mimi Colyer, ORE
Sept. 5 Madelyn Robinson, UTAH Alexia Kuehl, COLO Mimi Colyer, ORE
Sept. 12 Kendall Kipp, STAN Izzi Szulczewski, OSU Elia Rubin, STAN
Sept. 19 Hannah Pukis, ORE Elena Oglivie, STAN Mimi Colyer, ORE