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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Sept. 29, 2022

Sep 29, 2022
Washington Athletics

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

WEEK 6 MATCHES

  • The season's sixth week is also the second of Conference action and features a traditional 12-match slate with six each on Friday and Sunday.
  • The weekend's first contest is also its best and the league's only ranked matchup of the dozen on the calendar when No. 9 Stanford (6-4, 1-1) hosts No. 17 Washington (10-2, 2-0) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Washington. It will be just the Cardinal's third home date of the season, all against ranked opponents. Stanford lost in Maples Pavilion to No. 1 Texas (3-0) on Sept. 4 and then-No. 3 Louisville (3-1) on Sept. 17.
  • Three other Friday matches, all beginning at 7 p.m. PT, will be televised when Oregon State (6-6, 1-1) hosts Arizona (10-3, 0-2) on Pac-12 Oregon, USC (9-4, 1-1) hosts Colorado (10-2, 2-0) on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain and California (7-5, 0-2) hosts Washington State (9-4, 1-1) on Pac-12 Bay Area.
  • A pair of clashes in the Bay Area will be broadcast on Sunday. The Cardinal hosts the Cougars at noon PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area, while the Golden Bears host the Huskies at 2 p.m. PT to cap the weekend on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington.

WEEK 5 RESULTS

  • League play opened with a trio of 2-0 weeks from No. 16 Oregon (8-2, 2-0), No. 17 Washington and Colorado.
  • The Ducks, which beat OSU in Corvallis in four on Wednesday, Sept. 21, closed their Conference-opening week with a home sweep of then-No. 5 Stanford. Oregon had won only four times in its first 69 meetings with Stanford as Pac-12 opponents (since 1986), but has now reeled off three consecutive wins, including back-to-back sweeps, and has taken eight consecutive sets off the Cardinal.
  • The two-time defending Pac-12 champion Huskies have won six straight following victories last week over Washington State (3-0) and UCLA (3-1). UW, which had dropped three consecutive Conference openers, is off to a 2-0 Pac-12 start for the first time since 2018.
  • Colorado won its first two league matches as a member of the Pac-12 for just the second time (2020) with sweeps of Utah (8-5, 1-1) and Arizona State (7-7, 1-1). The Buffs will have a tough task to get to 3-0 on Friday. CU has never won at USC.
  • The Trojans, Cougars, Utes (8-5, 1-1), Cardinal, Sun Devils and Beavers all split their first two Pac-12 matches last week.

NONCONFERENCE WRAP

  • Pac-12 programs closed nonconference play at 84-37 (.694), 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 on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 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. 26 in No. 9 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon and No. 17 Washington.
  • At No. 16, Oregon has its best ranking of the season and best since it was also 16th in the Week 12 poll last November.
  • Washington is in the rankings for the 55th consecutive poll (not including fall 2020), a stretch dating back to Nov. 5, 2018.
  • Stanford is 6-1 on the road this season and tied for the national lead in true road victories with No. 2 Louisville (6-0).

SCHEDULE SPOTLIGHT

  • Three of the nation's 10 toughest schedules thus far belong to Pac-12 programs in Stanford (third), Oregon (ninth) and Washington (10th), a total which leads the country.
  • Utah has also played the nation's 14th-toughest schedule and the Pac-12's four in the top 15 of schedule strength also leads all leagues (SEC - 3).
  • 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'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 has lost to No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Penn State and No. 16 Oregon, Washington has lost to No. 20 Pepperdine and No. 23 Arkansas, and Oregon has lost to No. 7 Minnesota and No. 12 Penn State.
  • Washington State is the other Pac-12 team in the same situation, with its losses to No. 7 Minnesota, No. 15 BYU, No. 17 Washington and No. 20 Pepperdine.

COUPLE NUMBERS OF NOTE

  • Washington's Ella May Powell, the NCAA's active assists leader, is currently eighth in Pac-12 history with 5,452 career assists, 33 behind Stanford's Jenna Gray (2016-19) in seventh with 5,485.
  • Oregon State's Izzi Szulczewski is one of 10 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).

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - TEAM

  • Eight DI programs currently boast hitting percentages over .300, including Washington (.307), which is sixth in country in that category. Washington State is 13th (.287), USC 15th (.284) and Oregon 17th (.284), giving the Pac-12 more among the top 17 than any other league.
  • On the flip side, Arizona has limited its opponents to a .145 hitting percentage in its 13 matches, the fifth-best mark in the nation.
  • The Pac-12 also has four of the NCAA's top 17 when it comes to blocks per game in Colorado (2.86, 7th), California (2.72, 12th), UCLA (2.69, 16th) and Stanford (2.69, 17th), a total tied with the Big 12 for the most among all conferences.
  • In assists per set, Oregon is ninth nationally (13.21) and Washington is 11th (13.18).

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - INDIVIDUAL

  • Colorado's Meegan Hart is second in the country in hitting percentage (.500), one of just two players at .500 or better (Jess Robinson, Michigan - .505). Washington's Marin Grote is eighth (.429).
  • The Conference also boasts two of the nation's top 10 in both assists per set - UW's Ella May Powell (10.98, 8th), USC's Mia Tuaniga (10.94, 10th) - and blocks per set - Stanford's Sami Francis (1.52, 7th), UCLA's Francesca Alupei (1.48, 10th).

PRESEASON POLL REVISIT

  • As league play continues, 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.

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
Colorado 2-0 10-2
#17 Washington 2-0 10-2
#16 Oregon 2-0 8-2
USC 1-1 9-4
Washington State 1-1 9-4
Utah 1-1 8-5
#9 Stanford 1-1 6-4
Arizona State 1-1 7-7
Oregon State 1-1 6-6
Arizona 0-2 10-3
California 0-2 7-5
UCLA 0-2 6-5

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Friday, Sept. 30    
#17 Washington at #9 Stanford Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Washington
5:30 p.m. PT
Arizona State at #16 Oregon Oregon Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Arizona at Oregon State Pac-12 Oregon 7 p.m. PT
Colorado at USC Pac-12 Los Angeles
Pac-12 Mountain
7 p.m. PT
Utah at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Washington State at California Pac-12 Bay Area 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, Oct. 2    
Arizona State at Oregon State Oregon State Live Stream noon PT
Arizona at #16 Oregon Oregon Live Stream noon PT
Colorado at UCLA UCLA Live Stream noon PT
Washington State at #9 Stanford Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
noon PT
Utah at USC Pac-12 Insider
USC Live Stream
1 p.m. PT
#17 Washington at California Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Washington
2 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
Sept. 26 Ella May Powell, WASH Meegan Hart, COLO Mimi Colyer, ORE