Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Oct. 6, 2022
- Conference play continues with a 12-match slate across Friday and Sunday with each team playing twice.
- For the second consecutive week, No. 16 Washington (11-3, 3-1) figures into the highlight of the league's slate and its only ranked matchup, but this time at home. The two-time defending Pac-12 champion Huskies host current Conference leader and No. 12 Oregon (10-2, 4-0) on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington. Winners of six straight, the Ducks have won their first four Pac-12 contests for the first time since 2016.
- The weekend's action begins on Friday, Oct. 7 with No. 8 Stanford (8-4, 3-1) at Colorado (11-3, 3-1) and California (7-7, 0-4) at Utah (9-6, 2-2) at 6 p.m. PT, followed by Oregon at Washington State (10-5, 2-2), UCLA (6-7, 0-4) at Arizona State (8-8, 2-2) and USC (11-4, 3-1) at Arizona (11-4, 1-3) at 7 p.m. PT. The nightcap features Oregon State (6-8, 1-3) at Washington at 8 p.m. PT.
- Travel partners will flip opponents on Sunday, Oct. 9 led by California at Colorado at 11 a.m. PT and Oregon State at Washington State and UCLA at Arizona at noon PT. USC is at Arizona State at 1 p.m. PT and the weekend's penultimate match features Stanford at Utah at 3 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
- The Ducks took the early lead in Pac-12 title race with two home sweeps of Conference opponents in Arizona State and Arizona. Oregon, which has swept each of its last three opponents, has only dropped one set in league play thus far and won 11 consecutive sets. UO has won six straight Conference matches dating back to last season, the third-longest streak among Power 5 leagues (Louisville - 33 consecutive ACC wins; Texas - 10 consecutive Big 12 wins).
- Stanford and USC were the other programs to put together a pair of victories last weekend, both at home. The Cardinal nabbed its first home results of the year with four-set wins over Washington and Washington State, while USC also picked up four-set victories against Colorado and Utah. The Trojans' victory against Utah snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Utes.
- Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Washington State all split their first two Pac-12 matches last week.
TWO IN COMMITTEE TOP 10
- The NCAA DI women's volleyball committee revealed its first top 10 on Sunday, Oct. 2 and included a pair of Pac-12 teams in Oregon (7th) and Stanford (8th).
- The Pac-12 is one of three leagues with multiple programs in the initial reveal along with the Big Ten (4) and ACC (2).
- Stanford and Oregon are also in the top 10 of the most recent NCAA RPI report from Oct. 2, with the Cardinal fifth and the Ducks eighth. The ACC (Louisville - 2nd; Pittsburgh - 4th) is the only other league with two teams in the top eight.
THREE IN AVCA TOP 25
- Three Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams remain in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Oct. 3 in No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon and No. 16 Washington.
- At No. 12, Oregon has its best ranking of the season and best since it was No. 12 on Sept. 27, 2021. During its six-match winning streak, Oregon is hitting .361 and holding its opponents to .152.
- Washington is in the rankings for the 56th 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 with Louisville and Valparaiso for second in the country in true road victories behind Texas State (8).
NUMBERS OF NOTE
- Washington's Ella May Powell, second in the NCAA among active players in career assists, is currently seventh in Pac-12 history with 5,530 career assists. It's the most career assists for a Pac-12 player in a dozen years, since California's Carli Lloyd collected 5,697 from 2007-10. Lloyd is next in front of Powell and sixth in the league's record book.
- 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).
- Against Colorado on Sept. 30, USC's Mia Tuaniga put up 37 assists, had 10 digs, and served a USC-record 10 aces for her first career triple-double and first for the Trojans since Raquel Lázaro on Sept. 7, 2019 against Northern Iowa (36 assists, 16 digs, 11 blocks).
- The Pac-12 is one of two Power 5 leagues to have multiple players with triple-doubles this season (ACC).
- Tuaniga's 10 aces are the most in the NCAA season and tied with Stanford's Teresa Smith (vs. Illinois State, Oct. 19, 1986) for the second-most in Pac-12 history. Oregon's Lauren Westendorf has the league record of 12 from a match against Seton Hall on Sept. 18, 2004. It's a Pac-12 record for a Conference match, surpassing the nine from California's Gabrielle Abernathy (vs. Arizona State, Sept. 23, 2004) and Brook Coulter (at Oregon, Oct. 16, 1998).
- Oregon's Mimi Colyer has collected five of the first six Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards this season. She's the fifth in Conference history to win five Freshman of the Week awards and first since 2015 (Hayley Hodson, STAN - 2015). USC's Ebony Nwanebu won the honor a record six times in 2013.
- Five of the nation's 25 toughest schedules thus far belong to Pac-12 programs in Stanford (third), Oregon (10th), UCLA (15th), Utah (16th) and USC (23rd), a total which is tied with the ACC for second in the country (SEC - 6).
- In addition to Oregon's strong Conference start, USC has its best overall record through 15 matches (11-4) and Pac-12 record through four (3-1) since 2018.
- 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 nonconference 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 Stanford, Oregon and Washington State have come against teams currently in the AVCA rankings. Stanford has lost to No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Oregon and No. 13 Penn State, Oregon has lost to No. 11 Minnesota and No. 13 Penn State and Washington State has lost to to No. 8 Stanford, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 14 BYU, No. 16 Washington and No. 20 Pepperdine.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - TEAM
- Eight DI programs currently boast hitting percentages over .300, including Washington (.304), which is fourth in country in that category. Oregon is 10th (.298), Washington State 15th (.280) and USC 16th (.279). The Pac-12 is the only league with multiple programs in the top 16.
- On the flip side, Arizona has limited its opponents to a .157 hitting percentage in its 15 matches, the 16th-best mark in the nation.
- The Pac-12 also has three of the NCAA's top 13 when it comes to blocks per set in Colorado (3.00, 3rd), Stanford (2.83, 9th), UCLA (2.68, 13th).
- In assists per set, Oregon is third nationally (13.38) and Washington is eighth (13.24).
- Led by Tuaniga's record-setting performance against Colorado, USC is 11th in the country in aces per set (2.00). They had entered last weekend 54th (1.81).
- Washington (14.31, 5th) and Oregon (14.24, 7th) are also two of the best when it comes to kills per set. The Big East (Marquette - 8th, Creighton - 10th) is the only other league with multiple teams in the top 10.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - INDIVIDUAL
- Colorado's Meegan Hart is second in the country in hitting percentage (.464), one of just two players at .450 or better (Jess Robinson, Michigan - .498). Washington's Marin Grote is 16th (.416).
- The Conference also boasts two of the nation's top 11 in both assists per set - UW's Ella May Powell (11.00, 7th), USC's Mia Tuaniga (10.85, 11th) - and blocks per set - Stanford's Sami Francis (1.54, 5th), UCLA's Francesca Alupei (1.50, 8th).
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.
- 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).
- 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|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)
|Friday, Oct. 7|
|California at Utah||Pac-12 Bay Area||6 p.m. PT|
|#8 Stanford at Colorado||Pac-12 Network
|6 p.m. PT|
|#12 Oregon at Washington State||Pac-12 Oregon||7 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at Arizona State||Pac-12 Insider||7 p.m. PT|
|USC at Arizona||Pac-12 Arizona||7 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at #16 Washington||Pac-12 Network
|8 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 9|
|California at Colorado||Colorado Live Stream||11 a.m. PT|
|Oregon State at Washington State||Pac-12 Washington||noon PT|
|UCLA at Arizona||Arizona Live Stream||noon PT|
|USC at Arizona State||Pac-12 Insider
Arizona State Live Stream
|1 p.m. PT|
|#8 Stanford at Utah||ESPNU||3 p.m. PT|
|#12 Oregon at #16 Washington||Pac-12 Network
|4 p.m. PT|
2022 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS