Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Oct. 12, 2022
- A dozen matches make up the Pac-12 women's volleyball schedule, as Conference play moves into its fourth week.
- There's a logjam at the top of the league standings, with No. 7 Stanford (10-4, 5-1), No. 15 Washington (13-3, 5-1) and USC (13-4, 5-1) tied with five wins in their first six Pac-12 contests, while No. 17 Oregon (10-4, 4-2), Colorado (12-4, 4-2) and Washington State (12-5, 4-2) are just one game back.
- Some separation could be provided this weekend, as there are a pair of matches pitting those top six squads when USC hosts Oregon on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Los Angeles and UW is at Colorado on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. PT on Pac-12 Washington.
- Among other contests for the league's tri-leaders, the Cardinal is in Arizona for dates with the Wildcats (Friday, Oct. 14; 6 p.m. PT) and Sun Devils (Sunday, Oct. 16; 3 p.m. PT), Washington is at Utah (10-7, 3-3) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. PT and the Trojans conclude their weekend with Oregon State (6-10, 1-5) on Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon PT.
- In addition to the televised Washington at Utah and Oregon at USC matches on Friday, the weekend will begin with another broadcast bout when Washington State is at Colorado at 4 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Mountain.
- Each of the six league matches on Sunday will be televised, including when the Ducks play at UCLA (8-7, 2-4) at 2 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
- Stanford, Washington and USC moved to the top of the Conference standings with 2-0 marks last weekend. The Cardinal, which beat Colorado (3-1) and Utah (3-0), and USC, which downed both Arizona and Arizona State in four, have each won four in a row. The Huskies are winners of three straight (and nine of 10) after a sweep of OSU and a five-setter over Oregon.
- WSU has won four of its last five following a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools. The Cougars took down then-No. 12 Oregon in five last Friday night for its first ranked win of the season and ran its win streak against unranked opponents to 22 after a Sunday sweep of Oregon State.
- UCLA picked up its first Conference wins of the season with a sweep over Arizona State and four-set victory in its match with Arizona last weekend.
- Colorado and Utah split their first Pac-12 matches last week, both sweeping California (7-9, 0-6) and losing to Stanford.
- Stanford is fourth in the most recent NCAA RPI report from Oct. 9, with Oregon 15th, Washington 16th and USC 17th. The Big Ten is the only other league with four teams in the top 17.
- Stanford is 8-1 on the road this season and tied with Louisville for the most true road victories in the country.
- With Colorado at No. 36, Utah at No. 40, Washington State at No. 42 and UCLA at No. 50, the Pac-12 also boasts eight total teams in the RPI top 50, which is tied with the Big Ten for the most among all conferences.
- As a league, the Pac-12 is second in the country in RPI behind the Big Ten and ahead of the SEC (third), Big 12 (fourth) and ACC (fifth).
- 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).
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. 10 in No. 7 Stanford, No. 15 Washington and No. 17 Oregon.
- Following its weekend sweeps, WSU and USC positioned themselves among a group of eight teams receiving votes.
- Washington is in the rankings for the 57th consecutive poll (not including fall 2020), a stretch dating back to Nov. 5, 2018.
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Skylar Fields (USC) was also named GameChanger/AVCA National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday, the first for the Conference this season. Last year, the Pac-12 lead all leagues with four national players of the week.
- Fields leads the conference in kills (308) and kills per set (4.89) and ranks seventh nationally, the highest of any Power 5 player.
- At 13-4 overall and 5-1 in Conference, USC is off to its best start since 2017.
- Five of the nation's 16 toughest schedules thus far belong to Pac-12 programs in Stanford (third), Oregon (12th), UCLA (13th), USC (14th) and Utah (16th), a total which is two more than any other league (SEC - 4).
- 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 and Washington State have come against teams currently in the AVCA rankings. Stanford has lost to No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Louisville, No. 14 Penn State and No. 17 Oregon, while Washington State has lost to No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 BYU, No. 15 Washington and No. 20 Pepperdine.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
- Washington's Ella May Powell, the NCAA's active leader in career assists, is currently seventh in Pac-12 history with 5,610 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 11 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 seven 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.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - TEAM
- Nine DI programs currently boast hitting percentages over .300, including Washington (.311), which is fourth in country in that category. Oregon is 11th (.287), USC 15th (.278) and Washington State 17th (.275). The Pac-12's four in the top 17 leads all leagues (Big 12 - 3).
- The Pac-12 also has two of the NCAA's top 10 when it comes to blocks per set in Colorado (2.89, 5th) and Stanford (2.80, 9th).
- In assists per set, Washington is 13th nationally (13.10), Stanford is 14th (13.10) and Oregon is 17th (13.05).
- Washington (14.15, 8th), Oregon (13.95, 18th) and Stanford (13.92, 19th) are also three of the best when it comes to kills per set. The Pac-12's three in the top 20 lead all leagues.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - INDIVIDUAL
- Colorado's Meegan Hart is fourth in the country in hitting percentage (.442), one of just five players at .440 or better. Washington's Marin Grote is seventh (.438).
- The Conference also boasts two of the nation's top 10 in both assists per set - Stanford's Kami Miner (11.02, 9th), USC's Mia Tuaniga (11.00, 10th) - and blocks per set - UCLA's Francesca Alupei (1.53, 6th), Stanford's Sami Francis (1.52, 9th). UW's Ella May Powell is also 13th in assists per set (10.86).
- USC's Skylar Fields is seventh in kills per set (4.89) and in points per set she is 10th (5.33), just ahead of Stanford's Kendall Kipp in 12th (5.19).
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. 14|
|Washington State at Colorado||Pac-12 Mountain||4 p.m. PT|
|California at Arizona State||ASU Live Stream||5:30 p.m. PT|
|#7 Stanford at Arizona||Arizona Live Stream||6 p.m. PT|
|#15 Washington at Utah||Pac-12 Washington||6 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at UCLA||UCLA Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|#17 Oregon at USC||Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Los Angeles
|8 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 16|
|Washington State at Utah||Pac-12 Network
|11 a.m. PT|
|#15 Washington at Colorado||Pac-12 Washington||11 a.m. PT|
|California at Arizona||Pac-12 Arizona
Pac-12 Bay Area
|Oregon State at USC||Pac-12 Los Angeles
|#17 Oregon at UCLA||ESPNU||2 p.m. PT|
|#7 Stanford at Arizona State||Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
|3 p.m. PT|
2022 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
2022 GAMECHANGER/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Oct. 11||Skylar Fields, USC|