Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Oct. 26, 2022
- At the midway point of its 20-match league slate, Pac-12 women's volleyball begins the second half of Conference play with a dozen contests on this weekend's calendar.
- No. 8 Stanford (14-4, 9-1) and No. 19 Washington (15-5, 7-3), the top two teams in the preseason coaches' poll, will finish the weekend when they meet in Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington.
- Winners of eight straight, the Cardinal is in sole possession of first place, while the Huskies are in a three-way tie for third with No. 18 Oregon (13-5, 7-3) and Washington State (15-6, 7-3).
- Alone in second, No. 24 USC (16-5, 8-2) is at Utah (12-9, 5-5) and Colorado (13-7, 5-5). The Trojans are in Salt Lake City on Friday at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Mountain and in Boulder on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.
- The Ducks are in Arizona and play at the Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Arizona and at the Sun Devils on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider.
- The Cougars, which host the Cardinal on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area, also welcome California (7-13, 0-10) on Sunday at noon PT.
- Other television broadcasts this weekend include UCLA (10-9, 4-6) at Colorado on Friday at 5 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles), California at Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Washington), Oregon State (7-13, 2-8) at Arizona State (10-12, 4-6) on Friday at 7 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Oregon) and UCLA at Utah on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT (Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain).
- Stanford ran its winning streak to eight, and snapped USC's seven-match streak in the process, with a sweep of the Trojans in Maples Pavilion last Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the Conference.
- The Cardinal hit an incredible .605 in the victory, the second-highest in the NCAA this season (Baylor - .677), the fifth-best in Pac-12 history all-time and second-best in a Conference match.
- Stanford's eight-match winning streak is tied for the third-longest in the country among Power 5 teams, trailing No. 7 Pittsburgh (13) and No. 1 Nebraska (11). The Cardinal's winning streak is its longest since in won its final 17 matches in 2019 en route to the program's ninth NCAA title.
- Oregon and Washington State both picked up a pair of wins last weekend, the Ducks winning in four over Utah and sweeping Colorado, and the Cougars taking down Arizona in five before sweeping Arizona State.
- Last Friday, the Sun Devils beat then-No. 15 Washington on the road, 3-2, their first ranked victory of the season in five tries.
- In addition to ASU, five other Conference squads split their matchups last weekend - Oregon State (W Colorado, L Utah), USC (W California, L Stanford), UCLA (L Stanford, W California), Utah (L Oregon, W Oregon State) and Washington (L Arizona State, W Arizona).
- Stanford is fifth in the most recent NCAA RPI report from Oct. 23, with Oregon 14th, USC 16th, and Washington 24th.
- The Pac-12's four teams in the top 25 are second only to the Big Ten (6).
- Other Conference squads in the top 50 are Utah (No. 38), Washington State (No. 43) and Colorado (No. 47).
- Stanford is 10-1 on the road this season and the only school in the country with double-digit road victories.
- 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).
FOUR IN AVCA TOP 25
- With USC moving into the poll at No. 24, four Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Oct. 24 in No. 8 Stanford, No. 18 Oregon, No. 19 Washington and the No. 24 Trojans.
- Despite its loss at Stanford, USC re-entered the rankings for the first time since Aug. 29 after winning 11 of its last 13 matches.
- Washington State is fourth among a group of eight teams receiving votes (26 points).
- Washington is in the rankings for the 59th 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 Kami Miner (Stanford) was also named GameChanger/AVCA National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday, the second for the Conference this season (Skylar Fields, USC - Oct. 11).
- The CAA and SEC are the only other leagues with multiple national players of the week this season. Last year, the Pac-12 lead all conferences with four.
- Miner guided the Cardinal offense, which entered last weekend hitting .264, to a combined .458 hitting percentage in a pair of sweeps over UCLA and USC, averaging 13.50 assists per set to go with 1.00 kills on .667 hitting.
- Four of the nation's 20 toughest schedules belong to Pac-12 programs in Stanford (second), Oregon (11th), Utah (13th), USC (18th), a total which is third among all leagues (Big Ten/SEC - 5).
- 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 Stanford's losses have come against teams currently in the AVCA rankings (No. 2 Texas, No. 4 Louisville, No. 11 Penn State, No. 18 Oregon).
- The Cardinal is the only team to defeat current national No. 1 Nebraska (18-1) this season.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
- Washington's Ella May Powell, the NCAA's active leader in career assists, is currently fifth in Pac-12 history with 5,782 career assists. It's the most career assists for a Pac-12 player in 14 years, since UCLA's Nellie Spicer collected 6,000 from 2005-08. Stanford's Bryn Kehoe is next in front of Powell and fourth in the league's record book (5,956).
- Powell is also 11th in Pac-12 history with 155 career service aces. Next on the list is former Husky and current Arizona State head coach Sanja Tomasevic, who had 156 from 2002-05.
- Washington State's Magda Jehlarova is third among active DI players in career total blocks (531) and 22nd in Pac-12 history.
- Oregon State's Izzi Szulczewski is one of 13 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 nine 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
- Washington (.295, 6th), Oregon (.290, 8th) and USC (.290, 9th) are all in the top 10 nationally in hitting percentage and Stanford is not far behind in 14th (.281).
- The Pac-12 is the only league with multiple teams in the top 10 and has double the number of teams in the top 15 of any other league (WCC - 2).
- The Pac-12 also has two of the NCAA's top 15 when it comes to blocks per set in Stanford (2.81, 8th) and Colorado (2.71, 13th).
- In assists per set, Stanford is fourth nationally (13.38), Oregon is 11 (13.18), Washington is 12th (13.18) and USC is 18th (13.05).
- Stanford (14.23, 8th), Washington (14.16, 12th), Oregon (14.01, 18th) and 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 seventh (.424) and Washington's Marin Grote 16th (.405) in the country in hitting percentage, two of just 21 players at .400 or better.
- The Conference also boasts three of the nation's top 12 in assists per set - Stanford's Kami Miner (11.28, 8th), USC's Mia Tuaniga (11.23, 9th), Washington's Ella May Powell (11.03, 12th) - and two of the top 13 in blocks per set - UCLA's Francesca Alupei (1.53, 5th), Stanford's Sami Francis (1.45, 13th).
- USC's Skylar Fields is seventh in kills per set (4.99), just ahead of Utah's Madelyn Robinson in 10th (4.66), and in points per set she is eighth (5.37).
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. 28|
|UCLA at Colorado||Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Los Angeles
|5 p.m. PT|
|#24 USC at Utah||Pac-12 Mountain||5 p.m. PT|
|California at #19 Washington||Pac-12 Washington||7 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at Arizona State||Pac-12 Oregon||7 p.m. PT|
|#18 Oregon at Arizona||Pac-12 Arizona||7 p.m. PT|
|#8 Stanford at Washington State||Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
|7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Oct. 30|
|UCLA at Utah||Pac-12 Los Angeles
|11 a.m. PT|
|#24 USC at Colorado||COLO Live Stream||11 a.m. PT|
|California at Washington State||WSU Live Stream||noon PT|
|Oregon State at Arizona||ARIZ Live Stream||noon PT|
|#18 Oregon at Arizona State||Pac-12 Insider
ASU Live Stream
|1 p.m. PT|
|#8 Stanford at #19 Washington||Pac-12 Bay Area
|2 p.m. PT|
2022 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
2022 GAMECHANGER/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Oct. 11||Skylar Fields, USC|
|Oct. 25||Kami Miner, STAN|