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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Nov. 9, 2022

Nov 9, 2022

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THIS WEEK

  • With six regular season contests remaining, Pac-12 women's volleyball is gearing up for the home stretch with a dozen contests on this week’s calendar. In a departure from the usual Friday/Sunday league schedule, Conference teams will be in action Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 13 in week 12.
  • Winners of 12 straight, No. 8 Stanford (18-4, 13-1) has a two-game cushion atop the standings as the Cardinal closes out its regular season road slate at USC (18-7, 10-4) on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles) and UCLA (13-10, 7-7) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. PT (UCLA Live Stream).
  • No. 14 Oregon (17-5, 11-3), riding a seven-match winning streak, will head to the mountains to face Colorado (16-8, 8-6) on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Insider) and Utah (14-11, 7-7) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT (Utah Live Stream).
  • After the third-place Trojans host Stanford on Wednesday, USC will take on California (7-17, 0-14) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider.
  • No. 20 Washington (17-7, 9-5) and newly ranked No. 25 Washington State (17-8, 9-5) will travel south to face the Arizona schools. The Huskies will play Arizona Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Insider) and Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. PT (ASU Live Stream), while the Cougars battle the Sun Devils Friday at 6 p.m. PT (ASU Live Stream) and the Wildcats on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT (ARIZ Live Stream).
  • Other live streams this weekend include Oregon State (7-17, 2-12) at Utah on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (UTAH Live Stream), Cal (7-17, 0-14) at UCLA on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT (UCLA Live Stream) and Oregon State at Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT (COLO Live Stream).

LAST WEEK

  • No. 8 Stanford stayed hot last weekend, picking up a pair of wins with a 3-1 victory against Utah and a 3-0 sweep of Colorado, who had won three straight coming into the match.
  • Stanford’s 12-match win streak is tied for the second-longest in the country among Power 5 teams, trailing No. 7 Pittsburgh (17) and tied with No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 6 Ohio State. The Cardinal's winning streak is its longest since it won its final 17 matches in 2019 en route to the program's ninth NCAA title.
  • No. 14 Oregon continued its surge with a pair of big victories in Eugene last weekend to preserve a perfect 9-0 home record in 2022. The top-20 battle between the Ducks and the then-No. 19 Huskies went to Oregon thanks to a 3-0 sweep, which was followed by a 3-1 decision over Washington State. The second-place Ducks have now won seven straight and moved up two more spots in the AVCA rankings to No. 14. 
  • The Trojans bounced back with a pair of home wins against Arizona State (3-1) and Arizona (3-2) to jump into third place in the standings. They will have a chance to muddy up the leaderboard this week with a Wednesday night home matchup against Stanford on deck.
  • UCLA had a solid 2-0 weekend in LA, beating Arizona 3-1 and sweeping Arizona State (3-0) to bring the Bruins to .500 in league play.
  • Four Conference squads split their matchups last weekend - Colorado (W California, L Stanford), Utah (L Stanford, W Cal), Washington (L Oregon, W Oregon State) and Washington State (W Oregon State, L Oregon).

TITLE-CLINCHING SCENARIOS 

  • There is one scenario in play this week. If Stanford can manage two more wins away from The Farm and Oregon goes winless on the road, the Cardinal can clinch at least a share of the title this weekend.

RPI REVEAL

  • Stanford moved up another spot, this time from fourth to third, in the most recent NCAA RPI report from Nov. 6, with Oregon 12th, USC 20th and Washington 27th.
  • The Pac-12's four teams in the top 30 are tied for second-most with the ACC and behind the Big Ten’s seven. 
  • Other Conference squads in the top 50 are Utah (No. 34), Colorado (No. 42) and Washington State (No. 45).
  • Stanford is 12-1 on the road this season and one of only two Power 5 schools with double-digit road victories (Pittsburgh is 11-0).
  • 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 sits at eighth and Oregon sits at 10th in the committee’s latest rankings from Oct. 29.

FOUR IN AVCA TOP 25

  • With Washington State entering the rankings at No. 25, four Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams are in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Nov. 7 in No. 8 Stanford, No. 14 Oregon, No. 20 Washington and the Cougars in the final poll spot. 
  • The top nine in this week’s poll remained unchanged, but the Ducks rose another two spots from No. 16 to No. 14, while the Huskies moved from No. 19 to No. 20. 
  • After receiving votes in the poll for the majority of the season, Washington State finally cracked the top 25 - the Cougars’ first appearance in the poll since they finished the 2021 season at No. 23 last fall.
  • USC and Colorado continued to receive votes with 16 votes and five votes, respectively.
  • Washington is in the rankings for the 61st consecutive poll (not including fall 2020), a stretch dating back to Nov. 5, 2018.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • The Pac-12 has garnered two GameChanger/AVCA National Player of the Week awards by the American Volleyball Coaches Association this season. Stanford’s Kami Miner earned the honor on Oct. 25, while USC’s Skylar Fields picked up the award on Oct. 11.
  • The CAA and SEC are the only other leagues with multiple national players of the week. Last year, the Pac-12 led all conferences with four.

SCHEDULE SPOTLIGHT

  • 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 non-conference 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 non-conference 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. 1 Texas, No. 5 Louisville, No. 15 Penn State, No. 16 Oregon).

NUMBERS OF NOTE

  • Washington's Ella May Powell, the NCAA's active leader in career assists, is currently fifth in Pac-12 history with 5,939 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 now 10th in Pac-12 history with 158 career service aces, recently passing former Husky and current Arizona State head coach Sanja Tomasevic, who had 156 from 2002-05. She now sits behind California’s Brook Coulter (1996-99) and Arizona’s Kim Glass (2002-05), who are tied for seventh all-time at 162.
  • Washington State's Magda Jehlarova is fourth among active DI players in career total blocks (550) and is 20th in Pac-12 history. She sits behind USC’s Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98) who had 561 during her career. 
  • Oregon State's Izzi Szulczewski is one of 15 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 earned her sixth Freshman of the Week award on Nov. 7, tying the record set by USC's Ebony Nwanebu in 2013. Stanford’s Elia Rubin has won the other five freshman honors in 2022 with Rubin and Colyer becoming the first to win five or more since 2015 (Hayley Hodson, STAN - 2015). 
  • In Stanford’s 3-0 sweep of USC on Oct. 23, the Cardinal hit .605, its highest percentage since 2013 and the second highest mark in the NCAA in 2022.

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - TEAM

  • Washington (.293, 7th), Oregon (.293, 8th), Stanford (.287, 12th) and USC (.284, 15th) are all in the top 15 nationally in hitting percentage. 
  • The Pac-12’s four teams in the top 15 are double the number of teams from any other league (WCC - 2).
  • The Pac-12 also has two of the NCAA's top 10 when it comes to blocks per set in Colorado (2.82, 5th) and Stanford (2.79, 8th).
  • In assists per set, Oregon is fifth nationally (13.51), Stanford is tied for seventh (13.38), USC is 22nd (13.02) and Washington is 23rd (12.98). The Pac-12’s four teams in the top 25 are the most of any conference.
  • Stanford (14.31, 8th), Oregon (14.26, 11th) and USC (13.97, 23rd) are also three of the best when it comes to kills per set. 

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - INDIVIDUAL

  • Colorado's Meegan Hart is fourth (.429) and Washington's Marin Grote 13th (.08) in the country in hitting percentage, two of just 19 players at .400 or better.
  • The Conference also boasts four of the nation's top 20 in assists per set - USC's Mia Tuaniga (11.27, 9th), Stanford's Kami Miner (11.20, 11th), Oregon’s Hannah Pukis (11.02, 16th) and Washington's Ella May Powell (10.93, 17th) - and two of the top 15 in blocks per set - Stanford's Sami Francis (1.45, 10th) and Washington State’s Magda Jehlarova (1.40, 13th).
  • USC's Skylar Fields is sixth in kills per set (5.11), while Utah's Madelyn Robinson sits in 16th (4.42). In points per set, Fields is eighth (5.51), and Stanford’s Kendall Kipp is 11th (5.12).

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.

NONCONFERENCE WRAP

  • Pac-12 programs closed non-conference play at 84-37 (.694), fourth-best among all leagues (Big Ten .729; Big 12 .734; 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 non-conference 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).

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
#8 Stanford 13-1 18-4
#14 Oregon 11-3 17-5
(RV) USC 10-4 18-7
#20 Washington 9-5 17-7
#25 Washington State 9-5 17-8
(RV) Colorado 8-6 16-8
UCLA 7-7 13-10
Utah 7-7 14-11
Arizona State 5-9 11-15
Arizona 3-11 13-12
Oregon State 2-12 7-17
California 0-14 7-17

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Wednesday, Nov. 9    
#8 Stanford at USC Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Los Angeles
7 p.m. PT
Thursday, Nov. 10
Oregon State at Utah UTAH Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
#14 Oregon at Colorado Pac-12 Insider 6 p.m. PT
California at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 11    
#20 Washington at Arizona Pac-12 Insider 2 p.m. PT
#25 Washington State at Arizona State ASU Live Stream  6 p.m. PT 
Saturday, Nov. 12    
California at USC Pac-12 Insider 1 p.m. PT
#8 Stanford at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 4:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Colorado COLO Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Sunday, Nov. 13    
#25 Washington State at Arizona ARIZ Live Stream 10 a.m. PT
#14 Oregon at Utah UTAH Live Stream 12 p.m. PT
#20 Washington at Arizona STate ASU Live Stream 12 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
Oct. 3 Skylar Fields, USC Magda Jehlarova, WSU Mimi Colyer, ORE
Oct. 10 Skylar Fields, USC Gala Trubint, USC Elia Rubin, STAN
Oct. 17 Skylar Fields, USC Gala Trubint, USC Elia Rubin, STAN
Oct. 24 Kami Miner, STAN Magda Jehlarova, WSU Elia Rubin, STAN
Oct. 31 Caitie Baird, STAN Meegan Hart, COLO Elia Rubin, STAN
Nov. 7 Kendall Kipp, STAN Georgia Murphy, ORE Mimi Colyer, ORE

2022 GAMECHANGER/AVCA NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 Date Player
Oct. 11 Skylar Fields, USC
Oct. 25 Kami Miner, STAN