Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Nov. 22, 2022
- The final week of the regular season has arrived for Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball with two more matches left on the schedule for each squad. The action begins Tuesday, Nov. 22 and concludes with rivalry matches on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.
- No. 6 Stanford (22-4, 17-1) will take a 16-match winning streak into the final week, hosting Oregon State on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Insider) before taking on Bay Area foe, California (7-21, 0-18), on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Bay Area). The Cardinal have already clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title and can win the championship outright for the first time since 2019 with one more win against the Beavers on Wednesday.
- Thanks to a pair of comeback efforts last weekend, No. 10 Oregon (21-5, 15-3) will have an 11-match winning streak of their own on the line this week as the Ducks are at California on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Oregon) and host Oregon State (7-21, 2-16) on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Oregon). Oregon, 11-0 in Eugene in 2022, will have a chance to end the regular season with a perfect home record if they can take down the Beavers.
- No. 25 Washington State (21-8, 13-5) enters the week having gone 8-2 over its last 10 and ranked in three consecutive AVCA polls. The Cougars will welcome UCLA (15-12, 9-9) to Pullman on Tuesday, Nov. 22 for a 6 p.m. match live on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Washington and face No. 24 Washington (19-9, 11-7) in the regular season finale at home on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Washington).
- The Huskies will have two tough tests, facing the two teams sitting ahead of them in the standings in the final week. Before its heated match at Washington State on Friday, Washington will open the week hosting USC (20-9, 12-6) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington) in a contest that could go a long way in determining NCAA postseason bids and matchups.
- The battle for LA will see UCLA visit USC on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Los Angeles), while Utah (15-14, 8-10) will be at Colorado (18-10, 10-8) earlier in the day at 2 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Mountain) and Arizona (15-14, 5-13) will travel to Arizona State (12-18, 6-12) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Arizona) to wrap up rivalry weekend.
- Other broadcasts this weekend include Colorado at Arizona on Wednesday Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. PT (ARIZ Live Stream) and Utah at Arizona on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT (Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Mountain).
- With Stanford’s win over Arizona last Saturday, the Cardinal clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title with a two-match lead over Oregon with two matches to play. The Cardinal need to win just one more match to claim the title outright for the first time since 2019, which was also the last time Stanford won a national championship.
- Oregon would need two Stanford losses to claim a share of the Pac-12 title, but do own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinal for the league’s automatic bid if Stanford falters in its final matches.
- No. 6 Stanford cruised to a pair of wins with a four-set victory against Arizona State and a sweep of Arizona. Since dropping its second conference match to Oregon back on September 25, the Cardinal have reeled off 16 consecutive league victories.
- Stanford’s 16-match win streak is tied with No. 3 Wisconsin for longest in the country among Power 5 teams, while it is tied for the fifth-longest among all the schools. 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. 10 Oregon continues to live on the edge as the Ducks trailed 1-2 to UCLA and 0-2 to USC before storming back to win both contests 3-2 for their 10th and 11th consecutive wins. Oregon is also just one of 20 teams in the country to have an undefeated mark (11-0) at home in 2022.
- Washington State also stayed hot, joining the Cardinal and Ducks with a 2-0 weekend after a sweep over Utah and a four-set win over Colorado at home. The Cougars’ only home loss this season came at the hands of league-leading Stanford.
- The Trojans will be focusing on finishing in the final week after they let a second 2-0 lead slip away in as many weeks. A week after they went up two sets over Stanford in an eventual 3-2 decision, USC again saw itself up 2-0 against Oregon before dropping the final three sets in the loss.
- The 24th ranked Huskies turned in another 1-1 weekend after Colorado recorded the unexpected road sweep in Seattle. The Huskies bounced back on Sunday with a sweep of their own over Utah and will look to pick up some wins and momentum as they head into postseason play.
- Five other Conference squads split their matchups last weekend - Arizona (W California, L Stanford), Arizona State (L Stanford, W California), Colorado ( W Washington, L Washington State); USC (W Oregon State, L Oregon) and UCLA (L Oregon, W Oregon State).
- Stanford remained at third as the Pac-12 highest ranked team in the most recent NCAA RPI report from Nov. 20, with Oregon moving up to No. 10, USC at No. 26, Washington State at No. 34 and Washington at No. 38. Colorado is also in the top 50 at No. 46 while Utah is just outside it at No. 52.
- Stanford is 14-1 on the road this season, which is the most road victories in the nation in 2022, and is just one of four Power 5 teams 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).
- Stanford sits at eighth and Oregon sits at 10th in the committee’s latest rankings from Oct. 29.
FOUR IN AVCA TOP 25
- For the third straight week, four Pac-12 teams appeared in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 revealed on Nov. 21 in No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon, No. 24 Washington and No. 25 Washington State.
- After four consecutive weeks staying put at No. 8, the Cardinal moved up two spots to No. 6.
- The Ducks continued their climb up the poll, moving up two more spots from No. 12 to No. 10. Since October 17, Oregon has moved up 10 spots in the poll in just under a month.
- Washington State cracked the top 25 for the first time this season on Nov. 7, marking the Cougars’ first appearance in the poll since they finished the 2021 season at No. 23. The Cougars have now spent three straight weeks at No. 25.
- USC and Colorado continued to receive votes with 21 votes and five votes, respectively. The Trojans were the top vote getter outside the top 25.
- Washington dropped back to No. 24 this week, but is still in the rankings for the 63rd 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.
- 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, second on the NCAA's active leader list in career assists, is now third in Pac-12 history with 6,106 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. She trails record holder, Washington’s Courtney Thompson, who had 6,552 from 2003-06, and UCLA’s Erika Selsor (1998-01), who collected 6,234 during her Bruin career.
- Powell’s 159 career service aces rank 10th in Pac-12 history after the senior recently passed 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 now third among active DI players in career total blocks (574) and now sits at 18th in Pac-12 history, passing former UCLA Bruin Kim Krull (1993-96).
- 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 record-eighth Freshman of the Week award on Nov. 21 and became just the fourth player since the freshman award was introduced in 2011 to earn Offensive Player of the Week and freshman honors in the same week and the first since 2016. Colyer broke the old freshman mark of six 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).
- Colyer’s 29 kills in a five-set win over USC on Sunday, November 20th was the top mark in the Pac-12 for a single match in 2022.
- 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.
- Cal’s Lydia Grote recorded a new Bear record with 94 attacks in a five-set loss to USC on Saturday, Nov. 12, which ranks fifth in a single match in Pac-12 history.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - TEAM
- Oregon (.291, 7th), Washington (.290, 10th), USC (.289, 11th), Stanford (.288, 12th) and Washington State (.281, 16th) are all in the top 20 nationally in hitting percentage.
- The Pac-12’s five teams in the top 20 are the most of any other league and are three more than the next conference with the most (WCC - 2).
- The Pac-12 also has two of the NCAA's top 15 when it comes to blocks per set in Colorado (2.71, 11th) and Stanford (2.68, 14th).
- In assists per set, Oregon is sixth nationally (13.49), Stanford is seventh (13.45), USC is 19th (12.99) and Washington is 24th (12.92). The Pac-12’s four teams in the top 25 are the most of any conference.
- Stanford (14.41, 7th) and Oregon (14.29, 9th) and are also two of the best when it comes to kills per set.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS - INDIVIDUAL
- Colorado's Meegan Hart is fifth (.432) and Washington's Marin Grote ninth (.416) in the country in hitting percentage, two of just 16 players in the country at .400 or better.
- The Conference also boasts four of the nation's top 20 in assists per set - Stanford's Kami Miner (11.22, 8th), Oregon’s Hannah Pukis (11.22, 9th), USC's Mia Tuaniga (11.11, 13th) and Washington's Ella May Powell (10.85, 20th) - and one in the top 10 in blocks per set - Washington State’s Magda Jehlarova (1.44, 10th).
- USC's Skylar Fields is fifth in kills per set (5.06), while Utah's Madelyn Robinson sits in 15th (4.37). In points per set, Fields is eighth (5.46), and Stanford’s Kendall Kipp is ninth (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 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).
- 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|
|#25 Washington State||13-5||21-8|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)
|Tuesday, Nov. 22|
|UCLA at #25 Washington State||Pac-12 Los Angeles
|6 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, Nov. 23||7 p.m. PT|
|Colorado at Arizona||ARIZ Live Stream||12 p.m. PT|
|#10 Oregon at California||Pac-12 Bay Area
|12 p.m. PT|
|Utah at Arizona State||Pac-12 Arizona
|1 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at #6 Stanford||Pac-12 Insider||4 p.m. PT|
|USC at #24 Washington||Pac-12 Network
|5:30 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Nov. 25|
|Utah at Colorado||Pac-12 Mountain||2 p.m. PT|
|California at #6 Stanford||Pac-12 Bay Area||6 p.m. PT|
|Oregon State at #10 Oregon||Pac-12 Oregon||6 p.m. PT|
|#24 Washington at #25 Washington State||Pac-12 Washington||6 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at USC||Pac-12 Los Angeles||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Nov. 26|
|Arizona at Arizona State||Pac-12 Arizona||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|
|Oct. 25||Kami Miner, STAN|