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Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Rundown - Nov. 21, 2023

Nov 21, 2023
Stanford Athletics

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Pac-12 women's volleyball has reached the final week of the regular season and while No. 2 Stanford has already secured its second straight Pac-12 Championship, plenty of other squads will be looking to strengthen their tournament resumes this week with two matches left on the slate. The Cardinal clinched the title - their fifth in the last seven years and 21st overall - outright with a road win at No. 24 USC on Sunday and with two more wins this week will have a chance to finish with a 19-1 league record for a second consecutive year and for the sixth time since 2012. 

For the third straight week, five Pac-12 teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll, all remaining in the same spots they were last week - Stanford at No. 2, Oregon at No. 6, Washington State at No. 11, Arizona State at No. 18 and USC at No. 24. 

The 2023 regular season has featured a ranked matchup virtually every week and that trend is no different this last week with No. 24 USC visiting No. 6 Oregon on Tuesday night in Eugene at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider and No. 18 Arizona State traveling to No. 11 Washington State for a Wednesday showdown at 12 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network. The slate wraps up with rivalry showdowns on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday Nov. 25 before the 64-team field for the 2023 NCAA Volleyball Tournament is officially announced on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT live on ESPN.    

LAST WEEK

  • No. 2 Stanford (24-3, 17-1) had a tough test on the road last week as UCLA (16-12, 8-10) pushed the match to five sets and No. 24 USC (18-10, 12-6) represented another top 25 opponent, but the Cardinal showed why they've been a top-five team all season, pulling out both road contests to move to 14-1 away from Maples Pavilion in 2023. It was the Cardinal's fourth straight win over the Bruins and 13th straight over the Trojans. Friday's win at UCLA guaranteed a least a share of the Pac-12 Championship, but it was Sunday's win at USC that clinched it outright as the Cardinal continued its recent domination of the Pac-12. Regardless of this week's results, Stanford is in line for a top-five national seed for the NCAA Tournament, which kicks off next week. Stanford swept the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Awards with Kendall Kipp and Elena Oglivie earning the nods after leading Stanford to the wins and another trip to the NCAA tournament as the conference's automatic qualifier.
  • No. 6 Oregon (24-5, 14-4) has also been stellar away from its home court this year with a 12-1 road record, which included handing No. 18 Arizona State (25-5, 13-5) its first home loss - a 3-1 Ducks win in Tempe - and a sweep at Arizona (8-21, 3-15). The win over ASU also served as sweet revenge over the Sun Devils after Arizona State bested the Ducks in Eugene earlier in the season. While first place is out of reach, Oregon will an opportunity to secure a second-place finish and bolster its case for a top-10 national seed as they welcome the Trojans to Eugene on Tuesday and finish the week out against the Beavers on Saturday.  
  • The Sun Devils may have come up short against the Ducks, but ended the weekend on high note with a four-set win over the Beavers on Senior Day, tying the program record for most conference wins in a single season with 13 while the 25 wins overall are the third-highest in program history. 
  • Washington State (22-7, 12-6) joined the Cardinal and Ducks with a 2-0 weekend thanks to a pair of much-needed road sweeps at Utah (10-18, 5-13) and Colorado (15-14, 7-11). The Cougars have won three straight after a tough stretch that saw five losses in the previous seven matches.  
  • USC avenged its earlier loss to California (16-13, 5-13) with a 3-1 win, but dropped its second contest of the season against the Cardinal to go 1-1 on the weekend. The outcome might have been different against Stanford if All-American Skylar Fields was in the lineup, but Fields missed the matchup - her first time out of the lineup all season. The Trojans will hope to have her back matches against No. 6 Oregon and rival UCLA left before the committee decides on the tournament field on Sunday. 
  • Four more squads - California, Colorado, Oregon State (11-17, 6-12) and Washington (15-14, 6-12) - also split their weekend contests with California getting its first win over the Bruins in five years, Colorado besting the Huskies, the Beavers grabbing a road win at Arizona and UW also picking up a road win at Utah. Cal's Maggie Li nabbed her sixth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor - tying for second-most freshman awards in the same season.  
  • Arizona, UCLA and Utah all came up empty on the weekend. Arizona dropped matches to Oregon State and No. 6 Oregon. UCLA went the distance against the Cardinal before dropping the weekend finale to the Bears in the absence of senior Anna Dodson and the Utes fell to Washington State and Washington at home. 

THIS WEEK

  • The final week of the regular season features 12 matches from Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 25 with 10 of 12 matches airing across Pac-12 Networks, including all six rivalry matches on Friday and Sunday. 
  • Kicking the slate off is a top-25 matchup between No. 24 USC and No. 6 Oregon in Eugene Tuesday night on Pac-12 Insider at 6 p.m. PT. The Trojans finish the week hosting crosstown rival UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Los Angeles. The Bruins will start the week on the road at Oregon State on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Insider before their date with their rival on Friday, while the Ducks and Beavers are set to meet on Saturday at 2 pm. PT in Corvallis on Pac-12 Oregon. 
  • A second ranked matchup of the week will see No. 18 Arizona State visit No. 11 Washington State in Pullman on Wednesday at 12 p.m. PT, live on Pac-12 Network, which will serve as the first and only regular season meeting between the two squads in 2023. Arizona meanwhile will be at Washington on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT. The Huskies will turn around and host the Cougars in Seattle for a second installment of the volleyball Apple Cup on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Washington, while the Sun Devils and Wildcats will go head-to-head in Tucson for the last conference game of 2023, a Saturday 4 p.m. PT first serve on Pac-12 Arizona.
  • The final foursome has Colorado and Utah heading to the Bay Area early in the holiday week with the Buffs at California on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain and the Utes at No. 2 Stanford at 2 p.m. PT. Colorado and Utah will go at it on Friday at 2 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Mountain, while California will make the short trip down to Stanford for the Bay Area rivalry match on Friday at 7 p.m. PT live on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Tuesday, Nov. 21 TV/Stream Time (PT)
No. 24 USC at No. 6 Oregon Pac-12 Insider 6:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Nov. 22    
No. 18 Arizona State at No. 11 Washington State Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Washington 12:00 p.m. PT
Colorado at California Pac-12 Bay Area/Mountain 1:00 p.m. PT
UCLA at Oregon State Pac-12 Insider 1:00 p.m. PT
Utah at No. 2 Stanford STAN Live Stream 2:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at Washington WASH Live Stream 3:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 24    
Colorado at Utah Pac-12 Mountain 2:00 p.m. PT
California at No. 2 Stanford Pac-12 Network/Bay Area 7:00 p.m. PT
UCLA at No. 24 USC Pac-12 Los Angeles 7:00 p.m. PT
No. 11 Washington State at Washington Pac-12 Washington 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 25    
No. 6 Oregon at Oregon State Pac-12 Oregon 2:00 p.m. PT
No. 18 Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 Arizona 4:00 p.m. PT

RPI REVEAL

  • In the eighth RPI update of the 2023 season on Nov. 20, three Pac-12 teams rank in the top 15 and four are in the top 18.
  • The four in the top 18 this week are tied for most with the SEC among all conferences.
  • Stanford stayed at No. 2, while Oregon moved up to No. 7 and Washington State and Arizona State each moved back a spot to No. 13 and No. 18, respectively. 
  • USC, which made a 21-spot rise a month ago, moved up one to No. 30, followed by UCLA at No. 55 and Colorado at No. 63. Washington comes in at No. 65 this week with California six spots behind at No. 72.
  • Utah checks in at No. 123, Oregon State at No. 145 and Arizona at No. 148. 

FIVE IN LATEST AVCA TOP 25 FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK

  • For a third consecutive week, five Pac-12 teams appeared in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 poll with all five remaining steady where they were last week - Stanford at No. 2, Oregon at No. 6, Washington State at No. 11, Arizona State at No. 18 and USC at No. 24. The five total in the top 25 is tied for the most with the Big 12. Earlier this season, the Pac-12 saw a two-week run of three in the top five, but that came to an end on Oct. 16, but remains to the only conference this season to have 3 in the top five at any point.
  • Stanford is one of three teams, joining No. 1 and unbeaten Nebraska and No. 5 Wisconsin, who has spent the entirety of the season - from pre-season through week 13 - in the top five. Oregon has joined Stanford in the top 10 all season long as well. Washington State spent weeks three through 12 in the top 10, while Arizona State has been in the top 25 for nine weeks after entering the poll for the first time since 2018. The Trojans are in the poll for their straight week after being ranked in the initial preseason poll. 
  • WSU's three-week stint in the top five earlier this season was its longest in program history, while the No. 4 ranking was also its highest, besting the previous high of No. 5 back in October of 1995. The week-three jump from No. 11 to No. 7 was the Cougars' first time in the top 10 since 2016.  

NCAA D1 COMMITTEE TOP 10 RANKINGS - SECOND REVEAL 

  • The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee revealed its second and final top-10 in-season rankings of 2023 on Sunday, Oct. 28. 
  • Stanford is projected as the No. 2 seed, Washington State is the No. 5 seed and Oregon is the No. 6 seed. The three Pac-12 teams in the top-10 are the most of any conference in the country, while the Pac-12 owns three of the top six projected seeds according to the committee.
  • In the committee's first rankings released on Sept. 26, three Pac-12 teams appeared in the top-10 with Stanford at No. 4, Washington State at No. 6 and Oregon at No. 7. 

GAMECHANGER/AVCA DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • After not seeing any national weekly honors through the first two months of the season, the Pac-12 earned the Gamechanger/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honor in back-to-back weeks with Arizona State senior and three-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week this season Marta Levinska earning the conference's first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Week award of the season on Oct. 31 followed by USC All-American senior Skylar Fields, also a three-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in 2023, earning her third career national weekly honor on Nov. 7.
  • The two honorees this season match the total from last fall, while Fields picks up the award in two consecutive years.
  • Levinska was the fifth Sun Devil in program history to earn the honor and Fields collected the 13th national weekly honor in Trojan history.
 Date Player
Oct. 31 Marta Levinska, ASU
Nov. 7 Skylar Fields, USC

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS (Team)

  • Through 13 weeks, four Pac-12 teams rank in the top 20 in hitting percentage. Stanford leads the country (.312), followed by Arizona State in 9th (.288), Washington State in 12th (.285) and Oregon in 18th (.280).
  • Two teams are in the top 20 in kills per set, with Stanford 5th in the NCAA (14.46) and Oregon at 16th (13.94). 
  • Oregon is the league's top-ranked blocks per set squad in 11th (2.74), with Stanford the next best at 15th (2.70) and Colorado at 21st (2.63). 
  • Arizona State is third in the country with 2.03 aces per set, followed by Stanford in 16th at 1.92 per set. 
  • Stanford ranks second in the country in assists per set (13.63) followed by Oregon in 15th (12.95). 
  • Defensively, Oregon ranks 11th in opponent hitting percentage at .157.

AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS (Individual)

  • Two rank in the top-10 in assists per set - Stanford's Kami Miner is 3rd (11.79) and Oregon's Hannah Pukis is ninth (10.87).
  • USC's Skylar Fields is 6th in the country in attacks per set (12.66).
  • Washington State's Magda Jehlarova is 10th (1.43) in blocks per set with Oregon's Karson Bacon in 15th (1.37) and Colorado's Skyy Howard is 20th (1.32). 
  • Oregon's Kara McGhee in 7th in hitting percentage (.429), followed by WSU's Jehlarova in 18th (.404). 
  • USC's Fields owns the Pac-12's top kills per set average at 5.23, which ranks 2nd in the country. Arizona State's Marta Levinska is sixth (4.73) and Stanford's Kendall Kipp is 30th (4.14). 
  • USC's Fields also has the conference's top points per set mark at 5.65, which is third in the nation, while ASU's Levinska is 6th at 5.45 and Stanford's Kipp ranks 17th at 5.07. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Stanford (24-3) is one of just 9 teams in the country to have three or fewer losses through 13 weeks of competition. Arizona State's 24 wins are tied for 11th-most among all teams. Top-ranked Nebraska (27-0) remains the only unbeaten left in the nation.
  • Stanford, who played six ranked teams out of nine non-conference games, owns the fourth-toughest schedule in the country through 13 weeks. Oregon is the next highest with the 15th-toughest schedule, while Washington State is the 18th-toughest, Arizona is the 20th-toughest and Washington's is the 21st-toughest schedule.
  • Washington State fifth year senior Magda Jehlarova is the NCAA's active career leader for total blocks and earlier this season became just the eighth player in the NCAA to reach the 700 mark in the rally-scoring era (since 2001). She added 7 more blocks over the weekend to get to 749 in her career. In September, Jehlarova officially became Washington State's all-time blocks leader, breaking the old mark of 615 set by former Cougar Carrie Couturier from 1988-91. Jehlarova currently sits in second place in Pac-12 history and needs just 8 to break the conference's all-time career record for blocks, currently held by UCLA's Marissa Hatchett, who played for the Bruins from 1989-92. Oregon's Kara McGhee, a transfer from Baylor, is third on the active list with 654.
  • On Oct. 2, Jehlarova earned her second Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award of the season and the 10th of her career, giving her 11 combined defensive and offensive weekly awards to set a new conference record for most career weekly honors, surpassing former Washington standout Krista Vansant (2011-14). 
  • USC's Skyar Fields is the current NCAA active career leader for kills with 2,089 after surpassing the 2,000 career kills mark against Arizona State on Nov. 5.
  • Oregon's Hannah Pukis sits atop the active career list for total assists with 5,147, while Stanford's Kami Miner is currently sixth in the NCAA with an 11.55 career assists per set mark.
  • Cal freshman Maggie Li, who earned her sixth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor on Nov. 20, became the first freshman in Pac-12 history to start the season with three consecutive Pac-12 freshman weekly nods. She is also the first ever Bear to earn a weekly award in three consecutive weeks. Currently, she is the Pac-12's top freshman in kills, kills per set, points and points per set, ranking among the conference's top-five overall players in all of those categories.

NON-CONFERENCE WRAP

  • Pac-12 programs closed non-conference play at 96-31 (.756), the best mark among all leagues in 2023 (ACC .741, SEC .731; Big 12 .707; Big 10 .671), and a marked improvement over the last two seasons - 84-37 (.694) in 2022 and 78-36 (.684) in 2021.
  • The Pac-12 went 11-8 overall against opponents ranked in the Top-25 of the AVCA Poll, with its top-three ranked teams - Stanford, Oregon and Washington State, going 10-4 against ranked foes. The four losses all came against top-10 opponents, while eight of the 10 wins came on the road or at neutral sites.
  • USC added a ranked win on the road, taking down No. 17 Purdue on the final weekend of non-conference play.

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

  • The Pac-12 announced the 2023 Women's Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team ahead of the upcoming season. 14 of the 15 members of the team were All-Pac-12 or All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selections in 2022.
  • Stanford led the way with six selections - three of which were individual award winners a year ago, reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Kendall Kipp, Setter of the Year Kami Miner and Libero of the Year Elena Oglivie. Caitie Baird, Elia Rubin and Sami Francis rounded on the Cardinal on the list.  
  • Washington State saw three voted onto the team in Magda Jehlarova, Pia Timmer and Arizona State transfer Iman Isanovic.
  • Oregon (Mimi Colyer, Hannah Pukis) and USC (Skylar Fields, Mia Tuaniga) collected two selections apiece while Arizona State (Marta Levinska) and UCLA (Anna Dodson) had one each.

STAR POWER RETURNING

  • Every 2022 Pac-12 individual award winner is back in 2023 - Player of the year Kendall Kipp (Stanford); Freshman of the Year Mimi Colyer (Oregon); Setter of the Year Kami Miner (Stanford); and Libero of the Year Elena Oglivie (Stanford)
  • 12 of 18 All-Pac-12 selections return highlighted by four-time All-Pac-12 honoree Magda Jehlárová (Washington State).
  • Four of five 2022 AVCA First Team All-Americans return in 2023 (Skylar Fields, USC; Magda Jehlarova, WSU; Kendall Kipp, STAN; Kami Miner (STAN); 2022 AVCA Second Team All-American Hannah Pukis (ORE) and third-team selection and AVCA National Freshman of the Year Mimi Colyer is also back for the Ducks. 2022 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selections Elena Oglivie (STAN) and Mia Tuaniga (USC) return as well.

NEW COACHING FACES

Half the league has a new face on the sideline as the Pac-12 will have six new head coaches in 2023 - two of which are alums of the programs they are taking over.

  • Arizona: Charita Stubbs, who played at Arizona from 1992-94, takes over after the retirement of longtime head coach Dave Rubio. Stubbs was the first player in Arizona history to record 300 kills, 300 digs and 100 blocks in one season and helped the program to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
  • Arizona State: JJ Van Niel comes to Tempe after servicing as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Utah and USC for the past eight years.
  • California: Crissy Jones Schoonderwoerd takes over as the interim head coach after former head man Sam Crosson resigned in July. Jones Schoonderwoerd is no stranger to the Pac-12 as she was an AVCA All-American and a three-time All-Pac-12 performer at Washington (2014-17), helping the Huskies to a pair of Elite Eight appearances.
  • Oregon State: Lindsey Behonick is new to the Pac-12 but brings a wealth of experience after serving as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh for the last 10 years. Pitt is fresh off back-to-back Final Four appearances and Behonick helped the program win four ACC Championships and compile a 258-62 record during her time there.
  • UCLA: After helping guide San Diego to a Final Four appearance last season as an assistant coach, Alfee Reft becomes just the fourth Bruin head coach in UCLA history. He previously served as an assistant coach at Illinois and Minnesota and currently serves as a season assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
  • Washington: Leslie Gabriel is the other alum to take over the program where she played. From 1995-1998 Gabriel was one of the best blockers in Pac-12 history and is third all-time in the Huskies’ record book with 613. Gabriel will get the chance to lead the Huskies after being on UW’s staff through multiple head coaches since 2001, helping the Huskies to 21 straight NCAA tournament appearances and the 2005 National Championship.

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HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

  • Pac-12 institutions have won 17 of the 42 all-time NCAA championships in women’s volleyball, four more than the next closest conference (Big Ten), and four of the past 12.
  • The Conference has had at least five teams earn NCAA Tournament bids in 24 consecutive seasons and eight postseason berths in five of the past 10 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 22 NCAA championship matches have included at least one Pac-12 program.
  • At least one Pac-12 team has played in 27 of the 42 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 six years of the NCAA tournament.
  • Since 2010, the Pac-12 has the second-most NCAA Tournament berths of any league with 94.
  • The Pac-12 has had 10 or more first, second and third-team All-America selections in 13 of the last 18 seasons. Thirteen former Pac-12 players have earned first, second or third-team All-America honors four times, while 30 players have earned All-America honors three times, with Magda Jehlarova (Washington State) 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 47 years of existence, including eight of the past 12. 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
#2 Stanford 17-1 24-3
#6 Oregon 14-4 24-5
#18 Arizona State 13-5 25-5
#11 Washington State 12-6 22-7
#24 USC 12-6 18-10
UCLA 8-10 16-12
Colorado  7-11 15-14
Washington 6-12 15-14
Oregon State 6-12 11-17
California 5-13 16-13
Utah 5-13 10-18
Arizona 3-15 8-21

2023 PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

  Offensive Defensive Freshman
Aug. 28 Mimi Colyer, ORE Karson Bacon, ORE Maggie Li, CAL
Sept. 4 Kendall Kipp, STAN Kami Miner, STAN Maggie Li, CAL
Sept. 11 Skylar Fields, USC Elena Oglivie, STAN Maggie Li, CAL
Sept. 18 Marta Levinska, ASU Magda Jehlárová, WSU London Wijay, USC
Sept. 25 Marta Levinska, ASU Karson Bacon, ORE London Wijay, USC
Oct. 2 Kendall Kipp, STAN Magda Jehlárová, WSU Maggie Li, CAL
Oct. 9 Caitie Baird, STAN Elena Oglivie, STAN Kierstyn Barton, WASH
Oct. 16 Mychael Vernon, OSU Ryan White, OSU Kierstyn Barton, WASH
Oct. 23 Skylar Fields, USC Kendall Kipp, STAN London Wijay, USC
Oct. 30 Marta Levinska, ASU Mary Shroll, ASU Maggie Li, CAL
Nov. 6 Skylar Fields, USC Elena Oglivie, STAN Kierstyn Barton, WASH
Nov. 13 Marta Levinska, ASU Anna Dodson, UCLA London Wijay, USC
Nov. 20 Kendall Kipp, STAN Elena Oglivie, STAN Maggie Li, CAL