Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
Fifty-four team kills led No. 4 seed BYU to a dominating 3-0 match win (25-16, 25-21, 25-18) over in-state rival Utah on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, advancing to its seventh Sweet 16.
Stanford junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer was voted the Pac-12 Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight year, while teammates Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz were tabbed as Setter and Libero of the Year and USC’s Raquel Lazaro was selected as Freshman of the Year.
Utah’s Dani Drews, Washington State’s Alexis Dirige and Oregon’s Brooke Nuneviller were tabbed as the final Pac-12 Conference players of the week.
2nd-ranked Stanford showed its clout, besting 11th-ranked USC in straight sets to stay perfect in league play at 11-0. Upsets were the storyline outside of that, as Utah topped 20th-ranked Washington and California stunned 19th-ranked UCLA.
#17 Washington State collected a road sweep of (RV) Utah in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.
After missing a match last week while in the concussion protocol, Arizona outside hitter Kendra Dahlke left Sunday’s match against Utah with a leg injury.
21st-ranked UCLA overcame 17th-ranked Washington on the road for the first time since 2003, ending a 9-match losing streak against the Huskies overall. 16th-ranked Oregon, RV Arizona, 2nd-ranked Stanford, Utah and 20th-ranked Washington State also earned Friday night Pac-12 wins.
Utah and California earned upset victories over ranked opponents Sunday, toppling 15th-ranked Oregon and 18th-ranked Washington State, respectively. Also rounding out the weekend with wins were 12th-ranked USC and 20th-ranked Colorado.