Ronika Stone spiked home the final point in a five-set victory Friday over Baylor that advanced the Oregon volleyball team to the regional round of NCAA Tournament play for the first time since 2014.
The first of the 16 seeds fell on opening day as FGCU upset No. 13 UCF at home. Three teams won in sweeps – Texas, Wisconsin and Florida – while three matches went the distance, with FGCU, Pepperdine and Baylor advancing.
Lindsey Vander Weide notched 18 kills, 10 digs and six blocks, while hitting .447 as Oregon moved past New Mexico State in four sets to open the NCAA Tournament in Eugene.
Pac-12 Champion Stanford was awarded the No. 1-overall seed with three other league squads receiving a top-16 seeding, giving them the right to host the first and second rounds. The league earned eight berths for the fifth time in six years.
NM State will travel to Eugene, Ore., to face No. 15 Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Tournamentm while Cal Baptist and Utah Valley will participate in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC)
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.
#2 Stanford swept #19 UCLA on the road to remain perfect in the Pac-12. #16 Oregon, #11 USC, and (RV) Colorado all picked up four set wins Sunday afternoon. In Tempe, Arizona, Oregon State earned its first Pac-12 win with a four set victory over Arizona State.
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.
Raquel Lazaro had nearly 60 assists and over 20 digs as she fed the USC pins enough to down (RV) Arizona State on a loaded night for the Pac-12.