Women of Troy to Appear 14 Times on Pac-12 Networks|
June 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's volleyball team will appear in 14 televised matches on the new Pac-12 Networks in 2012. The Network announced an 82-mach schedule on Wednesday, June 20, that features seven top-25 teams from 2011 including the Women of Troy who finished as national semifinalists.
USC kicks the schedule off with a match against the Jiangsu Chinese Team on August 28. The traveling Chinese team will also face UCLA (Aug. 29), California (Sept. 5), and Stanford (Sept. 6), as part of a four-game international showcase. All four matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. PT.
"In my opinion, this changes the whole face of the sport in this country," said head coach Mick Haley. "This is what the coaches, the coaches association (AVCA), and everybody has been asking for; this kind of exposure. I think you're going to see a tremendous jump in the sport's following. The fact that we're also having men's matches broadcast, that's two Olympic sports in volleyball that are going to get prime exposure for the first time, ever. I think it puts the Pac-12 on the premiere level for where young athletes will want to go and play."
The 82-match television schedule is a 272-percent jump from the 22 television matches that featured Pac-12 teams in 2011. The lineup includes seven teams that finished in the final top-25 national rankings last season and wastes no time pitting two nationally-ranked programs against each other with UCLA hosts Pepperdine on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Leaning on the Pac-12's dominance in women's volleyball, the Network's television schedule primarily focuses on inter-conference play with each team making at least 12 television appearances. The schedule closes on Friday, Nov. 23, with a full day of action as all conference teams face their regional rivals to wrap the regular season.
"It is very exciting to be in a position to deliver unprecedented exposure to a sport as dynamic as women's volleyball," said Gary Stevenson, President Pac-12 Enterprises. "With 14 NCAA titles, including UCLA's last year, there is no denying the Pac-12's strength in women's volleyball. With the international matches as well as our full conference schedule, fans will have an opportunity to see some of the very best volleyball players in the world every week on the Pac-12 Networks."
In 2011, seven Pac-12 teams earned bids to the NCAA tournament, including national champion UCLA, led by AVCA National Coach of the Year Mike Sealy. USC, which secured the league's automatic bid after winning the first-ever Pac-12 Championship crown and a conference-record 20 league matches, also advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second year in a row.
Of the eight Pac-12 players that earned All-America honors in 2011, UCLA's Rachel Kidder, Oregon's Alaina Bergsma and Natalie Hagglund of USC return to the court, and are just a few of the league's players to watch in 2012.
The Pac-12 Networks launch on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and will consist of one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier's TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service. Fans can find out if they receive Pac-12 Networks by visiting www.Pac-12.org or by contacting their television provider.
2012 USC Women's Volleyball Pac-12 Networks Television Schedule