Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: Tar Heels' opening statement

    North Carolina rallied on the road against Penn State to pull off an epic upset. Nebraska and Wisconsin, meanwhile, dug in to give the Big Ten the top two spots in the Week 1 rankings.

    Aug 30 12:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Time for the Sparks to prove they're a contender

    Opening with two losses has marked a difficult WNBA re-start for Los Angeles, but it's also showed the Sparks what they have to do -- and avoid doing -- to have a long postseason run.

    Aug 29 3:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    Is volleyball's reigning MOP even better?

    Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska's fearless outside hitter, skipped the Sweet Corn Festival (again) to focus on strength training and defense. Coach John Cook says she's gotten even more explosive.

    Aug 25 7:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Which teams will join Sparks, Lynx in playoffs?

    L.A. and Minnesota have clinched playoff spots and New York isn't far behind. But with half the league sporting losing records as the WNBA resumes, expect a free-for-all for the final berths.

    Aug 25 8:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    5 questions for 2016 NCAA volleyball season

    All eyes are on defending champion Nebraska to start the season, which will end in Columbus, Ohio. And many of the contenders -- Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota -- also reside in the Big Ten.

    Aug 22 9:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • At 35, point guard Bird is as good as ever

    Sue Bird says her last couple of seasons didn't live up to her standards. So the Seattle star fine-tuned her fitness and diet and proved again why she is the premier point guard for Team USA.

    Aug 10 2:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Catchings: 'It's been a dream come true'

    She has done it all, from NCAA and WNBA titles to MVP accolades. As her career winds down, 37-year-old Tamika Catchings hopes to add a fourth Olympic gold medal to a legacy defined by hard work.

    Aug 7 8:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • U.S. women taking nothing for granted in Rio

    USA Basketball is loaded with talent and heavily favored to win a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. But will the lack of preparation time or a suspect perimeter defense derail the dream?

    Aug 4 12:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • U.S. women all learning from one another on court

    With so little time together to prepare for Rio, the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team benefits from a great coaching staff and a pool of players willing to take advice from one another.

    Aug 1 7:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn contingent carries U.S. women past Canada

    Whether you're a UConn fan, there's no denying that Huskies players regularly deliver the goods. Back "home" Friday, five former UConn stars started -- and set the tone -- for USA Basketball.

    Jul 30 12:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Hits and misses of 2016 WNBA season so far

    Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York are setting the pace, Phoenix is the league's biggest surprise (not in a good way) and the veterans still got game as we reflect on the 2016 WNBA season.

    Jul 25 2:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA, players must work together to find right platform

    By budging on a bad decision, Lisa Borders gave players a reason to believe she's a responsive leader. Now the WNBA and its players can get on the same page, where everyone can do the most good.

    Jul 25 3:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can WNBA players really count on the league's support?

    The WNBA usually takes pride in promoting its players' activism. But how players can support the conflict between police and black communities is causing internal conflict in the league itself.

    Jul 22 5:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Confidence carrying Sparks into Olympic break

    After matching the best start in WNBA history, L.A. suffered just its second loss of the season. The Sparks, with a winning mindset guiding them, look to get back on track Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).

    Jul 19 12:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's players are her greatest legacy

    At its most basic core, Pat Summitt's life work was helping young women who played basketball become the best human beings they could be. Thursday, her legacy rose as one to honor her.

    Jul 15 1:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 'Celebration of life' to honor Pat Summitt

    The women's basketball world is paying tribute to legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who died June 28 at age 64. Watch live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

    Jul 14 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Winning chemistry focus of U.S. women's volleyball squad

    The U.S. women's volleyball team will have a familiar look in Rio -- the majority of the lineup features members from the 2014 World Championship-winning squad.

    Jul 12 11:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 10 more players who helped boost the WNBA

    The contribution of players born outside the United States and Australia has been a big factor in the growth of the WNBA. We rank 10 who have greatly impacted the league.

    Jul 12 12:16 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Aussie impact took WNBA to higher level

    Australians wanted to play at the highest level. But the reality is, they helped raise the bar in the WNBA. And outside of the United States, no country has had a greater impact on the league.

    Jul 12 12:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dolson, Stokes on U.S. women's select team

    The USA Basketball women's select team was announced Monday. This 11-player group will train alongside the national team.

    Jul 11 1:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can anyone stop New York's Charles?

    She's a two-time NCAA champ and an Olympic gold medalist, and she's making a strong case for her second MVP award. How does Tina Charles keep getting better? Simple: She works very hard.

    Jul 7 5:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to hold court against Sky

    Minnesota is eager to move on after a recent three-game skid. Chicago looks to knock off the Lynx to inch closer to .500. The Lynx and Sky meet in Minnesota on Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).

    Jul 5 1:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 ways to carry on Summitt's legacy

    The way Pat Summitt lived every day was as awe-inspiring as her career record, and you could do no better than to follow her lead. Here are five things we can try to do to keep her spirit alive.

    Jul 1 2:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Defining Summitt's legacy

    Legend. Icon. Pat Summitt deserves all the praise. Some of the coaches who knew the Tennessee coach best help illustrate why Summitt's impact was so widespread and profound.

    Jun 29 4:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's 10 greatest players at Tennessee

    Pat Summitt would be the first to say you can't win an NCAA title -- let alone eight -- without great players. So which 10 Lady Vols had the greatest careers under Summitt in Knoxville?

    Jun 29 1:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel