Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Sports

    Is Stanford shifting into dynasty mode?

    Stanford has a storied volleyball history and now has seven national titles to prove it. More could be coming in bunches for coach John Dunning and his supremely talented -- and tall -- freshmen.

    Dec 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Royalty vs. royalty in volleyball final

    Neither Texas nor Stanford won a conference title. Both had narrow escapes along the way. But on Saturday, the Longhorns and the Cardinal will be back under a familiar spotlight.

    Dec 17 7:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Smashing performance by Texas

    Ebony Nwanebu, Micaya White and Paulina Prieto Cerame overpower Nebraska and lead Texas into the volleyball national title game against Stanford.

    Dec 16 11:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Setters on the spot at final four

    Jenna Gray would love to set to LeBron. Chloe Collins idolizes Serena. Samantha Seliger-Swenson once did a book report on Tom Brady. And is that Kelly Hunter or Jennifer Lawrence dressed in red?

    Dec 14 6:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Rolfzens go for twin titles in last act

    Kadie and Amber Rolfzen, seemingly born into the Nebraska volleyball "spirit," are down to the final days as Cornhuskers. First the twins are hoping to double up on their national titles.

    Dec 15 9:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Bird, Storm to host 2017 WNBA All-Star Game

    Seattle will host the WNBA All-Star Game for the first time on July 22, the league announced Wednesday.

    Dec 14 11:53 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: Familiar four in Columbus

    Will Stanford reclaim its old glory? Can Minnesota break through? Can Texas see things through to the end? Or will Nebraska repeat? The volleyball national semifinals are set for Thursday.

    Dec 12 3:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Facing (and losing to) UConn still has its rewards

    UConn's win over Kansas State on Sunday seemed like a familiar script. But it was important for both teams, especially the Wildcats, who had their first sellout in a decade and got to play No. 1.

    Dec 12 8:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: Champs book final four trip

    A day after a near-elimination experience, defending champion Nebraska booked a spot in the volleyball national semifinals. Texas, Stanford and Minnesota will join the Huskers in Columbus, Ohio.

    Dec 11 12:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Match points down, Nebraska fights back

    The Huskers' title defense seemed over to everyone except the Huskers. With a boost from the fans and some guts from their stars, Nebraska will play Saturday in a volleyball regional final.

    Dec 9 5:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • New star trio, same result: UConn downs Notre Dame

    Remember how UConn lost its "big three" stars and was going to struggle to replace them? Yeah, whatever. Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams led the Huskies past Notre Dame.

    Dec 8 1:50 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Former Irish star Diggins: Huskies 'always bring it'

    Skylar Diggins helped make Notre Dame-UConn into the greatest rivalry in the women's game today. She'll be courtside for what has become a measuring-stick game.

    Dec 8 12:50 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn, Notre Dame renew rivalry in 1-2 showdown

    The top spot in the rankings and UConn's 82-game winning streak are on the line Wednesday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET) when No. 2 Notre Dame hosts the Huskies in the biggest game of the season so far.

    Dec 7 4:30 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: The heart of the giant-killer

    Ever since sophomore Jaali Winters arrived at Creighton, the Bluejays have made a habit of pulling off upsets in the NCAA tournament. On Friday, Creighton takes on Michigan in the Sweet 16.

    Dec 6 10:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Duke's Greenwell is espnW's player of the week

    After leading the Blue Devils to an upset of third-ranked South Carolina, junior guard Rebecca Greenwell nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Dec 5 11:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: Creighton stuns Kansas

    The NCAA volleyball tournament loses the Big 12 champion and No. 5 seed in the second round when Creighton pulls off a five-set thriller.

    Dec 3 12:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: Sister vs. sister in Round 2

    Senior Taylor Sandbothe helped Ohio State top Missouri State. Freshman Elle Sandbothe helped Kansas State beat Lipscomb. The sisters collide Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Dec 3 1:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big tests await young No. 14 Texas

    Graduation took a big toll on Texas. But coach Karen Aston knows the only thing to do is keep improving, and that means taking on big challenges. South Carolina, UConn and Tennessee are up next.

    Dec 1 1:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Virginia Tech's Hicks is espnW's player of the week

    After leading the Hokies (6-0) to an upset of No. 17 Tennessee, sophomore guard Chanette Hicks nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Nov 28 11:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: So many questions, so little time

    Four teams fight for supremacy in the SEC. Washington, UCLA and Stanford all still have a shot in the Pac-12. The Big Ten is Nebraska's to lose. And Kansas tries to hang on in the Big 12.

    Nov 22 1:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor's size could pose problems for UConn

    After squeaking by in its season opener, four-time defending NCAA champion UConn faces an even bigger test on Thursday when second-ranked Baylor and its young but powerful post game visit Storrs.

    Nov 17 2:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • South Carolina's Alaina Coates is a true throwback center

    The South Carolina center isn't the best player on her own team. But the 6-foot-4 star could muscle her way into becoming the best pro prospect in the nation.

    Nov 16 9:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Believe it: #tallgirlproblems are real

    From jeans that fit like capris to corny and cliché one-liners to cramped quarters on airplanes, these women's basketball players live #tallgirlproblems on a daily basis.

    Nov 16 12:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA volleyball: Conference races too close to call

    In a dozen days, the NCAA will unveil its volleyball bracket. Oregon, Nebraska and Florida -- not to mention Minnesota and Wisconsin -- still have some killer hurdles to clear.

    Nov 15 12:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Race feels wide open as season tips off

    The 2016-17 women's college basketball season gets underway Friday, and for the first time in awhile, a sense of possibility is in the air. Or at least everybody is telling themselves that.

    Nov 11 11:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel