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Exploring the Possibility of Florida-Grown Coffee

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Researchers are exploring the potential of coffee growth in areas currently suitable for citrus growth.

For centuries, coffee has been grown between two somewhat arbitrary lines above and below the equator. The stretch between roughly the 23.43°S and 23.43°N parallels — also known as tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, respectively — is also often referred to as the “coffee belt.”

Countries with large swaths of land within this boundary — Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and dozens more — have historically dominated the production of coffee that then travels to points farther north or south for consumption.

Yet what happens when we consider the artificial nature of these boundaries? Is it possible to grow coffee outside of these latitudinal restraints?

The short answer is yes. With reasonable conditions, a coffee plant could grow inside a home anywhere in the world. In one extreme example of how coffee growth in controlled conditions is feasible, South Korea’s Paldang Coffee Farm has maintained some 800 coffee plants for more than a decade within greenhouses at roughly the 37°N parallel.

Yet commercial coffee production continues to take place almost exclusively within the coffee belt, where consistently better conditions for temperature, light and rainfall promote proper development of fruitful coffee plants.

coffee plants

Coffee growing in Brazil. Photo by Jonas Ferraresso.

Thus, it may not be advisable to grow coffee in the potato fields of England. But what if we step outside these lines just a little bit? An increasing number of groups have been exploring this question — particularly with an eye on commercial cultivation — and some answers are to beginning to emerge.

Coffee Fields in the United States

Growing coffee in the U.S. is not new. Hawaii has been harvesting berries for more than a century at roughly the 19°N parallel within the coffee belt, finding broad commercial success along the way.

A more recent example of coffee cultivation has been taking place in California over the past decade, where the private group Frinj Coffee has been leading a network network of farmers and finding encouraging results regarding quantity.

This has taken place in the hills near Santa Barbara at roughly the 34°N parallel, where there is about 17.7 inches (450 millimeters) of annual rain and periods of low temperatures from November to April. Such conditions and associated costs are likely to challenge cultivation on a large scale.

One more interesting coffee cultivation destination has recently emerged from the continental United States, at a point that’s even closer to the coffee belt at about the 28°N parallel: Florida.

Understanding the Needs of the Coffee Tree

Worldwide, the two main coffee species cultivated for commercial consumption are Coffea canephora (robusta) and Coffea arabica (arabica). With robusta preferring hot and wet climates and arabica favoring milder climates, arabica tends to be the focus when cultivation is considered outside the coffee belt — i.e. farther away from the equator.

Originating in the mountains and forests of Ethiopia, the arabica species is cultivated in dozens of countries. Over the years, hundreds of varieties of this plant have emerged through the hands of breeders, farmers or by nature itself.

Each variety has some unique characteristics such as size, productivity, resistance to drought, nutritional needs, resistance to pests and diseases, resistance to low temperatures, quality, and more. Some of the best-known varieties are Caturra, Bourbon, Gesha, etc.

Here I’d like to explore some basic components of arabica cultivation and how it might look in or alongside the citrus groves. Keep in mind, variability is to be expected here, especially given the unique conditions of the Sunshine State:

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Sunlight: Arabica coffee grows well in shade conditions, although it likes to receive at least 6 hours of light per day, and up to 11-14 for maximum production. That would be feasible in most of Florida, where there is roughly 9 hours of sunshine in December and 15 hours in June. Technologies such as intercropping could filter light and assist farming if the sun is too intense.

Temperature: An adult coffee tree grows well at temperatures between 62.6°F (17°C) and 73.4°F (23°C); however, it can tolerate minimum temperatures of 50°F (10°C) and maximum of 93.2°F (34°C) without major damage to the plant. For short periods some varieties of arabica can tolerate 35.6°F (2°C) without major problems. In the central region of Florida where oranges are grown, the temperature range is between 48.2°F (9°C) and 91.4°F (33°C), which might be suitable for coffee growing. Microjet systems already used in Florida citrus could be adapted to provide temperature control for young coffee trees.

Rain: In places like Polk City, an important producer of citrus fruits, the rainfall average is above 47 inches (1200 millimeters), and distributed throughout the year. The coffee tree develops and produces well with annual rainfall between 1,200 millimeters and 1,800 millimeters, but with volumes of only 800 millimeters, good results can still be achieved. Irrigation could be a solution in the event of drought.

Altitude: Coffee is well known for being produced in high-altitude conditions, to which Florida cannot lay much claim. However, plant growth can succeed if other critical conditions are met, and flatter terrain could potentially facilitate the use of machinery to reduce labor costs.

Soil: This would be one of the biggest challenges, as the Florida citrus region is characterized by sandy soils, mostly Spodsols and Entisols of marine origin. These soils have good water drainage and low nutrient retention. To meet the needs of coffee plants in their different stages throughout the year — growth, flowering, granulation, maturation, etc. — new models for well-structured and fertilization and soil management systems might need to be devised.

coffee

Photo by Jonas Ferraresso.

Could the Coffee Taste Good?

This is one of the most complicated topics in modern coffee cultivation, since coffee quality is the result of a huge number of interrelated variables. Some field variations are fertilizers, management, genetics, temperature, rain, sunlight, etc. After that, variables affecting quality include post-harvest technologies such as drying method, drying speed, type of processing, type of fermentation.

The final stage in quality assessment will come through roasting and brewing, where all those previous factors will come to bear on the finished cup. We don’t yet have an idea of what Florida coffee might “taste” like, but the prospect is intriguing.

Researchers at the University of Florida/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra are already carrying out the first tests to study the feasibility of coffee cultivation in Florida’s citrus-growing region. These may be the first steps towards making “Florida-grown coffee” a reality.

Source: Roast Magazine

The Extraction May Come with a Cancer Warning in California

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Will California Unduly Limit Cannabis Branding?

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MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Amber Iris Langston

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

While Shakespeare’s words ring true across time and space, one thing is for sure: if someone offered you an air freshener for your car and you had to choose between “rose” and “stank rot” without smelling either, I’m guessing most people would go with “rose”. Frankly, I don’t know what “stank rot” air fresheners smell like, since they don’t exist to my knowledge, but I do know what roses smell like.

This is why we brand – because everyone wants to come up, er, smelling like roses.

In the next two weeks, by September 15, California’s legislature will end its special session. Before that session ends, legislators will likely have a chance to vote on a bill that would highly restrict branding and marketing in the state which promises the largest legal cannabis market in the world when legalization is set to take effect in 2018.

The measure has traction and is likely to come up for a vote. The bill would put procedures in place to restrict marketing, labeling and “even the shape of pot products.” As expected, it’s all about the children.

According to US News and World Report:

“’This is all about making sure, in the context of the legalization of marijuana, that you don’t end up inadvertently leading so many of our young people into drug abuse,’ says the bill’s author, California state Sen. Ben Allen, a Democrat representing Hollywood. ‘This is about protecting kids.’
“…Allen’s bill is designed to cut off the walking billboards – T-shirts, hats and other swag that provide an indirect avenue for reaching children and teens. It won support from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Teachers Association, the California Police Chiefs Association and the child advocacy group Common Sense Kids Action.

“Ultimately, the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, working in concert with the state’s attorney general, would be left to provide guidance for the industry, deciding whether a T-shirt sporting a corporate logo and worn by a firm’s employees should be treated in the same way as a lighter, say, bearing a product name.”

I definitely agree that public health and safety, particularly for children, should a top political priority, but I think efforts regarding cannabis could easily overreach in California. I would like to think the agencies listed above can all be trusted with such advisement, but we are talking about institutions which have historically spread misinformation about the dangers of cannabis. Placing cannabis’ political opponents in charge of regulation might not end well for the industry. Just sayin’. The State of California will no doubt feel a pushback in lawsuits arguing for freedom of speech.

Whatever the case, we may begin to have an idea in a couple of weeks when the special session ends, just how branding and marketing will take shape in the Golden State’s new industry.

Stay on top of California’s cannabis market. Get your tickets now for the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco on February 1st-2nd, 2018. If you are inclined to be even further ahead of the curve, and would enjoy to spend a few days in Hawaii in December, then grab your tickets to the ICBC in beautiful Kauai on December 1st thru the 3rd. 

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This week in Pac-12 football

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POLL WATCHING: With four teams appearing in this week’s AP Poll, the Pac-12 had a streak of five or more teams in the AP Top 25 snapped at eight consecutive weeks … UTAH moves up to No. 4 in this week’s AP poll, the highest ranking ever for the Utes during the regular season. The Utes had final AP rankings of No. 2 (2004) and No. 4 (2008) following postseason play … Utah is the fourth different Pac-12 team this season to be ranked in the Top 10 … Over the last two seasons, nine different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10 … With OREGON falling out of the AP poll earlier this season, the Ducks had their streak of Top 25 appearances snapped at 98 weeks. It had been the nation’s second-longest active streak.

ALL-PURPOSE: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey is currently second in the FBS with 229.8 all-purpose yards per game. Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season – USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game that season.

PAC-12 NETWORK TO TAB ALL-CENTURY TEAM: The Pac-12 Network will honor the Conference’s 100-year anniversary with the selection of an All-Century team. Each Tuesday on the Network’s Inside Pac-12 Football show, the finalists/top 10 vote getters for each position as selected by a panel comprised of media, former players, coaches and administrators will be unveiled. The actual All-Century Team will be announced on Tuesday, December 1. To date, here are the finalists as selected by the panel:

All-Century Finalists

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Marcus Allen – USC

Brandin Cooks – OSU

Mark Bruener – WASH

Ricky Bell – USC

DeSean Jackson – CAL

Fred Davis – USC

Reggie Bush – USC

Keyshawn Johnson – USC

Zach Ertz – STAN

Anthony Davis – USC

Marqise Lee – USC

Russ Francis – ORE

Mike Garrett – USC

James Lofton – STAN

Tony Gonzales – CAL

Hugh McElhenny – WASH

Ken Margerum – STAN

Rob Gronkowski – ARIZ

Chuck Muncie – CAL

JJ Stokes – UCLA

Todd Heap – ASU

Ernie Nevers – STAN

Lynn Swann – USC

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – WASH

OJ Simpson – USC

Troy Walters – STAN

Marcedes Lewis – UCLA

Charles White – USC

Mike Williams – USC

Charles Young – USC

This Week in Pac-12 Football

Thur., Oct. 15
Site
Local Time/TV
18/18 UCLA (4-1) at 15/16 STANFORD (4-1)
Stanford Stadium (50,000)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: UCLA leads, 45-38-3. Last: STAN, 31-10 (2014)
 
ESPN
Stanford has won the last seven meetings.
 
ESPN3 (Spanish)
Average score the last seven meetings, 31.6-13.7
 
 
 
 
 
Sat., Oct. 17
Site
Local Time/TV
–/– OREGON STATE (2-3) at –/– WASHINGTON STATE (3-2)
Martin Stadium (32,952)
1 p.m. PT
Series: WSU leads, 49-47-3. Last: WSU, 39-32 (2014)
 
PAC12
OSU has won three of the last four, six of the last eight, and eight of the last 11 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
t33/t35 USC (3-2) at 14/13 Notre Dame (5-1)
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
7:30 p.m. ET
Series: ND leads, 45-36-5*. Last: USC, 49-14 (2014)
 
NBC
USC has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
–/t42 ARIZONA (4-2) at –/– COLORADO (3-3)
Folsom Field (50,183)
7 p.m. MT
Series: COLO leads, 13-4-0. Last: ARIZ, 38-20 (2014)
 
FS1
After Colorado won the first 12 meetings of the series, Arizona has won four of the last five, including the last three.
 
 
 
 
 
28/29 ARIZONA STATE (4-2) at 4/7 UTAH (5-0)
Rice-Eccles Stadium (47,017)
8 p.m. MT
Series: ASU leads, 20-6-0. Last: ASU, 19-16 OT (2014)
 
ESPN
ASU has won the last 11 meetings, dating back to 1977.
 
 
 
 
 
–/– OREGON (3-3) at –/t40 WASHINGTON (3-2)
Husky Stadium (70,083)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads, 58-44-5. Last: ORE, 45-20 (2014)
 
ESPN2
Oregon has won the last 11 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
OPEN DATE: 23/23 CALIFORNIA (5-1)
 
 
Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll); * – One win later vacated
 
 

Four women’s volleyball teams in top seven of AVCA poll

THIS WEEK
The No. 1 team in the nation and three teams in the top seven, that is Pac-12 volleyball this week. With the latest AVCA Coaches poll released, USC, which was ranked No. 22 to start the season, overtook the top spot in the polling this week, while No. 5 ARIZONA STATE garnered its first-ever top-five national ranking. League teams are coming off a tough week of competition where seven matches warranted at least four sets to decide the match, four of which went to five sets. Through two weeks of league play, 11 Pac-12 teams have already posted at least one Conference win.

Sixth-ranked WASHINGTON suffered its first loss of the season and is looking to rebound with matches against No. 14 ARIZONA and the Sun Devils. The Huskies host the Wildcats on Wednesday for the Pac-12 Networks’ Volleyball Match of the Week. Adding to the intrigue for Friday’s match between UW and ASU, the contest will also feature two of top defensive teams in the nation as the Huskies and Sun Devils rank 1 and 2 in opponent hitting percentage, respectively, with not much difference between them (.117 vs. .119).

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded standings)
Teams
Pct.
Pac-12 Record
Overall Record
USC
1.000
4-0
16-0
Arizona State
1.000
4-0
15-0
Washington
.750
3-1
13-1
UCLA
.500
2-2
11-3
Arizona
.500
2-2
12-4
Stanford
.500
2-2
8-4
Colorado
.500
2-2
10-6
Oregon
.500
2-2
8-5
Washington State
.250
1-3
12-4
Utah
.250
1-3
7-8
Oregon State
.250
1-3
3-11
California
.000
0-4
6-9
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Local To Site)
Wednesday, Oct. 7
TV/Live Stream
Time
#14 ARIZONA at #6 WASHINGTON
PAC12
7:30 p.m. PT
Friday, Oct. 9
 
 
#12 UCLA at UTAH
PACLA/PACMT
6 p.m. MT
#14 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE
PAC12/PACAZ/PACWA
6 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE at #7 STANFORD
PACBA/PACOR
6 p.m. PT
#1 USC at COLORADO
PACLA/PACMT
7 p.m. PT
#5 ARIZONA STATE at #6 WASHINGTON
 
7 p.m. PT
#25 OREGON at CALIFORNIA
PACOR
8 p.m. PT
Sunday, Oct. 11
 
 
#5 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE
PACAZ/PACWA
11 a.m. PT
#12 UCLA at COLORADO
PAC12/PACMT/PACLA
12 p.m. MT
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA
PACBA/PACOR
11 a.m. PT
#1 USC at UTAH
 
1 p.m. MT
#25 OREGON at #7 STANFORD
PAC12/PACBA/PACOR
5 p.m. PT

PAC12/PACAZ/PACBA/PACLA/PACMT/PACOR/PACWA – Indicates live broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.

AVCA RANKINGS
• Seven Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Coaches Poll for the seventh-straight week with four rating in the top seven.

Undefeated USC took over the No. 1 spot in the country for the first time since Oct. 14, 2013, while No. ARIZONA STATE earns its first-ever top-five national ranking. WASHINGTON slipped to No. 6 and STANFORD nudged up to No. 7. UCLA is ranked No. 12 this week, ARIZONA is No. 14 and OREGON is No. 25. COLORADO is also receiving votes.

The Pac-12 head a league-record nine teams earn preseason top-25 rating this season. USC started the season at No. 22 and quickly moved up to the top three.

NCAA STATS 
• Three undefeated teams remain in the country, two of which are ARIZONA STATE and USC.
• With just one loss to date, WASHINGTON has been one of the toughest teams on either side of the ball this season. The Huskies lead the nation in hitting efficiency (.323), while also leading the country in opponent hitting percentage, limiting teams to just .117. ASU is second with a party .119 opponent hitting percentage.
• Five Pac-12 teams are in the top 20 in the country in blocks per set: 3. Washington (3.11), 7. Arizona State (3.06), 9. Stanford (3.00), 10. Washington State (2.95) and No. 17 USC (2.81).
• USC’s Samantha Bricio leads the country in aces per set (0.81) and points per set (6.30).
• The Pac-12 has four players ranked in the top 25 in the nation in blocks per set and kills per set. USC’s Alicia Ogoms is second in the nation with a 1.76 blocks average, while UW’s Melanie Wade is fifth (1.54), ASU’s Whitney Follette is 18th (1.44) and Stanford’s Ivana Vanjak is 20th (1.42). Bricio leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the NCAA with a 5.06 kills per set average, followed by UCLA’s Jordan Anderson (6th, 4.08), ARIZONA’s Kalei Mau (12th, 4.56) and WASHINGTON STATE’s Kyra Holt (24th, 4.27).

For a complete list of NCAA stats team and individual leaders visit this link: http://stats.ncaa.org/rankings/ranking_summary

RPI RANKINGS 
•USC sits atop the RPI rankings as well. The first RPI rankings of the season were released on Oct. 5 and the Pac-12 has five teams in the top 14. USC is first, UCLA is No. 3, STANFORD is seventh, ARIZONA STATE sits in the 13th spot and WASHINGTON is 14th. The Conference has nine teams in the top 72. For the full rankings, click here.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 
•ARIZONA STATE’s Macey Gardner was voted the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after helping ASU snap a 28-match losing streak to Stanford. COLORADO’s Cierra Simpson was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, and STANFORD’s Hayley Hodson was selected the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second time. For the full release, click here.

AROUND THE LEAGUE
All four of Arizona’s losses have come to teams currently ranked in the top nine of the AVCA Top 25 … Arizona State’s victory over Stanford snapped a 28-game losing streak to the Cardinal, dating back to Sept. 30, 2000 … California’s setter Alyssa Jensen is fifth in the league in assists per set at 9.73 … Colorado snapped an eight-match losing streak to Oregon on Oct. 2, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win. It is also the program’s first win in Eugene … Amanda Benson led the Oregon Ducks with 21 digs against Utah on Oct. 3, marking the third time in the last four matches she has reached 20 digs … Oregon State’s Mary-Kate Marshall, a 2014 AVCA All-American, is currently fifth in the Conference with 4.02 kills per set … Stanford won a five-set thriller against the Arizona Wildcats on Sept. 30 in Tucson. Stanford has not lost to Arizona since 2005 … UCLA is currently third in the Conference in digs per set at 15.84, a key component to its 11-3 start … At 16-0, USC had 12 sweeps during the season and only lost five sets total … Utah’s Adora Anae is tied for the most double-doubles in the Pac-12 with nine on the season … Washington ranks first in the country in hitting percentage (.323) and opponent hitting percentage (.117) … Washington State leads the Pac-12 and ranks 13th in the nation in aces per set (1.79).

• Pac-12 teams have defeated nine ranked non-conference teams so far this season with USC accounting for three of those wins. The Trojans’ three wins were to teams ranked in the top 11 at the time of the meeting, two of which came in the opening weekend. UCLA traveled to then-No. 17 Hawai’i over the weekend and took down the UH in front of a crowd of over 8,600 fans. ARIZONA STATE, COLORADO and STANFORD have also notched wins over top-10 foes.

• Pac-12 teams went 97-31 (.758) in the non-conference, including going 27-7 in the opening weekend. In the opening weekend, 17 of the 27 wins came in three-set sweeps. Since 2002, league teams have dominated the first weekend of play, going 332-81 (.804).

• Three Pac-12 teams remain undefeated after the conclusion of the non-conference portion of the schedule and 11 teams have a record of .500 or better due, in part, to the strength of the league’s defense. Four Conference teams are ranked in the top 12 in the nation in opponent hitting percentage, as ARIZONA STATE, WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON STATE and ARIZONA limiting opponents to under .142 hitting. Four league squads are also in the top 15 in the country in blocks per set, with STANFORD ranking second in the country at 3.19. Four Pac-12 teams also rank in the top 15 in kills per set, including the Huskies (7th) and the Wildcats (13th).

• The Pac-12 is coming off another historic season which saw an unprecedented 10 teams earn NCAA Tournament bids and went a perfect 10-0 in the first round of the postseason.

• Last year, 14 players were named AVCA All-Americans and eight return for 2015 including senior standouts such as Stanford’s Madi Bugg and Jordan Burgess, USC’s Samantha Bricio, UO’s Martenne Bettendorf, ASU’s Macey Gardner and UW’s Lianna Sybeldon. Sophomores Merete Lutz of Stanford and Mary-Kate Marshall of OSU also return to help lead their respective teams this season.

• One new coach will be roaming the Pac-12 sidelines after WASHINGTON announced the hiring of Keegan Cook, who replaced former UW coach Jim McLaughlin. However, Cook may look familiar to some as he served as an assistant coach under McLaughlin the last two years, helping the Huskies advance to the NCAA semifinal in 2013. Also in coaching news, UTAH head coach Beth Launiere needs just seven more victories for career No. 500. She has spent all 25 years of her career in Salt Lake City.

• FAB Freshman … Pac-12 volleyball continues to recruit marquee student-athletes. Seven Pac-12 teams landed at least one Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 recruit with OREGON pacing the Conference with four. STANFORD signed the nation’s top recruit according to the publication in Hayley Hodson.

• Once again, the Pac-12 will have the most comprehensive volleyball television coverage of any league in the country. 95 total matches will be broadcast live, with 92 being televised on the Conference’s Pac-12 Network. Another three more were selected to be televised on ESPNU. For the full television schedule, visit pac-12.com.

COMPLETE CAMPAIGN
Pac-12 students are known for their success on the field, but they are also impressive, complete people with outside interests, diverse backgrounds, extracurricular activities, interesting families, busy schedules, and full lives.

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

2015 PAC-12 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 
Offensive
Defensive
Freshman
Aug. 31
Samantha Bricio, USC
Kalei Mau, ARIZ
Hayley Hodson, STAN
Sept. 7
Samantha Bricio, USC
Brenna DeYoung, UTAH
Lindsey Vander Weide, ORE
Sept. 14
Samantha Bricio, USC
Lianna Sybeldon, WASH
Zana Muno, UCLA
Sept. 21
Gabby Simpson, COLO
Melanie Wade, WASH
McKenna Woodford, WSU
Sept. 28
Samantha Bricio, USC
Alicia Ogoms, USC
Lindsey Vander Weide, ORE
Oct. 5
Macey Gardner, ASU
Cierra Simpson, COLO
Hayley Hodson, STAN
IN THE PRESEASON

Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll & All-Pac-12 Team | AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

o The Pac-12 has captured six of the last 14 NCAA crowns (2011 – UCLA, 2005 – Washington, 2004 – Stanford, 2003 – USC, 2002 – USC, 2001 – Stanford) and 14 NCAA titles overall.

o The Pac-12 has had 10 or more All-Americans selections in eight of the last 10 years. Last year, 11 were named to the AVCA All-America squad, the most since 13 were selected in 2009. Ten former Pac-12 players have earned All-America honors four times, while another 18 players in all have earned All-American honors three times.

o Since 1990, Pac-12 players garnered AVCA Player of the Year honors 13 times, including the last four of the last five years – CAL’s Carli Lloyd (2010), USC’s Alex Jupiter (2011), ORE’s Alaina Bergsma (2012) and WASH’s Krista Vansant (2013). The NCAA Honda Sports Award honor has been bestowed upon a Pac-12 volleyball player 13 times, including Vansant in 2013.

o The current group of Pac-12 volleyball coaches enters the 2015 season with nearly 5,000 Division I victories to its credit, having compiled 4,822 wins in a combined 219 years of head coaching experience. That averages out to nearly 23 wins a season for each coach per season. In addition, these coaches have guided NCAA Division I teams to 38 NCAA semifinal appearances and eight NCAA titles. In the last 13 years, seven different coaches have been named the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year and/or the AVCA Coach of the Year – Arizona’s David Rubio (2001 ASICS), California’s Rich Feller (2007 ASICS, 2010 ASICS and AVCA), Stanford’s John Dunning (2001 AVCA), UCLA’s Mike Sealy (2011 AVCA), USC’s Mick Haley (2003 AVCA), Washington’s Jim McLaughlin (2004 ASICS and AVCA), and UCLA’s Andy Banachowski (2006 ASICS and AVCA).

Pac-12 football: All-century players, coaches, teams and games

The Tuesday editions of the Mercury News and Bay Area News Group papers will feature an abridged version of the Pac-12 football all-century series published on the Hotline over the summer. The series is re-posted here, providing readers with one-stop-shopping for… Continue Reading…

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