Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • WNBA implements conference-free playoff setup

    The WNBA playoffs will no longer be divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. Instead, the top eight teams by winning percentage will make the playoffs, seeded 1-8 by record.

    Jan 28 6:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mittie, Schneider out to rebuild Kansas State, Kansas

    Jeff Mittie is in his second season at Kansas State. Brandon Schneider, the first male coach in Kansas women's hoops history, is in his first with the Jayhawks. Can they rebuild their programs?

    Jan 27 2:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Team USA names finalists for WBB Olympic team

    The group of 25 finalists for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team has both longtime veterans of international play and the top college senior in the country, UConn's Breanna Stewart.

    Jan 25 1:25 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Nebraska's Shepard named espnW player of the week

    After leading Nebraska to a pair of big Big Ten road victories, the Cornhuskers' Jessica Shepard nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Jan 25 1:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Schaefer builds Bulldogs into national contender

    No. 10 Mississippi State is 11-0 at home but about to get two of the biggest tests this season, as both South Carolina and Tennessee -- which the Bulldogs have never beaten -- head to Starkville.

    Jan 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tough schedule will test Gamecocks ahead of UConn matchup

    The date Feb. 8 has been circled on the calendar since before the season started. But will South Carolina still be unbeaten when it hosts UConn? And will the matchup end up being a 1-2 showdown?

    Jan 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lady Vols, Irish resume rivalry on Big Monday

    Big Monday opens (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET) with Tennessee still trying to figure out what kind of team it is and Notre Dame very much looking the same, despite personnel changes.

    Jan 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Baylor's 'work in progress' still looks pretty good

    After Baylor ended No. 4 Texas' undefeated run on Sunday, coach Kim Mulkey was quick to say the Lady Bears still aren't really that great yet. But there's no doubt Baylor is rounding into form.

    Jan 18 12:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • For Baylor's Jones, playing closer to home was for the best

    Texas native Alexis Jones played two seasons at Duke. Now a redshirt junior at Baylor, the guard is settling into her role and pragmatic about how it all worked out the way it did.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee timeline: Tracing a decade of key changes in Knoxville

    From NCAA sanctions and coaching departures to the completion of the consolidation of its men's and women's athletic departments, it has been a tumultuous past five years for Tennessee athletics.

    Jan 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Viewer's guide: Super Sunday

    Twenty-two of the teams ranked in this week's Top 25 poll play Sunday during an incredible slate of games. So sit back, tune in and take it all in.

    Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Don't underestimate Missouri

    Yes, Tennessee ended Missouri's unbeaten run to start the season. But the Tigers are one of the top up-and-coming teams and might be closing in on their first NCAA tournament berth in a decade.

    Jan 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ohio State's Mitchell named espnW player of the week

    After scoring 53 points to lead Ohio State to a pair of victories over ranked teams, including a top-10 conference foe, the Buckeyes' Kelsey Mitchell nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Jan 11 9:51 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ever-confident McGraw wins 800th game

    Muffet McGraw turned 60 last month, but Notre Dame's coach is as energetic, as innovative and as competitive as ever. And McGraw has always elevated the Irish above their talent level.

    Jan 3 10:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn has all the answers

    The No. 1 reason the Huskies will win their 11th NCAA title in April is because, like fictional astronaut Mark Watney, they always find a solution, Mechelle Voepel writes.

    Dec 30 1:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Longhorns look to rebuild legacy

    Texas wants to return to elite level. So far, so good. The Longhorns are 10-0, ranked fifth, and getting more from their inside players, who are now being tutored by WNBA legend Tina Thompson.

    Dec 30 12:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Nebraska's title a crowd pleaser

    Nebraska played its best match of the season to win its fourth volleyball championship before a record crowd in Omaha, site of the Cornhuskers most recent title in 2006.

    Dec 20 12:59 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Side-Out raises cancer funds through volleyball

    Inspired by his passion for volleyball and his mother's breast cancer battle, Rick Dunetz created Side-Out, which has raised nearly $10 million for research for those fighting the condition.

    Dec 19 3:53 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Voepel: Texas, Nebraska primed for title match

    Texas and Nebraska have never liked each other. Hence, the Big 12 split. But in volleyball, they represent the sport at its best. And that makes their matchup in the NCAA championship a thrill.

    Dec 19 2:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Familiar foes to face off in volleyball finale

    Saturday could see another record crowd for the NCAA volleyball championship game as former conference rivals No. 3 seed Texas and No. 4 seed Nebraska take the stage in Omaha.

    Dec 18 9:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Voepel: Twins powers activated in volleyball's final four

    Volleyball's final four may have fans seeing double this week. With two and a half sets of twins competing on teams in Omaha, there may be some double trouble for their competition.

    Dec 17 5:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Nebraska volleyball right at home

    Seven Nebraska natives are on this year's volleyball team, which most recently won the NCAA title in 2006. That title came in Omaha, site of this week's championship.

    Dec 17 4:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Puerto Rican upbringings influence volleyball stars

    Minnesota's Daly Santana and Texas' Paulina Prieto Cerame have been around volleyball as long as they remember. The love of the sport has brought them together for a final four match in Omaha.

    Dec 16 12:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: 5 things for NCAA volleyball final four

    It's not how you start, it's how you finish. After all, none of the final four teams were ranked No. 1 this season. Who will prevail in Omaha? Mechelle Voepel breaks down the biggest storylines.

    Dec 14 11:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Kansas knocks out No. 1 USC

    USC was just two points away from victory in the NCAA volleyball regional final, but Kansas went on a stunning 6-0 run to advance to its first final four appearance in school history.

    Dec 13 11:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel