Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • News & Commentary

    Unseeded Hawaii stuns No. 7 Penn State

    They may be unseeded, but that didn't stop a confident Hawaii squad from knocking off No. 7 Penn State in the NCAA volleyball regional semifinals Friday.

    Dec 12 10:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Creighton faces tough road home to get to final four

    Creighton is in the NCAA volleyball Sweet 16 for the first time and would love to play in the final four at home. Leading the way is setter Maggie Baumert, who is playing with a torn ACL.

    Dec 10 12:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: 5 things for NCAA volleyball regionals

    Can Loyola Marymount continue its surprising run? Who will emerge from the Big Ten-heavy Des Moines regional? Mechelle Voepel recaps the biggest storylines from the NCAA volleyball tournament.

    Dec 7 3:49 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Neal has Texas aiming for volleyball title

    Texas senior Amy Neal was just named Big 12 player of the year and to the All-Big 12 first team. Not bad for a player who once reconsidered her decision to play for her hometown Longhorns.

    Dec 1 9:01 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: How UConn stays motivated

    UConn is 4-0, winning by an average margin of more than 40 points. But the Huskies know that every time they take the floor, new fans might be watching -- and UConn can help grow the game.

    Dec 1 9:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Is it time for Tennessee to worry?

    Sunday's loss to No. 8 Texas should inject some concern and sense of urgency into the No. 4 Lady Vols about the long haul ahead and how much better their concentration and execution must be.

    Nov 30 12:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Impact 25

    2015 IMPACT25 Athlete: Elena Delle Donne

    Elena Delle Donne was unstoppable in 2015, turning in one of the WNBA's greatest seasons ever, averaging 23.4 points per game and shooting 95 percent from the free-throw line.

    Dec 22 1:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    Texas A&M eyes the SEC title, and USC is battling in the Pac-12. Mechelle Voepel highlights the biggest conference battles in women's college volleyball as teams wrap up the regular season.

    Nov 24 11:00 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Matchup with UConn helps keep K-State motivated

    Jeff Mittie knows his Kansas State team might suffer a big loss against UConn on Monday. But the Wildcats have already benefited just by preparing to play the nation's No. 1 team.

    Nov 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Vietnam trip offers lessons in life, love for IU's Harish

    On a life-altering journey this summer to rural Vietnam to teach and coach kids, Indiana volleyball player Courtney Harnish, the daughter of a Vietnam immigrant, found a part of herself.

    Nov 19 3:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Season of uncertainty awaits North Carolina

    North Carolina was decimated by transfers and still could be impacted with the school's academic-scandal investigation. It's going to be a challenging season for the Tar Heels, to say the least.

    Nov 19 5:33 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    Texas' team dynamic and Minnesota's late surge are clearing the path for postseason success. Mechelle Voepel recaps the biggest storylines from Week 12 in women's college volleyball.

    Nov 17 2:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can Ohio State's star guards topple No. 1 UConn?

    Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston did all they could in a loss to No. 2 South Carolina on Friday. The standout guards need the rest of Ohio State to step up Monday in a matchup with No. 1 UConn.

    Nov 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Gamecocks, Buckeyes make impressive season debuts

    Friday's South Carolina-Ohio St. game opened with a salute to the Gamecocks' first trip to the Final Four. It ended with speculation that both teams might make it to this season's final weekend.

    Nov 14 2:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Baylor has maintained big-time success

    Despite changes in personnel, ever-consistent Baylor keeps winning. This season, the Lady Bears have size inside and high scoring potential for the first time since Brittney Griner left in 2013.

    Nov 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big 12 preview: Baylor again setting standard

    Baylor has lost in the Elite Eight the past two seasons. Can anyone in the Big 12 stop the Lady Bears? Texas and Oklahoma look to be the biggest challengers.

    Nov 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stewart ready for final mission at UConn

    Breanna Stewart has won three NCAA titles. And as espnW's preseason player of the year begins her senior season, there's one more championship that, in her mind, she simply must win.

    Nov 9 12:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: DeShields ready for Tennessee debut

    A self-proclaimed firecracker during her one season at UNC, Diamond DeShields says she matured as she sat out 2014-15 as a redshirt. Can the sophomore star lead Tennessee back to the Final Four?

    Nov 7 12:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Q&A with NBA commissioner Adam Silver

    The day Laurel Richie stepped down as commissioner of the WNBA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the league's challenges and future in a Q&A with Mechelle Voepel.

    Nov 5 5:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA must focus on new president's skill set -- not gender

    Whoever succeeds Laurel Richie as the next WNBA president -- man or woman -- needs to bridge business and basketball and, with the support of Adam Silver, advance the league.

    Nov 5 5:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stars ready to take over coming season

    Nina Davis, Diamond DeShields, Moriah Jefferson, Tiffany Mitchell and Breanna Stewart, who were at Tuesday's media day at ESPN, are in the spotlight now -- and it's where they are going to stay.

    Nov 6 12:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Dallas Wings era opens with high hopes

    The Tulsa Shock have officially moved. The Dallas Wings have a new logo and name, and they hope to find a successful foothold in a metropolitan area that has all four major men's pro leagues.

    Nov 3 4:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Key to UConn's consistency is in the details

    UConn is the favorite as the 2015-16 season opens, but the Huskies never get ahead of themselves, which is a big part of why it's so hard for anybody else to get ahead of them.

    Nov 2 9:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    Minnesota is in the driver's seat in the Big Ten, Nebraska has fallen behind and unbeaten USC continues to dominate the competition in the Pac-12 and beyond in the Week 9 highlights.

    Nov 1 11:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Kansas enjoying view from the top

    No. 7 Kansas is off to the best start in program history at 19-0, but that will definitely be tested on Friday when the Jayhawks travel to Austin to face No. 2 Texas.

    Oct 22 3:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel