No. 1 South Carolina might not have looked like the nation's top-ranked team in grinding out an SEC road win Thursday. But veterans Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch made sure the Gamecocks remained unbeaten.
Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel
A little Hilton magic -- how many big wins like this have we seen in Ames, Iowa, over the years? -- and a lot of plain old hard work lifted Iowa State past No. 3 Texas, dropping the Longhorns from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Jan 10 | By Mechelle Voepel
Will Notre Dame continue to dominate the ACC? Can South Carolina remain at the front of the loaded-with-talent SEC? Mechelle Voepel looks at the top conference races around the country.
Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel
The Liberty rehiring Bill Laimbeer isn't a bad decision. It's correcting a bad decision that was made three months ago.
Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel
Having coached against them for so long, Brian Agler is very familiar with the Sparks. But it's personality -- more than personnel -- that needs tweaking.
Jan 5 | By Mechelle Voepel
After tallying 52 points and 46 rebounds in three wins for Minnesota, sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. nabbed our weekly honor.
Jan 5 12:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Mechelle Voepel knows her late mother helped shape her career as a sports writer. But Dorothy Voepel's most memorable contribution might have been becoming a funny, lovably curmudgeon-like sports fan.
Jan 2 | By Mechelle Voepel
Krista Vansant came to Washington on the fast track as an offensive star, but it's her defense that's lifted the Huskies. With a school-record 1,878 career kills, the espnW national player of the year has put Washington in the hunt for a national title.
Dec 10 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
CAA player of the year Kelsie Wills, who hails from the "Hobbiton" of New Zealand, leads a Hofstra team with an international flavor on a journey to Nebraska to face the mighty Cornhuskers in the NCAA volleyball tournament.
Dec 5 9:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Penn State senior Micha Hancock, who has provided plenty of leadership for a young squad all season, helped push the Nittany Lions' win streak to 14 matches to earn our weekly honor.
Dec 3 10:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After helping Chattanooga upset Tennessee, freshman guard/forward Keiana Gilbert nabbed our weekly honor.
Dec 1 1:26 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Can top-ranked Stanford win its first title in a decade? Mechelle Voepel breaks down the Cardinal's top competition and the biggest storylines in the five things you need to know about the NCAA women's volleyball tournament.
Dec 2 11:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini has Wisconsin riding a school-record 17-game conference winning streak and on the verge of wrapping up the Big Ten title.
Nov 26 10:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
There's a lot still to be sorted out in the final week of the regular season: Can Stanford finish unbeaten? Will USC slip into the NCAA tournament? Can Wisconsin hold off Penn State in the Big Ten? Mechelle Voepel has the details.
Nov 25 5:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Americans dominated the LPGA Tour right out of the gate, winning 11 of the first 17 events, and at the end, it was all Lydia Ko. In between, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Mo Martin had their moments in the sun.
Nov 24 1:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Add a $1.5 million payday to the growing lore of 17-year-old Lydia Ko. Other rookies have won more tournaments, but no one has had so much success at such a young age.
Nov 24 12:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Lydia Ko, 17, has won two tournaments this season, was named rookie of the year and has a shot at a $1 million bonus Sunday, but she's taking it all in stride.
Nov 22 7:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Tougher mentally and stronger physically, Michelle Wie has been consistently good this season - and now wants to finish strong.
Nov 21 7:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
In the tournament within the tournament at the LPGA season finale, nine players are vying for a $1 million bonus, the biggest payday in women's golf. Stacy Lewis took a step closer to cashing in.
Nov 20 8:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Stacy Lewis is fiery and animated on the golf course; Inbee Park is calm and unflinching. This much they share: They're unquestionably the top two players on the LPGA Tour.
Nov 19 8:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Colorado's Taylor Simpson is the first repeat winner of our weekly honor after she helped the Buffaloes hand Washington its first loss of the season, and then keyed a five-set win over Washington State.
Nov 19 2:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With Washington and Florida State both losing, Stanford remained the nation's only undefeated team, and the Cardinal's season is extra-impressive given the depth of the Pac-12, as Mechelle Voepel details in five things you need to know about volleyball.
Nov 18 4:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Stanford gave the women's hoops world exactly what it needed. But how will the upset affect UConn? And which team might ultimately benefit the most?
Nov 18 | By Mechelle Voepel
UConn has already had five perfect seasons, but this could be the most historic yet. The Huskies, winners of 46 games in a row, are taking aim at a three-peat and the program's 10th title in Geno Auriemma's 30th season.
Nov 14 | By Mechelle Voepel
Since four of Florida State's nine regular rotation players are new to the program this season, the reliability of junior outside hitter Nicole Walch and her 374 kills are vital to the Seminoles' 24-0 record.
Nov 13 12:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel