2017 With a fairly young squad, head coach Greg Gibbons was able to coach the Tigers to their highest finish (3rd) in West Coast Conference play since 2014. Pacific finished 17-14 overall, which included a stellar 9-3 record in conference play. Trailing just nationally-ranked BYU and San Diego, Pacific garnered a bid to the NIVC Tournament and played host for the first round, hosting Sacramento State, Boise State, and UC Irvine. The Tigers defeated Boise State, 3-0, in their first match and falling to UC Irvine in the finale, 2-3. Sophomore Emily Baptista was Pacific's leading hitter, earning First Team honors, while Ashlyn Fleming and Andie Shelton earned honorable mention. Setter Hanne De Schrijver was tabbed to the All-Freshman team. Baptista, Fleming, Gotterba and Alex Holt wrapped up the year by earning WCC All-Academic honors.
2016 Four All-WCC selections helped the Tigers to a .500 (9-9) finish in WCC play, led by four-time all-Conference outside hitter Lexi Elman. Elman, freshman middle Ashlyn Fleming, and junior Libero Katrin Gotterba earned honorable mention, while Fleming was also named to the All-Freshman team. Alicja Wilk was an All-Academic selection. Overall, Pacific finished 15-15 record with some notable wins over Auburn, Oregon State, and West Virginia.
2015 Despite a solid 17-13 overall record, the Tigers finished just 8-10 against their WCC counterparts, finshing fifth in the Conference standings. Lexi Elman took a leap to the next level as one of the best attackers in the country, producing 493 kills (4.36 per set) in 30 matches played. In addition, Elman tallied a team-best 43 service aces while posting 562 points (4.97 per set) and finishing the year with 300 digs (2.65 per set) en route to earning All-WCC First Team honors.
2014 At the end of the year, head coach Greg Gibbons was named the WCC's Co-Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Tigers' to a 24-7 overall record and a second place finish in the conference at 13-5. Gibbons became the first Tiger skipper to earn the top honor since legendary head coach John Dunning was named Big West Coach of the Year after the 2000 season. Gibbons led his team to its best record since the 2001 season as Pacific posted its second 20+ win season under the fifth-year head coach. Picked to finish seventh in the WCC, the Tigers went on a tear through the conference, losing just five matches to take home a second place finish just behind BYU who captured the title. The Tigers proved to be one of the best defensive teams in the country as Pacific finished the year ranked No. 10 in the nation in opponent hitting percentage by allowing a measly .145 average against. Of 31 opponents on the year, the Tigers held 11 to sub-.100 hitting and five to .000 or worse. Pacific put five players on the All-WCC teams, marking the most postseason honors for the Tigers since placing six on the All-Big West team in 2007. Senior Gillian Howard earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-Pacific North Region honors for her play throughout the year.
2013 Entering a new era as members of the ultra-competitive West Coast Conference, the Tigers had an up-and-down season while finishing at 15-15 overall. In WCC action, Pacific posted a 7-11 record to finish in 7th place in the conference, but closed out the season on a high-note by winning four of their final five matches. During the season, Pacific won its fourth-consecutive Bankers Classic title, sweeping all three of its matches for the win. At the end of the year, three Tigers earned All-WCC recognition as Gillian Howard and Kat Schulz each earned their second-straight awards while freshman Lexi Elman took home All-Freshman honors for her play as Pacific's libero.
2012 For the final time in their storied history the Pacific women's volleyball team called the Big West home as the Tigers took on a new look conference while trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Hampered by injury, the Tigers fell to 8-10 in the Big West as Pacific finished out of the postseason for another year. Despite the tough ending, the Tigers had a phenomenal non-conference season as Pacific went an impressive 12-1, with its lone loss coming on the road to No. 8 Stanford, while finish with 20 wins for the first time in over 10 years. Throughout the year, the Tigers battled the odds while playing in an NCAA record 14 five-set matches in which they were 9-5. At the finish of the season the Tigers put two players on the all-conference teams as sophomore Gillian Howard earned first team honors while freshman Kat Schulz earned both honorable mention and all-freshmen honors.
2011 Continuing their climb back to the top of the Big West Conference, the Tigers took another step forward as Pacific finished in fourth place in coach Gibbons second season. The Tigers posted an 18-12 overall record and an 8-8 record in the Big West in 2011. Overall, the Tigers took home a pair of tournament titles on the year as Pacific began the year with a title at the Thunderbird Invitational before following that title up by capturing the 33rd Annual Community Bankers Classic Crown. Pacific picked up a trio of all-conference performances throughout the season as senior Samantha Misa completed her collegiate career with a first team selection to lead the Tigers. Sophomore Jennifer Sanders earned honorable mention status after posting the ninth best single-season hitting percentage in program history at .344 while freshman Katy Tagart earned all-freshmen honors for her play.
2010 Beginning anew under head coach Greg Gibbons, the Tigers continued their push back towards the top of the Big West as Pacific posted a 19-11 overall record to go along with a 9-7 conference mark. Taking the court with a young and inexperienced squad, the Tigers kicked off their season with a victory at the 32nd Annual Community Bankers Classic while also adding a co-first place finish at the Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno, Nevada. During non-conference play, the Tigers picked up a victory over No. 24 Arizona, marking the programs first win over a top-25 opponent outside of the Big West since the 2003 season. After the year, Pacific picked up an array of individual awards as Senior Svenja Engelhardt capped a phenomenal career with her first-ever All-Region selection a First Team All-Big West honors and the 2010 AVSR Global Player of the Year award. Alongside their senior, junior Samantha Misa and freshman Jennifer Sanders also garnered all-conference recognition at the end of the year for the Tigers.
2009 With a new coaching staff, but a veteran squad on the court, the Tigers got off to a fast start in the 2009 season, winning three of the four tournaments they played in the non-conference season. Pacific took home tournament championships at the Fresno State Invitational, Miami Best Western Invitational and the Stockton Invitational while finishing as the runner-up at the Bankers Classic. After finishing tournament play, the Tigers jumped into conference action where they were initially picked to finish fourth among the Big West schools. However, the long season took its toll on the Tigers as they finished sixth overall with a record of 7-9 in conference play. Despite the tough finish to the season, Pacific placed three on the all-conference teams at the end of the season.
2008 Taking on the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule to start the season, Pacific got off to a rough start as the Tigers went 0-8 to begin the year. Despite the tough start, Pacific used its battle-hardened nature to rebound with a strong showing in conference action as the Tigers finished the confernece season 10-6, good enough for fourth in the Big West. The Tigers took full advantage of their home court to recover from their early season schedule as they completed the home schedule 9-2 at the Spanos Center. For the second consecutive season the Tigers advanced to the championship match of the Community Bankers Classic to finish the season. Junior Mallori Gibson was named to the All-Big West First team while seniors Alexa Anderson, Natalia Tomazsewska and sophomore Svenja Engelhardt each earned honorable mention honors.
2007 Pacific made a 10-match improvement in 2006, closing the season with an 18-9 record. The Tigers notched three tournament championships (Nike -Portland, Asics -Pacific, and the 29th Annual Community Bankers Classic). Pacific also upset nationally ranked Cal Poly, 3-1, in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Senior Johanna Hilbers and junior Alexa Anderson each nabbed All-Big West First Team honors following the season. Senior Julie Magud, sophomore Meagan MimMack and freshman Svenja Engelhardt all earned All-Big West Honorable Mention. Magud concluded her four-year career as Pacific’s leader in digs with 1,906, while Engelhardt set the school record with 64 aces in her first season.
2006 Under first-year head coach Charlie Wade, the Tigers suffered through an injury plagued season to finish 8-21 overall and 3-11 in the Big West Conference. Junior Johanna Hilbers led the individual honors for the Tigers as she earned All-West Region Honorable Mention. In addition, Hilbers and sophomore Alexa Anderson were selected to participate in the Bring It Promotions/USA Development Team during the summer of 2007. Wade served as the head coach for the USA Developmental Team as well. Hilbers and Anderson were two of four Tigers to earn All-Big West Conference recognition as Hilbers was an All-Big West First Team member, Anderson and junior Julie Magud earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and freshman Meagan MimMack earned All-Big West Freshman Team.
2005 For the first time in school history, the Tigers did not earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament as Pacific finished the season at 16-14 overall and 8-6 in the Big West Conference. Despite the disappointing team finish, four Tigers earned All-Big West Conference accolades as seniors Ashley Groothuis and Sidney Bennett were joined by sophomore Kara Uhl on the All-Big West First Team. Junior setter Allison Ianni was named to the All-Big West Second Team. Groothuis went on to earn AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention. Groothuis also stamped her name throughout the Pacific record book in her final season. Among her many statistics, the most impressive was finishing a stellar career fourth on Pacific’s career kills list with 1,491 and tallying 913 digs.
2004 Pacific maintained the program’s storied tradition as the Tigers remained one of just four teams in the nation to advance to the NCAA Tournament each and every year of its existence. After Big West Conference coaches selected the Tigers to finish fourth in the conference’s preseason poll, Pacific set out to prove them wrong and succeeded with a 19-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark that tied for second place in the conference standings. The Tigers rolled to the Arizona State/Tempe Buttes Invitational championship with a trio of impressive victories over Tulane, host Arizona State, and Fordham Sept. 10-12. The next weekend, junior Sidney Bennett stamped her name into the program’s record book with one of the finest individual performances in a single match in program history. Against Utah State on Sept. 18, Bennett tied Pacific’s single match program record with 15 total blocks. Former Tiger All-Americans Mary Miller (twice) and Elaina Oden (once) are the only other players in program history to record 15 blocks in a match. Senior Hayley Anderson also enjoyed a record-setting season for Pacific as she moved into second place on the program’s career assists chart. Anderson was honored as the tournament MVP at the Arizona State Invitational and the 26th Annual Community Bankers Classic. Anderson and Bennett each received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recognition following the season, marking the first time since 2000 that two Tigers have earned AVCA All-America honors in the same year.
2003 Pacific kept its NCAA Tournament streak alive by appearing in NCAA post-season action for the 23rd consecutive season in 2003. The Tigers posted an 18-14 overall record and a 9-9 mark in Big West Conference play. Pacific opened the season with victories in five of its first six matches, including a season-opening win against No. 14 Santa Clara. The Tigers wrapped up their regular season schedule with a pair of three-game sweeps against UAB and Oregon State to claim the 25th Annual Community Bankers Classic championship. The Tigers then swept San Francisco in first round action of the NCAA Tournament, before falling to No. 5 Stanford in the second round. Individually, senior Jennifer Joines garnered AVCA All-America First Team honors to close out her four-year All-American career. She ended her career holding the top spot in five Pacific career statistical categories, including kills and hitting percentage.
2002 Pacific fell shy of the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1977, but the Tigers remained one of just four teams to have advanced to each and every NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the 22nd time in 22 tries. Pacific posted a 19-13 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Big West Conference. A total of four Tigers received All-Big West Conference selections, including Jennifer Joines, who received her third consecutive first team bid. Joines also earned AVCA All-America Second Team honors for the third straight year as she became the first player in program history to accumulate 1,500 kills and 500 blocks in a career. Joines was honored as the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Oct. 7. Pacific’s three-game sweep of Utah State on Oct. 17, was the 750th win in the history of the program.
2001 The Pacific women’s volleyball team won at least 28 matches for a third straight year, as it went 28-8 overall and 15-3 in Big West play. The Tigers advanced to their 19th NCAA Regional in 21 years by venturing to Louisville, Ky. and winning two matches to advance to the “Sweet Sixteen”. Pacific finished the season ranked in the Top 15 in the final AVCA Top 25 poll for a fourth straight season. The Tigers set a new record for most consecutive Bankers Classic Championships by winning their fifth straight against Hawai’i in a thrilling five-game match. Jennifer Joines and Jamie Hamm made multiple appearances in the record books during the 2001 season. Hamm set the Pacific career and season records for most digs with 1,661 in her career and 539 on the season. Joines set the record for most block assists in a season with 175, and became only the second Pacific player ever to record 600 or more kills in a season with 601. Megan Hauschild, Hamm and Joines were all named to the All-Big West First Team, while Elaine Goeders received All-Big West Honorable Mention honors. The Tigers hosted the prestigious State Farm Volleyball Classic and finished second in a tournament that included three of the 2000 Final Four teams. Pacific won the Nike Invitational, Bankers Classic and Cougar Challenge tournaments on the season. The Tigers played six matches against top-five opponents and faced the No. 1 team in the nation on three separate occasions.
2000 The 2000 Pacific women’s volleyball team won its second straight Big West title in a season full of records. The Tigers went 28-4 and 15-1 in conference play. Pacific dominated Big West play, only losing three games in conference play all year. The Tigers advanced to their 18th regional in 20 years by winning their first two NCAA matches in the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center. For a third straight season Pacific finished the season ranked in the AVCA Top 10, finishing No. 8 in the final poll. The Tigers set several records, most notably the consecutive games streak as they won 50 straight games from Sept. 23 to Nov. 24. Pacific also set new records in kills per game, digs per game and assists per game for a single season. Individually the Tigers had two All-Americans as senior Kara Gormsen was named a First-Team AVCA All-American and freshman Jennifer Joines was named a Second-Team AVCA All-American. Gormsen broke the school record for most assists per game with 14.21 on the season. Joines set a 15-year-old single season record in hitting percentage at .402. Gormsen, Joines, Jamie Hamm and Danielle Shinn were all named to the All-Big West First Team, while Elaine Goeders and Courtney Miller were named to the All-Big West Second Team. The Tigers became only the second school in Big West history to sweep conference honors as Gormsen was named Co-Player of the Year, John Dunning was named Head Coach of the Year and Jennifer Joines was named Freshman of the Year.
1999 The 1999 Pacific women’s volleyball team advanced to its seventh NCAA Division I National Semifinal after hosting its first NCAA Regional since 1991, sweeping Florida in the regional final. The Tigers suffered a five-game defeat to Penn State in the national semifinals, but placed third in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. With the NCAA Tournament berth, Pacific remained one of just four teams to have qualified for each of the 19 tournaments, following the program’s 22nd consecutive 20-win campaign. Senior outside hitter Elsa Stegemann received AVCA All-America first team honors for the second consecutive season as a total of three Tigers (Stegemann, Tracy Chambers, and Jennica Smith) were selected to the AVCA All-District Team. The 1999 Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year, Stegemann surpassed two-time Olympian Elaina Oden and became the Tigers’ career kills leader in October. She tied a conference record as she received her ninth Player of the Week distinction in November. Head coach John Dunning was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (1986, 1996, 1999) after guiding Pacific to its fourth conference title. Seniors Tanja Dimitrijevic and Angela Rosenquist were named to the GTE Academic All-District Team.
1998 Pacific recorded its 21st consecutive 20-win season in 1998 with an overall record of 26-6 (13-3 Big West), and remained one of four teams to have qualified for each NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament. The Tigers finished the season ranked 10th in the AVCA poll, earned their 16th NCAA Regional appearance in the 18-year history of the NCAA Tournament, and finished ninth in national home attendance with an average home crowd of 1,894. A total of five Tigers earned All-Big West honors, while three Tigers (Tracy Chambers, Jennica Smith, and Elsa Stegemann) received AVCA All-District accolades. Stegemann, the first women’s volleyball player in Big West history to earn three consecutive Player of the Week awards, became the first Tiger since Charlotte Johansson in 1994 to earn first team AVCA All-America kudos. Head coach John Dunning, in his 14th season at the helm of the Tigers, became the first coach in Big West history to earn 200 career conference wins as Pacific swept Utah State on November 12 at the Spanos Center.
1997 The Tigers posted their 20th consecutive 20-win season (23-9), reached the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament, and qualified for their 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament in 1997. Head coach John Dunning tallied his 350th career victory in Pacific’s five-game come-from-behind Bankers Classic championship victory over #6 Florida. The championship was Pacific’s ninth in the 19-year history of the tournament. Four Tigers earned All-Big West Conference accolades, led by Addie Hauschild and Jennica Smith, who both earned first team selections. Tanja Dimitrijevic garnered Academic All-America District VIII first team honors. Pacific was also one of 13 NCAA Division I programs to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award.
1996 Pacific women’s volleyball made its return to the national top-10 and fell just two points shy of an opportunity to play for a Final Four appearance. The Tigers defeated three teams ranked among the top five (Long Beach State twice and Stanford). Senior setter and captain Sacha Caldemeyer notched the second-most assists in school history, yielding AVCA All-America honors in the process, and helped a squad starting two sophomores and two freshmen to the NCAA Regionals. All six starters earned all-conference recognition, including Caldemeyer, middle blocker Addie Hauschild, and outside hitter Elsa Stegemann, who landed on the first team. The team will be remembered most for its seven-point rally, down 13-8, to steal the Big West Conference Tournament championship from Long Beach State in Santa Barbara.
1995 The Tiger women’s volleyball team posted its 18th consecutive 20-win season and made its 17th consecutive post-season appearance, but a slew of late season injuries kept Pacific out of the NCAA Regionals for the first time. Overall, Pacific finished 21-9 and placed third in the Big West Conference. Dominique Benton-Bozman and Rebecca Downey each were selected to the all-conference first team, and Benton-Bozman doubled as an All-District 7 selection. Sacha Caldemeyer led the conference in assists per game (12.86) and joined Addie Hauschild on the all-conference second team. Elsa Stegemann earned a conference all-freshman team selection. The high point of the season came when Pacific swept Long Beach State at the Pyramid Nov. 11 to give head coach John Dunning his 300th career victory at Pacific. The Tigers also won all nine Big West Conference matches they played at home in the Spanos Center.
1994 Pacific’s success on and off the court continued, as the Tigers rode winning streaks of nine, six, and five matches to a 23-7 record, and Charlotte Johansson was named a GTE Academic All-American for the third time and an All-American for the fourth straight year, with her first selection to the first team. Pacific’s NCAA Tournament second round victory over UCSB saw Dominique Benton-Bozman tie the school record with 36 kills in a five-game win to lead the Tigers to their 14th consecutive regional. Pacific then fell to senior-laden Ohio State in the Northwest Region semifinal to complete its season. The Tigers never lost more than two consecutive matches, blazing to a 21-3 start. Johansson, Benton-Bozman, and freshman Addie Hauschild all earned All-Big West and All-Northwest Region honors, with Hauschild also doubling as a Freshman All-American, as named by Volleyball Magazine. Sophomore setter Sacha Caldemeyer also captured All-Big West second team honors.
1993 Pacific finished the season 21-10 in 1993, the first season since 1988 with double figures in losses. The Tigers did pick up their 16th straight 20-win year, along with a 13th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Pacific strung together two five-match winning streaks in 1993, losing two in a row only once all season. Pacific avenged an early season loss to Stanford, winning the Stanford Invitational on October 9th. In the 3-1 victory over the Cardinal, Dominique Benton-Bozman set a school record for kills in a single match with 36. Benton-Bozman and Charlotte Johansson each earned All-Big West first team honors and All-Northwest Region kudos. Johansson earned All-America honors for the third straight season, while she and Natasha Soltysik both earned GTE Academic All-America honors.
1992 The Pacific women’s volleyball program once again enjoyed a successful campaign in 1992, finishing with a 27-6 record on the season, the school’s 15th consecutive 20-win season. Pacific also advanced to its 12th consecutive NCAA Regional. A 16-2 Big West Conference record was the school’s best mark in conference play since 1987. The Tigers lost to only three teams during the season (Long Beach State, Nebraska, and Stanford), all of whom spent time in the nation’s top five. Pacific ended the regular season ranked fourth in country. Middle blocker Charlotte Johansson earned second team All-America honors from the AVCA, one of only two sophomores to be so honored. Johansson and senior Katy Eldridge earned District VIII Academic All-America honors.
1991 Pacific opened the season with an 11-match winning streak and finished 24-6 on the season. Among the top five teams the Tigers defeated in 1991 were Long Beach State, Hawai’i, and Nebraska. The win over Hawai’i was the first Tiger win in Hawai’i since 1985. Melanie Beckenhauer received first team All-America honors, while Sharon Kasser earned second team All-America kudos. Newcomer Charlotte Johansson was chosen to the Volleyball Monthly Freshman All-America team. Sophomore Natasha Soltysik earned District VIII Academic All-America honors.
1990 Pacific racked up several thousand miles of travel in 1990, finishing a very successful year with a second place national finish in College Park, Maryland. The Tigers started the season by winning 19 of their first 20 matches. Playing with a purpose at the end of the season, the Tigers defeated Long Beach State in the Northwest Region final played at Hawai’i. In making it to the school’s eighth Final Four, Pacific defeated Nebraska, 3-1, before falling to UCLA in the championship match. Representing one-fourth of the AVCA All-America selections were Krissy Fifer, Cathey Scotlan, and Melanie Beckenhauer.
1989 The Tigers had yet another successful year in 1989, with 17 consecutive wins to open the season and a 29-5 overall record. Pacific hosted the NCAA Northwest Regional, but was defeated in the semifinal round by eventual National Champion Long Beach State. A definite high point of the season was the performance by Elaina Oden and the rest of the Tigers at the Wendy’s Classic. Pacific came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat then No. 1 ranked UCLA in the championship match, with Oden’s efforts earning Wendy’s MVP honors for the second time. Oden also finished the season as the all-time kill leader in Pacific history, and earned a third All-America selection. Junior Krissy Fifer earned All-America honors for the first time.
1988 The Tigers won their 400th match in just 13 years, an average of 31 wins per year. Though Pacific lost 13 matches, its determination and a strong finish carried the Tigers to their second straight NCAA Northwest Region Championship in Hawai’i, where an injury plagued Tiger squad fell to the host Wahines in four tough games. Sophomore Cathey Scotlan earned second team All-America honors for the Tigers.
1987 The Tigers enjoyed yet another brilliant season, coming within a step of the Final Four. Pacific started 9-1, and lost only four matches all year, three of those to eventual National Champion Hawai’i. The Tigers won the UCLA-NIVT and captured their sixth Wendy’s Classic championship. In winning the Wendy’s Classic, Pacific won its fourth Wendy’s in a row with a four-game victory over Hawai’i in the championship match. Playing on the Rainbow Wahines’ home court, Pacific lost to Hawai’i in the Northwest Regional Final, ending hopes of a third national crown. Pacific had six players named to all-conference teams, with Liz Hert and Teri McGrath making the first team, Mary Miller and Brooke Herrington appointed to the second team, and Cathey Scotlan and Krissy Fifer named to the all-freshman team. Scotlan was named the PCAA’s Most Outstanding Freshman.
1986 The magic continued in 1986 as the Tigers rolled to their second consecutive National Championship. After losing the season opener to conference foe UC Santa Barbara, the Tigers reeled off wins in 39 of their next 41 matches, including impressive wins over Nebraska in the Wendy’s Classic, a PCAA Tournament championship, and the tough NCAA Northwest Regional. Pacific then steamrolled Texas and Nebraska in the Final Four, defeating both teams in three-game matches, to claim the school’s second consecutive national title.
1985 A new age began for Pacific volleyball as first year head coach John Dunning led a group of loosey-goosey freshmen and seasoned veterans to Pacific’s first ever National Championship. The Tigers compiled a 36-3 mark as they rolled through the Northwest Regional in just six games and toppled UCLA and Stanford for the coveted crown in snowy Kalamazoo, Michigan. While Dunning received National Coach of the Year honors by Volleyball Monthly, All-America honors were bestowed upon Julie Maginot, Therese Boyle, and freshman Elaina Oden. The freshman sensation Oden was also named the PCAA Player of the Year.
1984 The success continued in 1984 and an era ended. After leading the Tigers to a 32-8 record and a third place finish at the NCAA Final Four, head coach Terry Liskevych announced his intention to leave Pacific to become the head coach of the United States Women’s National Team. In Liskevych’s final season, the Tigers captured the UCLA-NIVT and Wendy’s Classic titles and blitzed through the Midwest Regional in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but fell short in the Final Four at UCLA.
1983 The Tigers were once again among the nation’s four best teams, but could not win the National Championship at the Final Four in Lexington, Kentucky. Jan Saunders earned All-America honors for a second straight year and was joined on the All-America team by Eileen Dempster and Julie Maginot. Maginot was also a first team Academic All-American. The Tigers rolled to an impressive 37-4 record and were once again unbeaten in the NorPac Conference. Pacific was ranked No. 1 in the polls on several occasions in 1983.
1982 The volleyball community realized the appeal for volleyball in Stockton and awarded the NCAA Final Four Championship Tournament to Pacific. The Tigers had a fine season (32-8), but were upset by Stanford in the South Regional Final, and a fourth straight Final Four bid was thwarted. Despite the fact that Pacific did not compete in the Final Four, volleyball fans packed the Spanos Center to watch the Championships. Pacific placed second to California in the NorPac post-season tournament after winning the regular season with a
1981 The rebuilding process began again with great success as the Tigers, led by their foundation of stars—Jan Saunders, Eileen Dempster, Robin Burns, Lisa Franco, and All-America holdover Jayne Gibson—placed fourth in the NCAA Tournament. Along with a trip to the first-ever NCAA Tournament, Pacific made the just built Alex G. Spanos Center its new home, and inaugurated the new facility with a win over Oregon.
1980 Pacific came close to a first national championship, but would have to wait four years as the Tigers, led by graduating All-Americans Nancy Lancaster, Broderick Award winner Patty Berg, and Kim McDonald, lost to USC in the finals. The team won a school record 48 matches, a record that still stands, and lost only eight matches. Standing room only crowds were commonplace at Pacific as the Tigers upended USC in the Wendy’s Classic and again went unbeaten (12-0) in the NCAC.
1979 The Tigers made their first trip to the AIAW Nationals and shocked the volleyball world by placing fourth. Pacific went 40-11 and defeated UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine in the regionals to earn a national tournament berth. The Tigers began what would become a 35-match home winning streak and won the NCAC with a 12-0 record. 1979 was the first year of what is now the best four-team tournament in the nation—the Wendy’s Classic. Pacific defeated USC in the championship match of the inaugural Wendy’s Classic in front of 3,000 fans at Delta College, the same place where the Tigers upset then-unbeaten Hawai’i earlier in the season. Nancy Lancaster and Kim McDonald were named Pacific’s first women’s volleyball All-Americans.
1978 The building process began to reap profits as the Tigers improved their record to 23-15 and finished third in the NCAC. The year was marked by an upset victory over San Jose State, a three-match road trip to Hawai’i, and the hosting of UCLA in Stockton. Future All-American Jayne Gibson was a freshman on the squad.
1977 Year number three saw Pacific upgrade its competition level as the Tigers met UCLA, California, and Stanford. Pacific made its first trip to the coveted UCLA-NIVT and met powers Utah State and Pepperdine. The Tigers won three out of their last four matches and ended the season with a 12-10 record. The base of the future was set in 1977, as Nancy Lancaster, Patty Berg, and Kim McDonald, all eventual All-Americans, played their first season as Tigers.
1976 The Liskevych Era began at Pacific with the naming of Taras Liskevych as head coach. The Tigers finished the season 17-8 against primarily Division II opponents, and once again won the NCAC title with a 5-0 record.
1975 In the first year of Pacific women’s volleyball, the Tigers finished in first place in the NorCal Athletic Conference with a perfect 5-0 record. Pacific faced only California teams with the exception of Nevada-Reno.
The Tigers catch their first glimpse of the NCAA Championship trophy after defeating Stanford in four games for the 1985 title in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Captain Liz Hert hoists Pacific’s second consecutive NCAA championship trophy for the home fans at the Alex G. Spanos Center after the Tigers swept Nebraska in the 1986 final