Oregon Volleyball Hits The Road For Season Opener
Aug. 27, 2001
HEAD COACH CARL FERREIRA Second year head coach Carl Ferreira (158-75 overall, 10-19 Oregon) led the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 last season. Ferreira incorporated the 4-2 Flex last season, but says Oregon will return to a more conventional offense this season. Ferreira, a Hilo, Hawaii native, is joined by second-year assistants Anna Reznicek and Jared Sliger.
THE SCHEDULE Oregon will travel just once in the preseason (at UT Arlington Tournament) and will bring tournament play to McArthur Court Sept. 7-8 when it hosts the Oregon Classic. Four teams will visit Eugene -- Northridge, Eastern Washington, New Mexico State and Boise State -- for the the two-day tournament. Pac-10 play begins at home against UCLA Sept. 14.
TV TIME Two home matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports this season. Oregon's matches against Arizona State Oct. 18 and California Nov. 1 will both be rebroadcast.
THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS Things aren't the same in women's collegiate volleyball this season. The NCAA scoring committee adopted rally scoring for the 2001 season. The first four games will be played to 30 and a point will be scored everytime the ball is put into play, regardless of which team served. A fifth game, if necessary, will be played to 15 points. Let scoring was also adopted, meaning if the ball grazes the net on a serve but still goes over, it remains in play.
A LOOK AT UT ARLINGTON The Mavericks lost three key players following the 2000 season -- setter Kisha Tucker, outside hitter Trisha Walker and middle blocker Tracee Cole -- and will rely on nine newcomers this season. Two time All-Southland Conference honoree Amber Pack (Jr, OH) leads four returners looking to compete for the conference crown.
A LOOK AT ARKANSAS STATE It's probably a good thing Oregon will face the Lady Indians on the road, as they have a 54-7 home record over the last five seasons. Overall in 2000, Arkansas State finished 20-11, which marked the 13th consecutive 20-win season. Four seniors are gone from 2000 and the Lady Indians will rely on nine newcomers to find success in 2001.
A LOOK AT ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK The 2000 Sun Belt Conference Champions (East) are picked as favorites again in 2001. Arkansas Little Rock finished last season 23-7 capped by a 3-0 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Eleven of the 13 players on the roster are returners and seven are upperclassmen, so the team is looking to the post season again this year.