Oregon Volleyball Hosts Arizona State, No. 7 Arizona
RECENTLY The Ducks lost 3-1 to Oregon State last Wednesday and then lost a five-game heartbreaker to Idaho State. Junior Stephanie Martin posted back-to-back career highs in kills with 15 against the Beavers and then 26 against Idaho State. Freshman Lauren Westendorf had a career-high five kills and seven blocks against the Begnals.
HEAD COACH CARL FERREIRA Second year head coach Carl Ferreira (166-84 overall, 18-28 Oregon) led the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 last season. Ferreira recruited the 2000 National Junior College Player of the Year as well as the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year. Ferreira, a Hilo, Hawaii native, is joined by second-year assistants Anna Reznicek and Jared Sliger.
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 ARIZONA STATE The Sun Devils have struggled since sweeping Oregon in their Pac-10 opener. Since then, Arizona State has dropped six matches. Jami Coughlin leads the team, averaging 3.82 kills per game and 3.73 digs per game. Sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin passed the 2,000 assist mark and she had a career-high 61 assists against Washington.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA Since losing to then-No. 4 Stanford in a five-game match Oct. 7, Arizona has won three straight. Lisa Rutledge is third in the conference, averaging 4.46 kills per game and Dana Burckholder is second, averaging 12.76 assists.
THE SERIES Arizona leads the series 26-8 with the Ducks' last victory in 1998. Arizona State leads the series 24-7 and Oregon hasn't defeated the Sun Devils since 1997.
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