Volleyball Hosts California, No. 4 Stanford In First Pac-10 Home Matches
OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks finally return home to McArthur Court after 10 straight road matches. Oregon will host Pac-10 foes California and Stanford before the Portland Pilots head to McArthur Monday for a non-conference match up.
THE SERIES California leads the overall series with Oregon, 34-12, including winning the last seven contests. The Ducks last beat the Bears in a four-game match in 1998. The Cardinal hold a 35-2 series record over Oregon with the Ducks' victories coming in 1986 and 1989. After being swept in six consecutive meetings, the Ducks took the Cardinal to five games in Coach Ferreira's first season in 2000. Against the Pilots, Oregon is 20-4 overall, winning eight of the last 10 meetings. Oregon has won the last two meetings in 2000 and 2001.
A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA The Bears were a perfect 9-0 before falling, 3-0, to No. 4 Stanford last weekend. Sophomore Mia Jerkov leads the Pac-10, averaging 6.81 points per game. She also leads the conference in kills per game (5.69) and is fourth in service aces per game (0.76). As a team, the Bears lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage, limiting opponents to a .119 attack percentage.
A LOOK AT NO. 4 STANFORD The Cardnial swept both California and No. 14 Pepperdine last week, led by Logan Tom's 6.00 kills per game. In her first matches back from competing with the U.S. National Team, Tom also led the Ducks in digs per game (2.33) and blocks per game (1.50) over the weekend. As a team, the Cardinal lead the conference in blocks per game (3.43) and are third in kills per game (16.56).
A LOOK AT PORTLAND The Pilots (10-3) claimed the Maine Invitational Championship, going 4-0. Senior Heather Denison was named tournament MVP while freshman Sheena Surplus was named to the all-tournament team. The 10-3 start is the Piltots' best start since 1992 and surpasses Portland's win total from a year ago.
WHAT'S HAPPENED Oregon opened Pac-10 play last weekend, falling to both Washington and No. 20 Washington State in three game sweeps. Senior Lindsay Closs led the Ducks in both matches with 11 kills each night while defensively, junior libero Lindsay Murphy had match-high dig performances both nights -- 12 digs versus Washington and 13 versus Washington State. On Monday, the Ducks went head to head with No. 22 Eastern Washington in a non-conference match up, falling 3-1.