2007 Pac-10 Volleyball: Oregon
Aug. 6, 2007
In the first four years of Pac-10 play, Oregon posted 35 league wins, finished fourth three times and made three visits to the NCAA Tournament. Over the next 16 years, it won a total of 29 Pac-10 matches and finished in the cellar 10 times. That all changed last season when the Ducks posted their first winning season since 1990 and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1989. With four returning starters, including one of the league's top liberos, coach Jim Moore looks to make the postseason a common occurrence again for the Ducks.
Sophomore middle blocker Sonja Newcombe leads a strong group of middles. She topped the Ducks with 3.56 kills per game, while adding 2.99 digs per game and 0.86 blocks per game. Sophomore Neticia Enesi added 2.38 kills per game, while senior Karen Waddington contributed with 1.32 blocks per game - seventh best in the league last season.
While the Ducks used a pair of setters last season, sophomore Nevena Djordjevic emerged to be the Ducks leader. She averaged 7.26 assists per game.
Junior libero Katie Swoboda ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 5.28 digs per game. She posted a single-season school record with 565 digs and now has 1,013 digs in career.
Lack of experience at outside hitter. The Ducks need to replace a pair of outside hitters in Mira Djuric and Erin Little that combined for 6.23 kills per game. Djuric also posted 44 service aces. The four outside hitters on the Oregon roster have yet to appear in a match for the Ducks.
With only one senior and one junior on the roster that have any experience, the freshmen and transfers will need to be ready to contribute as the schedule includes 15 matches against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season.