Oregon Women's Volleyball Preview




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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 20-10

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 19-9/6th



Starters Returning/Lost: 2/4 + libero

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/6

Newcomers: 6



Head Coach: Jim Moore

Alma Mater: Long Beach State '80

Record at Oregon: 96-60 (5 years)

Assistant Coaches: Tina Johnson-Lockhart, Stacy Metro

 

PREVIEW

There's no denying that sixth-year head coach Jim Moore has returned Oregon to the nationally elite with four straight NCAA appearances and top-six Pac-10 finishes for the first time in school history. This year's squad will aim high again while showcasing several new faces. Moore welcomes back two starters plus the libero, including senior outside hitter Heather Meyers, and a talented group of newcomers. Meyers, Oregon's active leader in double-doubles (13), leads the way for the Ducks. She ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in kills last season. Oregon has a trio of returning sophomore starters in liberos Haley Jacob and Kellie Kawasaki as well as outside hitter Katherine Fischer. A key addition for the Ducks will be redshirt sophomore transfer and All-West Coast Conference First Team honoree Alaina Bergsma.




KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 18 - Oregon vs. Florida International, 12 p.m. CT

    Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic - New Orleans, La.

Sept. 25 - Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 - Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m.



Oregon meets Florida International in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic. The Golden Panthers appeared in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, falling to Florida. For the second-straight season, Oregon opens Pac-10 play at home versus the Washington schools. The Ducks opened Conference play with a 3-0 loss to Washington last year and look for a victory when they host the Huskies this fall. Last season saw Oregon State win its first match versus the Ducks since 2005, with a 3-2 victory in Corvallis.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#10 Heather Meyers

Senior, Outside Hitter, Temecula, Calif.



Heather Meyers already ranks top 10 all-time in several career categories at Oregon, including hitting (third, .286), points (fifth, 1210.5) and aces (seventh, 0.34 sa/s). A two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, Meyers ended the 2009 season ranked second in the Pac-10 in aces per set (0.43) - the ninth-best mark in school history. She led the Ducks in service aces in 10 matches and posted a career-high five aces four times, tied for most in the Conference. Meyers paced the team in aces, and stood second in assists and points. As a sophomore in 2008, Meyers was named to the NCAA All-Region Tournament Team.

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