Oregon Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Season By Entertaining No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA

Sept. 10, 2001

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Oregon this week The Pac-10 season gets underway with Oregon hosting two of the top teams in the nation. No. 7 UCLA visits McArthur Court Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 6 USC comes Saturday at 7 p.m.

Special promotions Oregon's match against UCLA is Bi-Mart family night. Fans can bring their Bi-Mart card and get two adult tickets for $10 and bring unlimited children. On Saturday, a $25 Safeway receipt will be good for four tickets. Saturday is also autograph night following the match.

Oregon last week The Ducks hosted the two-day Oregon Classic and defeated New Mexico State, 3-0, Northridge, 3-2 and Boise State, 3-1. Oregon's only loss of the season came at the hands of tournament champion Eastern Washington, who beat the Ducks 3-0. Oregon senior Monique Tobbagi and junior Stephanie Martin were named to the all-tournament team.

Head Coach Carl Ferreira Second year head coach Carl Ferreira (166-76 overall, 18-20 Oregon) led the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 last season. The Ducks are off to an 8-1 start under Ferreira this season and have 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 No. 7 UCLA The Bruins are 5-1 and have notched wins over No. 19 Kansas State, No. 5 Hawaii, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 12 Pepperdine. UCLA's only loss was to top-ranked Nebraska, which won the NCAA Championship in 2000. The Bruins lead the conference in assists (17.37 apg) and kills (18.42 kpg) and Kristee Porter is tops in kills per game (5.89) heading into conference play.

A look at No. 6 USC The Trojans (4-1) are coming off a tournament championship at Hawaii. They defeated Cincinnati, No. 10 Hawaii and Utah State. Their only loss of the season was against N0. 3 Wisconsin. USC tops the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.324) and Jennifer Pahl leads the conference in blocks per game (2.06).

The series UCLA leads the series 33-1 with the Ducks' lone victory coming in 1987. Oregon defeated the Bruins 15-11, 12-15, 15-4, 15-6 at McArthur Court that year. The Trojans lead the series 27-6. Oregon's last victory over USC was in 1990 when the Ducks won 3-1.

Preseason prowess The Pac-10 posted a 26-5 preseason record in 2001, including a 7-2 record against Top 25 opponents. Overall, Pac-10 teams are 50-14 in preseason games. Four team's remain in the Top 10 heading into conference play -- No. 5 Arizona, No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA and No. 9 Stanford.

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