Oregon Volleyball Travels to No. 3 Arizona, Arizona State For Pac-10 Openers

Sept. 17, 2001

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Oregon This Week The Pac-10 season will start a week later for Oregon this season, after last week's matches against UCLA and USC were cancelledbecause of the national tragedy. The Ducks will travel to the desert for their first taste of conference play. A make up date for the cancelled matches will likely be announced later this week.

Recently The Ducks (8-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) 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. 3 Arizona The defending Pac-10 Champions are enjoying the highest ranking in school history, surpassing their No. 4 ranking last season. The Cats are 5-0 and have yet to lose a single game in a match. Arizona is second in the conference in blocks (3.70 bpg), kills (17.40 kpg) and hitting percentage (.322). Lisa Rutledge is second in the conference in kills (4.93 kpg) and Stefani Saragos leads the Pac-10 with a .569 hitting percentage.

A look at Arizona State The Sun Devils are 4-3 overall after winning the Loyola Marymount Volleyball Classic. The squad opened the season 0-2, but has since won four of its five matches. Junior Julia Leddy was the tournament MVP at the Loyola tournament. Leddy is sixth in the Pac-10 with a .403 hitting percentage and as a team, the Sun Devils are averaging 16.34 kills per game.

The Series Arizona leads the series 25-8 with Oregon's last victory a 3-2 win in 1998. The Sun Devils lead 23-7 and Oregon last defeated them 3-2 at home in 1997.

Preseason Prowess The Pac-10 posted a 50-14 preseason record in 2001, including a 7-2 record against Top 25 opponents. Four team's remain in the Top 10 heading into conference play -- No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 USC and No. 8 UCLA.

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