Spotlight: Oregon's Sue Harbour
Unquestionably Oregon's most dominant volleyball player ever, Sue Harbour became the program's first All-American in 1984, and a year later became the first player in NCAA history to eclipse 2,000 kills (2,099). Twenty five seasons later, she is still the school career record holder in hitting (.326), blocks (542), solo blocks (273) and aces (200).
A NCAA Top Six Award winner as a senior in '85 she graduated with UO's top four season hitting marks in school history, and four of its top 10 kill totals in a match (41, 37, 34x2). She also owned then-school records in block solos (7, 1983) and aces (7, 1982) that still rank third and fourth in the program record books.
As a junior in '84, the Broderick Cup Finalist ranked second nationally in kills (635) and kills per set (4.67) and 17th nationally in hitting (.364). The latter of those marks was a school record, and her 60 aces was then the second-most ever for Oregon.
As a sophomore in '83, she paced the nation in kills with a Duck season record (687); ranked top 15 nationally in blocks (14th, 1.75 per game) and aces (15th, 48); and claimed the first of three straight All-NorPac First Team honors.
As a redshirt freshman in '82, the team MVP and All-NorPac Second-Team pick led the squad in kills (233), hitting (.325), aces (41) and blocks (73), and was a 1982 National Sports Festival alternate.
Other notable honors for the Pullman, Wash., native included NorPac Player of the Year laurels (1984), two NorPac All-Tourney laurels (1983-84), two Academic All-America First-Team selections (1984, '85), and one Academic All-America Second-Team choice ('83).
Her sophomore season in '83, Oregon (24-18, 6-3) upset three top-12 ranked teams during the regular season - No. USC, No. 6 Texas and No. 12 San Jose State - and in the latter road match her school record 41 kills helped earned UO a bid to the NorPac tourney.
In '84, she received four all-tourney laurels early in the campaign to help the Ducks finally break into the top 20 nationally after a 10-win streak early in the year. By season's end, UO (27-12) had been ranked in 11 polls, and finished the season ranked ninth nationally. In its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, Oregon upset two-time defending national champion Hawai'i in the first round thanks to Harbor's 34 kills, but lost to San Jose State in the second round (one match shy of the Final Four).
In 1985, the Ducks entered the year ranked 15th nationally but injuries prevented the squad from repeating its conference and postseason success.
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