Ducks Set for Rematch with Bruins
Oregon will look to bounce back on Sunday when it plays the second of two matches vs. No. 19 UCLA at 1 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena on Pac-12 Network. The Ducks fell to the Bruins in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-13, on Friday. Despite the loss, Oregon has still won three of the last five meetings with UCLA, including two of the last three in Eugene.
When: Sunday, January 31
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
TV: Pac-12 Network; PBP: Rich Burk
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM; PBP: Sean MacPherson, Analyst: Ryan Milano
Live Stream: https://pac-12.com/live
UCLA leads, 57-14
UCLA has dominated the all-time series between the two teams, but Oregon has won three of the last five meetings with the Bruins, including two of the last three in Matthew Knight Arena.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just two Pac-12 players to have recorded at least 15 kills and 15 digs in a match after doing so Friday vs. UCLA.
For the second straight year, Oregon's roster will be one of the youngest in the Pac-12, made up of 78.6 percent underclassmen this year. The Ducks have eight sophomores and three freshmen on their 14-player roster, with just one senior and two juniors. Only the Ducks' opening weekend opponent, Washington State, has a roster made up of a higher percentage of underclassmen in the Pac-12.
One of Oregon's strenghts on the young season has been its back row defense. The Ducks are the only team in the Pac-12 with four players in the top 20 of the conference in digs per set, with all four averaging at least 2.75. Georgia Murphy leads the way with 3.92 digs per set, followed by Brooke Nuneviller at 3.46 and Taylor Borup and Kylie Robinson, both at 2.77.
ONE AND ONLY
Junior Brooke Nuneviller established herself as one of the most versatile players in the country last year after making the move from libero to outside hitter. She was the only player in the Pac-12 to average at least 2.5 kills and 3.5 digs per set and is the first player in the conference since 2014 and one of only two since 2010 to achieve that (Madi Kingdon - Arizona). Nuneviller also became the first Pac-12 player since 2016 to finish a season with at least 400 digs and 300 kills. So far through three matches in 2021, Nuneviller is averaging 2.92 kills per set and 3.46 digs per set with double-doubles in each match.
BACK ROW BOOST
Oregon libero Georgia Murphy got her sophomore season off to a strong start, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors following the opening weekend at Washington State. Murphy set a career-high with 29 digs in Sunday's win over the Cougars, the most digs in a match by an Oregon player since Brooke Nuneviller had 30 against Colorado in November 2018. She is currently fourth in the conference in total digs with 51. Last year as a true freshman, Murphy finished 12th in the conference and second on the team with 3.26 digs/set and 11th in the Pac-12 with 368 total digs.
One of the biggest additions to the Oregon roster this past offseason has not disappointed through her first three matches as a Duck. Junior transfer Gloria Mutiri is currently second on the team with 2.31 kills per set and 30 total kills while hitting .230. Her 87 attack attempts are the third on the team while her eight hitting errors are the second fewest on the team among those who have taken at least 50 swings. Mutiri turned in a big-time performance in last Sunday's win over the Cougars, finishing with a match-high 15 kills on 32 attempts while hitting .313. She came through in the clutch in the victory, putting down four kills in the fifth set of that match.
WELCOME BACK, T-BO
After missing the entire 2019 season due to injury, senior Taylor Borup made her return to the court in 2021. Borup has turned in a strong all-around performance through the first three matches, averaging 2.00 kills, 2.77 digs and 0.62 blocks per set. The Leesburg, Va. played in 20 matches as a junior in 2018 and made an impact both offensively and defensively, averaging 2.23 kills/set to go along with 2.08 digs/set. The Ducks went 6-0 in the matches in which she had double-figures in kills. Borup also earned AVCA National Player of the Week honors in October of that season after recording 23 kills and 27 diigs while hitting .385 in matches at UCLA and USC.
DOUBLE-(DOUBLE) THE FUN
Through just three matches, Oregon players have already combined for eight double-doubles, highlighted by four in last Sunday's win at Washington State. Brooke Nuneviller and Kylie Robinson have both recorded double-doubles in each of the first three matches with Nuneviller doing so with kills and digs and Robinson with assists and digs. Taylor Borup went for 10 kills and 15 digs in last Sunday's five-set win over the Cougars while Elise Ferreira dished out 19 assists and dug up 10 balls.