Trip to USC Up Next For Ducks
Oregon will head back out on the road this week to take on USC for a pair of matches, Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Both matches will air live on Pac-12 Network. The Ducks are coming off a weekend split with then-No. 19 UCLA, highlighted by a sweep of the Bruins on Sunday. Oregon has won three straight meetings with the Trojans in Los Angeles and five of the last seven in the Galen Center dating back to 2012. Overall, the two teams have split the last six meetings with the road team winning all of those.
When: Friday, February 5
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Where: Los Angeles, Calif. (Galen Center)
TV: Pac-12 Network; PBP: Anne Marie Anderson
Live Stream: https://pac-12.com/live
USC leads, 56-14
USC has dominated the all-time series, holding a 54-14 advantage, but the two teams have split the last six meetings, with the road team winning all of those.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brooke Nuneviller is the only Pac-12 player averaging at least 2.50 kills and 3.50 digs per set. Nuneviller was also the only player in the conference to achieve that in 2019.
Oregon bounced back in a big way from a loss last Friday aginst UCLA to sweep the No. 19 Bruins in the rematch on Sunday. The Ducks hit .310 with three players hitting over .400 while holding UCLA to a .169 hitting percentage. Gloria Mutiri and Taylor Borup led the way with 11 kills while Brooke Nuneviller had a match-high 18 digs.
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
One of Oregon's strengths on the young season has been its defense. The Ducks are the only team in the Pac-12 to have four players averaging at least 2.40 digs per set with all four ranking in the top 30 of the conference. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are both in the top 10 of the conference in the category with both averaging over 3.60 per set while Taylor Borup is averaging 2.69 per set and Kylie Robinson 2.44 per frame.
ONE AND ONLY
Since moving to outside hitter at the start of last season, junior Brooke Nuneviller has established herself as one of the most versatile players in the country. Last year, 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 only player in the conference to be doing that so far this year. Nuneviller was the first player in the conference since 2014 and one of only two since 2010 to finish the season averaging 2.5 kills and 3.5 digs per set (Madi Kingdon - Arizona). She also became the first Pac-12 player since 2016 to finish a season with at least 400 digs and 300 kills.
DOING IT ALL
Brooke Nuneviller has picked up where she left off last year, putting on a strong all-around performance through four matches in 2021. She is one of three players in the conference to lead her team in both kills and digs per set and has recorded three double-doubles in the first four matches. Nuneviller is also averaging 0.50 blocks per set and has led the team in attack attempts in each of the four matches. She is one of just two players in the conference to have 15 kills and 15 digs in a match this year after doing so vs. UCLA on Jan. 29. Her 18 digs vs. the Bruins on Jan. 31 are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in a three-set mtach this season.
One of the biggest additions to the Oregon roster this past offseason has not disappointed through her first four matches as a Duck. Junior transfer Gloria Mutiri is currently second on the team with 2.56 kills per set and 41 total kills while hitting .271. She has led the team in kills in each of the two wins this season, finishing with 15 at Washington State and 11 vs. UCLA. Mutiri finished tied for the team-lead in kills in Sunday's win over the Bruins with 11 on 20 swings while hitting .450 for the match. She turned in a big-time performance in Oregon's first win of the season against Washington State, 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. The Sand Springs, Okla. native arrived in Eugene after playing two seasons at Kansas State, where she owned a .252 career hitting percentage and was named the AVCA Midwest Freshman of the Year in 2018.
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 four matches, averaging 2.31 kills, 2.69 digs and 0.50 blocks per set. She had her best offensive performance of the early season in Sunday's sweep of No. 19 UCLA, finishing with 11 kills on 25 attempts while hitting .400 to go alonw with seven digs. 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.