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Ducks Look To Stay Hot Against Arizona

Feb 10, 2021

Match Notes - Arizona

Riding a three-match winning streak and coming off back-to-back five-set wins at USC, Oregon will look to keep its solid play going when it hosts Arizona for a pair of matches Friday and Sunday, both at 11 a.m. in Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks will look for their first four-game winning streak since 2018 and will go for their fifth conference win of the year, which would match their total from all of 2019. Arizona holds a 49-21 lead in the all-time series between the two teams, though Oregon holds a 9-8 edge in matches since 2011.
 
MATCH INFO
When: Friday, February 12
Time: 12 p.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM; PBP: Sean MacPherson, Analyst: Knight Jarecki
Live Stream: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon-3
 
When: Sunday, February 14
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM; PBP: Sean MacPherson, Analyst: Knight Jarecki
Live Stream: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon-3
 
SERIES HISTORY
Arizona leads, 49-21
Arizona holds a commanding lead in the all-time series between the two teams, but Oregon holds a 9-8 edge in matches since 2011.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Gloria Mutiri has led or tied for the team lead in kills in each of Oregon's four wins this season, averaging 2.78 kills per set and hitting .362 in those contests.
 
FIVE-SET FUN
Half of Oregon's six matches on the young season have gone five sets, with the Ducks winning all three of them. Last weekend, Oregon won two marathon contests at USC, coming back from down 2-1 to win on Friday, then outlasting the Trojans again on Sunday. The Ducks also went the distance to beat Washington State on Jan. 24 and are the only Pac-12 team to win three five-setters this year.
 
FIFTH SET MAGIC
The only Pac-12 team to win three five-set matches this season, Oregon has won the deciding set convincingly in each of those three wins. The Ducks have won the fifth set by a score of 15-8 in each of the three victories and have dominated the stat sheets as well. The Ducks have held their opponents to a .000 hitting percentage in the fifth set this year while hitting .281 as a team and averaging 7.67 kills and 12.00 digs per fifth set.
 
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
One of Oregon's strengths on the young season has been its defense. The Ducks currently have three players with at least 65 digs on the season, with all three in the top 12 of the conference. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are currently the only pair of teammates in the top five of the conference in total digs, with Nuneviller in second and Murphy third.
 
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 the only player in the conference to lead her team in both kills and digs per set and has recorded five double-doubles in the first six matches. Nuneviller is also averaging 0.38 blocks per set and has led the team in attack attempts in each of the six matches.
 
BIG-TIME ADDITION
One of the biggest additions to the Oregon roster this past offseason has not disappointed through her first six matches as a Duck. Junior transfer Gloria Mutiri is currently second on the team with 2.50 kills per set and 65 total kills while hitting .299. She has led the team in kills in each of the four wins this season, averaging 2.78 kills per set and hitting .362 in those contests. Mutiri finished with a team-high 14 kills in Sunday's win over USC after tying for the team-lead with 11 on Friday. 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.