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Ducks Host Pair of Top-20 Showdowns With Washington

Mar 3, 2021

Oregon Notes - Washington

Coming into the weekend on a seven-match winning streak, No. 20 Oregon welcomes No. 7 Washington to Matthew Knight Arena for a pair of top-20 showdowns, Friday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Ducks and Huskies enter the week separated by just two games in the win column, while the two teams own the two longest active winning streaks in the conference. Washington holds a 69-24 lead in the all-time series between the two programs while Oregon is looking for its first win at home in the series since 2012.
 
MATCH INFO
When: Friday, March 5
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Live Stream: Oregon Live Stream-2
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM (PBP: Sean MacPherson, Analyst: Ryan Milano)
Watch Online: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon-3
 
When: Sunday, March 7
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Live Stream: Oregon Live Stream-3
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM (PBP: Sean MacPherson, Analyst: Ryan Milano)
Watch Online: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon-3
 
SERIES HISTORY
Washington leads, 69-24
Washington holds a 69-24 lead in the all-time series between the two programs while Oregon is looking for its first win at home in the series since 2012.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Abby Hansen currently leads the Pac-12 in blocks per set at 1.33, and is the only player in the conference to record at least eight blocks in multiple matches this year following her career-high 10 vs. Colorado on Sunday.
 
SUPER 7
Oregon's current seven-match winning streak is its longest since the 2017 season, and the longest win streak in conference play in a single season in program history. It's also the Ducks' longest conference win streak of any kind since a span between the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Oregon is hitting .318 during the streak while averaging 16.1 digs/set.
 
KEEP IT ROLLING
After a week off, Oregon kept its stretch of strong play going with a pair of wins over Colorado this past weekend. The Ducks turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season in a sweep on Friday, recording 61 kills while hitting .333. On Sunday, Oregon had its 10-set winning streak snapped when it dropped set one, but won the next three, holding Colorado to .098 hitting for the match with 15 blocks.
 
DEFENSE STEPPING UP
At the midway point of the season, Oregon ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in three of the major defensive stat categories. The Ducks are currently the only team in the Pac-12 to rank in the top four of the conference in digs per set, blocks per set and opponent hitting percentage. Oregon leads the conference with 15.92 digs per set, is second holding opponents to a .161 hitting percentage while sitting in fourth averaging 2.41 blocks per set.
 
FIFTH SET MAGIC
The only Pac-12 team to win at least 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. Oregon has held its opponents to a .000 hitting percentage in the fifth set while hitting .281 as a team.
 
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
One of Oregon's strengths so far this season has been its defense. The Ducks currently have four players averaging over 2.50 digs per set on the season, with all four in the top 25 of the conference. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are currently the only pair of teammates averaging at least 3.00 digs per set this season with Nuneviller in third and Murphy in ninth. Additionally, Taylor Borup is averaging 2.63 digs per set while Kylie Robinson is at 2.54 digs per set.
 
ONE AND ONLY
Brooke Nuneviller has established herself as one of the most versatile players in the country after moving from libero to outside hitter at the start of last year. She is currently the only player in the conference to be averaging at least 3.00 kills and 3.50 digs per set this season and was the only one averaging over 2.50 kills and 3.50 digs per set last year. Nuneviller also became the first ever player to earn Pac-12 offensive and defensive player of the week honors in the same week, receiving both honors following a weekend sweep of Arizona on Feb. 12 and 14. The conference started honoring both an offensive and defensive player of the week in 2011.
 
DOING IT ALL
Brooke Nuneviller has put on a strong all-around performance as we approach the midway point of this season. She is the only player in the conference to lead her team in both kills and digs per set and has recorded nine double-doubles in the first 10 matches. Nuneviller is also averaging 0.38 blocks per set and has led the team in attack attempts in each of the eight matches.
 
SEND IT BACK
Oregon has put up some strong blocking numbers through the first half of the season, currently fourth in the conference averaging 2.41 blocks per set. Abby Hansen has led the blocking efforts for the Ducks, currently leading the conference with 1.33 blocks per set and tied for the lead with 52 total blocks. She is the only player in the Pac-12 to record at least eight blocks in multiple matches this year, tallying a career-high 10 vs. Colorado on Feb. 28, while recording nine at Washington State on Jan. 24 and eight in a win over Arizona on Feb. 14. Additionally, four other Oregon players are averaging at least 0.50 blocks per set with Morgan Lewis, Karson Bacon and Gloria Mutiri all above that mark.
 
DOUBLE-(DOUBLE) THE FUN
Through 10 matches, Oregon players have already combined for 19 double-doubles, highlighted by a total of seven over two matches against Colorado Feb. 26 and 28. Brooke Nuneviller has one in nine of the first 10 matches while Kylie Robinson has five, with Nuneviller doing achieving the feat each time with kills and digs and Robinson with assists and digs. Elise Ferreira turned in a double-double performance against Washington State on Jan. 24 and vs. Colorado on Feb. 28, while Taylor Borup, Georgia Murphy and Taylor Williams each have one.