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Rivalry Weekend Up Next For No. 17 Ducks

Mar 17, 2021

Oregon Notes - Oregon State

Winners of eight of the last nine matches, No. 17 Oregon is back in action this weekend when it takes on rival Oregon State, hosting the Beavers on Friday at 6 p.m., before travelling to Corvallis on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Ducks are back in action after having their matches last week cancelled, with Friday marking Oregon's seventh straight home match. The Ducks lead the all-time series in the rivalry at 78-44-1 and have dominated the series in recent years, holding a 24-4 advantage in matches since 2006.
 
MATCH INFO
When: Friday, March 19
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
TV: Pac-12 Oregon (PBP: Ben Creighton)
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM (PBP: Sean MacPherson)
Watch Online: https://pac-12.com/womens-volleyball/event/2021/03/19/oregon-state-oregon
 
When: Sunday, March 21
Time: 4 p.m. PT
Where: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
TV: Pac-12 Oregon (PBP: Ben Creighton)
Watch Online: https://pac-12.com/womens-volleyball/event/2021/03/19/oregon-state-oregon
 
SERIES HISTORY
Oregon leads, 78-34-1
Oregon holds a commanding lead in the all-time series between the two rivals and is 24-4 in meetings dating back to 2006. The Ducks have also won the last 14 matches against Oregon State in Eugene and have never lost to the Beavers in nine all-time meetings in Matthew Knight Arena.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just six players nationally and the only one in the Pac-12 currently averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set.
 
HISTORIC EFFORT
In Oregon's last match, Brooke Nuneviller turned in an unforgettable performance, putting down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one hitting error vs. Washington on March 7. She is the first Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills in a match with one or fewer errors while her kills total ranks seventh all-time at Oregon and second in the rally scoring era. Nuneviller is also the only NCAA player since at least 2014 to have 35 kills and one error in a match.
 
REVERSE SWEEP
Behind the incredible performance by Brooke Nuneviller against Washington on March 7, Oregon came back from dropping the first two sets against the Huskies to win in five. Four Oregon players had double-digit kills as the Ducks won after being down 2-0 for the first time since 2015.
 
DEFENSE STEPPING UP
Heading into the final three weekends 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 (1st), blocks per set (3rd) and opponent hitting percentage (4th).
 
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Over the last six matches, Oregon's offense has been humming, averaging 15.52 kills per set and hitting .271 over that stretch. The Ducks are also averaging 14.19 assists per set in those matches and have hit over .300 in a match three times in that span. Oregon's 82 kills against Washington on March 7 are tied for the most in a match nationally this year while the Ducks' 61 kills in a sweep of Colorado on Feb. 26 are the most in a three-set match this season nationally and the most by a Pac-12 team in a sweep since 2014, when the Ducks had 62 against Oregon State. Oregon also had 76 assists vs. the Huskies on March 7 which is the most in a match nationally this year while the 56 assists vs. Colorado are the most in a sweep.
 
FIFTH SET MAGIC
The only Pac-12 team to win at least four five-set matches this season, Oregon has won the deciding set convincingly in each of those three wins. The Ducks won the fifth set by a score of 15-8 in three victories and 15-10 in the other and have dominated the stat sheets as well. Oregon has held its opponents to a -.031 hitting percentage in the fifth set this year while hitting .236 as a team and averaging 11.5 digs per fifth set.
 
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
Oregon is currently the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players in the top 10 of the conference in digs per set. The Ducks are also one of two teams in the league to have four players averaging at least 2.60 digs per set. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are the only pair of Pac-12 teammates averaging at least 3.00 digs per set this season with Nuneviller third in the league and Murphy in eighth. Additionally, Kylie Robinson is averaging 2.68 digs per set while Taylor Borup is at 2.63 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 3.50 kills and 3.80 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 head into the last six matches of the season. She is the only player in the conference to lead her team in both kills and digs per set and has recorded 11 double-doubles in the first 12 matches. Nuneviller is also averaging 0.32 blocks per set and has led the team in attack attempts in all but one match. She is one of six players in the NCAA and the only one in Power 5 conference averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set (minimum 15 sets played). Nuneviller also leads the Pac-12 with 11 double-doubles in the first 12 matches, three more than the player with the second most.
 
SEND IT BACK
Oregon has put up strong blocking numbers through the first half of the season, currently fourth in the conference averaging 2.28 blocks per set. Abby Hansen has led the blocking efforts for the Ducks, currently second in the conference with 1.30 blocks per set. She is one of two players in the Pac-12 to have nine 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. Additionally, three 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 12 matches, Oregon players have combined for 24 double-doubles, with half of those coming in the last four matches. Brooke Nuneviller has one in 11 of the first 12 matches while Kylie Robinson has six, with Nuneviller achieving the feat each time with kills and digs and Robinson with assists and digs. Elise Ferreira has a double-double in two of the last three matches, while Georgia Murphy has two and Taylor Borup and Taylor Williams each have one.