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Ducks Look to Continue Postseason Run vs. Purdue

Apr 17, 2021

After advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in school history, No. 10 seed Oregon will take on the No. 7 overall national seed Purdue Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The Ducks will look to advance to the regional final round for the third time ever and the second time under head coach Matt Ulmer. Oregon has lost both all-time meetings with the Boilermakers with the last meeting coming in 2007.
When: Sunday, April 18
Opponent: Purdue
Time: 5:30 p.m. PT
Where: Omaha, Neb. (CHI Health Center)
Live Stream: ESPNU
Listen: KWVA 88.1 FM (PxP: Sean MacPherson)
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Brooke Nuneviller is one of just four players nationally and the only one at a Power 5 school currently averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.90 digs per set.
Oregon dominated in its opening match of the NCAA Tournament, sweeping Notre Dame, 25-17, 25-22, 25-13, to move on to the regional semifinal round. The Ducks hit .362 as a team, good for the fourth-best team hitting percentage in an NCAA Tournament match in school history. Morgan Lewis led the way with 13 kills on 19 swings with no errors, setting a UO NCAA Tournament record with a .684 hitting percentage. Brooke Nuneviller added 11 kills and 21 digs.
After missing the postseason last year, Oregon is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in school history and the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. The Ducks are 20-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and will look to advance to their third Elite Eight with a win. Oregon is a top-10 national seed for the third time ever (2012, 2014).
Oregon is currently the only team in the Pac-12 to rank in the top four of the league in kills, digs and blocks per set. Additionally, the Ducks are inside the top four of the Pac-12 in assists per set, hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage. Oregon leads the league in digs per set and opponent hitting percentage, is third in kills and assists per set while sitting in fourth in blocks per set and hitting percentage.
Oregon finished the regular season among the Pac-12 leaders in three key defensive stat categories. The Ducks were one of two teams in the league to be in the top four of the conference in digs, blocks and opponent hitting percentage. The .162 opponent hitting percentage would also be the best in program history in the rally-scoring era.
After a relatively slow start to the season, the Oregon offense has found its stride in the second half of the season. The Ducks are averaging 14.72 kills per set while hitting .265 in the last 13 times out while hitting over .300 in a match five times in that stretch. The Ducks have also put up single-match performances as a team that are among the best nationally this year. Oregon's 82 kills against Washington on March 7 are tied for the most in a match nationally this year while the 61 kills in a sweep of Colorado on Feb. 26 are the most in a three-set match this season nationally. Additionally, the 76 assists vs. the Huskies on March 7 are the second-most in the NCAA in a match this year.
Oregon ended the regular season as the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players averaging at least 3.50 digs per set. The Ducks are also one of three teams in the league to have three players averaging at least 2.60 digs per set. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are the only pair of Pac-12 teammates to finish the regular season in the top 10 of the league in digs with Nuneviller fourth in the league and Murphy in eighth.
Brooke Nuneviller has established herself as one of the best all-around players in the country since the start of last season. She is one of only four players nationally - and the only one at a Power 5 school - averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.90 digs per set. Last year she was the only Pac-12 player to average over 2.50 kills and 3.50 digs per set. Additionally, Nuneviller is the only player in the conference to lead her team in kills and digs and the only one in the top 10 of the league in both. She leads the Pac-12 with 16 double-doubles in 19 matches, five more than the player with the second most. Nuneviller also has double-figure kills in all but two matches and double-figure digs in all but one match.
In Oregon's match vs. Washington on March 7, 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.
Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller each earned All-Pac-12 honors following the regular season while Karson Bacon and Georgia Murphy earned honorable mention recognition. Both Mutiri and Nuneviller earned all-conference team recoginition for the first time in their careers. Nuneviller was the only player in the conference to finish in the top 10 of the conference in both kills and digs in the regular season while leading the league in double-doubles with 15. Mutiri ended the year as one of just four players in the Pac-12 to hit at least .260 while averaging 2.50 klls per set. Bacon ended the regular season fourth in the league with a .349 hitting percentage while Murphy was seventh in the Pac-12 with 3.58 digs per set.