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No. 13 Ducks Face ASU in Tempe

Sep 25, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 13 Oregon volleyball team closes out it opening week of Pac-12 play Sunday at Arizona State. First serve is scheduled for 12 p.m. (PT) and will air on Pac-12 Oregon. The Ducks are 10-1 this season with a 1-0 mark in conference play.
 
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#13 Oregon at Arizona State | 12 p.m.
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Last Time Out
The Ducks opened the Pac-12 season with a straight-set win over in-state rival Oregon State (Sept. 22). Brooke Nuneviller put down a match-high 11 kills, leading five UO players with at least seven kills. The UO offense recorded a .390 hitting percentage, its second-highest efficiency of the year. Karson Bacon (.818 pct) and Morgan Lewis (.500) each had nine kills. In her first start at libero, Becca Morse led the defensive efforts with a career-high 20 digs. Oregon held the Beavers to a .093 hitting percentage.
 
Give and Take
Oregon's match against Oregon State (Sept. 22) marked the fourth time this season that the Ducks hit .300 or better while holding the opponent under .100 in the same match (list below). The Ducks lead the Pac-12 in both hitting percentage (.284) and opponent hitting percentage (.130); both figures rank in the top 15 nationally. The Ducks have held 10 of 11 opponents under a .200 hitting percentage.
 
Aug. 27: Oregon: .310 | Portland State: -.053
Aug. 27: Oregon: .370 | Santa Clara: .083
Sept. 17: Oregon: .314 | American: -.060
Sept. 22: Oregon: .390 | Oregon State: .093
 
Where We Stand
Entering Sunday's match in Tempe, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.284), opponent hitting percentage (.130) and digs per set (15.95). Individually, middle blocker Karson Bacon leads the conference with a .436 hitting percentage while fellow middle Abby Hansen is first in the Pac-12 with 1.44 blocks per set. As a team, Oregon is second in the league with 2.83 blocks per set.
 
Balanced Attack
The Ducks' four primary pin attackers are all averaging more than two kills per set: Brooke Nuneviller (3.44 k/s), Taylor Borup (2.61), Gloria Mutiri (2.45) and Morgan Lewis (2.13). Among the group, Mutiri leads the way with a .325 hitting percentage; she has six matches this season with at least seven kills coupled with a .300 or higher hitting percentage.
 
Series History | Oregon vs Arizona State
Oregon trails in the all-time series with ASU holding a 41-28 advantage. The two teams split their two spring matchups in Tempe with the Ducks posting a sweep in the regular-season finale. In that match, Brooke Nuneviller had 14 kills and 16 digs while Karson Bacon and Gloria Mutiri each tallied nine kills. Oregon holds a 6-4 lead in the past 10 meetings but ASU has won four of six in that same span.
 
Homecoming: Arizona to Oregon
The Oregon roster features four Ducks from Arizona: Abby Hansen (Phoenix), Reagan Hope (Phoenix), Becca Morse (Tempe) and Brooke Nuneviller (Chandler). Arizona is one of seven states represented on the Ducks' roster: California (6 players), Arizona (4), Oregon (2), Texas (2), Georgia (1), Oklahoma (1), and Virginia (1).
 
Hansen Earns Weekly Honor
Powered by her presence at the net, Abby Hansen was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The Phoenix, Ariz., native posted at least four blocks in each of the Ducks' three matches in D.C., including a season-high eight blocks against American (Sept. 17). Hansen added a season-high 10 kills to a six-block performance in the team's five-set win over Harvard (Sept. 17).
 
Elite Company of One
Brooke Nuneviller is the only player in the country with a 30-20 (kills-digs) performance this season. She had 31 kills and 21 digs while hitting .338 in the Ducks' four-set win at Rice (Sept. 2) in Houston. Through Oregon's first 11 matches of the season, Nuneviller is averaging 3.44 kills per set and 3.34 digs per set.
 
Up Next
Following Sunday's match, the Pac-12 schedule continues next weekend with road matches at Colorado and Utah. The Ducks' next home match is Friday, Oct. 8, against California.
 
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