Ducks Jump Two Spots to No. 11 in AVCA
EUGENE, Ore. – On the heels of a 2-0 week, the Oregon volleyball team moves up to No. 11 in Monday's release of the AVCA Top 25 coaches' poll. With the jump, the Ducks are now the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12 and match their season-high national ranking.
Oregon was previously ranked 11th in the Sept. 6 AVCA release.
The Ducks opened conference play with wins over Oregon State and Arizona State, and are now 11-1 overall with a 2-0 mark in league play. The Pac-12 schedule continues with a pair of top-25 road tests this weekend at No. 24 Colorado and No. 19 Utah. The team's next home match is Oct. 8 against Cal.
In Sunday's win at Arizona State, Brooke Nuneviller led all players with 22 kills while hitting .375 to go along with 17 digs. Karson Bacon and Gloria Mutiri each had 13 kills in the victory. Making her second start at libero, Becca Morse had a match-high 19 digs.
For the week, Bacon registered a .786 hitting percentage with 22 kills on 28 swings with no errors. She averaged 2.75 kills per set in the two wins coupled with 1.38 blocks per set. The Fontana, Calif., native tied a season high with eight total blocks against the Sun Devils. Bacon leads the Pac-12 and is second nationally with a .471 hitting percentage this season.
Oregon leads the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.284) and opponent hitting percentage (.130), both marks rank 13th in the NCAA. The team also sits ninth nationally with 2.85 blocks per set.
The Ducks are one of six Pac-12 teams ranked inside the top 25 this week along with Washington (13), UCLA (15), Stanford (17), Utah (19) and Colorado (24). The league just missed adding a seventh ranked team with Washington State as the first team outside the top 25 receiving votes in the latest poll.
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