Weekend Trip Begins Friday at UCLA
EUGENE, Ore. – The 16th-ranked Oregon volleyball team opens its weekend road trip Friday against No. 17 UCLA, the Ducks' fourth-consecutive match against a ranked opponent. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Oregon enters the LA road swing with a 14-4 overall record with a 5-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
In Sunday's weekend finale, the Ducks take on USC at 1 p.m.
How to Follow
Friday, Oct. 22 at #17 UCLA | 7 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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Sunday, Oct. 24 at USC | 1 p.m.
TV: USC Live Stream
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Last Time Out
Playing without second-leading attacker Taylor Borup, the then-No. 13 UO volleyball team was swept by 25th-ranked Washington State in Eugene. Morgan Lewis and Brooke Nuneviller each put down eight kills against the Cougars to lead the offense. With the help of 14 digs, Nuneviller eclipsed the 1,500 mark for her career. The setback marked the Ducks' first time being swept this season.
In the Rankings
Oregon checks in at No. 16 in this week's release of the AVCA national poll, its first ranking outside the top 15 this season. The Ducks are one of six Pac-12 teams in the top 25 along with Washington (No. 10), Stanford (15), UCLA (17), Utah (18) and Washington State (22). Additionally, Oregon is 27th in the latest release (Oct. 18) of the NCAA RPI; UO is 4-4 against the RPI top 40 entering the weekend.
Leaders of the Pac(k)
The Ducks heads into the weekend leading the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage (.152) and digs per set (16.16). Oregon is second in the Pac-12 with 2.73 blocks per set, also good for 12th in the NCAA. Individually, Karson Bacon leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally with her .425 hitting efficiency. The Ducks also have top-10 league performers in Abby Hansen (1.38 b/s, second), Georgia Murphy (4.50 d/s, third) and Brooke Nuneviller (3.43 d/s, 10th).
With her 14 digs against No. 25 Washington State (Oct. 17), returning All-American Brooke Nuneviller became the fourth player in program history to surpass 1,500 career digs. She enters the weekend with 1,513 career digs and stands 64 digs shy of the third on the UO all-time list.
Career Digs | UO Top Five
1. 2,198 – Katie Swoboda (2005-08)
2. 2,146 – Amanda Benson (2013-16)
3. 1,577 – Haley Jacob (2009-12)
4. 1,513 – Brooke Nuneviller (2018-pres.)
5. 1,481 – Teri Kramer (1984-87)
Oregon has four players averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, paced by Brooke Nuneviller who leads the team with 3.41 kills per set. She is followed by Taylor Borup (2.58 k/s), Gloria Mutiri (2.28) and Morgan Lewis (2.08). Middle blocker Karson Bacon—hitting .425 this season—is just behind that group at 1.92 kills per set. Collectively, the Ducks are fourth in the Pac-12 with a .253 team hitting percentage.
Series History | Oregon vs UCLA
UCLA owns a 58-15 advantage in the all-time series but the Ducks have won four of the last six meetings dating back to the 2018 season. Under head coach Matt Ulmer, Oregon is 4-3 against the Bruins. During the recent spring season, the teams split two matches in Eugene with the Ducks posting a sweep (March 19) in the second of two matches behind 11 kills each from Taylor Borup and Gloria Mutiri.
Series History | Oregon vs USC
USC leads the all-time series between the two programs, 55-16, but the Ducks have won three straight against the Trojans. Oregon won two five setters in Los Angeles last season. Over those matches, Gloria Mutiri collected 24 kills to go along with a .360 hitting percentage. The Ducks are 4-3 in the series under head coach Matt Ulmer.
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just two players in the country (Pia Timmer, WSU) with a 30-20 (kills-digs) performance and the only one to do so in four sets. She had 31 kills—while hitting .338—and 21 digs in Oregon's four-set win at Rice (Sept. 2) in Houston. Nuneviller enters the weekend averaging 3.41 kills per set and 3.43 digs per set.
The second half of conference play begins next weekend with home matches against Utah (Oct. 29) and Colorado (Oct. 31). The Ducks have won seven of 10 matches at Matthew Knight Arena this season.
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