Back at MKA to Host USC, No. 12 UCLA
EUGENE, Ore. – Down to its final six matches of the regular season, the No. 17 Oregon volleyball team is back home to host USC and No. 12 UCLA. The home weekend begins Friday when the Ducks take on USC at Matthew Knight Arena. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT). The Ducks have won four of their past five matches including three in a row.
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Friday, Nov. 12 vs USC | 4 p.m.
TV/Stream: Oregon Live Stream
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Sunday, Nov. 14 vs #12 UCLA | 12 p.m.
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Middle blocker Kiari Robey was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after averaging 2.00 blocks per set in wins at then-No. 19 Stanford and Cal. The UO redshirt freshman had a season-high seven total blocks in the Ducks' first-ever sweep of the Cardinal. In the weekend finale at Cal, Robey put tallied six kills, five more blocks and three digs in a three-set victory.
It's a First
Powered by 19 kills from Brooke Nuneviller, the Ducks beat then-No. 19 Stanford (Nov. 4) in straight sets for the program's first-ever sweep of the Cardinal, and its first road win in the series since 2011. The win also secured Oregon's first regular-season sweep against Stanford. The Ducks' previous five wins against Stanford all came in five sets, including the team's Oct. 10 triumph in Eugene.
Last Time Out
Oregon held Cal to a .032 hitting percentage and a season-low 18 kills in a three-set victory in Berkeley. Brooke Nuneviller and Morgan Lewis led the offensive charge with 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Coupled with the win over Stanford in the previous match, the Ducks came away with their first weekend sweep in the Bay Area since 2011.
In the Rankings
Oregon checked in at No. 17 in the Nov. 8 release of the AVCA coaches' poll and moved up four spots to No. 22 in this week's NCAA RPI. The Ducks are one of six Pac-12 teams in the AVCA top 25, and also one of conference teams positioned inside the top 31 of the latest RPI.
Leaders of the Pac(k)
Oregon continues to lead the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage (.168) and digs per set (15.92 d/s). The Ducks are also second in the league with 2.59 blocks per set. Oregon has held 16 of 24 opponents under a .200 hitting percentage this season and is 15-1 in those matches. Individually, middle blocker Karson Bacon is first in the Pac-12 and 17th in the NCAA with a .413 hitting percentage.
Libero Georgia Murphy is 10 digs shy of becoming the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career milestone. She would join Brooke Nuneviller as the second active UO player to join the 1K club. Nuneviller enters the weekend tied for third on the program's all-time list with 1,577 digs. Entering the weekend, Murphy is second in the Pac-12 with 4.39 digs per set.
Series History | Oregon vs USC
USC leads the all-time series between the two programs, 55-17, but the Ducks have won the last four meetings—the program's longest winning streak in the all-time series. In the first meeting this season, Oregon dropped the first two sets but engineered a reverse sweep for a five-set win (Oct. 24) in L.A.
Series History | Oregon vs UCLA
With its win in the first meeting this season, UCLA owns a 59-15 advantage in the all-time series. The Ducks had won four of the previous six meetings prior to the Oct. 22 road setback to the then-No. 17 Bruins.
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just three players in the country 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 ranked eighth in the Pac-12 with 3.69 kills per set to go along with 3.29 digs per set. Nuneviller is joined on the 30-20 list by fellow Pac-12'er Pia Timmer (Washington State) and Yanlis Feliz (Chicago State).
Head coach Matt Ulmer announced the signing of Morgan "Mimi" Colyer (Lincoln, Calif.) to a National Letter of Intent to join the program next fall. Colyer is the No. 43 recruit nationally in the PrepVolleyball Top 150. She currently ranks fifth in the state of California with 503 kills with a .566 hitting percentage that is second in the state and fourth among prep players in the United States. Colyer led Lincoln High School to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III title and a spot in the CIF State Championship tournament.
The Ducks head north next weekend for road matches at Washington State (Nov. 18) and Washington (Nov. 21). Oregon's next home match—Senior Day—is set for Tuesday, Nov. 23 against Arizona.
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