No. 19 Ducks Host Arizona on Senior Day
EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 19 Oregon volleyball team begins the final week of the regular season with a home match against Arizona. Tuesday's match will double as Senior Day with pre-match presentation beginning at 5:45 p.m. (PT) and first serve to follow at 6 p.m. Oregon (20-8, 11-7) is looking to break a two-match skid.
Following the match, fans are encouraged to stick around for tribute videos dedicated to Senior Day honorees including Taylor Borup and Abby Hansen.
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Tuesday, Nov. 23 vs Arizona | 6 p.m.
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Series History | Oregon vs Arizona
Tuesday marks the first meeting between the two teams this season. Arizona owns a 49-23 lead in the all-time series but in the recent head-to-head, the teams have split the last 30 meetings. Oregon won both matches in Eugene this past spring. In the most recent match, the UO trio of Morgan Lewis, Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller combined for 29 kills in a straight-set win (Feb. 14). Neither team has won more than two in a row in the series since UO won four straight between the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Last Time Out
Then-No. 16 Oregon had a slow start in Pullman, Wash., and suffered a straight-set loss to 22nd-ranked Washington State. Brooke Nuneviller registered a match-high 15 kills to extend her streak with double digits to nine in a row. In the setback, middle blockers Abby Hansen and Karson Bacon combined for 10 kills against the Cougars.
In the Rankings
Following back-to-back losses this past weekend, Oregon slips to No. 19 in the most recent release of the AVCA coaches' poll. Despite the drop, the Ducks have maintained its spot among the top-20 teams all season. Oregon also checks in at No. 23 in Monday's release of the NCAA Volleyball RPI.
Shall We Dance?
The selection show for the 2021 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The national tournament begins the first weekend of December and is set to culminate Dec. 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio.
UO standouts Brooke Nuneviller and Gloria Mutiri are both approaching 1,000 career kills. Entering the match against Arizona, Nuneviller has racked up 980 career kills while Mutiri stands at 978 kills between her time at Oregon and Kansas State. Nuneviller has been on a hot streak recently, posting double-digit kills in nine-consecutive matches. During that stretch, she is averaging 4.77 kills per set.
Leaders of the Pac(k)
Oregon leads the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage (.182), just ahead of the .184 figure allowed by UCLA. The Ducks also enter the week second in the conference in blocks per set (2.45) and digs per set (15.57). Individually, Karson Bacon is first in the Pac-12 and 16th in the NCAA with her .409 hitting figure.
Scouting the Wildcats
Arizona comes to Eugene with a 15-14 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play. This past weekend, the Wildcats dropped both matches of a road trip to the L.A. teams. Offensively, they are paced by Sofia Maldonado Diaz and Jaelyn Hodge both averaging 3.16 kills per set. Arizona is fifth in the Pac-12 at 1.40 service aces per set. Middle blocker Merle Weidt is third in the league with a .377 hitting percentage.
The Ducks close out the regular season Friday evening with a road match against in-state rival Oregon State in Corvallis. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.
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