Regular-Season Finale at Oregon State
EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 19 Oregon volleyball team closes out the 2021 regular season Friday evening against in-state rival Oregon State. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The Ducks enter the match with a 21-8 overall record and a 12-7 mark in Pac-12 play.
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Friday, Nov. 26 at Oregon State | 5 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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Series History | Oregon vs Oregon State
Dating back to the start of the 2006 season, the Ducks have won 27 of the past 31 in the all-time series including a straight-set victory over Oregon State earlier this season in Eugene. Oregon is 7-3 in its last 10 matches in Corvallis. The Ducks are 8-1 against OSU under head coach Matt Ulmer.
Last Time Out
No. 19 Oregon registered a .368 team hitting percentage in a straight-set victory over Arizona (Nov. 23) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Brooke Nuneviller led all players with 16 kills while hitting .419 and tallying six digs and four service aces. Taylor Borup returned to the UO lineup for the first time since Oct. 24 and had four kills, nine digs and the match-winning ace.
Starts with a Serve
In their sweep of Arizona (Nov. 23), the 19th-ranked Ducks racked up a season-high 11 service aces with Georgia Murphy and Brooke Nuneviller leading the way with four each. Setter Kylie Robinson tallied two aces while Taylor Borup had an ace on match point to seal the victory. Aided by their tough serving, the Ducks held Arizona to a .111 hitting percentage.
Make it 10
With 16 kills against Arizona (Nov. 23), Brooke Nuneviller recorded double-digit kills for the 10th-straight match. During that stretch, the Chandler, Ariz., native is averaging 4.82 kills per set coupled with a .286 hitting percentage. Entering Friday's match, Nuneviller needs just four kills to reach 1,000 in her career. She would become the 21st player in program history to reach the milestone and the seventh to join the 1,000-1,000 club for kills and digs in a career. Nuneviller is up to fifth in the Pac-12 with 3.91 kills per set this season.
Along with Brooke Nuneviller, UO opposite Gloria Mutiri is approaching 1,000 career kills. Entering the match against Oregon State, Mutiri stands at 982 combined kills during her career at Oregon and Kansas State. She has collected 429 of those kills since coming to Eugene prior to the 2020-21 season.
In the Rankings
After back-to-back losses last weekend, Oregon slipped to No. 19 in Monday's release of the AVCA top-25 poll. Despite the drop, the Ducks have maintained a spot inside the top 20 all season. The team also checked in at No. 23 in this week's release of the NCAA Volleyball RPI.
Leaders of the Pac(k)
Oregon leads the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage (.181) and digs per set (15.50 d/s). The Ducks also enter Friday's regular-season finale ranked third in the league at 2.44 blocks per set. Individually, Karson Bacon continues to sit atop the conference with her .410 hitting percentage which is currently good for 15th in the NCAA.
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State (5-24, 3-16) comes into Friday's match off a four-set home win over Arizona State. The win snapped a five-match losing streak. Maddie Goings and Kateryna Tkachenko pace the offense with 3.53 and 3.19 kills per set, respectively. Defensively, libero Grace Massey is second in the Pac-12 at 4.37 digs per set; OSU is fourth overall in the conference with 14.22 digs per set.
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.
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