Nuneviller Leads Trio of All-Region Honors
EUGENE, Ore. – Brooke Nuneviller has been named the AVCA Pacific North Region Player of the Year, leading a trio of UO all-region performers as announced Tuesday morning by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Nuneviller becomes the first player in program history to be selected as the region Player of the Year. She and libero Georgia Murphy were placed on the 14-player AVCA Pacific North All Region Team and middle blocker Karson Bacon is an honorable mention pick.
As all-region selections, the three Ducks will now be considered for All-America honors which will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Nuneviller averaged a career-high 3.96 kills per set this past season to go along with 3.18 digs per set. The Chandler, Ariz., native reached double-digit kills in 23 of 29 matches started including the last 12 matches of the Ducks' season; she reached at least 15 kills in nine matches in that stretch. Nuneviller tallied a team-high 17 double-doubles, surpassing her conference-leading total in the spring.
Tuesday's announcement marked Nuneviller's second-career appearance (Spring 2021) on the AVCA Pacific North All-Region Team. She was an honorable mention selection in 2018 when she doubled as the region's Freshman of the Year.
Murphy registered a career-best 4.29 digs per set during the fall campaign, a mark that currently sits fourth in the Pac-12. She recorded at least 15 digs in 17 of 29 matches played including 20 or more in seven outings. Murphy picked up a season-high 27 digs in a four-set win at Colorado. The Woodlands, Texas, native also finished the year with a team-high 34 service aces.
Both Nuneviller and Murphy reached the 1,000-career milestone in kills and digs, respectively, during the recently completed season.
Bacon established a new UO single-season record with a .413 hitting percentage, surpassing the prior mark of .389 set by Neticia Enesi in 2008. With that figure, Bacon currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks 12th in the NCAA. The Fontana, Calif., native also set a career high with a 13-kill performance in a road win at Arizona State, hitting .765 in the process. She tallied at least seven kills coupled with a .400 or higher hitting percentage in 12 matches this season.
Oregon finished the 2021 campaign with a 22-9 overall record and the program's fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past five. The Ducks were 13-7—tied for fourth place—in Pac-12 play.
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