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Road Swing Begins Friday in Pullman

Oct 6, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 12 University of Oregon volleyball team takes its six-match winning streak on the road, opening the weekend Friday at Washington State in Pullman. The match begins at 7 p.m. (PT) on Pac-12 Oregon inside Bohler Gym. The Ducks are 10-2 this season with a 4-0 mark in Pac-12 play.
 
Oregon's road trip also features a top-20 matchup at No. 16 Washington on Sunday at 4 p.m.
 
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Last Time Out
The Ducks pushed their winning streak to six with a sweep of Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena. With the result, the Ducks moved to 4-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2016. The UO offense produced a .368 hitting percentage while holding the Wildcats to a .133 figure. Oregon has now won its last four against Arizona, all in straight sets.
 
Rankings Roundup
In Monday's release of the AVCA Top 25, Oregon moved up to a season-high No. 12 spot in the coaches poll. The Ducks also check in at No. 8 in the first NCAA RPI release of the season. Prior to Sunday's win over Arizona, the Ducks were seventh in the initial reveal of the NCAA Division I Committee Top 10.
 
She's Back at It
For the fifth time this season, Mimi Colyer was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after averaging 5.70 points per set in wins over the Arizona teams. She becomes the fifth player in conference history to win at least five Freshman of the Week honors since the award was adopted in 2011, and the first to do so since 2015. During the weekend, Colyer tallied 4.17 kills per set, 4.17 digs per set, 1.17 blocks per set and five aces.
 
Go Off, Glo
Senior opposite Gloria Mutiri put down a season-high 14 kills on 20 swings with no errors in the Ducks' sweep over Arizona State. She hit a career-best .700 in the match. The effort was her fourth of the year with double-digit kills coupled with two or fewer attack errors. Mutiri is hitting .335 this season and averaging 2.18 kills per set entering the weekend.
 
Becoming a Presence
Entering Friday's match in Pullman, sophomore middle Kiari Robey is tied for second in the Pac-12 with 1.50 blocks per set. She recorded a career-high eight blocks in the three-set win over Arizona including the match-winning solo stuff. Robey has at least four blocks in six of the 10 matches she's played in this season.
 
The Hot Hand
Over the past six matches, senior Brooke Nuneviller is riding a hot streak to the tune of 4.40 kills per set while hitting .402 to go along with 3.70 digs per set and seven aces. That span of play features four matches with 10+ kills coupled with one or fewer attack errors. Nuneviller is third in the conference with 4.20 kills per set, and is hitting. 290 this season.
 
It's Up
Junior libero Georgia Murphy enters the weekend fifth in the Pac-12 with 3.91 digs per set. She is up to 4.45 digs per set in the Ducks' last six matches, and helping the UO defense hold opponents to a .168 hitting percentage this year. Against the Arizona teams, Murphy averaged 5.50 digs per set in a pair of sweeps.
 
Offensive Showcase
The Ducks enter the weekend with a .298 hitting percentage, a figure that ranks 10th in the NCAA. Oregon has posted a .327 or higher efficiency in seven of 12 matches this season. Both opponents this weekend also rank among the top 20 in the country with WSU at .280 (17th) and UW at .305 (fourth).
 
Series Info vs Washington State
Nine of the past 10 meetings in the series have gone at least four sets including five five setters. Dating back to 1986, the two teams have met 70 times (WSU leads 37-33), and UO has won four of the past 10 meetings. The team's last victory was a 3-2 triumph in Pullman during the 2021 spring season.
 
Series Info vs Washington
Oregon and Washington have played five five setters in their past 10 meetings. The Ducks are looking for their first victory in Seattle since 2018, one of those five-set matchups. The last UO win in the series was a 3-2 comeback triumph in Eugene during the 2021 spring season.
 
Up Next
The Ducks' four-match road swing includes a trip to Los Angeles to take on USC (Oct. 14) and UCLA (Oct. 16). The next home match is Friday, Oct. 21, against Utah. Click HERE for the complete schedule.
 
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