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No. 12 Ducks Host UCLA, USC at MKA

Nov 18, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – The 12th-ranked Oregon volleyball team plays three of its last four of the regular season on its home floor beginning Friday night against UCLA at 7 p.m. (PT). The Ducks enter the weekend on a nine-match winning streak and in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12, two games clear of USC, Sunday's opponent in Eugene.
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Friday vs UCLA, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Oregon) – Watch | Live Stats
Sunday vs USC, 12 p.m. (Pac-12 Network) – Watch | Live Stats
Last Time Out
The then-No. 14 Ducks extended their winning streak to nine with a four-set win at Utah (Nov. 13), the program's first win in Salt Lake City since 2017. Freshman Mimi Colyer tied a career high with 25 kills and the UO offense generated a .319 hitting percentage behind 48 assists from Hannah Pukis.
Rankings Roundup
Oregon (19-5, 13-3) is up two spots to No. 12 in the Nov. 14 release of the AVCA Top 25, tying a season-high ranking. In the NCAA RPI, the Ducks checked in at No. 11 through matches completed by last Sunday. Oregon is 5-5 against teams currently ranked in the top 40 of the RPI with a chance for a sixth win in Sunday's match against USC, the No. 21 team in this week's index.
Stat Pack
Oregon is third in the Pac-12 with a .287 team hitting percentage, just one point behind both Stanford and Washington. That figure also ranks 13th in the NCAA. In this weekend's opponents, the Ducks face the top digging team in the Pac-12 in UCLA (14.57 d/s) and the team with the most service aces in the league in USC (178).
Comeback Complete
Down 0-2 and facing a 10-point deficit late in the fourth set at Colorado (Nov. 10), the Ducks rallied for their fourth five-set victory of the season. Colorado led 19-9 in the fourth and was just two points shy of a win at 23-20 but UO ended the set on a 6-1 run to force the decisive fifth.
It Happened Again
For a record seventh time, Mimi Colyer earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after averaging 5.56 points per set with 5.00 kills per set and 2.22 digs per set on the Ducks' 2-0 road trip to the mountain schools. With the selection, Colyer broke the tie at six she previously shared with past USC standout Ebony Nwanebu (2013).
Just Keep Climbing
Senior standout Brooke Nuneviller enters Friday's match just nine points shy of fifth place on the UO career points list. She currently sits at 1,596.5 points with eyes on former teammate Ronika Stone (1,605.5) in that fifth spot. With 16 kills, Nuneviller will also tie Alaina Bergsma (2010-12) for seventh place on the program's top-10 list for career kills.
Three of a Kind
For a 12th time this season, the Ducks had three players reach 10 or more kills in a four-set win at Utah (Nov. 13). Mimi Colyer led all players with 25 kills followed by Brooke Nuneviller and Gloria Mutiri with 14 and 10, respectively. That trio accounts for eight of the 12 showings. Team is 9-3 in those matches.
Series Info vs UCLA
With a comeback, five-set win last month in Los Angeles, the Ducks have a slight 6-4 advantage over the last 10 matches in the series with UCLA. In that span, Oregon is 4-1 against the Bruins in Eugene. A victory by UO would secure the first season sweep in the series since 2018.
Series Info vs USC
The Trojans broke Oregon's five-match series winning streak with a four-set win last month in LA. In the last 10 meetings in the head-to-head series, the Ducks own a 6-4 lead. Before the match in October, the previous five matches had gone five sets, all won by Oregon.
Up Next
In the final week of the regular season, the Ducks travel to Berkeley to face Cal (Nov. 23) before closing hosting Senior Day (Nov. 25) at MKA against Oregon State. Click HERE for the complete schedule.
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