Women's Volleyball

Nuneviller Named AVCA All-American

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Following a spectacular all-around season, Brooke Nuneviller earned AVCA Second-Team All-America honors Wednesday following a vote by a committee made up of coaches who are a part of the association. Nuneviller earned honorable mention recognition as a freshman in 2018, but was named to one of the three All-America teams for the first time in her career.
 
She is the 12th player in Oregon history to be named to one of the AVCA All-America teams and the 16th selection in program history overall. Nuneviller is the seventh Oregon player to earn All-America recognition from the AVCA multiple times a career, whether that’s being named to one of the three teams or earning honorable mention selection.
 
Nuneviller led the team in both kills and digs and is the first Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to average at least 4.0 digs and 3.0 kills per set in a season, averaging 3.46 kills and 4.04 digs per set. She was one of just four players in the country and the only one at a Power 5 school to average at least 3.4 kills and 4.0 digs per set this season. Nuneviller was also the only Pac-12 player to finish in the top 10 of the league both kills (8th) and digs (3rd) while her 16 double-doubles on the season led the league and were five more than the player in second place.
 
The Chandler, Ariz. turned in one of the best individual performances in school and conference history when she put down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one error vs. current Final Four team Washington on March 7. She is the only Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills and one or fewer errors in a match while her 35 kills rank seventh in program history. Nuneviller also became the first player to earn both Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors in the same week following wins over Arizona in February.
 
Nuneviller also earned AVCA All-Pacific North Region honors and was named All-Pac-12 earlier this postseason.

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Slow Start Hurts In Sweet Sixteen

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OMAHA, Neb. — An early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Oregon volleyball team Sunday as the No. 10 Ducks dropped a Sweet Sixteen matchup in the NCAA Tournament to No. 7 Purdue in four sets.

The Ducks dropped the first two sets before finding their rhythm and winning the third. They led the fourth set by as much as four at 15-11, and as late as 21-20, but the Boilermakers rallied to advance to the Elite Eight. Purdue won by scores of 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24.

“We were just really frazzled to start,” said UO junior Gloria Mutiri, who had 12 kills in the match. “There was a lot of energy. We all knew what was at stake, and what we had to lose. Starting out, I think everyone was overwhelmed.”

Oregon finished the season with a 15-5 record, having finished second in the Pac-12 Conference after challenging for the league title all the way until the final weekend of the regular season. The Ducks claimed a top-10 NCAA Tournament seed for the third time ever, but fell short of their third-ever Elite Eight appearance.

“We were overexcited,” UO coach Matt Ulmer said. “When you want it that bad, you almost can’t move. You have to be loose to have movement; we just got tight. I was hoping we could handle that better. I think that’s a very valuable learning moment for us. So when we get back here again — which we will in the fall — we’ll handle it differently.”

How It Happened: The Ducks were quickly in a hole to start the match, falling behind 5-1 and later 9-2. Purdue led 17-8 when Oregon started to find its footing, rallying within 18-14 with a rotation that had Abby Hansen and Mutiri on the floor. But that was the only sustained run the Ducks mounted, as Purdue was able to side out at a rate of 77.8 percent in the set, and hit .317.

Oregon began to show signs of settling in early in set two. Kills by Taylor Borup and Morgan Lewis gave the Ducks an early 4-3 lead, their first of the match, and two errors by Purdue made it 6-4 for Oregon. But then Purdue’s vaunted block began to frustrate the Ducks, who repeatedly looked to star Brooke Nuneviller to penetrate it — which only seemed to help the Boilermakers set their block more effectively. They rallied from down 6-4 to up 17-8. Mutiri helped the Ducks get back within 19-12 with two kills and a block in tandem with Karson Bacon, but yet another Purdue block ended the set.

At that point Purdue was siding out at 73.5 percent, and had hit .458 in the second set. Bacon and Lewis were the catalysts early on for Oregon in set three as the two teams traded points, and Lewis had two kills later in the set for ties at 15-15 and 16-16. Mutiri found the floor to put the Ducks in the lead for good, at 18-17, and Bacon finished off the set as the Ducks hit .250 and held Purdue to .156 hitting.

“Then, it was a match,” Ulmer said. “We showed up. If we could have done that the whole time, it would have been a real classic.”

Oregon maintained momentum for much of set four. Though Purdue had an early 4-2 lead, Oregon answered with four straight points on an ace by Elise Ferreira, kills by Bacon and Lewis and then a block by the duo of Bacon and Lewis. The Ducks went on another run later with their other setter on serve, as Kylie Robinson helped Oregon out to a 12-8 lead.

Purdue finally fought back into a tie at 19-19, before a kill by Mutiri and a Purdue error had the Ducks up 21-19 and threatening to force a fifth set. After the Boilermakers rallied to lead 24-22, Oregon fought off match point twice to tie it up again. Just when it looked liked Bacon had found the floor to end an extended rally and set up set point for the Ducks, an error was instead called on Oregon, and Purdue ended the match on the next point.

“Those are big-time moments we can learn from,” Mutiri said. “That’s the first time I’ve played in a game with that kind of reward on the line — being in the Elite Eight — so with that experience, we can do a lot. Just going into the fall, we know what this loss feels like, what pressure feels like, and we’ll be able to respond better.”

Who Stood Out: Lewis had 13 kills and Mutiri added 12, with Mutiri hitting .300 for the match. Bacon had eight kills and a team-high six blocks, and Nuneviller added eight kills with 22 digs, though Purdue’s defensive focus led to her hitting minus-.062. Ferreira had 20 assists with 10 digs, and Robinson finished with 22 assists and eight digs.

Notable: Oregon’s Sweet Sixteen run was the seventh in program history … Nuneviller finished the two tournament matches with 43 digs (6.14 per set) after adding 22 on Sunday … She ended the season averaging 4.04 digs per set … The Ducks’ 70 digs were the ninth-most in UO postseason history.

Up Next: After playing this season in the spring due to the pandemic, volleyball is scheduled to return to its normal season in the fall later this year.


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Ducks Look to Continue Postseason Run vs. Purdue

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After advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in school history, No. 10 seed Oregon will take on the No. 7 overall national seed Purdue Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The Ducks will look to advance to the regional final round for the third time ever and the second time under head coach Matt Ulmer. Oregon has lost both all-time meetings with the Boilermakers with the last meeting coming in 2007.
 
MATCH INFO
When: Sunday, April 18
Opponent: Purdue
Time: 5:30 p.m. PT
Where: Omaha, Neb. (CHI Health Center)
Live Stream: ESPNU
Listen: KWVA 88.1 FM (PxP: Sean MacPherson)
Watch Online: https://www.espn.com/watch/
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just four players nationally and the only one at a Power 5 school currently averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.90 digs per set.
 
SWEET SWEEP
Oregon dominated in its opening match of the NCAA Tournament, sweeping Notre Dame, 25-17, 25-22, 25-13, to move on to the regional semifinal round. The Ducks hit .362 as a team, good for the fourth-best team hitting percentage in an NCAA Tournament match in school history. Morgan Lewis led the way with 13 kills on 19 swings with no errors, setting a UO NCAA Tournament record with a .684 hitting percentage. Brooke Nuneviller added 11 kills and 21 digs.
 
POSTSEASON HISTORY
After missing the postseason last year, Oregon is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in school history and the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. The Ducks are 20-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and will look to advance to their third Elite Eight with a win. Oregon is a top-10 national seed for the third time ever (2012, 2014).
 
WELL-ROUNDED ATTACK
Oregon is currently the only team in the Pac-12 to rank in the top four of the league in kills, digs and blocks per set. Additionally, the Ducks are inside the top four of the Pac-12 in assists per set, hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage. Oregon leads the league in digs per set and opponent hitting percentage, is third in kills and assists per set while sitting in fourth in blocks per set and hitting percentage.
 
DEFENSE STEPPING UP
Oregon finished the regular season among the Pac-12 leaders in three key defensive stat categories. The Ducks were one of two teams in the league to be in the top four of the conference in digs, blocks and opponent hitting percentage. The .162 opponent hitting percentage would also be the best in program history in the rally-scoring era.
 
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
After a relatively slow start to the season, the Oregon offense has found its stride in the second half of the season. The Ducks are averaging 14.72 kills per set while hitting .265 in the last 13 times out while hitting over .300 in a match five times in that stretch. The Ducks have also put up single-match performances as a team that are among the best nationally this year. Oregon’s 82 kills against Washington on March 7 are tied for the most in a match nationally this year while the 61 kills in a sweep of Colorado on Feb. 26 are the most in a three-set match this season nationally. Additionally, the 76 assists vs. the Huskies on March 7 are the second-most in the NCAA in a match this year.
 
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
Oregon ended the regular season as the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players averaging at least 3.50 digs per set. The Ducks are also one of three teams in the league to have three players averaging at least 2.60 digs per set. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are the only pair of Pac-12 teammates to finish the regular season in the top 10 of the league in digs with Nuneviller fourth in the league and Murphy in eighth.
 
DOING IT ALL
Brooke Nuneviller has established herself as one of the best all-around players in the country since the start of last season. She is one of only four players nationally – and the only one at a Power 5 school – averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.90 digs per set. Last year she was the only Pac-12 player to average over 2.50 kills and 3.50 digs per set. Additionally, Nuneviller is the only player in the conference to lead her team in kills and digs and the only one in the top 10 of the league in both. She leads the Pac-12 with 16 double-doubles in 19 matches, five more than the player with the second most. Nuneviller also has double-figure kills in all but two matches and double-figure digs in all but one match.
 
HISTORIC EFFORT
In Oregon’s match vs. Washington on March 7, Brooke Nuneviller turned in an unforgettable performance, putting down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one hitting error vs. Washington on March 7. She is the first Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills in a match with one or fewer errors while her kills total ranks seventh all-time at Oregon and second in the rally scoring era. Nuneviller is also the only NCAA player since at least 2014 to have 35 kills and one error in a match.
 
ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller each earned All-Pac-12 honors following the regular season while Karson Bacon and Georgia Murphy earned honorable mention recognition. Both Mutiri and Nuneviller earned all-conference team recoginition for the first time in their careers. Nuneviller was the only player in the conference to finish in the top 10 of the conference in both kills and digs in the regular season while leading the league in double-doubles with 15. Mutiri ended the year as one of just four players in the Pac-12 to hit at least .260 while averaging 2.50 klls per set. Bacon ended the regular season fourth in the league with a .349 hitting percentage while Murphy was seventh in the Pac-12 with 3.58 digs per set.

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Sweep Sends Ducks to Sweet Sixteen

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OMAHA, Neb. – Oregon got its NCAA Tournament run off to a dominant start, knocking off Notre Dame in straight sets, 25-17, 25-22, 25-13, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in school history.
 
The Ducks were back on the floor for the first time in nearly two weeks, but did not skip a beat on either side of the ball, hitting .362 as a team while holding the Fighting Irish to a .170 hitting percentage while recording 58 digs.
  
How It Happened: The Ducks got off to a roaring start, opening up a big lead early in the opening set on the way to a 25-17 game one win. Tied 3-3, Oregon went on a 7-0 run with Elise Ferreira on serve and Morgan Lewis providing the firepower with three kills and a pair of blocks during the run. The Ducks coasted the rest of the way thanks to hitting .355 as a team in the opening set.
 
Oregon had to play from behind for most of the second set, but used a run late in the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Down 19-17, the Ducks went on a 6-0 run keyed by the serving of Georgia Murphy and a couple of big kills by Karson Bacon to make it 23-19. The teams traded points the rest of the way with Lewis putting away the set for a 25-22 win.
 
From there, the Ducks dominated the third set, winning 25-13 to finish the sweep. Oregon started the set on a 4-0 run and never looked back, hitting .441 in the third while recording 17 kills and holding the Fighting Irish to a .143 hitting percentage.
 
Notable: The win was Oregon’s 20th all-time NCAA Tournament win … Ulmer improved to 5-2 in his career in NCAA Tournament play and has won at least one match all three years he has taken the Ducks to the postseason … The .362 team hitting percentage is the fourth-best in Oregon NCAA Tournament history … Lewis set an Oregon NCAA Tournament record for hitting percentage, hitting .684 with 13 kills on 19 swings and no errors … Brooke Nuneviller recorded her 16th double-double, finishing with 11 kills and 21 digs … The Ducks’ eight service aces are a season-high and third-most in a NCAA Tournament match in school history … Becca Morse served up a season-high three aces, becoming just the 10th Duck ever to have at least three aces in a tournament match.
 
Up Next: Oregon will play the winner of Purdue and High Point in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. Match times will be announced at the end of play today.
 

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Ducks Open NCAA Tournament Play Thursday

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The Pac-12 runner-up and winners of 12 of the last 14 matches, Oregon heads into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 overall national seed. As one of the top 16 national seeds, the Ducks earned a first-round bye in the 48-team tournament and will face the winner of Wednesday’s match between Notre Dame and Army in the second round Thursday at 9 a.m. PT. The Ducks have never played Army and have matched up with Notre Dame just once – a win in 1985. Oregon’s opening match will be streamed live on ESPN3.
 
MATCH INFO
When: Thursday, April 15
Opponent: Notre Dame or Army
Time: 9 a.m. PT
Where: Omaha, Neb. (CHI Health Center)
Live Stream: ESPN3 (PxP: Eric Frede)
Radio: KWVA 88.1 FM (PxP: Sean MacPherson)
Watch Online: https://www.espn.com/watch/
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Brooke Nuneviller is one of just five players nationally and the only one at a Power 5 school that averaged at least 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set during the regular season.
 
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Oregon put together one of the best regular seasons in program history in the 2021 spring season. The Ducks finished 14-4 in the conference-only regular season, matching the program’s highest-ever league finish by coming in second in the Pac-12. Oregon’s 14 conference wins are also tied for the second most in a season in school history, matching the total from the 2011 season and behind only the 2012 season.
 
POSTSEASON HISTORY
After missing the postseason last year, Oregon is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in school history and the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. The Ducks are 19-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and will look to advance to their seventh Sweet Sixteen with a win. Oregon is a top-10 national seed for the third time ever (2012, 2014).
 
WELL-ROUNDED ATTACK
Oregon finished the regular season as the only team in the Pac-12 to rank in the top four of the league in kills (3rd), digs (1st) and blocks per set (4th). Additionally, the Ducks ended the conference-only season inside the top four of the Pac-12 in assists per set (4th), hitting percentage (4th) and opponent hitting percentage (2nd).
 
DEFENSE STEPPING UP
Oregon finished the regular season among the Pac-12 leaders in three key defensive stat categories. The Ducks were one of two teams in the league to be in the top four of the conference in digs, blocks and opponent hitting percentage. The .162 opponent hitting percentage would also be the best in program history in the rally-scoring era.
 
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
After a relatively slow start to the season, the Oregon offense has found its stride in the last 12 matches. The Ducks are averaging 15.75 kills per set while hitting .259 in the last 12 times out while hitting over .300 in a match four times in that stretch. The Ducks have also put up single-match performances as a team that are among the best nationally this year. Oregon’s 82 kills against Washington on March 7 are tied for the most in a match nationally this year while the 61 kills in a sweep of Colorado on Feb. 26 are the most in a three-set match this season nationally. Additionally, the 76 assists vs. the Huskies on March 7 are the second-most in the NCAA in a match this year.
 
BREAK OUT THE SPATULAS
Oregon ended the regular season as the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players averaging at least 3.50 digs per set. The Ducks are also one of three teams in the league to have three players averaging at least 2.60 digs per set. Brooke Nuneviller and Georgia Murphy are the only pair of Pac-12 teammates to finish the regular season in the top 10 of the league in digs with Nuneviller fourth in the league and Murphy in seventh.
 
DOING IT ALL
Brooke Nuneviller has established herself as one of the best all-around players in the country since the start of last season. She is one of only six players nationally – and the only one at a Power 5 school – averaging at least 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set. Last year she was the only Pac-12 player to average over 2.50 kills and 3.50 digs per set. Additionally, Nuneviller is the only player in the conference to lead her team in both kills and digs. She ended the regular season leading the Pac-12 with 15 double-doubles in 18 matches, four more than the player with the second most. Nuneviller also has double-figure kills in all but two matches and double-figure digs in all but one match.
 
HISTORIC EFFORT
In Oregon’s match vs. Washington on March 7, Brooke Nuneviller turned in an unforgettable performance, putting down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one hitting error vs. Washington on March 7. She is the first Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills in a match with one or fewer errors while her kills total ranks seventh all-time at Oregon and second in the rally scoring era. Nuneviller is also the only NCAA player since at least 2014 to have 35 kills and one error in a match.
 
ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller each earned All-Pac-12 honors following the regular season while Karson Bacon and Georgia Murphy earned honorable mention recognition. Both Mutiri and Nuneviller earned all-conference team recoginition for the first time in their careers. Nuneviller was the only player in the conference to finish in the top 10 of the conference in both kills and digs in the regular season while leading the league in double-doubles with 15. Mutiri ended the year as one of just four players in the Pac-12 to hit at least .260 while averaging 2.50 klls per set. Bacon ended the regular season fourth in the league with a .349 hitting percentage while Murphy was seventh in the Pac-12 with 3.58 digs per set.

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Trio Named AVCA All-Region

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Oregon landed three players on the AVCA Pacific North All-Region Team following a vote by coaches in the region. Karson Bacon, Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller each received the honor while Georgia Murphy earned all-region honorable mention recognition.
 
Nuneviller and Mutiri both earned AVCA All-Region Freshman of the Year honors in 2018, with Nuneviller earning it in the Pacific North Region and Mutiri in the Midwest Region while playing for Kansas State. Mutiri was also named to the All-Midwest Region Team in 2018 while Nuneviller earned Pacific North Region honorable mention recognition. Bacon secured her first career all-region honors.
 
Nuneviller led the team in both kills and digs, finishing the regular season averaging 3.54 kills and 3.83 digs per set. She was one of just five players in the country and the only one at a Power 5 school to average at least 3.5 kills and 3.8 digs per set in the regular season. Nuneviller was also the only Pac-12 player to lead her team in both kills and digs and the only one to finish in the top 10 of the league in both those categories. Her 15 double-doubles on the season led the Pac-12 were four more than the player in second place.
 
The Chandler, Ariz. turned in one of the best individual performances in school and conference history when she put down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one error vs. Washington on March 7. She is the only Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills and one or fewer errors in a match while her 35 kills rank seventh in program history. Nuneviller also became the first player to earn both Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors in the same week following wins over Arizona in February.
 
Mutiri ended the regular season second on the team in both kills and hitting percentage, averaging 2.58 kills per set while hitting .262. She also put up a big block on the outside, averaging 0.65 blocks per set. Mutiri put up double-figures in kills while hitting over .300 in five matches while also leading the team in kills five times. She put up big numbers in a pair of five-set wins at USC on February 5 and 7, hitting .360 while recording 24 total kills in the two matches.
 
Bacon finished the regular season fourth in the conference in hitting percentage at .349. She hit at least .400 in a match in which she had at least 10 attack attempts seven times this year and led the team in hitting percentage in a match eight times. The sophomore averaged 1.83 kills per set in addition to 0.94 blocks per game, highlighted by a back-to-back seven-block outings in two of the final three matches.

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Mutiri, Nuneviller Selected All-Pac-12

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SAN FRANCISCO – A pair of Oregon players were named to the All-Pac-12 Team Wednesday as Gloria Mutiri and Brooke Nuneviller were voted all-conference for the 2021 spring season by the league’s coaches. Additionally, Karson Bacon and Georgia Murphy earned honorable mention recognition.
 
Nuneviller led the team in both kills and digs, finishing the regular season averaging 3.54 kills and 3.83 digs per set. She was one of just five players in the country and the only one at a Power 5 school to average at least 3.5 kills and 3.8 digs per set in the regular season. Nuneviller was also the only Pac-12 player to lead her team in both kills and digs and the only one to finish in the top 10 of the league in both those categories.
 
The Chandler, Ariz. turned in one of the best individual performances in school and conference history when she put down 35 kills on 65 swings with just one error vs. Washington on March 7. She is the only Pac-12 player in the rally scoring era to have at least 35 kills and one or fewer errors in a match while her 35 kills rank seventh in program history. Nuneviller also became the first player to earn both Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors in the same week following wins over Arizona in February.
 
Mutiri ended the regular season second on the team in both kills and hitting percentage, averaging 2.58 kills per set while hitting .262. She also put up a big block on the outside, averaging 0.65 blocks per set. Mutiri put up double-figures in kills while hitting over .300 in five matches while also leading the team in kills five times. She put up big numbers in a pair of five-set wins at USC on February 5 and 7, hitting .360 while recording 24 total kills in the two matches.
 
Murphy closed out the regular season seventh in the Pac-12 with 3.58 digs per set, reaching double-figures in all but four matches. She turned in two 20-dig performances, highlighted by 29 at Washington State in the second match of the year. Karson Bacon leads the team and wrapped up the regular season fourth in the conference with a .349 hitting percentage while averaging 0.94 blocks per set. She hit over .400 seven times in matches where she had at least 10 attempts.  
 

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Ducks Back in the Dance

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Oregon is back in the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence, locking up the No. 10 overall seed in the tournament following the announcement of the field on Sunday. The Ducks will face the winner of Notre Dame and Army on April 15 at 9 a.m. PT.
 
The entire 48-team tournament will be played in Omaha, Neb. at the CHI Health Center. The top 16 seeds – which includes Oregon – received first-round byes with the remaining 32 teams playing in the opening round on April 14.
 
“I’m excited for the team,” said head coach Matt Ulmer. “They’ve worked so hard and we’ve come a long way since the last time we were in the tournament so to see us have an even higher seed than the last time is a testament to how hard these guys have worked.”
 
The Ducks matched the best-ever finish in the Pac-12 in program history, coming in second at 14-4 in the conference-only regular season. The 14 wins are also tied for the second-most league wins in a season for Oregon, trailing only the 16 Pac-12 wins the 2012 national runner-up team finished with.
 
Despite having two weekends cancelled and playing just half the matches with a full roster, the Ducks were able to string together a couple of long winning streaks, highlighted by a seven-match streak that was the longest Pac-12 win streak in a single season in program history. Oregon also had a five-match win streak towards the end of the season and picked up a number of quality wins through the year, highlighted by one win each over NCAA Tournament teams Washington, Washington State and UCLA.
 
“This year has been very unprecedented,” said outside hitter Brooke Nuneviller. “I think our team has just taken it day-by-day and tried to get better. I think if we play good volleyball we’re hard to stop. So I’m hoping – and hopefully we’re all expecting – that we can make a run.”
 
Statistically, Oregon was one of the strongest across the board in all major categories in the Pac-12. The Ducks ended the year as the only team in the conference to finish in the top four of the league in kills, assists, digs and blocks per set, highlighted by a conference-leading 15.94 digs per set.
 
“We’re a pretty well-rounded group,” said Ulmer. “We just play a really good brand of team volleyball. Our defense is one of the best in Oregon history. Our offense has gotten better throughout the year, so if we can continue to get better offensively and play the defense we’ve been playing we’re a tough team to beat.”
 

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Ducks Sweep ASU To Close Regular Season

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Powered by an efficient offensive attack, Oregon closed out the regular season with a straight-sets win at Arizona State, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, bouncing back from a five-set loss two days ago to finish at 14-4 in the conference-only season.
 
“A really nice turnaround for us from Thursday,” said head coach Matt Ulmer. “I thought that was one of our worst matches of the year so to see us come back and look really good on offense and look comfortable and have good connections – that was really important for us.”
 
The Ducks will now await their postseason fate. The NCAA Tournament selection show is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
 
How It Happened: Oregon opened with a hot start offensively in the first set. The Ducks hit .415 with 19 kills, led by Morgan Lewis’ five kills on seven swings in the opening game. The Ducks opened up a lead at 13-9 before the two teams went back-and-forth for a good chunk of the set. After ASU cut it to 19-18, Oregon responded with a 4-1 run keyed by a couple of Karson Bacon kills before closing out the set.
 
The Ducks kept rolling in set two, jumping out to an early 8-3 lead following a 6-1 run. From there, they dominated the rest of the set with Bacon putting down four kills out of the middle while Nuneviller added five kills. Oregon also upped the pressure defensively, holding Arizona State to -.030 hitting in the second frame.
 
Oregon opened up a big lead to start the third, going on a 6-0 run with Georgia Murphy on serve to force an ASU timeout. The Sun Devils cut the lead to four late in the set at 18-14, but the Ducks responded with a 4-1 run to break it open again before coasting to the finish.
 
What It Means: At 14-4 on the year in the always strong Pac-12 Conference, Oregon will likely earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament which is set to begin April 14 in Omaha, Neb. The Ducks finish the season in second place alone in the conference, matching the program’s highest ever finish in the conference.
 
“We’ve played a lot of good volleyball and have been pretty consistent all year,” said Ulmer. “We’re excited for Omaha, we’re excited about the tournament and hopeful that we’re going to play our best volleyball and see what kind of run we can go on.”
 
Notable: The Ducks’ 14 Pac-12 wins are tied for the second-most conference wins in a season in program history … Oregon hit .339 as a team, the second-highest percentage it has hit in a match this year … Nuneviller recorded her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 14 kills and 16 digs with no hitting errors in 35 swings … She finishes the regular season averaging 3.54 kills and 3.83 digs per set … Bacon and Gloria Mutiri added nine kills apiece with Bacon leading the team with a .533 hitting percentage … Murphy added 17 digs, ending the regular season averaging 3.58 digs per set.
 
Up Next: Oregon will find out its postseason fate on Sunday during the NCAA Tournament selection show at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
 

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Ducks Drop Five-Set Heartbreaker

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TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 16 Oregon dropped a heartbreaker in a five-set battle with Arizona State on the road Thursday, falling 15-25, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 15-10.
 
How It Happened: The Ducks (13-4) had match point, up 24-22 in set four but Arizona State came storming back with four straight points to take the set and force a fifth. The two teams traded points at the start of the deciding set, but the Sun Devils scored three straight to make it 8-5. Oregon cut it to 8-7 after a timeout, but ASU again opened up a lead and traded sideouts with the Ducks the rest of the way to win.
 
Oregon got off to a dominant start, rolling to a 25-15 win in set one. It was 4-4 early on before the Ducks scored seven of the next eight points, fueled by a couple of blocks and Taylor Borup’s 5-0 serving run. Brooke Nuneviller delivered an ace to make it 18-7 later in the set, and the Ducks would cruise from there to go up 1-0 behind a .409 first-set hitting percentage.
 
The Ducks kept it going to start set two, holding a 12-5 lead before ASU started chipping away. The Sun Devils (6-13) cut it to 13-10, then went on a 5-1 run out of a timeout later in the set to make it a one-point game at 17-16. The Ducks led 20-19 after a Nuneviller kill, but the Sun Devils scored six of the last seven points to win 25-21 and tie the match.
 
Oregon trailed early on in set three, taking a timeout down 14-11. From there, the Ducks went on a 5-1 run led by Gloria Mutiri, who recorded three kills in that stretch to make it 17-16, Oregon. The teams traded sideouts until the Ducks scored five of the last six to win 25-21 and go up 2-1 in the match. Mutiri finished the set with seven kills while the Ducks hit .472 in the frame.
 
Notable: The Ducks lost a five-set match for the first time this season … It’s also the first time this year Oregon has lost a match when tying or leading its opponent in blocks … Borup recorded a career-high 19 digs while posting her third double-double of the season, adding 11 kills … Mutiri led the team with 12 kills to go along with six blocks … Nuneviller posted her 14th double-double in 17 matches this year, finishing with 10 kills and 16 digs … Karson Bacon recorded seven blocks for the third straight match.
 
Up Next: Oregon takes on Arizona State on Saturday at 12 p.m. to wrap-up the regular season.
 

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