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THIS WEEK OREGON'S VOLLEYBALL ACTION
2008 Oregon Record: 13-3 (H: 7-0, A: 2-3, N: 4-0, Pac-10 2-2)
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2008
Broadcast Info: Fox Sports Northwest - Live
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Host/Site: Oregon/Eugene, McArthur Court
LiveStats Website: www.GoDucks.com
SETTING THE STAGE
After a sweep of the then-top-five ranked L.A. schools last weekend, the No. 7 UO volleyball team remains at home to face Oregon State in 2008’s first volleyball installment of the Civil War Presented by Your Northwest Dodge Dealers.
This year’s meeting could be one of the most competitive on the national front since the No. 24 Beavers also topped then-No. 4 USC in five sets last weekend, then lost to then-No. 5 UCLA in five sets. UO sports its highest ranking ever, and OSU joined the national rankings for the first time since 1996 on Monday. The only previous year the two teams were both ranked was 1990.
Oregon has won four in a row vs. the Beavers, and UO owns a 58-40-1 all-time lead in the series.
In its most recent action last weekend, then-No. 11 Oregon swept USC in three sets for the first time since 1989, while its four-set win vs. UCLA was only the second overall since 1988. All-time in UO history before head coach Jim Moore’s arrival, UO had stood 6-35 vs. USC and 1-41 vs. UCLA, but in the last five appearances against the two foes, UO is 4-1 with its only loss in that stretch a 3-1 loss in the Sweet 16 to UCLA last December.
THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS
Sunday’s match vs. the Beavers is a “Buy 1 Get 1” ticket day. Present your Bi-Mart card at the Mac Court ticket window when you buy a ticket to the Oregon vs. Oregon State match, and you will get a free ticket to the Oregon-Arizona match two weeks later on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
LIVE TV SHOWINGS (2 hours)
Network Date Time Zone
FSN ARIZONA Sunday - 10/12/2008 12:30 PM Pacific Live
FSN NORTHWEST Sunday - 10/12/2008 12:30 PM Pacific Live
FSN PITTSBURGH Sunday - 10/12/2008 3:30 PM Eastern Live
FSN ROCKY MOUNTAIN Sunday - 10/12/2008 1:30 PM Mountain Live
FSN WEST Sunday - 10/12/2008 12:30 PM Pacific Live
COMCAST BAY AREA Sunday - 10/12/2008 12:30 PM Pacific Live
TV REPLAYS (2 hours)
Network Date Time Zone
FSN SOUTH Wednesday - 10/15/2008 12:00 PM Eastern
FSN WEST Thursday - 10/16/2008 12:00 PM Pacific
FSN PRIME TICKET Monday - 10/13/2008 1:00 AM Pacific
FSN PRIME TICKET Tuesday - 10/14/2008 1:00 AM Pacific
COMCAST CHICAGO Friday - 10/17/2008 1:00 PM Central
After No. 7 UO’s weekend wins against its L.A. rivals, the Pac-10 and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) bestowed junior Sonja Newcombe with Confence and National Player of the Week honors.
Against No. 5 UCLA, she posted her fourth double-double of the year (and 28th of her career), thanks to season highs in kills (19) and digs (18). Against UCLA, she also had season highs in blocks (6) and points (23), and her points and blocks totals led UO in each category and she had the second-most kills (19) on the squad (and only two behind its leader). In the three-set sweep of USC, she hit .357 - second-best on the squad - and racked up six kills on the balanced evening offensively that had four players finish with between 5-11 kills each. She added seven digs vs. the Trojans second-most on the team.
For the two matches combined, her kills (25), hitting (.333), assists (5), aces (1), blocks (8) and digs (25) totals were second-most for UO’s balanced attacks. To better illustrate her weekend, here were comparisons of her weekend totals (vs. previous season averages in ()) in key categories:
- Attack percentage. .333 (.287), kills/set 3.57 (2.67), assists/set 0.71 (0.40), digs/set 3.57 (2.79), blocks/set 1.14 (0.74), points/set 4.29 (3.30)
Newcombe became UO’s second-ever AVCA National Player of the Week after senior Gorana Maricic earned similar honors last November after another pair of home wins vs. then-No. 6 USC and then-No. 9 UCLA. Against the Trojans she landed 29 kills (.436), and had 14 digs, one ace and one block to end a 34-match losing streak against the Women of Troy. The next evening vs. the Bruins, she tallied 25 more kills (.327) for her 10th of 14 double-doubles last season and helped snap a 40-match losing streak against UCLA dating back to 1987. Overall, she hit a combined .382 against the two top-10 foes, and averaged 7.71 kills and 3.71 digs per game.
This is the second weekly Pac-10 honor for Newcombe and the 12th overall for Oregon. In 2006, she was honored as a freshman after her part in UO’s wins at Arizona State and Arizona which were UO’s first same-weekend pair of wins vs. Pac-10 opponents in 17 years. Against Arizona, she posted a match-high 17 kills (.444) and 14 digs, while vs. ASU she led all players with 16 kills and 20.0 points to go with 15 digs and eight blocks.
OTHER RECENT HEROES
- Senior Katie Swoboda’s 37 digs vs. No. 5 UCLA was sixth-most all-time and a career high.
- Junior Neticia Enesi’s .667 hitting mark (on 10 kills / 15 attempts) vs. No. 5 UCLA was a team season high (and not far off #10 all-time for UO, .737). She came back vs. No. 4 USC with a .333 hitting effort, 5 kills and four blocks.
- Junior Nevena Djordjevic’s 51 assists was a team season high and only six off her career high (57) from her freshman season vs. San Diego State. She also had 30 assists, three kills and two blocks in the three-setter vs. USC.
- Senior Gorana Maricic racked up a team season high 22 kills vs. No. 5 UCLA for her 16th +20 kill match the past 1 1/2 seasons.
- Senior Kristen Forristall hit .500 and had team-high six blocks vs. No. 4 USC, and also led UO in blocks vs. UCLA (6) giving her nine matches this season with +5 blocks.
- Sophomore Heather Meyers had team match highs in kills (11) and hitting (.643) vs. No. 4 USC, and the latter mark was UO’s second-best this season.
OTHER WEEKEND TEAM NOTES
- The UO D’ forced USC’s hitters into a .088 hitting percentage - its lowest of the season and outdoing its .095 mark vs. the then-No. 3 Longhorns the opening weekend.
- UO had five hitters/blockers with +4 kills vs. No. 4 USC that also hit .333 or better, and the squad combined on a .452 percentage (its second-highest of the fall behind its Seattle match (.494)). For comparison’s sake, USC opponents had averaged a meager .131 hitting mark before last weekend (with a previous opponent match high of .261).
- UO’s hitting mark vs. No. 5 UCLA (.278) was the highest by a Bruin opponent in 08, and .02 points better than the previous best by returning national champion Penn State (.276). In contrast, the Bruins hit .205 as a team - their third-lowest mark of the season.
- UO’s 82 digs in the four-set UCLA contest was a season best, and 14 more than the previous season best in the five-set match vs. Illinois (68), and the Ducks’ 12 blocks was the third-highest this season, just behind its five-set Illinois contest (14) and four-set NMSU win (13).
BALANCE IS BETTER
The balanced Duck offense and defense has played a big part of UO’s success this season. Here are breakdown of match leaders in each category this year
Kills - 5 players (Maricic 10, Meyers 3, Forristall 2, Newcombe 2, Enesi 1)
Hitting Pct. - 6 players (Enesi 6, Maricic 4, Meyers 3, Forristall 2, Milosevich 1, Newcombe 1)
Blocks - 5 players (Enesi 8, Forristall 7, Maricic 3, Meyers 1, Newcombe 1
Digs - 3 players (Swoboda 14, Djordjevic 1, Newcombe 1)
Assists - 1 player (Djordjevic 16)
Service Aces - 7 players (Westrick 5, Meyers 4, Newcombe 4, Djordjevic 4, Swoboda 2, Enesi 1, Forristall 1)
Five Duck individuals rank top 60 nationally this week statistically (with Pac-10 rankings in ()):
Katie Swoboda, Digs, 18th (1st Pac-10), 5.04 d/s
Neticia Enesi, Blocks, 26th (3rd Pac-10), 1.28 b/s
Kristen Forristall, Blocks, 26th (3rd Pac-10), 1.28 b/s
Nevena Djordjevic, Assists, 45th (4th Pac-10), 10.54 a/s
Gorana Maricic, Kills, 43rd (3rd Pac-10), 3.87 k/s
And five Ducks also rank top 10 in the following Pac-10 categories:
Gorana Maricic, Points, 3rd, 4.53 p/s
Amanda Westrick, Aces, 6th, 0.32 sa/s
Neticia Enesi, Hitting, 6th, .364
Heather Meyers, Aces, 10th, 0.29 sa/s
As a team, UO is ranked top 50 nationally in (with Pac-10 rankings in ()):
Hitting, 8th (4th Pac-10), .293
Blocks, 9th (2nd-Pac-10), 2.86 b/s
Kills Per Set, 28th (4th Pac-10), 13.85
Assists Per Set, 28th (4th), 12.64 a/s
Win-Loss, 41st (7th Pac-10), .917
Several Ducks have climbed UO all-time career lists in recent week, and the list of new rankings follows:
Gorana Maricic, Sr., OH, Subotica, Serbia
- Career Points - 5th, 888.0 (was 6th)
Sonja Newcombe, Jr., OH, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
- Career Kills 8th, 915 (was 9th)
Nevena Djordjevic, Jr., S, Lazarevac, Serbia
- Career Assists 5th, 2198 (was 7th)
And here are other upcoming changes to watch for:
Gorana Maricic, Sr., OH, Subotica, Serbia
- Career Points - 5th, 888.0 (4th is 890.5)
Neticia Enesi, Jr., MB, The Dalles, Ore.
- Career Points - 9th, 710.5 (8th is 766)
- Career Block Assists, 207 (10th is 252)
Katie Swoboda, Sr., L, Portland, Ore.
- Pac-10 Career Digs - 5th, 1856 (4th is 2038)
OREGON VOLLEYBALL QUICK FACTS
Jim Moore, Head Coach, Fourth Year at UO
- Record at Oregon 64-44 (.585)
- Overall Record (20th year) 416-200
Stacy Metro, Assistant Coach, Fourth Year
Tina Johnson-Lockhart, Assistant Coach, Fourth Year
2007 Record / Final National Ranking: 22-11 / 9th
2007 Pac-10 Record/Finish : 9-9/ T5th
2007 Postseason: Sweet 16 (2-1)
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 10/1
Starters Returning/Lost: 6+libero/1
Arena (Capacity): McArthur Court (9,087)
First Volleyball Season: 1968
All-Time Record: 641-631-15 (41 years)
Athletics Website: www.GoDucks.com
RETURNING DUCK HONOREES
AVCA All-American (Second Team): Gorana Maricic (2007)
All-Pac-10 / All-Region First Team: Gorana Maricic (2007)
All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention: Heather Meyers (2007), Sonja Newcombe (2006, 07), Katie Swoboda (07)
All-Pac-10 Freshman Team: Heather Meyers (2007), Sonja Newcombe (2006)
All-Pac-10 Freshman Team Hon. Mention: Nevena Djordjevic (06), Neticia Enesi (06) Katie Swoboda (05)
College Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year: Jim Moore (2007)
Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year: Jim Moore (2006)
PLAYER PRONUNCIATIONS: Neticia Enesi (neh-TEE-sha eh-NESS-ee), Gorana Maricic (GOR-ih-nuh mar-EE-cheech), Nevena Djordjevic (NEV-en-uh GEORGE-uh-vich), Sarah Cawrse (Course), Marija Milosevic (Maria ME-loshe--ah-vich), Sonja Newcombe (SONE-yah), Betsy Sedlak (SAID-lack), Katie Swoboda (swah-BOE-dah). CITIES: Djordjevic-Lazarevac (LAZ-ah-rah-vatz); Maricic-Subotica (su-bah-teetz-ah), Milosevich-Ljig (luh-eeg). POSITION: lee-BARE-oh.
THE SERIES vs. OREGON STATE
The Ducks have won four in a row under Moore vs. the Beavers and own a 58-40-1 all-time lead in the series. Prior to that, OSU won the first two matches in Moore’s first campaign in 2005 to extend a streak of seven straight wins vs. Oregon that dated back to 2002.
OPPONENT INFO - No. 24 Oregon State Beavers
2008 Record: 12-5 (1-3 - 9th)
2007 Record: 10-20 (Pac-10 3-15 - 9th)
Returning Starters/Letterwinners: 6/11
Head Coach: Tara Liskevych
OSU Record: 36-62, 4th year
Career Record: 291-141, 13th year
Assistant Coaches: Mark Barnard, Laura Benzing
Home Arena (Capacity): Gill Coliseum (10,400)
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Colors: Orange and Black
President: Dr. Edward Ray
Athletic Director: Bob De Carolis
2008 OSU STAT LEADERS
Rachel Rourke, 3.77 k/s, .252, 15 SA, 0.45 b/s, 4.26 p/s
Jill Sawatzky, 2.89 k/s, .219, 14 SA, 119 digs (1.86 d/s), 0.50 b/s, 3.41 p/s
Bree Knitter, 1.70 k/s, .198, 16 SA, 0.56 b/s, 2.26 p/s
Lexie Rathgeber, 1.54 k/s, .264, 0.95 b/s, 2.06 p/s
Lauren Rinderknect, 1.36 k/s, .255, 14 SA, 107 digs (1.67 d/s), 1.08 b/s, 2.21 p/s
Camilla Ah-Hoy, 9.50 a/s0.70 b/s
LAST YEAR’S CIVIL WAR RECAPS
EUGENE, Ore. (11/17/07) The second-largest Mac Court crowd of last season (2,777) cheered then-NO. 14 UO to its second straight season sweep of Oregon State thanks to a 3-1 decision (30-19, 25-30, 30-16, 30-19). Katie Swoboda broke Oregon’s all-time dig record in the second game, surpassing Teri Kramer’s record of 1,481, a mark held since 1987. Swoboda finished the match with 25 digs to up her career total to 1,497. The win for UO (19-9, 8-8) marked the 400th of Jim Moore’s career while OSU dropped to 10-18 and 3-13 in the Pac-10
Gorana Maricic, the then-reigning Pac-10 and National Player of the Week, finished the match with her 11th double-double of the season (18 kills and 15 digs). She totaled 24 points on the night, bringing her season total to 556.5 and a new single-season record for Oregon.
Heather Meyers added a new career high 18 kills, hit a match-high .625, and added three service aces. Neticia Enesi matched her season high with 12 digs, hitting .556; setter Nevena Djordjevic led the Ducks with 38 assists and a career-high tying three kills; and Sonja Newcombe added 13 kills. The Beavers’ Rachel Rourke had a match-high 19 kills, but the Beavers hit just .145, compared to Oregon’s .291. Oregon State totaled 16.0 blocks compared to Oregon’s 10.0
CORVALLIS, Ore. (10/19/07) Then-No. 19 UO posted a 3-0 win at OSU for the second straight season, this time by a 30-23, 30-21, 30-20 count. The Ducks (15-6, 4-5) snapped a four-match losing streak, while the Beavers fell to 9-12 overall and 2-7 in conference. Oregon hit .366 in the match, led by three players in double figures; Gorana Maricic (15 kills), Sonja Newcombe (15 kills) and Heather Meyers (13 kills). For Newcombe, who added 10 digs, it was her sixth double-double of the year. She also hit .433 on the night, followed by Forristall and Meyers, who each hit .417, respectively. Junior Katie Swoboda added a match-high 18 digs.
CATCH THE DUCKS ONLINE
Live stats for all Duck matches are free available via the www.GoDucks.com volleyball schedule page. Except for Fox Sports Northwest matches, a live online video broadcast is available for home matches is available to www.GoDucks.com O-Zone subscribers ($9.95 monthly), and an audio feed will be added for Pac-10 home matches.
The Ducks jumped four spots to seventh this week in the CBS College Sports Network / AVCA Coaches Poll to stake its all-time school best ranking and remain in the top 15 again in the seventh edition of the poll this season.
The Pacific-10 Conference continued to shine with six of the nation’s top 12 teams No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 California, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Washington and No. 11 USC. Oregon State made its first appearance in the poll since 1996, while Arizona fell out of the poll after making its season poll debut the week before.
The complete poll is included on page two of the release, and available at the http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/polls address.
UO’s previous highest ranking ninth came in the 2007 season-end poll. Its previous season high was 11th which it had held in three polls in 08.
Earlier in the season, UO stood 11th the previous two weeks, 12th two editions prior, 13th the first regular season poll and 11th in the preseason version. Overall, the Ducks have stood top 15 nationally for 12 straight polls, and previous rankings follow: 2008: Preseason 11th; 9/2 13th; 9/9 12th; 9/17 12th; 9/24 - 11th; 9/30 - 11th; 2007: 11/12 - 14th; 11/19 - 13th; 11/26 - 13th; 12/3 ninth; 12/10 - ninth.
2008 ALL-TOURNAMENT HONOREES
Five different Ducks have combined for eight all-tourney accolades this year at the Oregon Classic, Kansas Invitational and State Farm Illini Classic. Junior Neticia Enesi has been picked to all three all-tourney squads, while Sonja Newcombe was tabbed to two of them. Enesi and Gorana Maricic have also claimed tourney MVP honors this year, and the complete list of Duck honorees follow:
Gorana Maricic, Sr., OH - Tournament MVP
Neticia Enesi, Jr., MB - All-Tournament
Sonja Newcombe, Jr., OH - All-Tournament
Neticia Enesi, Jr., MB - Tournament MVP
Kristen Forristall, Sr., MB - All-Tournament
Heather Meyers, So., OH - All-Tournament
State Farm Illini Classic
Sonja Newcombe, Jr., OH - All-Tournament
Neticia Enesi, Jr., MB - All-Tournament
Since head coach Jim Moore’s arrival, Oregon has been nearly flawless in non-conference matches, culminating in a 43-3 record during his four seasons. His .935 winning percentage against non-conference competition is easily the best of any previous UO volleyball coach.
2008 SEASON REVIEW
The No. 11 Ducks capped the opening weekend of Pac-10 play with a three-set loss at returning national runner-up and then-No. 6 Stanford (9/27), although the set count vs. Stanford wasn’t indicative of the match’s competitive nature. UO scored between 20-22 points in each set, and its hitting mark (.228) was the third-best this season vs. the returning national runner-up Cardinal behind marks by No. 3 Texas (.240) and St. Louis (.273).
Against the Cardinal, junior middle blocker Neticia Enesi paced the squad in hitting (.583, 8 kills) and was just off her season best (.632) vs. UNLV. Individually, a pair of Ducks had double digit kill totals senior Gorana Maricic (13 kills) and sophomore Heather Meyers (12 kills, .286). Among other noteworthy UO stats, Swoboda’s 33 digs on the weekend tied her for fifth on the Pac-10 all-time career digs list with former Cal libero Jillian Davis (#5, 1,810, 2003-06).
The night before, the Ducks’ nine-match win streak came to end as they lost at returning Final Four qualifier and then-No. 8 California (9/26) by scores of 20-25, 15-25, 15-25. UO had three players with a team-high five kills senior Gorana Maricic, junior Sonja Newcombe and sophomore Heather Meyers. Newcombe owned the team high in hitting percentage (.167), and senior Kristen Forristall added five blocks.
Earlier in September in the span of a busy seven days (9/10-16), UO went 6-0 to wrap up the preseason, including home wins vs. Seattle (9/14) and Portland (9/16).
Against Portland (9/16), senior Gorana Maricic had nine kills and a .389 hitting mark to lead the balanced attack that included a perfect hitting mark by senior Kristen Forristall (6 kills, 1.000). The Pilots hit .037 for the match the seventh Duck foe this season to hit under .100, with four others hitting .200 or below (making it 11 of the first 12 opponents this season under the latter mark, and the other tallying a still paltry .229). The Ducks also posted a season high 13 service aces, and improved on their former season best of nine in a five-set loss at Illinois. Individually, junior setter Nevena Djordjevic tied her career high (4),
In the heart of that busy preseason stretch, UO swept Seattle (9/14) after it hit .494 as a team, and held the Red Hawks to a .098 mark. A season-high 10 Duck players notched kills, led by Heather Meyers (9), Kristen Forristall (8) and Gorana Maricic (8).
En route to the Oregon Classic title (9/12-13) the two days before, UO dispatched Baylor (3-0), Eastern Washington (3-0) and UNLV (3-1). Tourney MVP Gorana Maricic led all four squads’ players in kills (46, 4.60 p/s avg.), and ranked fifth in hitting (.340) and blocks (10, 1.00 p/s). Also named to the all-tourney squad were juniors Neticia Enesi who had the top overall hitting mark (.475) and Sonja Newcombe who stood sixth in kills (28, 2.80 p/s) and third in digs (3.60 p/s).
Among other impressive tourney stats, setter Nevena Djordjevic led all setters in assists (10.90 avg.), and sophomore outside hitter Heather Meyers posted UO’s highest tourney hitting percentage (.389) one of five Ducks that ranked top 10 in the category.
Two days before at Irvine, Calif., (9/10), then-No. 12 UO notched its fourth straight sweep, thanks to a 25-20, 25-22, 26-24 score. Two Ducks ended in double figures in kills senior Gorana Maricic (14, .194) and junior Sonja Newcombe (10, .346) while sophomore and area native Heather Meyers paced the team in hitting percentage (9 kills, .538). Newcombe scored her second double-double of the year (and 26th of her career) thanks to her 12 digs. Also on defense, senior Kristen Forristall claimed six blocks, and junior Nevena Djordjevic racked up 39 assists her then-second-highest mark of the season that also tied her best for three-set affairs.
The first weekend in September in the Kansas Invitational (9/5-6), the then-No. 13 Ducks swept all three opponents, Central Florida, Kansas and Utah Valley, en route to the tourney title, and flexed its depth by rotating all 15 players through several matches.
Junior middle blocker Neticia Enesi was tabbed the Kansas Invitational MVP, and was joined on the all-tourney team by senior middle blocker Kristen Forristall and sophomore outside hitter Heather Meyers. Enesi led the team in hitting (.514), points (32.5) and service aces (3), and ranked second in kills per set (2.67), points per game (3.17) and blocks per set (1.22, 11 total).
Other Ducks with top weekend totals included Forristall (.368, 2.22 k/s, 1.89 b/s), Meyers (2.38 k/s, .389), senior outside hitter Gorana Maricic (3.43 k/s, .383), senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe (.289, 2.57 k/s), senior libero Katie Swoboda (4.14 d/s) and junior setter Nevena Djordjevic (10.0 assists per set).
The opening weekend of the season, then-No. 11 UO opened the season in the State Farm Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill., (8/29-30) with a four-set win vs. returning NCAA qualifier and then-No. 23 New Mexico State, then split the next day with a three-set win over North Carolina and a heart-breaking five-set loss to Illinois. UO won the first two sets before the Illini who received votes in the preseason poll and climbed to No. 19 the following week won the final three sets by four points or less (including the third and fifth sets by two points).
Junior Neticia Enesi was one of two all-tournament honorees with junior Sonja Newcombe. Combined in the three contests, Enesi led the team in hitting percentage (.340), points (39.5), blocks per game (2.17), block assists (25) and total blocks (26) and ranked second in points per game (3.29) and third in kills (26). She added a career high in total blocks (9) vs. both North Carolina and Illinois, and her nine block assists in the latter match was only one off the seventh-best mark all-time for UO (10). Newcombe racked up 32 kills totals combined vs. NMSU (9), UNC (11) and Illinois (12), and hit +.200 the first two matches (.250 / .226). She logged the team’s first double-double of 08 vs. Illinois thanks to her 10 digs and 12 kills, and she also had four blocks vs. the Illini, too. She nearly had another vs. NMSU with her 10 digs and nine kills.
Among the many other noteworthy performances, here were some that stood out sophomore Heather Meyers vs. NMSU (12 kills, .417 pct., 2 aces), senior Marija Milosevic vs. UNC (7 kills, .438, 3 blocks), and seniors Kristen Forristall (10 kills, .529 pct., 4 blocks) and Katie Swoboda vs. Illinois (34 digs, 2 service aces).
2007 AN AMAZING SEASON
UO returns six starters (and its libero) and 10 letterwinners from a magical 2007 campaign that featured its:
- best record (22-11) since 1986.
- best Pacific-10 Conference finish (fifth-tie) and record (9-9) since 1989.
- first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the 64-team field format.
- highest final AVCA poll ranking (No. 9).
- its first-ever pair of consecutive postseason appearances.
BACK IN THE FOLD
UO’s experience quotient runs high with 10 letterwinners back from last year’s squad All-American and senior outside hitter Gorana Maricic, senior middle blocker Kristen Forristall and libero Katie Swoboda, junior setter Nevena Djordjevic, middle blocker Neticia Enesi and outside hitter Sonja Newcombe, and sophomore outside hitter Heather Meyers.
TOP DUCK JIM MOORE
Oregon’s mercurial rise into the national elite has been charted by Jim Moore, the 2007 Collegiate Volleyball Update Coach of the Year and 2006 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year.
Moore, who is in his 20th year as a collegiate head coach in 2008, began UO’s transformation in 2005 by leading the Ducks to their then-highest win total (12) and winning percentage (.400) in 14 seasons. The next year in 06, he led the Ducks to their then-best overall (17-12) and conference (7-11) marks in nearly two decades. For comparison’s sake, Oregon amassed a 24-64 record the three seasons prior to Moore’s arrival, and registered just two Pac-10 wins. Since his arrival, UO has gone 64-44, won 17 Pac-10 matches and made consecutive NCAA tournament trips for the first time in school history.
The fourth-year Duck mentor initially staked his reputation as a master program rebuilder at Northern Michigan (1989-94, 03-04), Kansas State (19;4-97), Texas (1997-01) and Chico State (2001-03).
Those programs combined for a 143-228 (.385) mark before his arrival and improved to 268-118 (.694) the first season under his tutelage. That first stop included the 1993 national championship at Northern Michigan part of a run that included two championship trips and three quarterfinal appearances.
In the Big 12 Conference, he took a Kansas State program that had gone 24-68 overall and 0-36 in Big 12 play and produced three straight winning seasons, a 26-9 mark in 96 and the team’s first NCAA trip. At Texas, he guided the legendary program to the Big 12 title, three NCAA appearances, one Player of the Year honor, seven All-America selections and eight All-Big 12 honors. His Chico State squads went from a 15-75 record the three seasons before his arrival to 16-13 and 18-8 marks, and his subsequent Northern Michigan teams produced a sparkling 50-8 record.
With his 3-1 victory over Oregon State last November, he picked up the 400th win of his coaching career, and now owns an overall record of 416-200 (.675) in his 20 years as a collegiate head coach.
MOORE’S MENDOZA LINE
Head coach Jim Moore emphasized in the preseason that the Ducks should aim to hit .300 as a squad each match, and defensively limit opponents to a .100 mark or less. Here were the matches that UO has achieved the feat:
- vs. Central Florida (.358 / .048)
- at Kansas (.352 / .058)
- vs. Utah Valley (.338 / .013)
- vs. Seattle (.494 / .098)
- vs. No. 4 USC (.452 / .088)
And, here were several other matches that UO was in the same neighborhood:
- vs. North Carolina (.286 / .066)
- vs. Eastern Washington (.317 / .117)
- vs. Baylor (.307 / .138)
- vs. Portland (.269 / .037)
- vs. No. 5 UCLA (.278 / .205)
SIZING UP THE 08 SEASON
Oregon looks forward to one of its most impressive schedules in its 41st season this fall, with 12 of its 31 matches against returning 2007 NCAA tournament qualifiers.
This year’s foes includes last year’s national runner-up (Stanford), two more final four qualifiers (California and USC), another Elite 8 and second-round qualifier (UCLA / Washington) and two more tourney returnees (New Mexico State and UNLV).
Early in the 08 campaign, recent NCAA qualifiers Illinois and New Mexico State ranked top 25, as did Pac-10 rivals Arizona and Oregon State, while recent NCAA qualifier Utah and North Carolina also received votes multiple weeks.
In the season’s second RPI index this week, UO’s schedule again stood 23rd nationally, and the most current rankings are available at website ( http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/weeklyrpi/2008WVBrpi1.html ) .
Four members of the Oregon volleyball team received Pacific-10 all-conference honors following the end of the 2007 season. Besides senior outside hitter Gorana Maricic, an All-Pac-10 First-Team selection, senior Katie Swoboda, junior Sonja Newcombe and freshman Heather Meyers were all-league honorable mentions.
Meyers, Oregon’s second Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit in head coach Jim Moore’s tenure, was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in addition to her all-conference honorable mention. It was the third consecutive year Oregon has placed one player on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team Newcombe was honored likewise in 2006. Swoboda was a Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention in 2005, and juniors Nevena Djordjevic and Neticia Enesi were also All-Freshman Team honorable mentions in 06.
* PRESEASON STARTER PROFILES
GORANA MARICIC, Sr., OH, Subotica, Serbia
In 2007, Oregon senior outside hitter Gorana Maricic became just the second player in the volleyball program’s history to receive All-America honors after being named to the AVCA Division I All-America Second Team.
The first-year Duck led the Pacific-10 Conference with 6.07 points per set and 5.50 kills per set, and the latter stood fourth nationally. Maricic set numerous Oregon individual records, including three new single-season bests for points (679.5), kills (5.50 avg.) and points (6.07 avg.). She totaled 14 double-doubles on the year, and on three occasions, cracked the 30-kill benchmark. In 33 matches, Maricic failed to reach double-figure kills only once.
The 6-foot-3 outside hitter was named to All-Pac-10 Team, the first Oregon player since Madeline Ernst in 1998 to earn the honor, and was also an All-Region First-Team honoree. She was also named a National Player of the Week (Nov. 12), after leading the Ducks to its first consecutive back-to-back home victories over top-10 opponents. During a 3-1 victory over then-No. 6 USC, she led the Ducks with a match-high 29 kills (.436) and 14 digs. The next night while sweeping past then-No. 9 UCLA, she again posted a match-best 25 kills (.327) and 12 digs. In three postseason matches, Maricic averaged 6.45 points, 6.00 kills and 3.58 digs per set.
The Subotica, Serbia native redshirted for Oregon in 2006 after transferring from Northwoods University, where she played during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. At Northwoods, Maricic was named an AVCA Division II Second-Team All-American as a sophomore in 2005. She became the first player in the history of the award to earn All-America honors at both the Div. I and Div. II levels.
In 07, Maricic became the 15th All-American that Moore has coached in his 20 years as a head coach, and became the first Oregon player in 23 seasons since Sue Harbour was an CVCA first team selection in 1984.
KRISTEN FORRISTALL, MB, Sr., Oregon City, Ore.
Maricic wasn’t the only upperclass player who made an immediate impact in her first Duck season in 07.
The 6-foot-2 middle blocker started 26 of Oregon’s 33 matches in 2007, leading the team with 117 total blocks. Her .305 attacking percentage was second-best for UO and 10th in the Pac-10.
As the team neared the postseason, the Oregon City native became an influential and emotional leader on the floor. In three postseason matches, Forristall averaged 2.38 points and 1.33 blocks per set. In the second round match at Kansas State, she set a season high with nine blocks. She also matched her season high of nine kills, and set a new career high with 13.5 points against the Wildcats.
The two-sport star sat out the 2006 season after she ended her UO collegiate basketball career and made the switch to volleyball.
KATIE SWOBODA, Sr., L, Portland, Ore.
The 5-5, four-year starter ended the 2007 season atop the Oregon all-time career digs chart with her mark of 1,599 digs.
She broke the record in 2007 on Nov. 16 against Oregon State, surpassing Teri Kramer’s mark of 1,481 that had been in place since 1987.
Swoboda, also named Pac-10 honorable mention in 07, finished the season third in the conference averaging 5.33 digs per set. That mark set a new Oregon single-season average for digs and broke her own record (5.28) from 2006.
She also holds the top three single-season dig marks in Duck volleyball history (586, 565, 448).
NEVENA DJORDJEVIC, Jr., S, Lazarevac, Serbia
In 07, Djordjevic led Oregon with 8.62 assists per set, running a 6-2 offense with sophomore setter Rachel Morris. Djordjevic finished the season with five double-doubles, including 46 assists and 11 digs at then-No. 11 Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
At 5-foot-10, she also had the knack for dumping deceptive kills from time-to-time, totaling 47 last year. In the postseason, she averaged 9.33 assists per set, reaching her season high total of 46 twice in the second round at Kansas State and the third round against UCLA.
Her first season, the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention, averaged 7.26 assists a set and 697 total and had a career-high digs average (2.08).
NETICIA ENESI, Jr., MB, The Dalles, Ore.
The 6-1, two-year starter got the opening nod in all but one match in 07 and averaged 2.38 points per set.
She set season highs with 17.0 points and 12 kills at then No. 4 UCLA on last October. Against rival Oregon State last November, she hit the 12-kill mark for the second time, while cumulating eight total blocks. In the postseason, she totaled 10 blocks and averaged 0.92 kills per set.
As a freshman, she was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention, and her season stats follow: 55 blocks (13 block solo / 42 block assists, 0.56 avg.), 236 kills (2.38 avg.), 11.8 hitting pct., 291.0 points.
SONJA NEWCOMBE, JR., OH, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
For the second consecutive season in 07, the 6-1 outside hitter was named a Pac-10 honorable mention. The Ducks’ leader on the floor finished the 2007 season averaging 4.20 points, 3.54 kills and 2.61 digs per set.
Among last season’s highlights, she led the Ducks with 22 kills at No. 11 Kansas State in the NCAA second round, and overall in the postseason averaged 4.29 points, 3.67 kills and 2.75 digs per set.
Her 470.5 points in 2007 ranked fourth all-time, and her average of 4.20 points per set was seventh-best in UO history for a season.
In her first two years at Oregon, shed totaled 927.0 points the third best career mark in school history.
HEATHER MEYERS, So., OH, Temecula, Calif.
The sophomore outside hitter became the second Volleyball Magazine Fab 50’ recruit for Jim Moore in his short tenure at Oregon, the first being Sonja Newcombe. Just like Newcombe, she made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2007.
Last year, the 5-foot-11 outside hitter led Oregon and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a .347 (347-110-683) attacking percentage. Not only did the mark rank tops in the nation for true freshmen, it also now stood as the second-best Oregon single-season clip.
Meyers was tabbed at season’s end to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team, and averaged 3.10 kills, 0.88 assists, 0.94 digs and 0.62 blocks per set. With one of the most dangerous serves on the squad, Meyers led Oregon as well as the conference with 0.41 service aces per set.
Early in her frosh campaign, she was named to the Kickoff Classic all-tourney team, earned the Tournament MVP award at the Baylor Invitational and was named the top server at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge.
2008 VOLLEYBALL TICKET PRICES
Type Season Single
VIP $100 $9
VIP-Faculty/Staff $80 $9
Gen. Admission (GA)-Adult $60 $5
GA-Faculty/Staff $48 $5
GA-Youth/Senior $30 $3
Bi-Mart Family Plan (2 adults & 2 youth)
Friday Mini Plan (GA) $20 NA
Group Tickets (10 or more) NA $2
Varsity Sports Pass Upgrade to VIP
Notes: Child ages = 2-17, Seniors = 62+
**Group consists of 10 or more individuals, please call 1-800-WEBFOOT to order no later than Monday before the game
Tickets for each plan can be purchased online at www.GoDucks.com or by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT during normal weekday business hours.
VIP Season Ticket Plan
In 2008, the Duck athletic department is pleased to announce a new ticket plan to ensure the best available location (sections 1 & 2) for every Oregon home volleyball game.
The VIP season ticket plan also grants:
Ticket priority to designated events, including post-season tournament action when the Ducks are participating
Access to VIP-only pre-match “chalk talk” with head coach Jim Moore before every game
Receive volleyball ticket priority for reserved tickets in the new arena in 2010
Students only need a current UO student photo ID card for admission and will be seated in section 10 for all Pac-10 matches. Doors open 60 minutes prior to the match.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL NIGHTS
Pack Mac - Sunday, November 16 - For one afternoon only, fans are invited FREE of charge to “Pack Mac” in an attempt to break the all-time attendance record for Oregon volleyball. Following the Saturday Football game versus Arizona, come out to a Sunday afternoon volleyball match-up between two Pac-10 powerhouses as the Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies on Sunday, November 16th at 1:00 pm. Just show up and cheer the Ducks to victory!
RULE CHANGES IN 2008
College volleyball fans will notice several NCAA rule changes this fall:
The term “Set” will be used instead of “Game”.
Points Required to Win the first four sets is now 25 points (instead of 30), with a two-point lead (as before). Fifteen points (and a two-point lead) is still required to win the fifth and deciding set.
Substitutions - Each team is now allowed a maximum of 12 substitutions per set.
Coaches Position - When the ball is in play, coaches will be asked to stay at least 1.75 meters from the court’s sideline. An imaginary line perpendicular to the outside edge of the extended attack line indicates this distance. If a coach doesn’t comply, the referees may assess a team delay sanction.
Ball Handling Point of Emphasis. In recent years, referee training has emphasized focusing on the player’s contact point with the ball, and not allowing outside influences, such as spin after release, to influence ball handling decisions. A 2008 point of emphasis regarding the second team contact now instructs referees to only call multiple contacts that are obvious enough to be readily seen, and to be less severe when judging extremely athletic plays.
BRAINS AND BRAWN
Four University of Oregon volleyball players were bestowed with Pac-10 All-Academic honors last year, giving UO at least one player on the first or second team for the seventh consecutive season. Junior Nevena Djordjevic (3.50 GPA, accounting) was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team, and then-senior Karen Waddington, current senior Kristen Forristall and current junior Sonja Newcombe were named honorable mentions. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall gpa grade-point average, be a returnee, and also be a starter or significant contributor.
In 2007, the Ducks savored its first appearance in the Sweet 16 in the 64-team NCAA Tournament format, thanks to an opening sweep of Missouri State (31-29, 30-20, 31-29) at Manhattan, Kan. A day after its first postseason win in 23 years (a five-set win vs. Hawai’i in 1984), the Ducks staged a 3-2 comeback win at No. 11 Kansas State (24-30, 20-30, 30-27, 36-34, 15-11) its first win of the season when facing an 0-2 deficit, and staved off three match points by the Wildcats. The Ducks’ record-breaking season then came to an end the following weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., when No. 9 UO lost in four sets to No. 8 ranked UCLA (23-30, 19-30, 30-28, 24-30). In the defeat, Gorana Maricic logged 30 kills (her third 30-plus kill total of the season) and her 14th double-double thanks to her 14 digs. Oregon’s 2007 postseason run raised Jim Moore’s postseason record at UO to 2-2 and 22-11 overall.
2007 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Oregon ended last season ranked ninth in nation in the final 2007 CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Dec. 19. Six Pac-10 teams finished in the nation’s top 10, led by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 4 California, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Washington. Oregon’s No. 9 ranking was the highest ever for the program that stood in the country’s top 25 for 12 weeks total in 07 after debuting at No. 24 on Sept. 17.
OTHER 2007 MILESTONES
UO established a new single-season record for attacking percentage, hitting .267 on the year...the previous clip was .249, set in 2004...the Ducks posted two straight +.500 seasons for the first time since the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
OREGON POSTSEASON HISTORY
In 2006, Moore led the Oregon volleyball team to its first winning season since 1990, and more importantly, its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989. The Ducks were rewarded with No. 12 Hawai’i in the first round, and fell 3-0 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. Prior to the 2007 season’s victories, the Ducks had not won a match in the NCAA Tournament since defeating Hawai’i in five sets on Dec. 1, 1984. Oregon lost to ninth-ranked San Jose State in three sets, the following round. Including 2007, Oregon has made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 2006, 2007) and are 3-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
Oregon’s only major loss from the 2007 roster was senior Karen Waddington. Waddington left the Duck program having played in 342 sets (105 matches), and averaged 1.01 kills per set. She ended her career with 310 blocks a mark that stands ninth all-time. Her 274 block assists ranked fifth in volleyball program history.
LET’S PACK MAC
Oregon’s Civil War match in 2007 against the Beavers drew 2,777 to Mac Court on Nov. 16, the largest crowd of the year and the second-largest in program history. The Ducks’ Pac-10 opener against Washington drew 2,375 fans to McArthur Court on Friday, Sept. 21, the sixth-largest crowd in the history of the program. In nine Pac-10 matches at Mac Court in 2007, Oregon averaged a crowd of 1,409.
In 2008, Duck fans will take aim at breaking the McArthur Court all-time volleyball attendance record in a Fox Sports Net-televised match vs. rival Washington. The existing program standard (3,716) came vs. Oregon State on October 18, 1996.
2007 CONFERENCE REVIEW
With three Pac-10 teams advancing to the Final Four and two others in the Sweet 16 (and a sixth in the NCAA field), Oregon faced an ever-tough Conference of Champions’. In the opener at Mac Court, the Ducks squandered a 2-0 lead against then eighth-ranked Washington and lost in five, but responded by winning its next three matches. A tough schedule had Oregon playing four consecutive top-10 opponents, each match resulting in a loss. Oregon ended that rough patch with a win at rival Oregon State, and another victory at home against Arizona, but took what could have been a fateful misstep with a 3-1 loss to unranked Arizona State on Oct. 26. The Ducks lost two more at Stanford and Cal, before regrouping for one of the best weekend’s in Oregon volleyball history.
For the first time ever, Oregon defeated two top-10 opponents back-to-back. The Ducks knocked off the No. 6 USC, 3-1, before sweeping past then ninth-ranked UCLA. The Ducks picked up two additional victories after that weekend before dropping their final set of the regular season at then-No. 6 Washington.
The Pac-10 featured a conference-record seven first-team All-Americans from five different schools, while Oregon’s Gorana Maricic was one of five second-team honorees. Since 1990, Pac-10 players have racked up nine AVCA Player of the Year honors, including 2007.
The Pac-10’s string of success at the NCAA tournament is unmatched with the league capturing five of the last seven NCAA crowns (2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) and 13 titles overall.