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No. 16 Ducks Jump Three Spots in AVCA National Poll #3
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 09/13/2010
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EUGENE – Wrapping up its final week of non-conference play, the No. 16 University of Oregon volleyball team (8-0) improved three positions this week in the third American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll of the season released Monday.

Enjoying its 47th straight week in the polls, UO made its biggest jump of the season after a 4-0 mark last weekend that included sweeps of recent NCAA tourney qualifiers American and Siena, and 3-2 comebacks at Seattle and Portland.

Six Pac-10 teams remained in the top 25 this week as No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 USC each climbed one position; No. 9 Washington, No. 10 California and No. 13 UCLA stayed the same; and Arizona dropped out of the poll from 24th last week.

Among other poll notes, the 42-week reign atop the polls ended for No.2 Penn State this week. Stanford swept the national champion from the last three seasons, 28-26, 25-12, 25-18, in Palo Alto, and snapped the Nittany Lions’ 109-match winning streak. Overall, the Cardinal picked up 58 of the 60 first-place votes, and Penn State received the other two.

Also in the top five overall, No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Nebraska jumped one and three spots, respectively, while No. 5 Illinois dropped a position after squandering a 2-0 lead at Nebraska and narrow lost, 3-2, in front of 11,892 fans (21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 16-14).

More information on the AVCA and its polls are available at its www.AVCA.org website, and to read an AVCA release about the preseason poll, go to the http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/polls address.

Off to their fifth 8-0 start in sixth-year head coach Jim Moore’s tenure, the Ducks have been ranked for nearly three entire seasons, a stretch that has included 14 combined top-10 appearances in 2007, ’08 and ’09, and an all-time high position of sixth.

A complete listing of the Ducks' string of top-25 rankings the past four seasons follows: 2010: Preseason – 20th, 8/30 – 18th; 9/6 – 19th; 9/13 – 16th. 2009: Preseason - 14th, 8/31 - 14th, 9/7 - 12th, 9/14 - 14th; 9/21 - 7th; 9/28 – 7th; 10/5 – 11th; 10/12 - 15th; 10/19 – 12th; 10/26 – 15th; 11/2 – 14th; 11/9 – 16th; 11/16 – 18th; 11/23 – 18th; 11/30 – 17th; 12/22 – 18th.  2008: Preseason - 11th; 9/2 - 13th; 9/9 - 12th; 9/17 - 12th; 9/24 - 11th; 9/30 - 11th; 10/6 - 7th; 10/13 - 6th; 10/20 - 7th; 10/27 - 7th; 11/3 - 8th; 11/10 - 8th; 11/17 - 8th; 11/24 - 8th; 12/1 - 7th; 12/23 - 9th. 2007: 10/1 – 19th; 10/8 – 19th; 10/15 – 19th; 10/22 – 19th; 10/29 - 19th; 11/5 – 20th; 11/12 - 14th; 11/19 - 13th; 11/26 - 13th; 12/3 - ninth; 12/10 - ninth.

Overall, the Ducks now sport a 62-3 mark in regular season, non-conference action under Moore (including a 29-0 record in those matches at Mac Court).

This Wednesday, Sept. 15, UO returns to McArthur Court for a 7 p.m. match vs. Portland (5-5). Fans can pick up a $2 ticket coupon in advance at Eugene/Springfield Bi-mart locations.

Later this weekend, Oregon heads to New Orleans for  the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic this Friday-Saturday to take on a pair of NCAA returnees in host Tulane (2-7) and Florida International (4-5) along with Sam Houston State (6-6).

Next weekend, UO returns home to open the Pac-10 slate vs. another pair of NCAA veterans - Washington State and No. 9 Washington, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 24-25 - and both matches start at 7 p.m.

Last weekend, sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer was named the Oregon Classic MVP after she logged her third double-double of the season (and seventh of her career) in the finale vs. Siena with her 14 kills, 12 digs vs. Siena, and she also hit .345 and had four blocks. The match before vs. American, she hit a team season high .647, and posted 12 kills, six digs, two blocks and one ace.

Four other Ducks were tabbed to the all-tourney team - senior outside hitter Heather Meyers, sophomore libero Haley Jacob and freshman setter Lauren Plum and middle blocker Ariana Williams.

Meyers was on fire at the service line and topped the team in aces all four matches and averaged 1.33 aces per set. Her career-high six aces in five sets at PSU and six in three sets vs. American tied the fifth-best mark in school history. On Sunday, she dialed up five more aces in two sets of play vs. Siena, and she now ranks third all-time for UO in career aces (139) and leads active Pac-10 players.


AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll #3 (9/13/10)

Rk    School (1st Place Vts)    Points    W-L    Prev
*1    Stanford (58)    1498    7-0    1
2    Penn State (2)    1426    7-1    1
3    Florida    1331    6-1    4
4    Nebraska    1287    8-1    7
5    Illinois    1248    7-1    3
6    Hawai’i    1169    8-1    6
*7    USC    1143    7-0    8
8    Texas    1090    5-3    5
*9    Washington    1060    8-0    9
*10    California    964    7-0    10
11    Iowa State    901    7-1    11
12    Minnesota    847    8-1    12
*13    UCLA    753    7-1    13
14    Colorado State    701    8-1    15
15    Florida State    625    8-1    17
>16    OREGON    484    8-0    19
17    Northern Iowa    464    8-2    18
18    Tennessee    452    8-1    14
19    LSU    432    9-0    21
20    Dayton    373    6-3    20
21    Michigan    320    8-1    22
22    Kentucky    248    6-4    16
23    San Diego    189    4-3    25
24    Long Beach State    153    6-2    23
25    Ohio State    74    9-1    NR

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): St. Mary's (Calif.) 48; *Arizona 40; Utah State 23; Duke 16; Missouri 16; Cincinnati 15; Northwestern 14; Toledo 12; Pacific 9; Oklahoma 7; Michigan State 5; Wisconsin 5; Missouri State 3

Dropped Out: Arizona (24)

Next poll: September 20, 2010

 

* indicated Duck opponents in 2010.

 

 

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