*Updated season/career stats are available via the link above.

 

EUGENE – Sitting atop the Pac-12 rankings in first place, the No. 15 University of Oregon volleyball team (11-1, 4-0) remained No. 15 in this week’s fifth AVCA Coaches National Poll of the season Monday after sweeps at Colorado and Utah last week.

The Ducks stood top 20 for the fifth straight week after ranking 15th last edition and 16th the previous three weeks.

The only unbeaten team in league play, Oregon was one of six Pac-12 teams sighted in the top 15 nationally that included No. 2 UCLA (11-2, 4-1), No. 3 Washington (11-1, 3-1), No. 4 California (13-2, 3-2), No. 5 USC (9-3, 4-1) and No. 6 Stanford (8-3, 2-3).

Among those squads, UCLA and USC climbed five and seven spots, respectively; Washington improved one position; and Cal and Stanford dropped three and four spots, respectively.

In league action last week, USC swept both Cal and Stanford at home; UCLA beat Cal, 3-1, and Stanford, 3-2, in Westwood; Washington swept Arizona and Arizona State in the desert; WSU beat ASU, 3-2, and was swept by Arizona; and OSU swept both Colorado and Utah.

Among other teams in the top five, No. 1 Illinois (13-0) climbed two spots to rank first nationally after it won on the road at then-No. 9 Minnesota, 3-2, and Wisconsin, 3-0.

Under seventh-year head coach Jim Moore, the Ducks have been ranked top 25 in 66 polls, thanks to a 59 straight editions from 2007-10 - more than double its previous best (28, 1986-88) - and two weeks late in 2006.

Last weekend at Colorado and Utah, UO notched its eighth and ninth sweeps in its 10-match win streak, and started the league slate undefeated for the first time since 1987 (when it went 6-0).

With its 10 straight wins this year, Oregon has won nine or more straight matches each of the last six years under head coach Jim Moore and their longest streaks each year follow - 2010 (14), '09 (10), '08 (9), '07 (10) and '06 (10).

At Utah, junior outside hitter Katherine Fischer landed a team season high four aces. The night before, she led the team in kills (14) and digs (11) vs. Colorado for her third double-double of 2011 and 21st of her career – both tops on the squad this year.

Among other noteworthy efforts:
- freshman outside hitter Liz Brenner hit .467 and had nine kills vs. Colorado in her return to the lineup.
- frosh middle blocker Savannah Paffen notched her season high in blocks (3) vs. Colorado.
- junior middle blocker Milica Krstojevic led in hitting vs. Utah (.778), and her seven kills was one shy of her season high, as was her four blocks from the team season best.
- sophomore middle blocker Ariana Williams topped .300 in both matches (.700, 7 kills vs. Colorado; .353, match-high 9 kills vs. Utah).
- junior libero Haley Jacob led the team in digs vs. Utah (11), and added seven vs. Colorado.

This week, UO heads to No. 3 Washington (11-1, 3-1) and Washington State (9-5, 1-3) for matches on Friday-Saturday, September 30-October 1 at 7 p.m. each night.

Looking ahead to next week, fans are strongly encouraged to put the Ducks’ next home matches on their calendar. UO will first face returning national runner-up and No. 4 California on Friday, October 7, and then welcomes No. 6 Stanford on Saturday, October 8. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. start.

As part of the ‘Beat Cal’ weekend, fans that show their Cal football ticket from the night before will receive a free GA volleyball ticket, and kids 12 and under also can receive admission for $1, The first 500 fans also get free t-shirts.

The next night vs. Stanford (Sat., Oct. 8), fans that show their Bi-Mart card at the ticket window will get a free ticket to the WSU match two weeks later (Fri., 10/21) for each Stanford ticket they buy.

 

AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 #5 (9/26/11)
            2011
Rank    School (1st-Place)    Pts    W-L    Prev.
1    Illinois    (55)    1488    13-0    3
*2    UCLA (1)    1345    11-2    7
*3    Washington (1)    1329    10-1    4
*4    California (2)    1245    13-2    1
*5    USC (1)    1192    9-3    12
*6    Stanford    1166    8-3    2
7    Nebraska    1155    9-1    10
8    Texas    1037    8-3    8
*9    Penn State    986    8-4    5
*10    Minnesota    970    7-3    9
11    Hawai’i    949    12-1    11
12    Purdue    925    13-0    13
13    Florida    841    9-3    6
14    Northern Iowa    729    14-1    14
>15    Oregon    685    11-1    15
16    Iowa  State    586    11-2    T-16
17    Michigan    503    13-1    18
18    San Diego    420    14-1    T-16
19    Pepperdine    365    8-5    19
20    Miami (FL)    268    11-1    21
21    Colorado State    259    8-3    20
22    Florida State    228    9-4    23
23    Tennessee    214    11-2    NR
24    Ohio State    116    11-4    24
25    Oklahoma    102    14-3    25


Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): Long Beach State 63; Kansas 61; UC Davis 55; Western Kentucky 47; Kentucky 28; Duke 21; *Arizona 17; Dayton 16; Louisville 16; Missouri 16; Central Florida 9; Texas A&M 7; San Francisco 3

Dropped Out: Long Beach State, 21


* indicates Duck foes in 2011


Next poll: September 26, 2011


A complete listing of the Ducks' string of top-25 rankings under Moore follows: *2011: Preseason: 8/29 – 16th; 9/5 – 16th; 9/12 – 16th; 9/19 – 15th; 2010: Preseason – 20th, 8/30 – 18th; 9/6 – 19th; 9/13 – 16th; 9/20 – 15th; 9/27 – 11th; 10/4 – 13th; 10/11 – 17th; 10/18 – 16th; 10/25 – 18th; 11/1 – 20th; 11/15 – 23rd; 11/22 – 24th.  *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: 9/18 24th; 9/25 21st; 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; *2006: 10/30 - 24th, 11/5 - 24th.


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