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No. 17 Ducks Climb Three Positions in AVCA Poll #1
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Release Date: 08/27/2012
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EUGENE – After opening the season with a 3-0 mark last weekend, the No. 17 University of Oregon volleyball team improved three spots Monday in the first regular season AVCA Coaches Poll.

Winning their 13th tourney title in 15 tries under head coach Jim Moore, UO swept Toledo and Houston, then rallied from an 0-2 deficit at No. 24 Ohio State to a 3-2 win.

Overall during his eight-year tenure, Oregon has now been ranked top 25 for 76 editions (2012-2; 2011-14; ’10-13; ’09-16; ’08-16; ’07-13; ’06-2), including 40 in the top 15, and all 14 of the team’s ever top-10 honors.

The Ducks were one of six Pac-12 schools spotted Monday with returning national champion and No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Washington and No. 25 California.

Among those rankings, Washington moved up two spots; USC held steady; UCLA and Stanford dropped two and three spots, respectively; and California fell eight positions.

Among other Duck foes, No. 10 Kentucky improved three positions, and Ohio State and St. Mary’s again received votes.

The complete poll follows at the bottom of this article, and is also available at the AVCA website at the http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/polls/ URL address.

Also on Monday, All-American and senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma picked up her school-record-tying fourth Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor. The tourney MVP paced the Ducks in kills (38, 4.22 p/s), and ranked second in aces (3, 0.33 p/s).

She also hit .363, and was one of six DUck hitters that topped .300 with freshmen Maddie Magee (.615) and Martenne Bettendorf (.409), sophomore Liz Brenner (.370), senior Katherine Fischer (.359) and fellow all-tourney pick and sophomore Ariana Williams (.341).

Looking ahead to this weekend, Oregon has three matches in Athens, Ohio in the Baymont Invitational. UO takes on Western Carolina (Friday, Aug. 31), No. 13 Kentucky (Sat., Sept. 1), Ohio (Sun., Sept. 2), and more tourney information is available at the www.OhioBobcats.com website.

Next week, the Ducks kick off their 12-match home schedule with the first of a pair of 7 p.m. non-conference tilts vs. UC Santa Barbara (Wed., September 5) and St. Mary's (Mon., Sept. 10). Both teams sported top-55 RPI national ratings and impressive records last year - UC Santa Barbara (#53, 19-12) and St. Mary's (#55, 17-12).

The remainder of UO's home schedule - all league contests - includes last year's national champion (UCLA), two more NCAA second-round qualifiers (Stanford, Washington), and two other postseason first-round advancers (Arizona, California).
 
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AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll - Week 1: August 27, 2012

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Votes Record Last Week
1 Nebraska (32) 1488 3-0 3
2 Texas (24) 1481 3-0 2
*3 UCLA (1) 1344 1-1 1
4 Penn State (1) 1322 3-0 4
*5 Southern California (2) 1254 3-0 5
6 Hawai’i 1218 3-0 8
7 Purdue 1108 3-0 9
8 Florida State 1079 3-0 12
*9 Stanford 1068 2-1 7
*10 Kentucky 836 3-0 13
11 Dayton 804 3-0 NR
*12 Washington 796 3-0 14
13 Pepperdine 751 2-1 11
14 Tennessee 684 2-1 15
15 Iowa State 617 1-2 10
16 Minnesota 599 2-0 16
>17 Oregon 539 3-0 20
18 Florida 523 3-0 18
19 Illinois 493 1-2 6
20 San Diego 438 2-1 19
21 Kansas State 285 3-0 22
22 Michigan 261 4-0 23
23 Northern Iowa 227 2-1 21
24 Colorado State 167 3-0 25
*25 California 157 1-1 17

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): *Ohio State 79; San Diego State 36; North Carolina 29; Oklahoma 17; Texas A&M 17; Miami (FL) 15; Louisville 14; BYU 12; Michigan State 12; Long Beach State 8; Tulsa 8; *St. Mary’s (CA) 6; Cal State Northridge 2; Creighton 2

Dropped Out: Ohio State 24
Next poll: September 3, 2012


* indicates Duck opponents in 2012.

 

DUCK ALL-TIME TOP-25 RANKINGS UNDER JIM MOORE: *2012: Preseason – 20th; 8/27 - 17th. 2011 (13 weeks): 8/29 – 16th; 9/5 – 16th; 9/12 – 16th; 9/19 – 15th; 9/26 – 15th; 10/3 – 15th; 10/10 – 16th; 10/17 – 18th; 10/24 – 16th; 10/31 – 20th; 11/7 – 20th; 11/14 - 15th; 11/21 – 13th; 12/20 – 24th. *2010 (13): 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 (16): 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 (16): 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 (13): 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 (2): 10/30 24th; 11/6 24th.

 

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