WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Coming off a banner season where the Oregon volleyball team finished as the NCAA runner-up, the Ducks were slotted fourth in the 2013 Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll, Wednesday while junior Liz Brenner and senior Lauren Plum were each named to the inaugural Preseason All-Pac-12 Team.

The Ducks finished with 91 points, matching both the place and point total received in last year’s preseason conference poll. Fourth-place is the highest the UO has been ranked in a Pac-12 preseason poll since its inception in 1986, matching the selections in 2012, 1991 and 1988.

Reigning champion Stanford topped the list with 120 points and 10 first place votes while USC ranked second, earning 111 points and two first place votes. Washington took third with 99 points.

The Pac-12 has earned the reputation as arguably the best volleyball conference in America, one that is steeped in history. Pac-12 teams own 14 national championships and have been represented in 24 of 32 NCAA finals matches. In 2012, six teams were ranked in the top 25 in the nation at some point during the season, with five spending most of the year in the top 10.

During his eight seasons as the head coach for Oregon, Jim Moore has helped his teams either meet or exceed preseason expectations in six of those.

On the individual side, both Brenner and Plum return as 2012 All-Pac-12 selections and AVCA All-Americans. Plum was named to the All-America First Team after leading the nation in assists (1618) and assists per set (13.37), both of which rank second in the Oregon single-season record books.

Brenner was named to the All-America Second Team, ranking second for the Ducks in kills (466), points (522.5) and digs (308). Her 4.39 points per set in 2012 is the fifth-most in school history.

Oregon was one of four teams to put multiple student-athletes on the preseason team along with Stanford, USC and Washington.

The Ducks will be in action for the Green and Yellow Exhibition match Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m at Matthew Knight Arena. It will be the first of two preseason scrimmages open to the public, followed by the alumni exhibition match Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

UO will begin the regular season at home with the Oregon Classic, bringing in nonconference opponents Eastern Washington, Bryant and Ohio. The Ducks will start by facing Eastern Washington, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

New season tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale starting Aug. 16. Fans are encouraged to use the goducks.com website for all purchases, and can also visit the Duck ticket office or call (1-800-WEB-FOOT) during normal weekday business hours.

Prices for the season and single-game tickets are similar to last year and follow:

SEASON // SINGLE MATCH
Reserved - $100 // $10
Adult GA –  $60 // $6
*Child & Senior GA  – $26 // $5
Group (10 or more and arranged in advance) – Single Game = $3

* = children ages 2-17, and seniors 62 and older.

Families can also save money on season tickets by purchasing a general admission family plan. The package is available for $50 per adult ticket and $25 per child ticket (and two tickets or more of each age category must be purchased for this rate).

Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll Results

Stanford (10)                       120

USC (2)                                   111

Washington                          99

Oregon                                   91

UCLA                                       76

Arizona State                       65

California                               59

Arizona                                   52

Utah                                        49

Colorado                                30

Washington State              21

Oregon State                       19

 

2013 Preseason All-Pac-12 Volleyball Team

Inky Ajanaku, Stanford

Liz Brenner, Oregon

Samantha Bricio, USC

Jordan Burgess, Stanford

Macey Gardner, Arizona State

Adrienne Gehan, California

Natalie Hagglund, USC

Brittany Howard, Stanford

Madi Kingdon, Arizona

Kylin Munoz, Washington

Lauren Plum, Oregon

Kelly Reeves, UCLA

Krista Vansant, Washington

Carly Wopat, Stanford

 

All-Time Oregon Pac-12 Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll Rankings
2013    4th

2012    4th
2011    6th
2010    6th
2009    6th
2008    6th
2007    7th
2006    8th
2005    9th
2004    9th-tie
2003    10th
2002    10th
2001    9th
2000    10th
1999    10th
1998    9th
1997    9th
1996    10th
1995    10th
1994    10th
1993    10th
1992    7th
1991    4th
1990    7th
1989    7th
1988    4th
1987    5th
1986    7th