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
Arizona State 65
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