EUGENE, Ore. – A week into the 2013 season, the Oregon volleyball team will open its doors to fans during its Green and Yellow intrasquad exhibition match at Mathew Knight Arena, Saturday (Aug. 17) at 7 p.m. Both parking (Matthew Knight Garage) and admission to the event are free.
The 16-person roster will be split into two teams which will play a best-of-five set match, during which, fans in attendance will have the unique opportunity to interact with head coach Jim Moore during the match.
Also during the match, fans will have a chance to pick their voice for the 2013 season as two candidates will be auditioning for the role of public address announcer. Ballots will be circulated during the match for fans to cast their vote.
The Ducks are looking toward another exciting season coming off a trip to the 2012 NCAA National Championship and compiling a 30-5 record on the year which included a school record nine wins against top-25 competition. The UO also set school records with a second-place finish in the fearsome Pac-12 and placing three student-athletes on All-America teams. The team’s accomplishments under 25th-year head coach Moore helped him earn the honor of being named Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year.
But the Duck faithful will have little time to catch their breath from the whirlwind season as the Oregon enters this season ranked No. 8 in the AVCA Preseason Poll, its highest preseason ranking in school history.
Two of those All-Americans, Liz Brenner and Lauren Plum, will return this year. Plum was named to the All-America First Team after leading the nation in assists (1,618) 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.
In all, the 2013 squad returns nine letter winners and four starters from last season. They are joined by a heralded freshman class of five as well as junior-transfer Serena Warner.
The Ducks will hold their second-and-final exhibition match Friday, Aug. 23 against an Oregon alumni team before opening the regular season against Eastern Washington, Friday, Aug. 30 as part of the Oregon Classic.
New season tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale Friday, 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).