EUGENE, Ore. After starting the season with a 2-1 record at the Oregon Classic last weekend, the Oregon volleyball team is set for a quick turnaround as Portland State (2-1) comes to Eugene for a 7 p.m., tilt at Matthew Knight Arena, Tuesday. The match will be the first televised contest for the Ducks this season and will be shown on the Pac-12 Network.
The one loss resulted in a slight drop for the Ducks in the AVCA poll but not by much. The team fell four spots in the rankings which were released Monday, making Oregon one of 13 teams in the top 25 with a tally in the loss column.
Martenne Bettendorf led the offensive production for Oregon in the opening weekend and currently paces the team in kills (35) kills per set (4.38) total attempts (88) and points (40).The sophomore out of Portland, Ore., posted a career-high 18 kills in the season-debut against Eastern Washington which is the third-most by a Pac-12 player in a three-set match this season.
The Vikings are coming off a 2-1 opening weekend at the Northwest Challenge. They opened the season with a straight-sets win over Gonzaga (25-17, 25-19, 25-13). Before falling to No. 5 Washington in straight sets (22-25, 17-25, 10-25). A sweep of Boise State (25-15, 27-25, 25-16) wrapped up the weekend for Portland State.
Live stats for the match will be available at www.goducks.com HERE.
Non-Conference Notoriety: Head coach Jim Moore is 84-5 (.944) against non-conference opponents during the regular season. The outstanding record is not just a product of scheduling either as that record includes a 6-1 mark against ranked opponents in Moore’s eight years.
National Rankings: Oregon fell to 12th in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Poll Monday, Sept. 2 after previously being ranked eighth to start the season. The team’s 31-consecutive weeks in the top 25 are the 13th-longest active streak.
Assists Ascension: Senior setter Lauren Plum enters the match against Portland State with 4, 282 career assists, ranking second in school history. Plum is 118 assists from tying Nevena Djordjevic (2006-09) who currently holds the record with 4,400 assists.
All-Tournament Team: Both Liz Brenner and Lauren Plum were named to the Oregon Classic All-Tournament team. Brenner finished the tournament with 4.14 kills per set and 2.57 digs per set while Plum assisted 88 kills.
What’s Next: The Ducks will head to Michigan this weekend to face a pair of top-25 opponents. Oregon will start against No. 20 Michigan State, Friday before facing No. 7 Michigan, Saturday.