|Oregon vs. Arizona State|
|When||Friday - 6 p.m.|
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|Oregon vs. Arizona|
|When||Saturday - 7 p.m.|
EUGENE Ore. – After one trip through a gritty Pac-12 schedule, Oregon sits with an even 5-5 record and No. 23 ranking in the AVCA Coaches’ poll.
And while head coach Jim Moore says he is not satisfied with a .500 record, he realizes that “if you were to tell anybody that we were to lose Lauren Plum basically the second weekend of Pac-12 play, and are at .500 halfway through, they would say ‘okay we’d take that.’”
Plum, the All-American senior setter for the Ducks, has been gradually making her return into the Oregon lineup and is coming off a 30-assist performance in five sets at California.
But even with Plum playing sparingly against No. 6 Stanford last week, Moore said that the team showed some of its best volleyball of the season in the first set against the Cardinal.
“There’s no question,” Moore said. “And maybe we were playing, at that point in time, better than we had even in the Final Four.
“Now it’s how do we get to that point on every single play. You never know how good someone can be until they show it. We showed how good we can be; now it’s let’s do this every time and do it on a consistent basis.’”
That mission for consistency will begin this weekend when Oregon hosts Arizona State, Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a quick turnaround against Arizona, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Oregon fell at Arizona in four sets while upsetting then-No. 15 Arizona State, 3-1, in Tempe. The two schools have gone their separate ways – Arizona appearing in the top-25 for a week after taking down No. 1 USC in straight sets while the Ducks’ defeat of Arizona State started its current seven-match losing streak.
Moore used what he can from those matches but says for the most part, the strategy has been leaving the previous meetings in the past.
“I really want to look at this as a complete fresh start,” he said “We may have a completely different lineup against both teams.”
While players may be forgetting what happened in the desert, sophomore outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf says the team has used their first five-set loss of the season as motivation heading into another week of action at Matthew Knight Arena.
“I think it fired us up because this week in practice has been pretty intense, so I think we’re ready for this weekend,” Bettendorf said.