BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Oregon sand volleyball (1-4) is quickly in the second half of its season and will make its tour of California with three matches this week. The Ducks will start with a match at CSU Bakersfield, Wednesday, before a double header in Los Angeles against No. 2 USC (4:30 p.m.) and CSU Northridge (6 p.m.), Thursday. The match against USC will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Wednesday, March 26
Oregon vs. CSU Bakersfield – Noon PT
Thursday, March 27
Oregon vs. No. 2 USC – 4:30 p.m. PT
Oregon vs. CSU Northridge – 6 p.m. PT
Scouting the Competition:
Bakersfield is 2-5 in its second season of the sport with wins against Irvine Valley College and Cal State Northridge. Roadrunner pairs are 14-31 in all, with the team of Mariah Alvidrez and Shayna Guitare holding a 4-4 record at No. 2.
USC is 7-1 with the No. 2 ranking in the country behind Pepperdine, who handed the Trojans their only loss, March 8. In individual matches, the Trojans hold a 65-26 record. USC’s sand-specific team is in its third year and advanced to the semifinals of last year’s AVCA Championships.
CSU Northridge is 0-7 in its first season, playing a challenging schedule out of the gates. The Matadors are 5-30 in individual matches.
Sand Volleyball 101:
Each school will field five doubles teams ranked by ability, similar to how collegiate tennis is formatted. Each doubles team plays again the corresponding team or teams from other schools. In a dual meet, the winning team is the school winning three of five matches. Individual matches are two sets to 21, with a tiebreaker set to 15 if needed. All sets are rally scoring and must be won by two points. Tournament play will still employ flights. Points are awarded based on finish in each of the five brackets and a total team score determines the winner of the event.
Ducks Add 20th Program:
The University of Oregon Athletics Department announced the addition of women’s sand volleyball to begin NCAA competition, September 27, 2013. Sand volleyball becomes Oregon’s 12th women’s program and 20th overall.