This Week: The undefeated No. 22 Oregon volleyball team will travel to Hawaii this week for the Hawaiian Airlines Volleyball Classic, Sept. 4-6, highlighted by a match against the No. 20 Wahine, Friday at 10:30 p.m. PT. The Ducks will also take on St. John’s, Thursday at 8 p.m. and New Mexico, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
About the Red Storm:
- St. John’s also comes into the tournament with an undefeated record at 4-0.
- The Red Storm won the Bryant Hampton Inn-vitational to start the season, dropping only one set to Army over the whole weekend.
- The team is hitting .351 over the season while holding opponents to .072. Karin Palgutova leads the charge with 4.33 kills per set and .436 pct.
About the Wahine:
- Hawaii is tied for No. 20 in this week’s AVCA coaches’ poll, dropping after going 2-1 at its season-opening tournament, losing only to then-No. 25 Arizona State.
- Olivia Magill is the team’s top offensive threat averaging 2.50 kills per set and hitting at .328 clip. Defensively, libero Sarah Mendoza is a cornerstone on defense with 5.30 digs per set.
About the Lobos:
- New Mexico is 2-1 with straight-set wins over Seattle and UTEP but a straight-set loss to No. 2 Texas.
- The Lobos are receiving votes in this week’s AVCA poll.
- The block has been a strength for this team, as it is averaging 3.56 per set behind 17 total blocks from Chantale Riddle. The Lobos are holding opponents to a .054 hitting percentage.
Conference/National Rankings: After receiving votes in the AVCA preseason poll, Oregon has moved up to 22nd this week. Six teams in the Pac-12 are now ranked in the top 25.
Wins Record in Sight: Head coach Jim Moore is 189-98 in his 10-year career at Oregon, only 7 wins behind Karla Rice (196-67) as the all-time winningest coach in Oregon history.
Starting Strong: The win over Ohio State in the season-opener marked the 11th-straight season-opener Oregon has won, spanning Moore’s entire career at Oregon.
All-Tournament Team: Martenne Bettendorf was named the Oregon Invitational tournament MVP. Liz Brenner and Amanda Benson were each named to the all-tournament team.
Killing by Committee: The first weekend of play showed that the Ducks have the ability to attack from a variety of places. Six players are averaging at least one kill per set compared to the 2013 season where that number was four.
Tough Tests: The Ducks have a grueling schedule in 2014 according to the AVCA preseason coaches’ poll. 10 of Oregon’s 18 future opponents are either ranked or receiving votes in the poll.
Kill Count: Liz Brenner moved up to No. 7 on Oregon’s all-time kills list against Central Arkansas last Saturday, passing Kelly Russell and Dawn Charrion who share eighth place with 1,283. Brenner now has 1,307 kills and is 46 away from Madeline Ernst in sixth.
Pac’s Preseason Picks: The Oregon volleyball team was slotted tied for fifth in the preseason Pac-12 coaches’ poll. The Ducks came in with 70 points, even with California and three points behind Arizona State. Stanford was picked to win the conference, edging USC by one point.