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Ducks Tabbed For 13 Appearances on Pac-12 Networks
Release Date: 06/20/2012
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EUGENE – Looking ahead to a record 13 televised volleyball matches this season, the University of Oregon will showcase one of the nation’s most exciting teams on the new Pac-12 National and Regional Networks.

In its 45th season of action, the Ducks sport six home matches and seven away tilts televised in September, October and November (with a complete list of televised dates follows):

Wednesday 9/19 Oregon State 7 PM
Friday 9/21 at USC 6 PM
Friday 9/28 Utah 8 PM
Wednesday 10/3 at California 7 PM
Friday 10/5 at Stanford 5:30 PM
Friday 10/12 Washington State 6 PM
Friday 10/19 at Arizona 6 PM
Friday 10/26 at Colorado 6 PM
Sunday 10/28 at Utah 10 AM
Friday 11/2 California 6 PM
Sunday 11/4 Stanford 1 PM
Tuesday 11/20 UCLA TBD
Friday 11/23 at Oregon State TBD

Overall in its inaugural season, Pac-12 Networks will televise 82 Pac-12 volleyball matches among its 217-live fall event package. Over the span of 100 days, other sports featured include football, soccer, men's water polo, field hockey and cross country.

More information on the Pac-12 Network is available at the link and at a the Pac-12 Network station finder link

Overall, Oregon’s schedule will be another of the nation’s toughest with 12 of its 29 regular season contests vs. 2011 NCAA Tournament returnees.

The Ducks will take on last year’s national champion (UCLA), another semifinalist (USC), another regional advancer (Kentucky), three more second-round qualifiers (Ohio State, Stanford, Washington), and two more first-round advancers (Arizona, California).  

Four other teams on the schedule sported top-70 RPI ratings last year and scored +17 wins – Ohio (#50, 23-10), UC Santa Barbara (#53, 19-12), St. Mary’s (#55, 17-12) and Houston (#62, 19-11) last year, respectively.

Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Jim Moore, the Ducks open the season with a pair of three-match tournaments at Ohio State and Ohio University. The season-opening Sports Import Classic in Columbus runs August 24-25 and features Toledo, Houston and Ohio State. A week later, UO takes on Western Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio in Athens, Ohio, September 1-2.

The Ducks then return home for their final non-conference tilts at home vs. UCSB (9/5) and St. Mary’s (9/10), then at Portland State (9/12). Last year, the Gauchos were the Big West runner-up, the Gaels placed third in the West Coast Conference, and the Vikings were the Big Sky runners-up.

The remainder of the team’s schedule will feature 20 matches against all 11 opponents in the nation’s top volleyball league.

Oregon opens its Pac-12 slate with a 7 p.m. home match vs. Oregon State, September 19 – also the first of three straight televised league tilts.

Afterwards, Oregon’s home league action includes matches vs. Utah and Colorado (Sept. 28-29), Washington State and Washington (Oct. 12-13), California and Stanford (Nov. 2-4), Arizona State and Arizona (Nov. 9-10), and UCLA (Nov. 20).

The postseason follows with the 64-team NCAA Tournament's first two rounds at 16, four-team sites nationally on November 29-December 2.

A week later, four, four-team Regionals will host the third and fourth rounds on Dec. 6-8 in Austin, Berkeley, Omaha and West Lafayette.

The NCAA Semifinals and Championship then cap the season in Louisville, Kent., on Dec. 13-15.

Two months from now, Oregon fans can get their first sneak peak of this year’s squad in the Green-Yellow Exhibition on Sat., Aug. 11 at Matthew Knight Arena. Another free exhibition vs. many of the Ducks’ greatest alumni follows the next weekend.

The Ducks look ahead to one of their most talented teams after it sported no seniors on last year’s squad (21-10, Pac-12: 14-8) that made its fifth postseason trip in six years. Oregon also placed sixth in the Pac-12 – its third, league upper-division finish under Moore (and sixth overall since the creation of the Pac-12 in 1986).

UO capped the '11 regular season ranked No. 13 nationally - its 73rd top-25 ranking since 2007 and highest of the season. The Ducks beat four top-five teams (and another top-seven-ranked squad) during the slate, including its first wins vs. top-ranked opponents.

Its 3-1 season-opening win at four-time defending national champion Penn State ended the Nittany Lions' NCAA record 94-match home win streak. In November, its 0-2 comeback vs. UCLA came a month before the Bruins won the national title.

Under Moore, the Ducks have beaten all nine conference opponents at least once the last three years, and made him only the second Duck mentor to do so in his career.

Since the first NCAA tournament in 1981, conference teams have combined for 14 of the 31 national championships, 14 runner-up nods and 17 more semifinal appearances. Last year, the Pac-12 featured six teams ranked top 13 at the regular season’s end (No. 1 USC, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 California, No. 11 Washington and No. 13 Oregon).

2012 Pac-12 Network Volleyball Schedule

Tuesday 8/28 Jiangsu Chinese Team at USC 7 PM
Wednesday 8/29 Jiangsu Chinese Team at UCLA 7 PM
Wednesday 9/5 Jiangsu Chinese Team at Stanford 7 PM
Thursday 9/6 Jiangsu Chinese Team at California 7 PM
Wednesday 9/12 Pepperdine at UCLA 7 PM
Tuesday 9/18 Arizona State at Arizona 7 PM
Tuesday 9/18 Washington State at Washington 7 PM
Wednesday 9/19 California at Stanford 7 PM
Wednesday 9/19 Oregon State at Oregon 7 PM
Wednesday 9/19 Utah at Colorado 7 PM
Friday 9/21 Washington State at Arizona State 6 PM
Friday 9/21 Oregon at USC 6 PM
Friday 9/21 Stanford at Utah 6 PM
Friday 9/21 Oregon State at UCLA 8 PM
Wednesday 9/26 UCLA at Washington 7 PM
Friday 9/28 California at Arizona State 6 PM
Friday 9/28 Colorado at Oregon State 6 PM
Friday 9/28 USC at Washington 6 PM
Friday 9/28 Utah at Oregon 8 PM
Sunday 9/30 USC at Washington State 11:30 AM
Sunday 9/30 Utah at Oregon State 11:30 AM
Sunday 9/30 California at Arizona 11:30 AM
Sunday 9/30 Stanford at Arizona State 6 PM
Wednesday 10/3 Oregon at California 7 PM
Friday 10/5 Oregon at Stanford 5:30 PM
Friday 10/5 Arizona State at UCLA 5:30 PM
Friday 10/5 Washington State at Colorado 5:30 PM
Friday 10/5 Washington at Utah 7:30 PM
Sunday 10/7 Oregon State at Stanford 2 PM
Sunday 10/7 Arizona at UCLA 2 PM
Sunday 10/7 Washington at Colorado 2 PM
Sunday 10/7 Arizona State at USC 4 PM
Wednesday 10/10 USC at Stanford 7 PM
Friday 10/12 Washington State at Oregon 6 PM
Friday 10/12 UCLA at Stanford 6 PM
Friday 10/12 Arizona at Utah 6 PM
Friday 10/12 USC at California 8 PM
Sunday 10/14 Washington State at Oregon State 2 PM
Sunday 10/14 UCLA at California 2 PM
Sunday 10/14 Arizona State at Utah 2 PM
Sunday 10/14 Arizona at Colorado 4 PM
Wednesday 10/17 Utah at UCLA 7 PM
Friday 10/19 Oregon at Arizona 6 PM
Friday 10/19 Stanford at Washington 6 PM
Friday 10/19 Utah at USC 6 PM
Friday 10/19 Oregon State at Arizona State 8 PM
Sunday 10/21 Colorado at USC 11 AM
Sunday 10/21 Oregon State at Arizona 11 AM
Sunday 10/21 Stanford at Washington State 11 AM
Sunday 10/21 California at Washington 1 PM
Wednesday 10/24 Arizona at Stanford 7 PM
Friday 10/26 Washington at USC 6 PM
Friday 10/26 Arizona at California 6 PM
Friday 10/26 Oregon at Colorado 6 PM
Friday 10/26 Washington State at UCLA 8 PM
2012 Women's Volleyball on Pac‐12 Networks
Sunday 10/28 Oregon at Utah 10 AM
Sunday 10/28 Washington at UCLA 12 PM
Sunday 10/28 Arizona State at California 12 PM
Sunday 10/28 Oregon State at Colorado 12 PM
Wednesday 10/31 Colorado at Washington State 7 PM
Friday 11/2 California at Oregon 6 PM
Friday 11/2 USC at Arizona State 6 PM
Friday 11/2 Colorado at Washington 6 PM
Friday 11/2 UCLA at Arizona 8 PM
Sunday 11/4 Utah at Washington 11 AM
Sunday 11/4 California at Oregon State 11 AM
Sunday 11/4 USC at Arizona 11 AM
Sunday 11/4 Stanford at Oregon 1 PM
Thursday 11/8 Washington State at California 6 PM
Thursday 11/8 Arizona State at Oregon State 6 PM
Thursday 11/8 Washington at Stanford 8 PM
Tuesday 11/20 UCLA at Oregon TBD
Tuesday 11/20 USC at Oregon State TBD
Wednesday 11/21 Arizona at Washington State TBD
Wednesday 11/21 Arizona State at Washington TBD
Wednesday 11/21 Colorado at Stanford TBD
Friday 11/23 Oregon at Oregon State TBD
Friday 11/23 USC at UCLA TBD
Friday 11/23 Washington at Washington State TBD
Friday 11/23 Stanford at California TBD
Friday 11/23 Arizona at Arizona State TBD
Friday 11/23 Colorado at Utah TBD

*All times in Pacific
**Schedule is subject to change

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