EUGENE - In the second national statistical rankings released this week, the No. 15 University of Oregon volleyball team (12-0) was again easy to spot in both the team and individual standings.
Leading the way, senior outside hitter Heather Meyers again stood second in service aces per set (0.90), just behind the collegiate leader Emily Danks of Ohio State (0.91).
Last week, Meyers rang up 10 more aces in her 14 sets of play, and moved into a tie for second all-time for UO career-wise with former great Cathy Hill, and the duo trail only former All-American Sue Harbour (200, 1981-85).
For comparison’s sake, the Temecula, Calif., native ranked 32nd nationally last season with her 0.43 average, and last year’s national leader Ashley Herman of Delaware State logged a 0.63 average.
Meyers also stood 37th nationally this week in points (4.60 per set), and two other Ducks ranked top 30 in other categories - freshman setter Lauren Plum (seventh, 11.89 assists/set) and freshman middle blocker Ariana Williams (14th, hitting, .429).
Team-wise, Oregon stood third nationally in aces (2.24 per set), eighth in hitting (.301), and 42nd in both assists (12.73 p/s) and kills (13.78 k/s). For comparison’s sake, UO stood top 20 last year in assists (fifth, 13.83 per set), kills (seventh, 14.69 k/s) and hitting (18th, .266), and also ranked top 65 in blocks (59th, 2.35 b/s) and aces (62nd, 1.47 sa/s).
To see this week’s team and individual rankings, NCAA stats are available via http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/ranksummary?sportCode=WVB URL link.
In the Pac-10 rankings this week, Meyers and Plum sat atop the service aces (0.86 sa/s) and assists (12.20 a/s) categories, respectively. Meyers also stood top 10 in the league in points (eighth, 4.53 per set) – one of seven top-10 listings for Duck individuals this week.
Team-wise, Oregon led the conference in service aces for the second straight week (2.23) by a healthy margin over its opponent this Saturday, No. 7 Washington (second, 1.94 per set). UO also stood third in assists (13.35 p/s/), and a complete list of Duck team and individual Pac-10 rankings follow:
PAC-10 TEAM RANKINGS
Aces - 1st, 2.23/set (Washington, 2nd, 1.94)
Assists – 3rd, 13.35 a/s (leader Stanford 14.17)
Hitting – 4th, .310 (leader Cal, .362)
Kills – 4th, 14.40 k/s (leader Stanford 15.13)
Opponent Hitting – 7th, .164 (leader Wash. .074)
Blocks – 8th, 2.27 b/s (leader Cal 2.94)
Digs – 6th, 13.47 d/s (leader UCLA 15.81)
PAC-10 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Heather Meyers, Service Aces, 1st, 0.86 sa/s (2nd, Jupiter, USC, 0.59)
Lauren Plum, Assists, 1st, 12.20 a/s (2nd, Hagglund, UW, 12.15)
Haley Jacob, Digs, 5th, 3.95 d/s (leader Gera, UCLA, 4.57)
Ariana Williams, Hitting, 6th, .416 (leader Hawari, Cal, .557)
Heather Meyers, Points, 7th, 4.53 p/s (leader Ganzer, WSU, 6.68)
Katherine Fischer, Points, 8th, 4.53 p/s (leader Ganzer, WSU,6.68)
Katherine Fischer, Kills, 10th, 3.79 k/s (leader Ganzer WSU, 6.08)
Looking ahead, No. 15 UO returns home to McArthur Court to open the Pac-10 slate vs. another pair of NCAA veterans - Washington State (6-4) and No. 7 Washington (11-0), Friday-Saturday, September 24-25 - and both matches start at 7 p.m.
Friday's WSU match is a ‘Bi-Mart Family Day’ and two adults and two children can get into the match for $12 if they show a Bi-Mart card at the ticket window that night. Saturday's match vs. UW is a ‘Spike For the Cure’ night, and fans are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
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