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Plum and Williams Setting the Bar Among Frosh Nationally
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Release Date: 11/02/2010
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*Updated UO season / career stats are available via the link above, and this week's NCAA / Pac-10 rankings reports are available in the LINKS box to the right.

 

EUGENE - With a month to go before the Pac-10 Conference announces its All-Freshman Team, several newcomers have been busy helping the No. 20 Oregon volleyball team to another outstanding season.

This week, setter Lauren Plum ranked ninth nationally overall in assists (11.76) and tops among freshmen, and is one of only two frosh with Pepperdine’s Kellie Woolever (16th, 11.38) directing a top-25 offense (UO is 22nd at .267 and Pepperdine is 20th at .271).

On the all-time Oregon lists, Plum’s assist per set average (11.76) ranks fifth-best in school history and second in the modern scoring format (25-point, rally scoring). For comparison's sake, she is not far off then-senior Nevena Djordjevic’s total (12.38) from last year that ranked second nationally and third all-time for UO.

In Pac-10 stats this week, Plum topped Pac-10 frosh at all positions in doubles-doubles (5), and owned the best freshman aces mark (5) and fifth-best overall (behind four teammates’ efforts) from the five-set win at PSU. She also owned the most assists among all players in a three-set match (48) from her collegiate debut against frequent NCAA qualifier Santa Clara.

Middle blocker Ariana Williams stood 12th nationally among freshmen in hitting (.318), second among frosh in the Pac-10 and tops overall for Oregon. The Riverside, Calif., native's hitting mark also stands sixth all-time among Ducks and second-best among UO frosh all-time behind Heather Meyers’ .347 mark in ’07.

In this week’s Pac-10 stats, Williams owned the top freshman hitting mark in a match and second-best overall in the league this year – her .722 total  (14K-1E-18A) against returning NCAA qualifier Florida International.

 

ACES WILD
Among other Ducks in this week's national rankings, senior outside hitter Heather Meyers ranked top four nationally in service aces per set for the sixth straight edition (fourth-tie, 0.64), just behind Emily Danks of Ohio State (first, 0.70), Jessica Hays of Central Arkansas (second, 0.66) and Zoe Bowens of Maryland-Eastern Shore (third, 0.65).

For comparison’s sake, the Temecula, Calif., native led the nation for five weeks last year and ended the campaign ranked 32nd nationally with her 0.43 per set average, while last year’s national leader Ashley Herman of Delaware State logged a 0.63 average.

In other national categories in the top 50, Meyers remained 33rd in points (4.57 p/s), while team-wise, UO ranked 13th nationally in aces per set (1.80), and also stood top 25 in kills (20th, 14.15 p/s), assists (21st, 13.22 p/s) and hitting (22nd, .267).

Updated every Monday afternoon, NCAA stats are available via the http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/ranksummary?sportCode=WVB  URL address, and all of Oregon’s national team and individual rankings follow: 

UO - NCAA Team Rankings
Aces – 13th, 1.92 p/s (leader Md.-Eastern Shore, 2.11)
Kills – 20th, 14.15 (leader Tulsa, 15.40)
Assists – 21st, 13.22 p/s (leader Tulsa, 14.42)
Hitting – 22nd, .267 (leader Stanford, .322)
Blocks – 178th, 1.91 (leader Nebraska 3.12)
Digs – 234th, 13.22 (leader Baylor, 19.05)
 
UO - NCAA Individual Rankings
Heather Meyers, Aces, 4th, 0.64 (Danks, Ohio St., 1st, 0.70)
Lauren Plum, Assists, 9th, 11.76 (Clampitt, Tulsa, 13.43)
Heather Meyers, Points, 33rd, 4.57 (Henderson, Tulsa, 6.97)
Heather Meyers, Kills, 90th, 3.63 (Henderson, Tulsa, 6.49)
Katherine Fischer, Points, 99th, 4.08 (Henderson, Tulsa, 6.97)
Ariana Williams, Hitting, 145th,.318 (Gonyo, Marquette, .441)
Alaina Bergsma, Hitting, 189th, .305 (Gonyo, Marquette, .441)
Katherine Fischer, Kills, 124th, 3.44 p/s (Henderson, Tulsa, 6.49)
Heather Meyers, Hitting, 184th, .306 (Gonyo, Marquette, .441)
Haley Jacob, Digs, 165th, 4.04 (Root, Valpo, 5.84)

 

PACING THE PAC-10
In this week's Pac-10 rankings, Meyers continued to lead in service aces (0.64 per set), and sophomore Katherine Fischer stood fourth in double-doubles (10-tied). The duo also ranked fifth in points (4.57 p/s) and third in aces (0.33 p/s), respectively, among UO’s nine, top-10 individual sightings.

Among season highs, Meyers led the Pac-10 in most aces in a match (6) with her three efforts vs. American, Arizona State and PSU, as did Fischer with her six against WSU. Oregon’s 17 aces vs. Portland State was tops among teams in the Pac-10 this year - three more than the next best tally - and tied for eighth-best all-time in Pac-10 history.

Other Ducks ranked top-10 in best match totals this year include Fischer (hitting, fifth, .647 vs. American) and sophomore Jocelyn Levig (blocks, fifth-tie, 9 at Seattle)

In team categories, Oregon led the conference in service aces for the seventh straight week (1.80) over Washington (second, 1.52 per set), and a complete list of Duck team and individual Pac-10 rankings follow:

UO - Pac-10 Team Rankings
Aces - 1st, 1.80 aces/set (UW, 2nd, 1.49)
Assists – 4th, 13.22 a/s (leader Stanford 14.00)
Kills – 4th, 14.15 k/s (leader Stanford 14.92)
Hitting – 5th, .267 (leader Stanford, .324)
Digs – 5th, 13.77 d/s (leader UCLA 15.55)
Opponent Hitting – 9th, .225 (leader Cal .151)
Blocks – 10th, 1.91 b/s (leader Cal 3.10)
 
UO - Pac-10 Individual Rankings
Heather Meyers, Aces, 1st, 0.64 a/s (2nd, Jupiter, USC, 0.41)
Lauren Plum, Assists, 3rd, 11.76 a/s (leader, Bateman, USC, 12.34)
Katherine Fischer, Aces, 3rd, 0.33 (leader Meyers, UO, 0.64)
Katherine Fischer, Double-Doubles, 4th-t, 10 (Owens, UA, 12)
Haley Jacob, Digs, 5th, 4.00 d/s (leader Gera, UCLA, 4.79)
Heather Meyers, Points, 5th, 4.57 p/s (leader Klineman, Stan, 6.26)
Heather Meyers, Double-Doubles, 10th-t, 6 (Owens, UA, 12)
Jocelyn Levig, Aces, 10th, 0.25 (leader Meyers, UO, 0.64)
Heather Meyers, Kills, 10th, 3.63 p/s (leader Klineman, Stan., 5.65)

 

ON THE MOVE
On the Oregon all-time career charts last week, Meyers moved up twp position in kills. Here are her current standings and improvements to watch for:

- Career Service Aces – 2nd, 161 (1st is 200)
- Career Attack Pct. - 3rd, .291 (2nd is .316)
- Career Points – 3rd, 1,581 (1st is 1,852)
- Career Service Aces Per Set – 4th-t, 0.40 (3rd is 0.48)
- Career Kills – 6th, 1,285 (5th is 1,353)
- Career Attack Attempts – 9th, 2,846 (8th is 3,075)
- Season Service Aces – 7th-t, 52 (6th is 53, 4th is 59, 3rd is 60)

 

REWRITING LEAGUE HISTORY
Two weeks ago, Meyers landed four aces at No. 8 USC and No. 11 UCLA and handily leads active Pac-10 players in career service aces (165) - 39 ahead of Arizona’s Paige Weber (116) – and stands fifth in career kills (1,285) and ninth in career total blocks (249).

Glancing at the Pac-10 record books, Meyers moved up three positions to third all-time in career service aces (165) two weekends ago, and is only six away from the second-best mark in league history by Logan Tom of Stanford (171, 1999-2002). Season-wise, her career-high 52 aces in 81 sets of play in 2010 are seven shy of a three-way tie for the eighth-best mark in league history that includes former Moore pupil Mira Djuric (59, 107 sets) in ’05.
 
Pac-10 Most Service Aces - Career
1. 198 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA, 1986-89
2. 171 Logan Tom, STAN, 1999-2002
*3t. 165 Heather Meyers, ORE, 2007-present
3t. 165 Elaine Youngs, UCLA, 1988-92
5t. 162 Kim Glass, ARIZ, 2002-05
5t. 162 Brook Coulter, CAL, 1996-99
7. 161 April Ross, USC, 2000-03
8. 159 Natalie Williams, UCLA, 1989-92
9. 156 Sanja Tomasevic, WASH, 2002-05
10. 154 Terry Lauchner, ARIZ, 1987-90
 
Pac-10 Most Service Aces - Season
1. 91 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA, 1987 (134)
2. 87 Teresa Smith, STAN, 1986 (126)
3. 80 Kiyomi Morino, ARIZ, 1987 (100)
4t. 66 Logan Tom, STAN, 2001 (122)
4t. 66 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA, 1988 (114)
6. 63 Ashley Ivy, STAN, 2002 (122)
7. 61 Julie Jeffery, ORE, 1990 (107)
8. 59 Mira Djuric, ORE, 2005 (107)
8 .59 April Ross, USC, 2003 (113)
8. 59 Nancy Hillman, USC, 1988 (125)
-  52 Heather Meyers, Oregon, 2010 (75)

 

DUCKS DESERT-BOUND THIS WEEK
This weekend, No. 20 Oregon (16-7, 4-7) opens the final month of the regular season in the desert against two other rivals that are all separated by less than two matches in the Pac-10 standings.

UO first faces No. 23 Arizona (16-7, 5-5) on Friday, November 5, then travels to Arizona State (10-13, 4-6), Saturday, November 6, and both matches start at 7 p.m.

Oregon has won seven of the last nine vs. the Sun Devils, and sports a 4-5 record against the Wildcats the last five seasons.

 

 

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