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Duck-Cardinal Watch Party Added Before USC VB Match
Release Date: 11/08/2011
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EUGENE - Thanks to a recent switch in Saturday's volleyball start time to 8:30 p.m., fans can come to Matthew Knight Arena to first watch the Oregon-Stanford football game, then cheer the No. 20 Ducks on against the No. 4 Trojans on the hardwood immediately after.

As with any home volleyball match, UO students get in for *free* with their student ID cards, and doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Remaining fans will get into the special Duck football "Watch Party" with a volleyball match ticket.

A special $3 ticket deal is also available Saturday for those that bring two non-perishable food items to donate to Food For Lane County.

The floor-level Mac Club will be open the entire time (like all volleyball and women's basketball events), and offers full concessions.

The pigskin battle between the No. 3 Cardinal and No. 6 Ducks is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff at Stanford Stadium. UO seeks its ninth win in the last 10 meetings between the two league unbeatens vying for the northern division slot in the Pac-12 championship.

Oregon's volleyball showdown is equally important with the returning NCAA semifinalist Trojans (20-4, 15-2) the current Pac-12 co-leader with No. 1 UCLA (22-3, 15-2) – with the latter the Ducks' 7 p.m. Friday night opponent.

The time change is important in attracting Duck fans who were instrumental in two of Oregon's greatest volleyball wins ever vs. the Trojans recently.

Three years ago, then-No. 11 UO swept then-No. 4 USC in 2008 - its then-highest ever upset in program history. The year before then-No. 19 Oregon also beat then-No. 6 USC in Eugene in 2007, 3-1, for its first series win since 1990.

Duck fans were equally key in cheering Oregon to home wins over the Bruins in three of their last four meetings in Eugene. In contrast before that first victory in 2007, UO had beaten UCLA once in school history in 1987.

With three weeks left in the regular season, the Ducks (17-8, 10-6) look ahead to four straight matches the next two weekends against top-five ranked league foes.

After its home tilts vs. the L.A. schools this week, Oregon heads to No. 3 Stanford and No. 5 California - last year's conference co-champions - for 7 p.m. matches on Friday-Saturday, November 18-19.

Oregon's final two matches of the season will be Civil War battles vs. Oregon State at Corvallis on Tuesday, November 22 and in Eugene on Friday, November 25. Both contests are set for 7 p.m. starts.

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