EUGENE – Looking ahead to one of its most exciting volleyball campaigns ever, University of Oregon fans can get a jump on the season by renewing their season tickets this week.

Starting Wednesday, July 12, season ticket holders will have the first chance to renew their tickets through Friday, August 10.

Later next month, new season ticket packages and single match tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, August 17 at 9 a.m.

Fans are encouraged to use the www.GoDucks.com website for all purchases, and can also visit the Duck ticket office or call (1-800-WEB-FOOT) during normal weekday business hours.

Prices for the season and single-game tickets are similar to last year and follow:

SEASON // SINGLE GAME
Reserved - $100 // $10
Adult GA –  $60 // $6
*Child & Senior GA  – $26 // $5
Group (10 or more and arranged in advance) – Single Game = $3

* = children ages 2-17, and seniors 62 and older.

Families that support the Ducks can also save money on season tickets by purchasing a general admission family plan. The package is available for $50 per adult ticket and $25 per child ticket (and two tickets or more of each age category must be purchased for this rate).

Next month, the Ducks will give a sneak peak of this year’s team at the Green-Yellow Exhibition on Saturday, August 11. Another free exhibition vs. various Duck alumni will follow a week later on either Friday or Saturday, August 17 or 18. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena and will offer free admission.

Oregon then opens its season on the road at a pair of tournaments in Columbus, Ohio (Aug. 24-25) and Athens, Ohio (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).

UO’s official home opener is a week later vs. UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Its Pac-12 Conference opener follows two weeks later against Oregon State, Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m.

The Ducks’ 12-match home schedule will feature last year’s national champion (UCLA), two more NCAA second-round qualifiers (Stanford, Washington), and two other postseason first-round advancers (Arizona, California). 

Two other teams in the non-conference home slate sported top-55 RPI ratings and impressive records last year – UC Santa Barbara (#53, 19-12) and St. Mary’s (#55, 17-12).

Duck fans have played a big part in the team’s recent success. Last October, a school record crowd of 6,210 came to the match vs. then-No. 4 California (and easily broke the former best of 3,817 from 2008 vs. Washington).

A month later, UO’s crowd of 3,065 vs. Oregon State Thanksgiving week was the sixth-biggest in school history. Altogether, 14 of the 20 biggest crowds in school history have come in eighth-year head coach Jim Moore’s tenure.

Moore has been quick to thank Duck fans for their continued support each season. Last year’s 1,704 home match attendance average ranked 20th nationally. In other recent years, it ranked 27th nationally in both 2010 (1,295 avg.) and 2009 (1,433 avg.).

Oregon looks ahead to one of its most talented teams after it made its fifth post-season trip the last six years in 2011. UO went 21-10 overall and placed sixth in the Pac-12 with a 14-8 record – its third, league upper-division finish under Moore (and sixth overall since the creation of the Pac-12 in 1986).

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

The Ducks welcome back a pair of All-Pac-12 picks in All-American and senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma and junior setter Lauren Plum. UO also returns a host of other starters in All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice and outside hitter Liz Brenner, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and junior middle blocker Ariana Williams, senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer, senior libero Haley Jacob and senior defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki.


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