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EUGENE – After it topped its second top-ranked foe this season, the No. 15 University of Oregon volleyball team (18-8, 11-7) jumped five spots in this week’s 12th AVCA National Coaches Poll of the campaign.

The Ducks were ranked top 20 for the 12th straight week, and in previous weeks had been ranked No. 16 five times, No. 15 three editions, No. 18 once and No. 20 twice.

UO was one of six Pac-12 teams spotted in the top 15 nationally, and four of which stood top five for the second straight week – No. 1 USC (22-4), No. 2 UCLA (23-4), No. 3 California (25-4) and No. 5 Stanford (20-5). No. 10 Washington also returned to the top 10, and Arizona received votes for the 13th straight edition.

Compared to last week, USC made its first appearance at No. 1 since 2004 and improved three positions; California and Washington improved two and one spots, respectively; and UCLA and Stanford dropped one and three positions, respectively.

Among other teams in the top five, the former No. 2 team - Nebraska - dropped two spots Monday after it won 3-0 at Indiana and was swept at then-No. 10 Purdue last weekend.

In league action last weekend, then-No. 5 California won 3-0 at Washington State and 3-1 at then-No. 11 Washington; then-No. 3 Stanford won 3-1 Washington State and lost 3-2 at then-No. 11 Washington; Arizona beat Colorado 3-2 and Utah 3-0 in Tucson; ASU won 3-1 vs. Colorado and 3-2 vs. Utah at home; and Oregon State lost 3-1 to then-No.1 UCLA and 3-0 to then-No. 4 USC

Under seventh-year head coach Jim Moore, the Ducks have been ranked top 25 in 73 polls, thanks to 59 straight editions from 2007-10 - more than double its previous best (28, 1986-88) - and two weeks late in 2006.

Last weekend at home, UO split against its highest ever pair of ranked foes in school history. On Friday, it came back from an 0-2 deficit to upset No. 1 UCLA, 3-2, then lost to Pac-12 leader and No. 4 USC, 3-0, on Saturday.

The UCLA victory was the fifth in the series under Moore (compared with one all-time before his arrival) and UO’s second-ever upset of a top-ranked team. In the match, UO was the first UCLA opponent this year to log more kills (68-54), and the second league rival this year to hold Bruins hitters under .200 (.173 to be exact).

Redshirt junior Alaina Bergsma’s 25 kills was an opponent season high vs. UCLA, and she ranked second for Oregon in aces (2) and third in blocks (3). Against the Trojans, she again paced the team in kills (13) and aces (3) – and her latter season high tied UO’s third-best total of the year.

Other notable efforts vs. the Bruins came from the junior trio of outside hitter Katherine Fischer (eighth double-double - career high 20 digs, 12 kills), libero Haley Jacob (19 digs) and defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki (team season high 4 aces), sophomore setter Lauren Plum (56 assists – two off her season high), freshman middle blocker Savannah Paffen (career highs in kills (7), blocks (5.0) and points (10.5)) and Ariana Williams (9 kills, .333, 5 blocks).

This weekend, UO heads to the Bay Area to face returning another pair of top-five ranked foes in No. 5 Stanford and No. 3 California on Friday-Saturday, November 18-19. The matches against last year’s co-champions both start at 7 p.m.

Next week, Oregon caps the regular season with Civil War matches vs. Oregon State in Corvallis, Tuesday, November 22, and in Eugene on Friday, November 25. Both contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.

 
AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll #12 (11/14/11)

Rank    School (1st-Pl)    Pts    W-L    Prev.
*1     USC (41)     1452     22-4     4       
*2     UCLA (4)     1347     23-4     1       
*3     California (2)     1318     25-4     5       
4     Nebraska (3)     1299     21-3     2       
*5     Stanford (2)     1214     20-5     3       
6     Hawai’i (6)     1206     26-1     6       
7     Illinois (1)     1179     24-3     7       
8     Purdue (1)     1121     24-3     10       
9     Texas     1063     18-4     8       
*10     Washington     949     19-7     11       
11     Northern Iowa     884     28-1     12       
12     Penn State     866     19-7     9       
13     Iowa State     797     20-4     13       
14     Tennessee     678     24-3     15       
>15     Oregon     566     18-8     20       
16     Kentucky     547     24-4     18       
17     Florida     517     21-5     19       
18     Pepperdine     488     19-6     14       
*19     Minnesota     440     15-10     16       
20     San Diego     387     26-3     21       
21     Florida State     377     22-5     17       
22     Miami (FL)     172     23-3     NR       
23     Michigan     129     18-10     24       
24     Long Beach State     96     19-6     NR       
25     Ohio State     73     17-12     22           

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): Western Kentucky 60; Colorado State 50; Tulsa 43; Kansas State 32; Texas A&M 30; Dayton 16; Northern Illinois 15; Michigan State 13; Oklahoma 12; Duke 11; St. Mary’s (Ca.) 11; *Arizona 10; Cincinnati 6; Wisconsin 6; North Carolina 3; Louisville 2

Dropped Out: Colorado State 23; Oklahoma 25

 

* Duck opponents in 2011

 

 

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