Seattle at Oregon
|Date||Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013|
|Location||Matthew Knight Arena|
EUGENE, Ore. – With last week’s road trip behind them, the Ducks will be looking to get back on the winning track against Seattle at Matthew Knight Arena, Tuesday.
The duel could be a test of middle blockers on both sides as Seattle has proven to be a middle-heavy team this season. The Redhawks’ three middle blockers have amassed 41.8 percent of the team’s kills while only taking 33.3 percent of the team’s total attempts. To put this in perspective, Oregon’s middle blockers have 27.8 percent of the team’s kills and 25.4 percent of attack attempts.
These numbers for Seattle have come despite Martina Samadan, the 6-5 sophomore who leads the team with 4.17 kills/set, only playing in the first four match of the season.
The Ducks have had solid middle play of their own from senior Ariana Wiliams. Williams had a career-high 16 kills against Michigan State last weekend while hitting .625 and another 10 kills against Michigan. She also leads the team in blocks with 0.88/set.
Behind Williams are junior transfer Serena Warner and freshman Kacey Nady. The two have been switching starts over the last few matches as head coach Jim Moore tweaks the starting lineup before entering Pac-12 play. Both have put up similar stat lines with Nady (1.08/set) having a slight edge in kills and blocks (0.67/set) over Warner (0.85 kills/set, 0.62 blocks/set).
If previous starting lineups have been any indication, it appears the second middle blocker position is the last to have solidified a consistent starter. Tuesday’s match against Seattle’s strong middle attack could allow for Williams, Nady and Warner to be on display.
Promotions: Military and their family will receive $3 general admission tickets with ID.
Plum Sets Career Assists Record: Senior setter Lauren Plum surpassed Nevena Djordjevic as the team's all-time assists leader with 4,402 career assists. The previous record was 4,400.
1,000 Point Club: Senior Ariana Williams reached the 1,000-point threshold last weekend at Michigan State and is the eighth person in Oregon history to do so. Gorana Maricic sits ahead of Williams in seventh on the all-time career points list with 1,217.
Climbing the Top 10: Liz Brenner cracked the top 10 list for career points with 902.5. She is behind Mira Djurik in ninth with 991.5.
National Rankings: Oregon fell to 20th in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Poll Monday, Sept. 9 after previously being ranked 12th. The team’s 32-consecutive weeks in the top 25 is the 13th-longest active streak in the nation.
Pac-12 Rankings: Lauren Plum ranks second in the Pac-12 for assists per set with 12.24, behind only Madi Bugg of Stanford (12.57). Plum is also tied for the lead in double-doubles this season, with three.
Freshman Amanda Benson broke onto the scene with two 20+ digs matches last week (Portland State, Michigan State) and is currently third in digs per set in the Pac-12 with 4.94. Kyle Gilbert (Stanford) and Stephanie Preach (Arizona State) rank first and second in category, respectively.
What’s Next: The Ducks will head to the Fresno State Classic, Friday and Saturday for a trio of matches. The Ducks will face CSU Bakersfield, Friday at 7:30 before a doubleheader against Belmont (10 a.m.) and Fresno State (7:30 p.m.), Saturday.