No. 4 Women of Troy To Go Toe-to-Toe With The O
Nov. 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (20-3, 10-2 Pac-12) seeks its third consecutive win when it hosts Oregon (13-9, 6-6) at the Galen Center for a Friday-night match at 7 p.m. PT.
SCOUTING OREGON: The Ducks (13-9, 6-6 Pac-12) dropped out of the AVCA top 25 for the first time in 40 weeks following a split with Arizona State (3-1 loss) and Arizona (3-2 win) at home. Oregon has struggled since finishing as the 2012 NCAA runner-up and has lost three of its last four matches. The five-set win over the Sun Devils snapped a season-long three-match losing streak. The Ducks lean on senior OH Liz Brenner for the bulk of their offensive production. Brenner is third in the Pac-12 for kills (4.41 kps) and fifth in points (4.78 pps). She also ranks second on the team for digs (3.12 dps). Despite its struggles, Oregon continues to lead the conference in kills (14.72 kps) and assists (13.96 aps) and is second in digs (16.76 dps). The Ducks, however, are one of the worst blocking teams in the league at 11th (2.19 bps). Senior MB Ariana Williams puts up 3.03 kps and is fifth in the Pac-12 in hitting (.367). She leads the Ducks in blocking at 0.96 bps. Freshman libero Amanda Benson is third in the conference in digs (4.60 dps) and leads the Ducks with 13 service aces this season. After missing six matches due to an injury, senior setter Lauren Plum is back to lead the Oregon offense and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 at 10.31 aps. In her absence, junior setter Shellsy Ashen filled the void admirably (7.57 aps in conference). Sophomore hitters Canace Finley (2.50 kps) and Martenne Bettendorf (2.75 kps) also contribute to the Duck attack.
THE MATCHUP: The Trojans and the Ducks will meet for the 58th time. USC holds a 48-9 advantage in the all-time series, and is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. Oregon shocked USC with a 3-0 sweep of the Trojans at Galen Center last season (Sept. 21, 2012). The teams met just once in 2012 and didn't play in Eugene. USC is 23-4 in home matches against the Ducks
OREGON HEAD COACH JIM MOORE: Oregon head coach Jim Moore is in his ninth season with the Ducks and has compiled a 179-95 overall record. In his 25-year career, he has amassed over 500 wins (531-251).