BOULDER- The University of Colorado volleyball team will host the No. 3 Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers this weekend at the Coors Events Center. The Buffs will play Oregon on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and OSU on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.
CU has some exciting promotions this weekend. Friday night's match against Oregon is Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Buffs will be wearing pink in support of the fight against breast cancer and they will have former CU volunteer assistant coach Kim Jagd, a breast cancer survivor, as their honorary assistant coach. Fans wearing pink will receive $1 admission and the first 400 fans will receive a pink CU rally towel. It is also Girl Scouts night so any girl scouts in attendance wearing their uniform will also get in for $1.
On Sunday, CU will host a "Trick or Treat Street" prior to the match from 12-1 p.m. Fans should go to the main entrance at the CEC and will be directed to the location for trick-or-treating upon arrival. Children wearing costumes will get in free. Adults are also able to wear costumes but are asked to not wear masks.
Both matches will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network. Chris Marlowe will handle the play-by-play and Al Scates will provide the color commentary.
The Buffs are 13-9 overall this season and are tied with three teams for eighth in the Pac-12 with a 3-7 record. The Buffs dropped a pair of matches last weekend in Los Angeles to No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 USC.
Freshman outside hitter Alexis Austin is pacing CU with 3.00 kills per set this season. Sophomore outside hitter Neira Ortiz Ruiz is second on the team with 2.16 kills per set. Sophomore Kelsey English is attacking at a team-best .315. Freshman setter Nicole Edelman has directed the Buffs to a .205 hitting percentage and has passed out 9.31 assists per set this year, which is eighth in the conference.
Freshman Chelsey Keoho is leading CU with 2.58 digs per set and junior Elysse Richardson is averaging 2.42 digs per set. CU is recording 2.31 blocks per set. Lindow leads CU with 1.37 blocks per set, which sixth in the conference. English is just below 1.00 blocks per set (0.81).
The Oregon Ducks are the third ranked team in the AVCA Coaches Poll with an 18-1 overall record. The Ducks are second in the conference with an 8-1 record and have only lost to No. 2 Stanford (3-2, Oct. 5).
UO leads the conference in kills per set (15.78) and assists per set (14.82). Ariana Williams is attacking at a .386 clip to lead the Pac-12 and Alaina Bergsma is 10th on the conference list with a .340 hitting efficiency. She also ranks second in the league with 4.62 kills per set and leads the Pac-12 with 5.13 points per set. Liz Brenner adds 3.84 kills per set. Lauren Plum leads the league with 13.02 assists per set. Oregon has also done well at the service line this season, averaging 1.42 aces per set (second overall). Katherine Fischer (0.39) ranks second with 0.34 service aces per set.
The Ducks' defense have held their opponents to just 10.37 kills per set and a .177 hitting percentage, Haley Jacob has a team-best 4.28 digs per set, fourth in the Pac-12.
The OSU Beavers have recorded an identical 13-9 overall and 3-7 conference record this season. The Beavers dropped a pair of matches last weekend to Arizona and Arizona State.
OSU's top attacker is Camille Saxton, who is averaging 3.70 kills per set this season while hitting .183. Arica Nassar is second for the Beavers with 2.16 kills per set. OSU is hitting .191 with a pair of setters directing the offense. Megan McBride has handed out 7.13 assists per set and Tayla Woods has accounted for 5.98 assists per set.
The Beavers rank second in the conference with 15.35 digs per set. Becky Defoe has a Pac-12 best 5.14 digs per set this year. Alyssa O'Neil ranks second on the squad with 2.40 digs per set. Nassar is the team's leading blocker with 1.14 blocks per set.
Oregon leads the all-time series against the Buffs with a 5-2 advantage. OSU has won all three meetings against the Buffs.