EUGENE, Oregon – The Oregon beach volleyball team is in Seattle, Washington for the Husky Invitational. The four-team tournament begins Saturday morning at Alki Beach. With the Ducks, the field includes Hawaii, eighth-ranked Portland and host Washington. Oregon enters the weekend with a 9-14 record.
invitation husky | Alki Beach (Seattle, Washington)
saturday april 16
Oregon vs. #8 Hawaii – 11:15 a.m.
Oregon vs. Washington – 12:45 p.m.
Oregon vs. Portland – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule and fixtures will be based on the results from day one. Teams will be seeded and guaranteed two games with a semi-final and either the third-place game or the championship game.
Oregon knocked out No. 17 Arizona at the Pac-12 North Invitational (April 9) for the program’s first-ever win over a ranked opponent. With a 2-0 lead in hand, the Ducks clinched the upset with a three-set victory (14-21, 21-11, 15-10) on court four par Ashley Schröder and Ella Tyus. With the win, Oregon also set a new program record for game wins (nine) in a single season.
The Ducks closed the Pac-12 North Invitational (April 10) with a pair of 5-0 losses to UCLA and USC, two of the top three teams in the nation. Seeking a run against either for the first time in program history, Oregon forced a pair of three setters at No. 1 and 4 pairs against UCLA. Oregon went 1-3 over the weekend in the two-day conference event.
At the top of the UO range, Hope Reagan and Brooke Nuneviller lead the team with an 11-8 record this season. Four of the duo’s defeats have come in straight sets. The team of Alex Laita and Bea Wetton are just behind Hope and Nuneviller with a 10-9 record playing mostly third place. Both teams went 2-2 last weekend at the Pac-12 North Invitational at Stanford.
The story against the pitch
Oregon and Hawaii have only met once — a 5-0 win in Hawaii last season — before Saturday’s game. The Ducks and host Washington have shared a pair of games this season. Oregon’s 3-2 victory at the Pac-12 South Invitational (March 26) was only the second in the program against UW. The Ducks have a 10-3 advantage in their all-time series against Portland, including a 4-1 win at Eugene earlier this season.
Do (in class) work!
For their excellent work in class, Carly Wallace and Valerie Peterson have earned their place on the UO Dean’s List for the Winter 2022 term. Among the criteria, a student must have at least 12 credits coupled with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Sixty (60!) Oregon student-athletes have been honored with spots on the Dean’s List.
Nuneviller continues national team training
Two-time indoor All-American Brooke Nuneviller was invited to attend the United States Women’s National Team Spring Training Camp (March 5-12) in Anaheim, California. She is one of many students currently invited to compete and train with the national team coaching staff.
Welcome, Coach Dillard
Jason Dillard was named head coach of Oregon Beach Volleyball in September 2021. He spent 18 years as manager and head coach of Goldenwest Volleyball Club (GWVBC), a program that has produced nearly 250 varsity players including 93 at the Division level I. Dillard also spent 12 seasons (2006-17) at Fullerton College with previous Division I experience at UC Riverside (2004-05).
The 2022 UO beach volleyball roster features three ducks—Hope Reagan, Daley McClellan and Brooke Nuneviller— who are also members of the indoor team. For a second straight season, Nuneviller was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team after averaging 3.96 kills per set coupled with 17 double-doubles. Hope wore a redshirt last indoor season, and McClellan played 12 games with a season-high seven digs in a three-set victory over Colorado (October 31). Alex Laita and Bea Wetton began their careers at UO as members of the indoor team in 2019.
Oregon returns to its home courts at Amazon Park for its regular season finale – and Senior Day – on April 21. The first serve is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. against Portland. The team will then travel to Tucson for the second time this season for the Pac-12 Championship. The conference tournament begins on Wednesday, April 27.
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