Volleyball to Face Nationally-Ranked Opponents in the Beaver State
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Volleyball team (2-2) will head to Oregon to face a pair of nationally-ranked opponents this week. The Eagles will battle No. 18 Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 10 p.m. before heading to the 2010 Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Oregon State.

The 2010 Active Ankle Challenge will be held Friday and Saturday (Sept. 3-4), with FGCU, Oregon State, No. 19 Michigan, and UNLV being the participants. The Eagles will face the host Beavers on Friday (Sept. 3) at 10 p.m. and will take on the Wolverines (1 p.m.) and Rebels (8 p.m.) on Saturday (Sept. 4) at Gill Coliseum.

FGCU’s matches at the Active Ankle Challenge will be available online on Beaver Nation Online (BNO) at osubeavers.com. Matches in legendary Gill Coliseum can be watched via a live stream. A fee of $9.95 gives subscribers the live streaming video. Live statistics for all four matches will be available free of charge at GoDucks.com (Oregon) and OSUBeavers.com (Active Ankle Challenge).

MATCH ONE: NO. 18 OREGON - Wednesday, Sept. 1 (10:00 p.m.)
Series: 0-0; First Meeting

After a 3-0 showing and Fresno State Classic title last weekend, the No. 18 ranked Ducks return home to kick-off their 43rd and final home volleyball season at McArthur Court.

Oregon is 5-0 in home openers under sixth-year head coach Jim Moore, who is one victory shy of his 100th win and holds a 99-60 coaching mark at Oregon (451-216 overall record in his 22nd season).

In non-conference preseason action, the Ducks have been nearly flawless since Moore's arrival and have racked up a 57-3 record during his five previous seasons at the helm. In that stretch, Oregon is 26-0 at home in non-conference play.

Ranked top 20 nationally in the preseason for the third straight year, the Ducks graduated a pair of All-Americans and another school career record holder, yet will chase their fifth straight NCAA trip with a new-look squad.

Senior outside hitter Heather Meyers is a two-time All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention choice (2007, 2009) and 2008 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team pick. The team’s active leader in double-doubles, Meyers ranks top-10 all-time in Oregon history in attack percentage, points, aces, and kills.

Sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer was a 2009 All-Pac-10 Freshman team choice and logged four double-doubles in 2009.

The team welcomes a deep newcomer class, headlined by redshirt sophomore transfer Alaina Bergsma, who transferred in from Loyola Marymount. In 2009 Bergsma led her squad in points (ninth, 5.24 per set), kills (14th, 4.47 p/s) and aces (45th, 0.40 p/s) in route to being named WCC Freshman of the Year.

MATCH TWO: OREGON STATE (1-3 Overall) — Friday, Sept. 3 (10 p.m.)
Series: 0-0; First Meeting

Oregon State finished the 2009 season 12-18 overall (3-15 Pac 10), but ranked 26th in the nation for attendance, averaging 1,436 in its 12 home matches. The Beavers were third in the PAC-10 conference behind No. 5 Washington and No. 11 Stanford.

With the departure of five seniors, four of whom started nearly every match of their career, Oregon State entered 2010 with a very young squad. The Beavers said goodbye to their first-ever AVCA All-American Rachel Rourke, but they also say hello to the program’s first Fab 50 recruit in outside hitter Kelsey Zimmerman. Head Coach Taras Liskevych’s squad returns nine players and the largest newcomer group in his six years at the helm with seven freshmen, one sophomore and one junior college transfer.

MATCH THREE: NO. 19 MICHIGAN (2-1 Overall) — Saturday, Sept. 4 (1 p.m.)
Series: 0-0; First Meeting

Coming off its first appearance in the NCAA Regional final, the University of Michigan entered the 2010 season ranked No. 12, the highest preseason ranking that the Wolverines have received, in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll.

Michigan closed with a 27-10 mark (12-8 Big Ten) in 2009, earning a No. 9 final ranking. U-M tied for fourth place in the conference, the best finish during head coach Mark Rosen's 12-year tenure. The Wolverines return 10 letterwinners from a year ago, including preseason All-Big Ten honorees senior setter Lexi Zimmerman and junior outside hitter Alex Hunt.

MATCH FOUR: UNLV (1-2 Overall) — Saturday, Sept. 4 (8:00 p.m.)
Series: 0-0; First Meeting

The UNLV Rebels, who finished the 2009 campaign with an 8-19 record (5-11 Mountain West), were selected to finish eighth in the 2010 Mountain West Conference Volleyball Preseason Poll.

The Rebels welcome nine newcomers to their squad, but will be without middle blocker Curtsy Jackson, who was the 2008 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and a member of the 2009 Mountain West All-Conference team.