EUGENE, Ore. – The 10th season of Oregon beach volleyball begins this weekend with the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Ducks’ four-match schedule features three outings against teams mentioned in the AVCA preseason poll including a Friday morning meeting with No. 18 Arizona.
Cactus Classic (Tucson, Ariz./Bear Down Beach)
Friday, Feb. 24
8 a.m. vs Arizona State | Live Stats
1 p.m. at #18 Arizona | Live Stats
Saturday, Feb. 25
9 a.m. vs UTEP | Live Stats
11 a.m. vs Boise State | Live Stats
All times PST
In addition to Arizona among the top 20 in the preseason poll, both Arizona State and Boise State are receiving votes to begin the 2023 campaign.
Oregon, in its second season under head coach Jason Dillard, set a single-season program record with 14 wins a year ago. Among the highlights was a 4-1 win over then-No. 17 Arizona at the Pac-12 South Invite in Palo Alto, Calif., for the program’s first-ever victory over a ranked opponent. The Ducks also picked up a win over Utah in the opening round of the Pac-12 Championship.
The team welcomes back eight returners including seasons Zoe Almanza, Chloe Brown and Bea Wetton, and added six newcomers to the 2023 roster. Almanza and Brown are scheduled to play as the No. 1 duo in the opener against Arizona State with Wetton teaming up with Ella Tyus in the second spot.
Projected Lineup vs ASU
No. 1 – Zoe Almanza/Chloe Brown
No. 2 – Ella Tyus/Bea Wetton
No. 3 – Abby Plevin/Batia Rotshtein
No. 4 – Natasha George/Ashley Schroeder
No. 5 – Lolo Folau/Valerie Peterson
Following the season-opening Cactus Classic, the Ducks return to Eugene for their first of three home matches, a March 1 meeting with Bushnell. Oregon’s next road trip will take the team to Los Angeles (March 4-5) for the Pac-12 South Invitational. Click HERE for the full 2023 schedule.
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