Aug 31, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot does pushups following a touchdown against the Nicholls State Colonels at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon has announced the inaugural schedule for the newest sport to be added at the University, Sand Volleyball. Currently there are seven Pac-12 teams that participate. At quick glance their schedule does not even run for a full month and the Ducks will play 10 games in their first season. They will begin on the East Coast with games against South Carolina in a five game set starting on March 21st and ending with two double headers on March 22nd and 23rd. Half of the season will be played in three days.
March 21 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 7 p.m. EST
March 22 LSU Columbia, S.C. 1:30 p.m. EST
College of Charleston Columbia, S.C. 5:45 p.m. EST
March 23 ULM Columbia, S.C. 9 a.m. EST
UAB Columbia, S.C. 2:30 p.m. EST
March 26 CSU Bakersfield Bakersfield, Calif. TBD
Hawaii Pacific Bakersfield, Calif. TBD
March 27 USC Los Angeles 4:30 Pac-12 Network
April 12 Boise State Portland, Ore.* TBD
Washington Portland, Ore.* TBD
Oregon will not have any home games in Eugene, but will close out the season close to home in Portland as they face Boise State and Pac-12 foe Washington. In their first season in the sport Oregon will face two Conference foes. USC is one of the better teams on the sand volleyball court and ranked as high as 5th last season. The match with the Trojans will air on the Pac-12 Networks
The Head Coach of the team Stacy Mateo is familiar with the sport and has been Oregon Women’s Volleyball Coach Jim Moore’s staff as an assistant for the last eight years. She is looking forward to a successful season that both challenges the new team and looks to the future of the sport.
"We’re playing some established sand teams which will be a tough test for our players, but will provide good experience to build a solid foundation as we progress through the season and in the long term.Quote from the University of Oregon Press Release"