EUGENE, Ore. – Mimi Colyer and Hannah Pukis have been named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team as announced Monday morning by the league office. Oregon, the No. 9 team in the AVCA preseason poll, starts the season Aug. 25-27 at the Wahine Classic in Honolulu against No. 13 San Diego, Northwestern and host Hawaii.
The Ducks also received one first-place vote and sit in third place in the Pac-12 preseason rankings. The preseason team and poll were voted on by the conference’s head coaches.
Colyer is the reigning AVCA National Freshman of the Year—the first in program history—and earned a spot on the All-America Third Team. She was also Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific North Freshman of the Year after posting 616.5 points and 533 kills, ranking 10th and 11th in the nation overall, respectively.
The Lincoln, Calif., native set a conference record with eight Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selections. Colyer was fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.85 points her set and fifth in the league with 4.20 kills per set, all while hitting .265 in her first collegiate season. She also recorded a team-leading 40 aces and averaged 2.01 digs per set on the way to 12 double-doubles.
Pukis, in her first season at Oregon, was named an AVCA All-America Second Team performer, the third setter in program history to collect All-America accolades. She established a new career high with 11.18 assists per set, good for second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the NCAA. Pukis also helped direct Oregon to a school-record .293 hitting percentage.
The Tacoma, Wash., native was third on the team with 2.66 digs per set and had 14 double-doubles in 2022. In the Ducks’ Sweet 16 match against Nebraska, Pukis registered 57 assists, 20 digs, six kills and two service aces in the five-set victory.
The Ducks will spend the entirety of their non-conference slate on the road before their Pac-12 opener Friday, Sept. 22, against Oregon State at Matthew Knight Arena.
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2023 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Stanford (11)
2. Washington State
3. Oregon (1)
10. Arizona State
11. Oregon State
( ) – first-place votes
Preseason All-Pac-12 Team
Caitie Baird, StanfordMimi Colyer, OregonAnna Dodson, UCLASkylar Fields, USCSami Francis, StanfordIman Isanovic, Washington StateMagda Jehlarova, Washington StateKendall Kipp, StanfordMarta Levinska, Arizona StateKami Miner, StanfordElena Oglivie, StanfordHannah Pukis, OregonElia Rubin, StanfordPia Timmer, Washington StateMia Tuaniga, USC