Zone Read AM: Ducks volleyball prepares for postseason play, Mathieu to try his luck in the NFL

Posted by Eddie Paskal on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:33 pm.

The No. 6 Oregon Duck’s volleyball team begins its postseason run at Matthew Knight Arena Friday night and will host the Northern Colorado Bears.

The Ducks — boasting a number five seed in the NCAA tournament — find themselves hosting postseason tournament play for the first time since 1986.

Oregon is also coming off of a record-setting regular season where they won the most games since the conference started playing volleyball over 25 years ago. Alaina Bergsma & Co. hope to carry this momentum into the tournament and have a better showing than last year when they surprisingly lost in the first round to Colorado State.

The Ducks will play at 8 p.m. If they are victorious over the Bears, they will play Saturday night as well.

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While undoubtedly Oregon fans are disappointed their Ducks will not be playing in the Pac-12 Championship game Friday night, there are still several story lines in the game that are unique and interesting.

Even though the Cardinal and Bruins squared off last week and Stanford looked to be the better of the two squads, match-up number two is sure to look just a tad different.

ESPN.com’s Kevin Gemmell takes a look at what to watch for in this rematch and around the rest of the conference.

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Tyrann Mathieu, more commonly known as the “Honey Badger“, announced he will enter this spring’s NFL Draft.

Incredibly-talented-but-often-in-trouble Mathieu was a standout defensive back and punt returner for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers before several run-ins with the law led to his dismissal from the program.

While this Tiger is attempting to find greener pastures in the NFL, Miles will be not be following suit. The Mad Hatter signed a seven-year extension that will keep him roaming around in Baton Rouge through 2019.