At the halfway point of the Pac-12 Conference schedule, the Colorado volleyball team owns a .500 mark in league play.

Yet in a league in which half the teams are ranked among the top 20 squads in the nation, .500 is more than OK.

While the Buffs begin the second half of the league slate in a tie for seventh, they remain a more than solid No. 21 in the RPI. CU kicks off the second half of the Pac-12 schedule with a trip through Oregon, beginning with a rematch against a 15th-ranked Oregon Ducks squad against whom the Buffs put together one of their most impressive performances of the season almost a month ago.

Here is a look at the matchup:

Colorado volleyball at No. 15 Oregon

WHEN: Friday, 8 p.m. MDT, Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore.

BROADCAST: Live stream available at Pac-12 Plus.

RECORDS: CU: 15-6, 5-5 Pac-12 Conference; Oregon: 14-5, 7-4.

NOTES: CU defeated Oregon, then ranked No. 12, in four sets on Sept. 30. CU junior Frankie Shebby, a former player at Oregon who returns to her former home for the first time, led the way with 16 kills and nine digs...The Buffs' Alexa Smith is coming off a career-best 27 kills in a five-set loss against No. 13 UCLA. Smith began the week ranked fifth in the league with 4.19 kills per set...CU is 3-5 this season against ranked opponents...CU's win against the Ducks last month ended a run of 11 losses in 12 meetings for the Buffs. CU is just 1-6 at Oregon...Junior middle blocker Naghede Abu needs one block to become the sixth CU player to reach 400 in her career. Senior teammate Anna Pfefferle also surpassed that milestone earlier this season...The Buffs continue their road trip Saturday night at Oregon State...Oregon has won four consecutive matches, including a 3-1 win Wednesday night against Utah...CU returns home next week to face Washington State and No. 14 Washington.


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