Oregon was riding a four-game winning streak last month when Arizona and Arizona State each pulled off an upset at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks have a chance to even the score when they visit the Sun Devils Friday night followed by a trip to Arizona on Sunday.
“It motivates us a lot, wanting to prove that we aren’t that same team,” UO junior middle blocker Ronika Stone said. “I don’t know what happened between us that weekend, but we weren’t ourselves and we let them both come to our house and beat us. Now it is our job to go there and beat them.”
Oregon (13-7) was 12th in the national rankings before back-to-back home losses to the Arizona schools knocked them down to No. 20. The Ducks have won four of six since that weekend to move back up to No. 16.
Oregon is coming off a four-set loss to second-ranked Stanford that began with the Ducks taking the opening set 25-16.
“We learned how good we can be and I think that first game proved it,” Stone said. “Stanford was pretty surprised with how strong we came out and we let that get away from us and we changed when we didn’t have to. I think we learned how good we can be if we all play together.”
Oregon is tied for third in the Pac-12 Conference at 6-4 while ASU (13-9) is two games back at 4-6 heading into Friday’s matchup. No. 23 Arizona is tied for sixth at 5-5.
Oregon dropped the first set in both losses to the Arizona schools before the Wildcats went on to win in five and the Sun Devils swept the Ducks.
“We are not going to forget how that felt and we are going to come out swinging,” Stone said.