UC Santa Barbara’s Star Volleyball Player Makes Big Move to Oregon, Months After Achieving Ultimate Recognition in Her Career

Published 01/19/2024, 9:44 PM EST

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As the new volleyball season opens up, tectonic shifts are sending ripples across the nation. The transfer portal is up and several collegiate players are en route to joining new teams to face newer challenges. In the latest incident in the series of exciting transfer news, the Oregon Ducks have signed one of the country’s most promising players, whose contributions last year helped the USCB Gauchos secure a spot at the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019.

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Michelle Ohwobete was named the Big West Player of the Year in 2023 for her stellar performances on the court. The USCB player recorded 434 kills this past season, making her one of the best in the nation. Now, as the new season inches closer, Ohwobete looks to lend her skills to the Ducks to help them establish their dominance over their national foes.

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The Oregon women’s volleyball team had a pretty decent last season. The Ducks reached the nationals final round in the NCAA tournament where they lost 3-1 to the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers. They even subdued the mighty Purdue Boilermakers along the way, highlighting their potential in front of the country’s volleyball fans. Now, the Ducks are looking to add more depth to their attacking roster as Outside Hitter Michelle Ohwobete joins the Oregon campus, revealed an Instagram post by the official Oregon volleyball account.

 

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NEW DUCK ALERT“, reads the caption of the post accompanied by several pictures of Ohwobete in full Ducks gear. The post further highlights how the last season has been a career-defining one for Michelle with an impressive number of kills. According to Oregon’s head coach Matt Ulmer, Ohwobete is set to join her new time in spring.

Welcome to Eugene“, the post reads further, evidently stoked by the opportunity that the news presents for the Oregon team. The excitement of the Ducks is understandable even further when one remembers Ohwobete’s sensational form from the last season.

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A player revered across the country

Michelle Ohwobete crossed the 1,000 career kills mark this last season, with a staggering 3.59 kills per set. Along with that, she also recorded 282 digs, and 68 blocks for the USCB. Besides helping the Gauchos’ NCAA dream to seem to be within hand’s reach, Ohwobete bagged the prestigious Big West Player of the Year.

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Her brilliant skills helped the USCB end the season 27-5, which also earned Ohwobete a spot in the All-America Honorable Mention list. Now, as the senior steps into new grounds for her final year of eligibility, it waits to be seen what she brings to the table for her new teammates.

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Diptarko Paul

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