EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon’s three seniors were sent off in winning fashion as the volleyball team (19-11, 12-8 Pac-12) defeated Oregon State 3-1, Friday, 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15.
It was the likely the seniors’ last home match at Matthew Knight Arena, but not the last in an Oregon uniform, as the Ducks will now head to the postseason on a five-match winning streak.
The victory locked up fourth place in the Pac-12, right where the Ducks were slotted in the preseason poll. It was Oregon’s strong second-half push that helped the Ducks climb the rankings as the team went 7-3 in its final 10 matches for the third-consecutive season.
Liz Brenner led all players with 22 kills on 43 attempts for a hitting clip of .349, surpassing 20 kills for the ninth time this season and recording her 15th double-double of the year with a match high 19 kills. She did most of her damage in the first two sets with 15 kills, including nine in the second set alone, powering the Ducks to the fast start which head coach Jim Moore was happy to see.
“Starting fast was the biggest thing for us tonight,” Moore said. “All season we’ve closed out better than we’ve started, so it feels good to finish the season starting fast.”
The Ducks came out fired up in the first set and jumped all over the Beavers early on their way to a 25-13 win. The second set win took a little more patience, but a 7-1 run out of an Oregon timeout put the Green and Yellow up 21-14 and propelled them to a 25-19 victory.
Ducks Sweep Beavers to Open Pac-12 Season
Courtesy: GoDucks.com Release: 09/25/2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 21 Oregon volleyball team (8-3, 1-0) staved off a hostile environment and three early-set deficits to defeat Oregon State (9-3, 0-1) 3-0 in the first portion of the volleyball Civil War, Wednesday, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19.
It was the Ducks’ strongest offensive performance of the season, hitting 41.3 percent and only committing seven attacking errors. The hitting percentage is the first time Oregon has hit over .400 since Oct. 12, 2012 against Washington.
Canace Finley led the defensive charge for the Ducks with a career-high seven blocks on the night. But she was powerful on the offensive end as well with nine kills on 16 attempts to hit .500.
Liz Brenner led the team offensively with 15 kills while getting 32 swings, hitting .343.
Oregon got off to a shaky start in the first set but found their footing with plenty of time to rally for a comeback. The Ducks took their first lead midway through the set and a 9-1 run all but wrapped up the set, as the Ducks finished up 25-17.
The second set started a lot like the first, with the Ducks going down into a 6-2 hole, forcing Jim Moore to call a timeout. After play resumed Oregon took control of the match with a 9-3 run to go ahead 11-9 and into an Oregon State timeout. The Beavers could not match the rally but kept it close until Oregon found some separation late in the set to finish ahead, 25-18.