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Oregon acrobatics and tumbling takes first home meet in win against Hawaii Pacific

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Coming off of its season-opening win against Concordia, Oregon acrobatics and tumbling kicked off their first home meet with a victory against Hawaii Pacific. The day ended 267.595-280.100 favoring the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday night.

The Ducks won the compulsory event in rocky fashion and recorded a score of 38.45, while 38.30 was put up by Hawaii Pacific. The Ducks swept the first two rounds, winning each heat.

“We definitely started off rough in the compulsory event, but we talked about leaving that in compulsory’s, and turning it around going in to the next part of the meet,” head coach Keenyn Won said. “I think the girls had a ton of energy tonight. We got to execute all the things we wanted to execute, and we worked on a lot of changes from our meet on Monday.”

In the second event, the Ducks kept with trend of sweeping heats, and went on to extend their lead to a flat 68, as the Sharks trailed with a total of 66.85

Before going into halftime, Oregon took the pyramid event with a nearly perfect score of 29.50. The Sharks attempted a comeback but finished the pyramid event with a score of 28.40. The Ducks put together a first half total of 97.50, and the Sharks followed with a score of 95.25.

“I definitely felt like we were on the same page,” Katie Bachman said. “We felt really connected, and we had a really good spirit out there. We weren’t perfect tonight, but we definitely can build on this.”

After hitting their stride early in the first half, the Ducks kept that same pace straight away to begin the second half.

The Ducks swept heats yet again in the toss event, the final score being 29.10-27.50. This advanced team meet totals to 122.75- 126.60 favoring Oregon.

Oregon saw its first slip up in the tumbling event, where in heat one of duo’s, freshman Caitlynn Emick slipped off of the end of the mat after her last rotation. It was not long before the Ducks regained balance in heat two, putting together a nearly perfect trio score. Oregon did just the same in its quad heat of tumbling.

The Sharks took its first heat in the first heat of the tumbling event, with a score of 8.95 over Oregon’s 8.80. Besides first heat, the Ducks took all other heats in the tumbling event.

The team event was by far the most energized performance of the night. The Sharks of Hawaii Pacific and Oregon finished with the score, 97.20-90.77 in the Ducks’ favor.

The final meet total left the Ducks towering the Sharks 280.100-267.595. This marks the second win of the Ducks’ 2018 season, and the team is still looking forward to all of the competitors they have yet to face.

“We want to take every competitor,” Won said. “We told ourselves we are going to continue to increase our scores every single meet. That is our goal. …We have two hard weeks ahead of us before we see Baylor.”

With nothing but preparation time, the Ducks now begin training for the team’s next meet in against Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT.

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Women’s tennis wins opening road match against Georgia State

Oregon women’s tennis defeated the Georgia State Panthers 6-1 Saturday morning in its opening match through the teams trip in Georgia.

Freshman Julia Lilien, in her doubles debut, alongside Julia Eshet, took down Georgia State’s Damira Muminovic and Lara Vovk, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot.

Alyssa Tobita and Shweta Sangwan clinched the doubles point for Oregon with a 6-3 win at the No. 1 position.

“We did a better job of attacking today,” said Head Coach Alison Silverio. “Transition was a focus last week for practice and I was happy with our execution of it during the match. We continue to trust the process and develop each and every day.”

During singles competition, three matches went to three sets. At the No. 2 spot, Sangwan played against Kristen Rehse, ranked No. 108. After losing the first set, 5-7, Sangwan crawled back to win the match in the three sets by a score of 5-7, 6-4, 1-0.

Eshet put up the first points for Oregon with a win, 6-1, 6-1. Meanwhile her Duck teammates, Tobita and Rifanty Kahfiani, both won with mirror reflection performances with 6-1, 6-3.

Lilien’s win against Damira Muminovic made for her third straight with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 score at the No. 5 spot.

Oregon’s only loss on the day came at the No. 4 spot as Daniela Nasser gave up a win after three long sets to Arina Taluyenko, 7-5, 6-7, 1-0. All but one of Nasser’s singles matches have gone into a third set this season.

Oregon will remain in Atlanta for its match against coach Alison Silverio’s alma mater, Georgia Tech, Sunday at 9 a.m. PT.

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Quick Hits: Women’s basketball ranked No. 6, Bamford returns to acro and tumbling

To kick off its final month of regular season play, Oregon women’s basketball is preparing to face the Cal Golden Bears, as well as the Stanford Cardinal. The Ducks currently hold the No. 6 spot in the most recent AP poll shown on ESPN.com.

Men’s basketball face the same matchup on the road against Cal and Stanford. The Ducks may be on to something, having come off back-to-back wins in the teams most recent games facing UCLA and Oregon State.

Oregon acro and tumbling welcomed back two of its former athletes, Keenyn Won and Megan Bamford, to the coaching staff. The Ducks are scheduled to start the season off against Concordia in Wisconsin Feb. 5.

Oregon softball heads into its 2018 season ranked third in a preseason poll released by USA Today. The Ducks first game is scheduled for Feb. 8 against No. 25 Georgia, to be played in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona.

Men’s tennis got off to a rocky start in its first road trip of the season, losing to both No.12 Stanford and No. 19 Cal in the ITA Kick-Off in Berkeley, California. Thomas Laurent and Cormac Clissold are on track to challenge the universities program record for most doubles wins.

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Oregon softball is undefeated and a national title darkhorse

Oregon softball
Oregon softball
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Head coach Mike White has had no shortage of talented Oregon softball teams in his eight seasons in Eugene.

 

This year’s team might rival his very best.

That’s some intense praise considering the talent White has brought into the program. He’s elevated the Ducks to one of the premiere teams in the country, and so far in 2017 it appears Oregon is well on its way to another Women’s College World Series berth – they’ve participated in 2012, ’14 and ’15.

At 9-0 and currently ranked No. 9, when the new rankings are released tomorrow the Ducks should jump a few more spots with a chance to crack the top five.

Regardless, Oregon has done everything its needed to thus far.

In nine games, its outscored opponents 58-17 with three shutouts and six games with two or fewer runs allowed.

Likewise, the Ducks have scored eight or more runs in four games.

The pitching is in midseason form two weeks in. And the bats, they’re not too shabby either.

Sure, only two of Oregon’s early opponents were ranked when the Ducks played them. The schedule isn’t anything to write home about.

But Oregon is doing what it needs to do: take care of each opponent regardless if they’re a perennial power or bottom feeder.

The Ducks have unfinished business from an underwhelming 2016 campaign, which ended in the super regionals with an upset loss to Pac-12 Conference rival UCLA.

A year older, an ace rotation returned and plenty of speed and quick sticks at the plate, it appears Oregon has the pieces to make a deeper run.

The question now is: can Oregon make reach its fourth WCWS in six years, third in four years?

Answer: probably, but’s a little too early to tell.

All the pieces required to accomplish such an impressive feat are there, and coaches across the country have taken notice, as the rankings reflect.

Now it’s about playing ball and living up to potential.

Stay tuned…

Oregon women’s basketball on same track as men’s team

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Oregon women's basketball
Oregon women’s basketball – photo credit GoDucks.com

Fret not, Ducks fans. The future is indeed bright for Oregon athletics.

After an abysmal year for the University of Oregon football program, many have abruptly jumped ship and have dubbed Oregon as a “basketball school.” While I won’t go that far, there are certainly many reasons to be excited for hoops in Eugene.

Just look at the No. 7 Oregon men’s basketball team (No. 8 in USA Today Coaches Poll). At 22-4, 11-2 in Pac-12 Conference play, the Ducks have won 20 of their last 22 games after a rough 2-2 start to the season.

In short, it appears men’s basketball could very well be on its way to another elite eight appearance. Oregon has never made it that far in the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons.

Better yet, it’s not farfetched to start looking at the final four or even a national championship.

Sure it’s early. But damn have you seen Dillon Brooks and those young cats hoop it up?

As an avid fan of Oregon men’s basketball since the days of Luke, Luke and Freddy – for you younger fans, that’s Luke Jackson, Luke Ridnour and Freddy Jones; look them up NOW – this is the most exciting Ducks basketball I’ve ever watched.

Yes, this year’s Ducks team is more fun than 2006-07 with Aaron Brooks. Yes, it’s even more fun than last year’s squad.

As exciting as this season has already been, it’s unfortunate how much of a shadow the men’s program has cast on what’s been a breakthrough year for Oregon women’s basketball.

After a 7-1 start, the Ducks cracked the AP top 25 for the first time in 816 years (obviously that’s a joke, but it’s been so long I can’t even remember when they were last ranked) in the sixth release of the rankings back on Dec. 12 at No. 25.

The women only stayed ranked for a week, but they’ve flirted with that No. 25 spot for more than a month.

The Ducks (17-9, 7-7) sit in fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference standings. Aside from a home game against No. 10 Stanford on Feb. 26 in the regular season finale, Oregon’s other three remaining games are against teams in the bottom half of the conference standings.

UCLA (18-7, 9-5) holds a two game advantage over the Ducks in the standings. The Bruins’ late stretch is slighter tougher than the Ducks with No. 9 Washington coming to So. Cal on Friday, followed by Wazzu and the Arizona schools.

Oregon almost certainly would have to upset Stanford and win out to finish ahead of UCLA. The top four conference teams earn a first round bye for the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Ducks are a favorable bubble team for the NCAA Tournament for now. But going 3-1 to end the regular season, finishing fifth and blasting the 12th-seeded team in the first round might just punch their ticket to the big dance.

Their last NCAA Women’s Tournament appearance was in 2005. They haven’t been close since.

Just three years removed from a 4-27, this run has been nothing short of miraculous. And it’s a shame it isn’t being hyped as such.

The Oregon men are grabbing all the headlines, but can’t we share a little love for the ladies?

Head coach Kelly Graves landed the women’s team a top-10 recruiting class last year – a first in Oregon hoops history, men’s or women’s – with five top 100 prospects.

Oregon women's basketball freshman Sabrina Ionescu
Oregon women’s basketball freshman Sabrina Ionescu- photo credit GoDucks.com

Headlining the group was the fourth best prospect in the nation, guard Sabrina Ionescu. As a freshman, Ionescu is averaging team best in minutes per game (30.8) and assists (5.7). She’s also second on the team in scoring with 13.9 per contest and rebounds at 7.1

Those are some gaudy numbers for someone who was just celebrating prom less than 10 months ago.

It doesn’t stop with Ionescu.

Oregon women's basketball freshman Ruthy Hebard
Oregon women’s basketball freshman Ruthy Hebard – photo credit GoDucks.com

Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard, who was the No. 40 prospect in the 2016 class, might just be the crown jewel of that group.

Hebard has started in all but two games. She leads the team with 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Let that sink in.

Oregon is loaded with young, talented players. Even if this team didn’t land a top 100 prospect in the 2017 class, it shouldn’t matter moving forward.

The Oregon women should be top contenders with the men for years to come. If you’re not already paying attention, it’s high time you start.

Oregon Wins The Fight For The Finals

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The Ducks came through with a 83-77 win over an inspired groups of Huskies at the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament last night.

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To give the guys wearing black some credit; Washington has some very talented players who wanted make the NCAA tourney badly and were highly motivated. But the Ducks demonstrated what makes this basketball team unique among other squads in the past and among the conference brethren.

This group is mentally tough – squared.  You can bet there was a lot of gambling going on behind the scenes!

Down by 12 in the first half the Ducks made big stops on defense and used it to fuel fast break points to climb back to a one-point edge at halftime.  The second half was a scrap between two gritty teams who played even until the Ducks used that mental toughness to break a tie at 77-77.  Here’s the full story (with Video Highlights) on FishDuck.com

Baseball – Oregon vs. Illinois State Game 3

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These photos are of game 3 played Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Weather was much nice for this game.  The Ducks We lost this game by one run.  It was a pitching dual until the 9th inning.  When there is a pitching dual going on, there is sometimes less action to shoot. But, every now and then things happen to keep the photographers on our toes.

Ducks In The NBA: Bulls Aaron Brooks Bests Pacers Joseph Young

In NBA Preseason action former Oregon Ducks Player Aaron Brooks, now with Chicago put in a team high 22 points to lead the Bulls to a 103-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Brooks also had five rebounds and six assists in the win. He had an impressive performance in his twenty-five minutes […]

Ducks In The NBA: Bulls Aaron Brooks Bests Pacers Joseph Young – Autzen Zoo – Autzen Zoo – An Oregon Ducks Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Midseason 50: Nos. 26-30

As we head into the second half of the college football season, Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell updates his pre-season Farrell 50, the top 50 college football players in the country, with a mid-season look. This list is based on this year’s performance balanced with the level of competition each player has faced and how they’ve fared when the pressure is on.

Quack Fix: Helfrich responds to Corso

Your daily dose of Duck news.

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Last week, Lee Corso made a comment saying how Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich needs to make some changes to his coaching staff in order to get Oregon back to the national championship. This week during a press conference, Helfrich was asked to respond to those remarks.
In a recent bowl projection, Sports Illustrated has the Oregon Ducks going to the Sun Bowl to go up against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
For a little bit of recruiting news, the Oregon staff has made a “pivotal” offer to wide receiver Dylan Crawford. Crawford is a 6 foot 1, 175 pound wide receiver from Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). He is a four star prospect and is currently the 91st overall prospect (according to 247 Sport’s Composite Ranking). He just spent a weekend at Michigan, as the Wolverines are going to be a key player here.
Lastly, for some golf news, the Ducks shot the lowest round of the season thus far behind freshman Petra Salko.

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