Oregon volleyball falls to Stanford in top-20 battle

The Oregon volleyball team, winners of four of its last five games, couldn’t keep up its recent run of success. They fell to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal defeated the Ducks 25-22, 25-13, and 25-22 for the sweep.

The No. 20 ranked Ducks came out strong and battled with the Cardinal in sets one and three but were unable to find their offensive groove due to Stanford’s height and athletic ability. The Cardinal, the second best blocking team in the country, did a good job of controlling Oregon’s power hitters and keeping them at bay with 14 team blocks.

Oregon’s Canace Finley ended the battle with a match-high 12 kills. Liz Brenner, Oregon’s do-it-all athlete, finished the match with 10 kills and 16 digs, tied for the team high with libero Amanda Benson. Ariana Williams, Oregon’s starting middle blocker, had one of her worse nights attacking, totaling six one 17 attempts but with eight errors, good enough for a hitting percentage of negative-.118.

Stanford’s Carly Wopat and Jordan Burgess ended the match tied for a team-high of 11 kills, while setter Madi Bugg dished out 36 assists.

The Ducks had two players hit in the negative percentage while Stanford’s low was .050. As a team, the Ducks hit .122 and Stanford hit .296.

Set one gave Oregon it’s best chance at coming out on top as they led 12-6 early in the set. A 7-1 run by Stanford tied the game at 13-all. The game would be tied up again at 21 but a 4-1 run by the Cardinal ended it.

A 14-3 Stanford run to end set two proved to be the demise of Oregon as they were unable to compete with a Cardinal team that came out firing on all cylinders.

Once again, the Ducks were trailing in set three before a small comeback saw them get within two at 20-18. It wouldn’t be enough as the end result was the same as the first set, thus completing the sweep.

Oregon returns to action in Berkeley, Calif. on Friday night when they play the California l Golden Bears at 6 p.m.

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