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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Sweeps Eastern Washington in 2013 Opener

Oregon Ducks Volleyball
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The road back to the NCAA women’s volleyball championship, hosted in Seattle this December, began for the Oregon Ducks volleyball team on Friday. The hard-hitting and quick core of Jim Moore‘s Ducks (1-0) took all three sets from the Eastern Washington Eagles (0-1) — easing off the gas pedal a little after taking the first two sets 25-20 and 25-14, but still rolling to a 28-26 third set win.

Martenne Bettendorf set a strong tone, coming into her sophomore season, as she followed up a 26-kill performance in the Green and Yellow scrimmage with 18 kills in the first game of the season. Bettendorf got seven of those kills early on in the first set, but the game gave way to be closer than the score indicated. Though Bettendorf will go a long way to replacing the kills vacated by Miss Oregon Alaina Bergsma‘s departure, Liz Brenner‘s leadership will be crucial.

The junior four-sport athlete from Jesuit High in Portland got the first set’s last three kills to key a 5-1 Oregon run that turned a 20-19 battle into a 25-20 set win.

“At first, we were trying to figure out what they were doing,” Bettendorf told after the match. “We’d never seen them play and hadn’t watched any film on them yet. I think we did a good job figuring it out after the first set.”

The match stayed close through the early part of set two as well, but Oregon put together another run — this time scoring eight straight to go up 22-12. In these first two sets, the Ducks put up some ridiculous hitting numbers compared to their Eagle opponents. Oregon’s .405 and .424 marks were not touched by EWU’s .206 and .156 clips, and the Eagles stayed somewhat close thanks to good blocking and unforced errors by the Ducks (through two sets, the Ducks had seven errors and the Eagles had five blocks).

“We gave ’em nine points in game one, so we give them half of that and it’s 25-14,” coach Moore said after the match.

After the intermission, the Eagles stole a 7-2 lead in set three and it looked like the Cheney, Wash., squad would roll to extend the match. The Ducks tied it up at seven, and from there forward, the teams stayed within three points. After five match points, senior setter Lauren Plum got her 42nd assist on a pass to Brenner for her 13th kill and Oregon’s set- and match-winning point.

Plum’s 42 assists were 40 more than any other Duck, 28 more than any Eagle and 10 more than all Eagles combined. She added 14 digs to lead the team in that category as well — that’s her 28th double-double of her career. If Brenner is the shining star of this Duck team, Plum is the cornerstone on which it’s set.

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Lauren Plum Named to Senior CLASS Award Watchlist

Lauren Plum
Lauren Plum blocks at the net
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Volleyball setter Lauren Plum is one of 30 candidates this fall in women’s volleyball for the Senior CLASS Award. The senior from Poway, Calif., has started just about every match for the Ducks since her freshman year and defines the Oregon attack by leading the team in assists just about every time the Ducks take the hardwood.

Plum was a first-team All-American selection in 2012, and an honorable mention in 2011. As a junior in 2012, she led the country in assists per set by a full assist — 13.36 over the second-place 12.36.

The award is open to senior student athletes in the country who have “achievements” in the categories of community, classroom, character and competition. CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

Plum will be an important leader on the volleyball team as one of three seniors, but more importantly will be a co-director for O Heroes.

Midway through the season, the list of 30 will narrow to 10 and those 10 will be voted on.

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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Gets A Look Back in Alumni Game

Oregon Ducks volleyball
Liz Brenner in the 2013 Alumni Game
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The No. 8 Oregon Ducks volleyball team finished off its preseason exhibition games with a straight-set victory (25-17, 25-16, 25-18) over some familiar foes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday. The Ducks and head coach Jim Moore took it to the Alumni Team.

“I’ve never gotten to be as involved with the alumni as I am here, and this is very special to me,” Moore said.

Leading the impressive list of alumni was Alaina Bergsma, former Miss Oregon and winner of last year’s AVCA National Player of the Year Award. Bergsma is currently training with USA Volleyball, but was able to make the trip home to see her old teammates. She finished the game with a match-high three blocks, two of which were solo.

“It was really fun being back, it’s definitely a comfortable place,” Bergsma said. “It was fun seeing everyone and seeing how much better they’ve gotten during the spring.”

With exhibition matches now over, the Ducks embark on the 2013 season beginning Friday August, 30 against Eastern Washington in the Oregon Classic.

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University of Oregon May Add Sand Volleyball to Current Sports

University of Oregon
Sand Volleyball

As reported by Andrew Greif of the Oregonian, the University of Oregon athletic department is considering adding sand volleyball to its current list of varsity sports.

“From my perspective, I think (adding sand volleyball) is a no-brainer,” said Lisa Peterson, University of Oregon’s associate athletic.

Sand volleyball has seen an emergence in popularity over the past decade due in large part to the success of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings who have absolutely dominated the sport for three Olympics.

“Having so many schools in the Pac-12 that want to do it, either are doing it or are about to, that’s really enticing,” said Peterson to Greif, adding that adding sand volleyball would be beneficial for recruiting. “… This league is so good in volleyball, you don’t ever want to fall behind that.”

And it doesn’t sound like it’d be much of a struggle to add the new sport. In fact, it’d be relatively easy.

“It’s fairly simple to add,” Peterson said. “It’s pretty inexpensive, it’s pretty easy for schools to do it at a time when we don’t have a ton of resources.”

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Photos: 2013 Oregon Ducks Volleyball Exhibition


The 2013 Oregon Ducks Volleyball team showcased its merit and top-10 ranking on Saturday in an exhibition. The Ducks return nearly every starter from last season and should very well be in contention to compete for a national championship. Here are photos from last night’s exhibition.

December 14 – Morning Headlines


Morning Headlines


This is the eleventh day before Christmas
This is the eleventh day before Christmas
  • Surplus sales mean millions for Oregon
    When a state or federal agency, local jurisdiction, or school district has property it no longer needs it ends up at the Property Distribution Center, headquarters of Oregon’s surplus property program.
  • Miniature Yule scene has delighted 3 generations
    For Beth Grimes, her Christmas display of miniatures known as the Grimes Christmas Scene provides an annual opportunity to catch up with longtime friends and acquaintances.
  • Ducks realize tonight is behind them, now shift focus to Texas
    For the first time in program history, the Oregon Ducks volleyball team is headed to the NCAA National Championship. Coming off an impressive 3-1 victory over top-seeded Big 10 Champion Penn State, the Ducks have earned the righ
  • Sherfy named NCBWA preseason All-American
    Oregon’s standout closer, Jimmie Sherfy, has been named a preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The junior from Camarillo, Calif. was an All-American last season after setting an Oregon rec

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It looks today through Sunday will be wet and quite cool.

upper level trough of low pressure (shaded “U” shape) has moved in and is changing the airflow to southwest. A frontal system is moving through the Pacific Northwest. This frontal system will move in to begin the workweek. For skiers Mt. Ashland and Hoodoo are open and Willamette Pass is still waiting for more snow and hopes to open soon.

High: 47
Low: 34
Forecast: Mostly cloudy with AM rain likely (60%), a good (50%) chance of showers (under 0.10 in. of rain possible) this afternoon, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this evening (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight, cloudy with a (30%) chance of AM rain, cloudy with rain Saturday (0.10 in. of rain possible), and evening, showers late Saturday night (0.25 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with rain likely (70%) Sunday, then rain likely (60%) and breezy Sunday night highs 44-47 lows 34-38 cooling to 33 Sunday night. Cloudy with rain Monday, showers Monday night and Tuesday, a good (50%) chance of showers Tuesday night, a good (50%) chance of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night, then mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Thursday highs near 47 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 45 low 34)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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