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Ducks Stay Perfect, Drop Buffs

photo courtesy Paul Harvey IV

photo courtesy Paul Harvey IV

The #13 Oregon Ducks volleyball team (12-0, 2-0 Pac-12) continued their unbeaten streak for the season, defeating a stubborn Colorado Buffaloes team in four sets; 33-31, 25-19,21-25, 25-23. Cheering the Ducks on was a loud crowd of 3,551, of which 2,500 were students that brought some timely energy for Oregon.

The start of the match was rocky for the Ducks. Oregon coach Jim Moore called a timeout at 0-4 and 0-6 in his attempts to orient his team, and the Ducks spotted the Buffaloes seven points before scoring any of their own. Down 13-19, Oregon began climbing back into the set as the Ducks started passing better, and were finally able to take the first set, 33-31, off a pair of kills from Martenne Bettendorf.

After digging themselves in a big hole, what was the key to the Oregon turnaround? According to Bettendorf, it was “Cutting down our errors. (Gabby) Simpson (of Colorado) was serving really well. Once we started passing and getting our rhythm back it helped us a lot. We got the confidence that we needed and our energy started getting much higher.”

Coach Moore also noted, “I think that’s what makes us kind of panic: when we’re not passing the ball the way we know we’re capable (of), we start getting real tight and real tense. We’ve got to be better than that.”

Oregon was tight again in the second set, but settled in as both teams battled through five lead changes and seven ties. The Ducks’ dominant attack prevailed, however, behind kills from Frankie Shebby and Kacey Nady, both of whom had five kills for the set. Their kills led the way for Oregon’s .414 attack percent, versus Colorado’s .138.2014-09-27 Colorado (116)g

The Ducks played more evenly in the beginning of the third set, but after tying at 15-15 Oregon lost some composure at the end of the set and wound up dropping it by four points.

After the game, coach Moore said, “I knew they were going to come to play. I knew they would get after it, and they did. Our serve receive has been shaky all week – it’s even been shaky in practice. That’s the most important thing we have, is serve receive, and everyone’s real tentative in serve receive, so that really hurts us”

The decisive fourth set was punctuated by big rallies and hard fought points. Offensively, Liz Brenner put the team on her shoulders, notching seven kills for the set. Defensively, everyone chipped in on the many long rallies, highlighted by perhaps the longest rally of this season – the match point rally that sent Colorado to the locker room for the night. As libero Amanda Benson put it, “This was a lot of hard work, a lot of…long rallies. Colorado played really well.”

photo courtesy - Paul Harvey IV

photo courtesy – Paul Harvey IV

It helped that Oregon had a lot of school spirit from the students that showed up. “The students were awesome – there’s no question they were the difference tonight,” said coach Moore.

For Colorado, Taylor Simpson led the way with 18 kills for the game. Nicole Edelman led the setters with 26 assists, and Cierra Simpson’s defense brought 20 digs for the Buffaloes.

The Ducks were led in kills by Liz Brenner with 18, followed by Frankie Shebby with 15 and Martenne Bettendorf’s 13. Brenner also added 19 digs, as she has been more evenly balanced on offense and defense in her new role for the Ducks this season. Amanda Benson led Oregon with 21 digs, and setters Shellsy Ashen and Maggie Scott each put up 27 assists on the night.

Oregon now goes on the road next week, as they’ll play a tough stand in the Bay Area against Cal and #1 Stanford. Coach Moore is quick to remind, however, that all the games are tough and that’s not going to change. “It’s going to be this way every night. Everybody’s good. They’re all going to be close and you’re going to have to execute.”

     ~ Carl Blackwell
www.DuckNews.com

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Seattle Swept; Ducks Head to Conference Play

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe #13 Oregon Ducks volleyball team maintained their undefeated nonconference record and defeated the Seattle Redhawks in straight sets; 25-13, 25-13, 25-21. Head coach Jim Moore tied Karla Rice’s record of 196 wins as the Oregon wins leader with the victory.

Seattle has never beaten the Ducks and wasn’t expected to on this night, as Oregon’s defense stepped up in the first two sets. In the second set, Oregon held the Redhawks to a -.081 attack percentage off some of their best defense of the season thus far.

“Our blocking did really well, and defense got better,” said Oregon libero Amanda Benson. “It’s been struggling the past week…but we’ve been working hard and I thought that showed tonight.”

Oregon allowed Seattle to take the lead several times in the third set before taking over and sweeping the Redhawks on the night. Said coach Moore, “Our intensity (wasn’t good in the third set), but our focus was real good. I was pleased with that.”

Iris Ivanis of Seattle had eight kills on the night, with Keery Lane providing 25 assists.

Martenne Bettendorf led the Duck attack with nine kills. Liz Brenner and Naya Crittenden each added another eight kills. Maggie Scott and Shellsy Ashen continue to share setting duties, and both were even with 16 assists. Amanda Benson scored 11 digs for the match.

Oregon now goes into conference play undefeated, and the level of competition will step up significantly. “We looked (at conference play) last week. The worst RPI team of the conference was 40,” observed coach Moore. “So you have 12 teams in the top 40. We’ve got to be ready for that.”

The Oregon Ducks begin their PAC-12 conference play tonight with a match in Matthew Knight Arena against the Oregon State Beavers, at 7:30 pm.

~ Carl Blackwell
www.DuckNews.com

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Ducks Spank Spartans in Four Sets

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe #18 Oregon volleyball team put its unbeaten record to the test Friday night against #23 Michigan State at Matthew Knight Arena, prevailing in four sets: 22-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-12.

The Ducks earned their ranking by virtue of a sweep of the Wahine Volleyball Classic last week in Honolulu, Hawaii, which included a defeat of #20 Hawaii. The visit of the Michigan schools this weekend would provide further clues as to the makeup of the 2014 Ducks.

After starting the match 2-0 in the first set, Oregon faltered and allowed the Spartans to notch five unanswered points, beginning the set on a down note. The Ducks rallied on a Marlene Bettendorf kill and block that tied the set at 6-6, then battled back and forth en route to a 15-15 tie before mistakes by the Ducks belied their nerves against a quality opponent. Oregon was not able to gain control of the first set and dropped it to Michigan State, 22-25.

“We came out pretty nervous. I let them know this is a big match; I’m to blame (for that),”said Oregon head coach Jim Moore. “I tried to hide that I was pretty nervous. We were real tight coming out, so we didn’t serve very tough. They did a good job against us and we made some errors.”

Oregon ended the set with two ball handling errors, and recorded 7 attack errors to the Spartans’ four. In between sets, coach Moore helped guide the initial tightness of his team’s play by getting them to refocus on attacking the physicality of Michigan State with better passing and serving.

Noted coach Moore, “We knew we didn’t have to do anything different, we kind of gave them that set. You can always tell when we’re nervous – we’re not passing. We settled down and served and passed much better.”

Oregon’s new found energy from the second set on was apparent and showed in a complete dominance of Michigan State from the second set on. In addition to better ball control, an attack mentality was also key.

“Attack – that’s what we were doing: attack, attack, attack them. You can’t be nervous and attack somebody. (In the first set) … we were playing not to lose, and we have to go after it right from the beginning,” said Moore.

Added Oregon junior Martenne Bettendorf, “We just realized that we have to (attack), or we’re not going anywhere.”

Bettendorf ended the game as the Oregon kill leader with 16, followed by Frankie Shebby with 13 and Liz Brenner with 12. Freshman setter Maggie Scott finished with 30 assists after calming some nerves of her own, and veteran setter Shellsy Ashen notched 18 assists of her own. The Ducks had very good results in their blocking game with 14, led by Serena Williams’ five blocks.

Taylor Galloway led Michigan State’s attack with nine kills in a difficult night for the Spartans.

Oregon’s next match is Saturday, 9/13, at 7:30 against the Michigan Wolverines in Matthew Knight Arena. Although the Wolverines are not ranked, the Ducks know that no game will be handed to them and they will have to continue to play hard. “It’s one point at a time,” Martenne Bettendorf reminds us.

~ Carl Blackwell
www.DuckNews.com

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Oregon volleyball takes Central Arkansas in straight sets

The Oregon volleyball team (2-0) recorded their second straight win of the season against Central Arkansas (0-2). After winning their season opener against Ohio State (0-1) last night, the Ducks will now enter their final game against Illinois State (1-0) at the Oregon Invitational with a 2-0 record.

It was another good outing for the Ducks all around. In addition to holding a 36.5 attack percentage, the Ducks also recorded 40 assists between freshman Maggie Scott and Shellsy Ashen. The two combined for 35 in their previous game against the Buckeyes.

Oregon also continued their success on the defensive end. The Ducks not only picked up 10.5 blocks as a team, but they also held the Sugar Bears to 13.4 percent from the field.

While it’s early in the season, the Ducks already look to be molding as a team. With the integration of a handful of new players, the Ducks may have a new approach from a schematic point, but it looks to be working early on.

The Ducks had no trouble with the Sugar Bears aside from a momentary lapse in the third set. Oregon took set one 25-19 then followed with a 25-19 win in the second. And despite Central Arkansas trailing 17-14 late in the third set, the Ducks managed to take seven of the last 10 points to secure the sweep.

Leading the way for the Ducks were Liz Brenner and Scott. Brenner finished with a team-high kills on 38.1 percent hitting, while Scott recorded a team-high 21 assists. The freshman setter now has 39 assists in her first two collegiate games.

Oregon has one final game remaining at the Oregon Invitational and it will be against Illinois State at 3 p.m. today.

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Ducks Sweep Buckeyes In Season Opener

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Oregon Ducks opened the 2014 volleyball season in impressive fashion, sweeping Ohio State 25-22, 25-12, 25-16 to give head coach Jim Moore his 11th straight season opening victory Friday evening at Matthew Knight Arena.

Illness to freshman Frankie Shebby forced a last minute line up change but the Ducks didn’t miss a beat, a point head coach Jim Moore was quick to make in his post match remarks.

“I thought it was a very good match considering … we had to put that line up out there with zero practice. It’s pretty special they were able to through and do that,” said Moore.

“I thought we distributed the ball pretty well … the block was outstanding. We triple blocked it quick … we were really aware of what was going on.”

Sophomore Marteene Bettendorf led the way with 12 kills. All-American outside hitter Liz Brenner followed with 11 and led the team with 15 digs.

The 6-2 formation Moore has installed this season has freshman setter Maggie Scott and senior setter Shellsy Ashen on the floor as a pair and they divided up the workload evenly. Scott – in her first collegiate match – led the way with 18 assists and Ashen was credited with 17, leading to Oregon’s 39-27 advantage over the Buckeyes.

Oregon’s block held OhioState to a .053 hitting percentage, a figure that pleased Moore. “They avoided the block and made hitting errors. That’s one of the things the block can do. Hitting efficiency against us is much more important than how many balls you block.”

The Ducks will take a double dip on Saturday, squaring off against Central Arkansas at 9:30, the concluding the four-team, round robin Oregon Invitation with a 3:30 match against Illinois State.

 Rick Morgan ~
www.DuckNews.com

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Oregon Volleyball 2014 Season Begins With A Visit from the Big Ten

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Oregon volleyball gets much-needed win against No. 20 Cal

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After needing a victory to help solidify its spot in the NCAA tournament, Oregon came away from its match against No. 20 California with a statement win in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-21).

“It helps, there’s no to lie with that. It helps and we still got a shot at being okay,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said of his team’s chances at making the NCAA Tournament after the win. “If we take them (remaining opponents) one at a time we’ll be okay. Let’s try to win each play, that’s the key.”

Although Oregon didn’t get the victory last night, it was a good performance for the Ducks as they never trailed during the first two sets and battled back in the third set for the win.

“We didn’t have the lapses we had and we didn’t make as many errors,” Moore said when comparing last night’s game to tonight. “Part of it can be attributed to our opponent but we didn’t do as many silly things. We just cut our errors down (and) that was the biggest difference.”

Liz Brenner led the Ducks with a match-high 18 kills while setter Lauren Plum played her best game since returning from a foot injury. She finished 40 assists by doing a good job of distributing the ball throughout her team.

“Lauren did a really good job of that, distributing the ball,” Moore said. “She got to Serena (Warner) early which helped a lot. It really opened things up for Liz.”

In set one, the Ducks went back-and-forth with the Bears until a kill by Warner gave Oregon a 6-5 lead, something it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the set.

A block by the Golden Bears kept them in the match at 11-10 until a 4-1 run by Oregon extended the lead to 15-11. Refusing to quit, Cal got within three at 17-14 but the Ducks ran off four straight points for their largest lead at 21-14.

Back-to-back kills by Plum and Brenner ended the set at 25-21 for Oregon.

Set two began with Oregon slowly pulling away for a 12-7 lead but three straight points by Cal cut the deficit to two and prompted Moore to call a timeout.

Whatever Moore said during the timeout worked as the Ducks slowly began to pull away, taking a 22-16 lead, their largest of the set, on a kill by Canace Finley.

Cal refused to quit, battling back with a 5-0 run to cut Oregon’s lead to 22-21. A serving error by Cal on the next play was all the Ducks needed to seize back the momentum and back-to-back kills by Brenner ended the set.

The Golden Bears jumped all over Oregon in the third set, taking a quick 4-0 lead before Finley’s kill got the Ducks on the board. Oregon slowly battled back and eventual took a 17-16 lead on a net violation by Cal.

Another Brenner kill gave the Ducks a 21-18 lead but two straight points by Cal cut the deficit to one. Oregon responded by going back to their All-American in Brenner as she notched kills for two of Oregon’s final four points for the win.

Ariana Williams added 11 kills for the Ducks while Finley had nine and Martenne Bettendorf added eight. Freshman libero Amanda Benson recorded 24 digs, tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in the three sets this year.

Oregon returns to action Friday, Nov. 22 when they take on Utah in Salt Lake City at 6 p.m, the first of three straight road matches for the Ducks. They close out their season with a home game on Friday, Nov. 29 against Oregon State at 8 p.m., four hours after the football team kicks off against the Beavers at Autzen Stadium.

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Oregon volleyball breaks three-game losing streak, beats Arizona in five sets

Entering Saturday night’s match with Arizona (15-8, 5-6), Oregon knew they couldn’t afford to lose a fourth-straight game. After taking the first set 25-23 against the Wildcats, Oregon (13-9, 6-6) faltered in its next two, making the possibility of escaping its losing streak look bleaker and bleaker with each passing point. Instead of hiding from the adversity presented to them, the Ducks came out firing in the fourth set.

Led by outside hitter Liz Brenner, Oregon took an early lead in the fourth set and never looked back. The Ducks never relinquished their lead and fought off a late Arizona rally to win 25-22.

“I think we were just determined that we needed to come back and work hard and start from the beginning,” Brenner said. “I think we did a great job of that in the fourth game.”

Despite dominating in the fourth set, the Oregon momentum abruptly stopped there and the back-and-forth nature of the game, shown in the first three sets, resumed in the fifth.

Tied 10-10 in the fifth set, Oregon went on a 4-1 run to put the fans at Matthew Knight Arena on their feet in anticipation of a match-ending point. A net violation on a Canace Finley kill attempt by Arizona was the ending point in a long, hard-fought match.

“I think this is huge for us,” Brenner said. “Especially winning a game in five (sets), it’s a big confidence builder.”

After losing to Arizona State last night, head coach Jim Moore cited the need for better defense, especially in regard to digging balls. Against Arizona, the Ducks certainly played like a team that received Moore’s message.

Oregon dug 102 balls, including a team-leading 24 by setter Lauren Plum, setting a tone on defense that was non-existent throughout the three-game losing streak.

“I think we did a much better job of digging balls,” Brenner said. “When we dig balls that really helps us out all-around.”

“We dug a lot more balls (than last night),” Moore said. “Both Amanda (Benson) and Tatum (Norton) played very well. Tatum was awesome at the end digging balls, so that helped a lot.”

Down 2-to-1, it’s tough for any team to mount a comeback, but Moore credits the team’s ability to not give up and stay in the game as the reasoning for the eventual comeback victory.

“They did a good job of pulling themselves back together and hanging in there,” Moore said. “They didn’t just quit. We haven’t fought. This is the first time we looked like we were in a fight and not being beaten. It was an absolute must-win.”

The Ducks will make a Southern California road trip next as they face USC and UCLA. Their first match with the Trojans is set for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

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Oregon volleyball rebounds with sweep of Colorado

A strong performance by All-American Liz Brenner is exactly what Oregon needed after being swept by No. 1 USC the last time they were on court.

“The one thing that Liz is doing right now, for sure, is bringing energy – I mean that’s the thing we need the most,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “Liz has confidence, not in a bad way, but you can sit next to her in class and still know she’s, uh maybe, the best athlete around.”

Brenner had a match-high 14 kills to go with 11 digs and three assists. Shellsy Ashen was the Ducks main distributor on the night, finishing with 37 assists while Martenne Bettendorf and Canace Finley each contributed nine kills.

Amanda Benson continued her stellar play as a freshman libero, recording a match-high 16 digs while middle blockers Serena Warner and Ariana Williams totaled 10 kills and four blocks.

Thanks to some very shaky serving by Colorado (six service errors) and strong play by Finley and Serena Warner down the stretch, Oregon took the first set 25-21.

After trading leads for much of the set, the Ducks found themselves down 21-19 after a Colorado kill. Not quick to panic, Oregon responded with a 6-0 run that began with a Brenner kill. Finley notched two kills at points 23 and 24 and a block by Warner officially put the Buffaloes away.

Led by Brenner, Oregon won set two in come-from-behind fashion.

After trailing 8-9 early in the set, the Ducks reeled off five straight points, including two of them on Brenner kills. With the 13-9 lead, Oregon never looked back with a 23-14 lead being the largest margin. Another Brenner kill, her fifth of the set, and a Colorado hitting error finalized the score at 25-16.

Brenner continued her strong game two with the first kill of set three for a 1-0 Oregon lead.

This set was a back-and-forth affair with Colorado showing its fight and Oregon trying to stay a few points ahead. The Ducks seized control for good when a Finley kill gave Oregon an 18-16 lead. From that point forward, the Ducks slowly pulled away with Finley accounting for three more points as Oregon won 25-18.

Set three also proved to be Oregon’s best offensive set of the year. The Ducks committed only six attacking errors yet notched 22 kills out of their 25 points for a final hitting percentage of .432.

Oregon returns to action Sunday when they host Utah at 12 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.

Photos: Oregon volleyball – Ducks conquer Colorado Buffaloes 3-0

The Oregon Ducks took on the Colorado Buffaloes Friday night in a shut out, winning 3-0. The Ducks look to play Utah on Sunday at 12 p.m., at Matthew Knight Arena.

Ducks Ariana Williams (7) smashes a ball towards Buffaloes outside hitter Kerra Schroeder (6). The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Oregon’s Ariana Williams (7) smashes a ball toward Buffaloes’ outside hitter Kerra Schroeder (6). The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Buffaloes Kerra Schroeder holds off the Oregon attack during the second game of the match. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Buffaloes’ Kerra Schroeder holds off the Oregon attack during the second game of the match. The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks Martenne Bettendorf (18) smashes a ball successfully past Buffalo defenders. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks’ Martenne Bettendorf (18) smashes a ball successfully past Buffalo defenders. The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks players Martenne Bettendorf (18) and Tatum Norton (17) sign autographs for fans after a homecoming win. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks players Martenne Bettendorf (18) and Tatum Norton (17) sign autographs for fans after a homecoming win. The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Oregon coach Jim Moore cracks a smile during his post-game talk with the media. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Oregon coach Jim Moore cracks a smile during his post-game talk with the media. The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks outside hitter, Martenne Bettendorf (18), talks with media after a 3-0 victory against the Buffaloes. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

Ducks outside hitter, Martenne Bettendorf (18), talks with media after a 3-0 victory against the Buffaloes. The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks played the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dominic Allen/Emerald)