Martenne Bettendorf

Oregon Ducks Volleyball Opens Conference Play At Oregon State and Arizona

The Oregon Women’s Volleyball team has had several weeks off entering Pac-12 play after starting the season with what seemed like a never ending road trip. Oregon won their first five matches on the East Coast to begin the 2015 season including the season opening Temple Invitational beating the home team, Temple, along with St […]

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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Bounces Back With Win Over Texas State

It is never easy to start the season on the road, but the Oregon Ducks Women’s Volleyball team did just that. They managed to win the first five games of the season including taking the trophy for the Temple Invitational beating Temple, St Joseph’s and Navy in Philadelphia. The team then picked up wins in […]

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Oregon Volleyball Comes Back vs George Washington, Gets to 4-0 On Season

The Oregon Ducks Volleyball team started the season 3-0 by sweeping though the Temple Invitational not losing a single set and taking out Temple, St John’s and Navy in the process. Oregon continues their road trip to start the season at George Washington on Tuesday night and the road to victory was not as easy […]

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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Sweeps Temple, St. John’s and Navy To Start Season

The Oregon Ducks are starting the season in a rough spot on the road for 2015. The Women’s Volleyball team does not have a contest in the State of Oregon until September 24th in a trip to Corvallis to take on Oregon State. Martenne Bettendorf and her teammates will not see a match on the […]

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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Opens Season With Road Sweep at Temple

The Oregon Football team kicks off their season next Saturday against Eastern Washington. Another Oregon team started their season on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Women’s Volleyball team gave Head Coach Jim Moore his eleventh opening game win in a row to start the season. The thirteenth ranked team in the country swept Temple on the road […]

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Oregon Ducks Volleyball Picked To Finish 4th in Pac-12 Coaches Poll

The Oregon Ducks Football team is not the only team gearing up for the 2015 season. The Oregon Volleyball team has also started practices in anticipation of another season of action, but this year it will begin on the road rather than at home. Following two exhibition matches the team will become road warriors with eleven […]

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Oregon Volleyball Set For Challenging 2015 Schedule With Early Road Test

The Oregon Ducks have announced the 2015 Women’s Volleyball schedule and there are as many challenges this season as there were in 2014. There is one big difference though. Last season, the team played a key stretch of the non-conference season at home in Eugene at Matthew Knight Arena and two teams dominated the schedule. […]

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Oregon Finishes Season Ranked 14th in AVCA Coaches Poll

At the beginning of the season the Oregon Ducks Women’s Volleyball team was on the outside looking in. They began 2014 slotted twenty-sixth in the country, one spot from being ranked. Now, with the season over and the team having a successful season and flirting with a ranking above the tenth slot at times, the […]

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As Oregon volleyball falls in Sweet 16, its rising stars emerge

Oregon volleyball ended its season Friday in Minneapolis with a four-set loss to No. 7 North Carolina in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

The Ducks played well enough to win but were unable to close out the early sets. The Tar Heels, who rank second in the nation in blocks per set (3.23), jumped out to a 2-0 advantage before Oregon could muster a comeback and ultimately emerged victorious 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16.

Just as it has been all season, the fourth set was Oregon’s achilles heel against North Carolina. Overall, the Ducks defeated their opponents by an average of 2.63 points per set in sets one, two, three and five. But, they were outscored by .31 in set four, which they won only half of the time.

“We fought hard, we passed, we played well in the first three sets,” Jim Moore said. “Statistically we were in front after the first three, but it’s not about the stats, it’s about the points.”

Liz Brenner posted six kills and 12 digs in her final match, good for second in Oregon history in career points (1,775.5), third in kills (1,617) and 10th in digs (1,140). She finished her legendary Oregon career with a 91-26 record.

“I loved my career at Oregon,” Brenner said. “I could not have asked for better coaches, team and staff.” Brenner is one of five seniors graduating from the program this season, alongside setter Shellsy Ashen, defensive specialist Natalie Bookout Gonzalez, and middle blockers Allie Rogers and Serena Warner.

All in all the Ducks (23-10) finished tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with an 11-9 conference record and a No. 16 nationwide ranking. Two-seed Texas defeated North Carolina in the quarterfinals and will meet unseeded BYU, the shocker of the tournament, on Dec. 18 in the Final Four. No. 1 Stanford, with the only Pac-12 run deeper than that of Oregon, advances to a Dec. 18 semifinal against five-seed Penn State.

The Ducks have established themselves as a consistent powerhouse both in the Pac-12 and country, qualifying for the national tournament in eight of ten years under Moore. Oregon will return plenty of talent its 2015 campaign, in which Martenne Bettendorf looks to extend her offensive reign. Bettendorf led the team in points (489.5) kills (440) and kills per set (3.52) and maintained a hitting percentage of .309 in 2014.

Warner and sophomore Kacey Nady also turned in dynamic statistical seasons, ranking first and second on the team with 133 (10th in Pac-12) and 93 total blocks respectively; Bettendorf finished third with 91. Both middle blockers cracked the top ten in Pac-12 hitting percentage, with Warner finishing fourth (.365) and Nady in 10th (.335).

Sophomore Amanda Benson, who spent the summer after her freshman year in China as a Pac-12 all-star, not only led the program in digs (548) but finished fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.39 digs per set.

Freshmen Maggie Scott, Frankie Shebby and Taylor Agost each made significant contributions to the Ducks’ success in 2014 and will play key roles on the team in years to come. Scott, who would “rather eat glass than lose,” led all Pac-12 freshmen with a team-leading 6.65 kills per set. Outside hitter Shebby put up 293 kills per set, third on the team only to veterans Bettendorf and Brenner, while middle blocker Agost, who battled injuries all season, came on strong with 50 kills in her last seven games.

A young team loaded with firepower, Oregon still has sufficient room for improvement from its memorable 2014 season. With the rise of Bettendorf and the development of Benson, Agost and their eight other returning members, the Ducks can and should build off this year’s success with yet another deep run and shot at the Pac-12 title in 2015.

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Photos: Oregon volleyball sweeps Louisiana State University Tigers 3-1 in second round of the playoffs

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) blocks Louisiana outside hitter Katie Lindelow's (7) spike.  The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) blocks Louisiana outside hitter Katie Lindelow’s (7) spike. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon junior outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) spikes the ball past Louisiana defense. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon junior outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) spikes the ball past Louisiana defense. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon cheerleader pumps up the crowd during a time out. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon cheerleader pumps up the crowd during a time out. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Louisiana players cheer on their teammates during the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Louisiana players cheer on their teammates during the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon pit crew fans cheer on the ducks. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon pit crew fans cheer on the ducks. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon head coach Jim Moore thanks the crowd after the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon head coach Jim Moore thanks the crowd after the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Louisiana defensive specialist Kelly Quinn (4) listens intently during a time out.  The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Louisiana defensive specialist Kelly Quinn (4) listens intently during a time out. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) and middle blocker Serena Warner (15) block a hit from Louisiana outside hitter Cati Leak (24). The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) and middle blocker Serena Warner (15) block a hit from Louisiana outside hitter Cati Leak (24). The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Serena Warner (15) taps the ball over the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Serena Warner (15) taps the ball over the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Serena Warner (15) celebrates the win of a set with teammates.  The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Serena Warner (15) celebrates the win of a set with teammates. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Eve Hess/Emerald)

Oregon defensive specialist Chelsey Keoho (17) prepares to serve the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon defensive specialist Chelsey Keoho (17) prepares to serve the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) jumps to spike the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) jumps to spike the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon's Pit Crew cheers on the Oregon volleyball team during the third set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon’s Pit Crew cheers on the Oregon volleyball team during the third set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18), libero Amanda Benson (10) and outside hitter Liz Brenner prepare for LSU to serve the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18), libero Amanda Benson (10) and outside hitter Liz Brenner prepare for LSU to serve the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) blocks LSU Malorie Pardo's (14) hit. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Frankie Shebby (4) blocks LSU Malorie Pardo’s (14) hit. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Kacey Nady (9) spikes the ball onto the LSU side of the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon middle blocker Kacey Nady (9) spikes the ball onto the LSU side of the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon defensive specialist Chelsey Keoho (17) dives to save the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon defensive specialist Chelsey Keoho (17) dives to save the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) spikes the ball onto the LSU side of the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) spikes the ball onto the LSU side of the net. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon women's volleyball team celebrates a scored point in the second set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon women’s volleyball team celebrates a scored point in the second set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) celebrates her point in the latter part of the fourth set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

Oregon outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf (18) celebrates her point in the latter part of the fourth set. The Oregon Ducks play the Louisiana State University Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Dec. 5, 2014. (Cameron Christensen/Emerald)

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