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Ronne Shares First Round Lead at Saint Mary’s

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Craig Ronne shot a career-best 7-under par and was tied for the lead after the first round of the Saint Mary’s Invitational, played Monday at the par-71, 7,002-yard Poppy Hills Golf Club.
 
Ronne, a senior from Klamath Falls, Ore., had seven birdies and 11 pars on his way to a 64 that helped Oregon stand tied for third after the opening round.
 
“Great round by Craig,” said assistant coach Jeff Quinney. “He was in control all day and set the tone for us to get off to a good start and be in the hunt.”
 
How It Happened: Ronne was at his best on both the par-five and the par-three holes. He played the par-fives in 3-under and had birdies on two of the four par-threes. Ronne was tied for first with Santa Clara’s Jack Avrit, who is the older brother of Oregon’s Owen Avrit.
 
The Ducks also counted a 1-under 70 from Nate Stember, a 1-over 72 from Greg Solhaug and a plus-3 from Greyson Leach. Stember played steady golf with two birdies and just one bogey and was tied for 21st after the first round.
 
Oregon was tied for third with Santa Clara at 4-under 280. No. 6 Stanford led at minus-15 with San Francisco second at 7-under.
 
Notable: Ronne’s round matched his career low score, a 6-under 64 that came at the season-opening Maui Jim Intercollegiate at the par-70 Mirabel Golf Club.
 
Ducks On The Leaderboard
Poppy Hills Golf Club (Par 71, 7,002 Yards)
T3. Oregon – 280 (-4)
T1. Craig Ronne – 64 (-7)
T21. Nate Stember – 70 (-1)
T41. Greg Solhaug – 72 (+1)
T66. Greyson Leach – 74 (+3)
T66. Eric Doyle* – 74 (+3)
T93. Owen Avrit – 77 (+6)
*competing as an individual
 
Up Next: Round two of the Saint Mary’s Invitational begins Tuesday at 8 a.m.
 
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Robey Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

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EUGENE, Ore. – On the strength of a dominating presence at the net, Kiari Robey has earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Robey averaged 2.00 blocks per set during the Ducks’ Bay Area road trip.
 
In the latest round of rankings, Oregon checked is No. 17 in the AVCA coaches’ poll and moved up four spots to No. 22 in the NCAA RPI release. The Ducks are back home this week to host USC (11/12) and 12th-ranked UCLA (11/14) at Matthew Knight Arena.
 
Robey opened the weekend with a season-high seven blocks in the Ducks’ straight-set win at No. 19 Stanford, the program’s first-ever sweep of the Cardinal and its first road win in the series since 2011. Oregon held Stanford to a .196 hitting percentage; the Cardinal entered the match with a conference-leading .275 hitting percentage. She added three kills and an ace in the victory.
 
In the team’s weekend finale at Cal, the Atlanta native put down six kills—hitting .714—with five more blocks and three digs in the sweep. With her efforts at the net, Robey was part of the UO defense that limited the Bears to a .032 hitting percentage and a season-low 18 kills in the three-set match.
 
With their wins at Stanford and Cal, the Ducks posted their first weekend sweep in the Bay since the 2011 campaign. Oregon heads into the final three weeks of the regular season at 18-6 overall, along with a 9-5 mark in Pac-12 play.
 
Robey and libero Georgia Murphy led the team’s defensive efforts in holding Stanford and Cal to a combined .122 hitting percentage. Murphy averaged 5.17 digs per set and added four aces this past weekend. Oregon leads the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage (.168) and digs per set (15.92 d/s).
 
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Bassa Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

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EUGENE, Ore. — Jeffrey Bassa has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for his performance in No. 4 Oregon’s 26-16 win at Washington, the conference office announced on Monday.
 
Bassa – who has started the last four games at inside linebacker for Oregon after moving over from safety – joins Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell as Ducks to win Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this season.
 
Oregon has now had 10 different players combine to win 11 conference weekly awards this season. The Ducks have had at least one winner in seven of the first 10 weeks.
 
Jeffrey Bassa – Pac-12 Freshman of the Week
» Six tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one sack, and one pass breakup vs. UW.
» Matched career-high with six tackles for the third straight game.
» Recorded his first career sack on a second-down play in the third quarter.
» Had a half TFL on a key fourth-down stop in the second quarter.
» A big part of Oregon’s defense that held UW to just 166 yards of total offense.
» UO held a Pac-12 opponent under 200 yards for the first time since 2010.
» Oregon’s highest-graded player by Pro Football Focus at 79.3.
 
Oregon 2021 Pac-12 Weekly Award Winners
Sept. 7 – Justin Flowe (Freshman)
Sept. 13 – CJ Verdell (Offensive)
Sept. 13 – Alex Forsyth (Offensive Lineman)
Sept. 13 – Bradyn Swinson (Defensive Lineman)
Sept. 20 – Verone McKinley III (Defensive)
Sept. 20 – T.J. Bass (Offensive Lineman)
Sept. 27 – Bennett Williams (Defensive)
Oct. 18 – Noah Sewell (Freshman)
Oct. 25 – Kayvon Thibodeaux (Defensive & Defensive Lineman)
Oct. 25 – Noah Sewell (Freshman)
Nov. 8 – Jeffrey Bassa (Freshman)
 

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Ducks Open Regular Season Tuesday at MKA

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon will open the 2021-22 season when it hosts Idaho State at Matthew Knight Arena Tuesday. The No. 10 Ducks will play their first regular season game in front of fans at MKA in 19 months due to the pandemic. Oregon will look to extend its home nonconference winning streak to 42 games against the defending Big Sky Conference champion Bengals. Tuesday’s game can be viewed live on the Oregon Live Stream.

Fans attending Tuesday’s game can find information on Oregon home event protocols here

GAME INFO
When:
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Live Stream: Oregon Live Stream
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/live/university-oregon
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz | Analyst: Bev Smith

NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 – Oregon leads the Pac-12 with four players on the preseason all-conference team. (Te-Hina Paopao, Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally, Endyia Rogers)
6 – Oregon is one of six Power 6 schools to have at least three players on its roster who earned all-conference honors last year.
42 – The Ducks head into the 2021-22 season on a 42-game nonconference winning streak in Matthew Knight Arena.
59.6 – Oregon held opponents to 59.6 points per game in 2020-21, good for the fifth-lowest mark in school history.
77 – The Ducks enter the year having been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 77 poll releases dating back to 2017-18.

NEW-LOOK DUCKS
The 2021-22 Ducks will feature a mixture of returnees and experienced newcomers in addition to two true freshmen. All six of Oregon’s players who return from last season will be playing their second collegiate seasons, while the four transfers from Division I schools have a combined 331 career games played (273 starts) under their belts. Additionally, the Ducks will welcome in a two-time NJCAA All-American (Chanaya Pinto) and a pair of highly-touted freshmen in Taylor Bigby and Phillipina Kyei. All six of Oregon’s returnees have never played a regular season game in front of fans at Matthew Knight Arena. 

PRESEASON HONORS
A number of Oregon players have earned preseason recognition, both nationally and from the Pac-12 Conference. The Ducks lead the league with four players on the preseason all-conference team as Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers, Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally were each tabbed all league ahead of the season by the media. Paopao also earned a spot on the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, honoring the nation’s top point guard. Sydney Parrish was named to the watch list for the national shooting guard of the year award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, while Sabally was one of 20 selected to the Katrina McClain Award watch list, recognizing the best power forward in the country.

TUNING UP
Oregon dominated in its two exhibition tune-ups ahead of Tuesday’s regular-season opener against Idaho State. The Ducks beat Saint Martin’s, 93-26, on Oct. 28 in the first women’s basketball game of any kind in front of fans at Matthew Knight Arena since March 1, 2020. Oregon held the Saints scoreless until the 5:20 mark of the second quarter while Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers led the way offensively with 22 points and 17 points, respectively. In the second exhibition game, the Ducks used a balanced offensive attack to top defending NAIA national champion Westmont, 95-65, on Nov. 6. Nyara Sabally and Sedona Prince each posted double-doubles, with Sabally scoring 14 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in just 15 minutes and Prince adding 10 points and 11 boards. Phillipina Kyei led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting while Sydney Parrish went 4-for-7 from outside and finished with 16 points. Maddie Scherr led the team with eight assists and did not commit a turnover. 

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Richardson Named to 2022 Naismith Trophy Watch List

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ATLANTA – Senior Will Richardson was one of 50 players nationally named the 2022 Naismith Trophy Watch by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday.
 
Richardson shot 40 percent from three-point range last season and finished with nine double-digit scoring outings, including a career-high 22 points at Oregon State. Richardson followed that up with 19 points (7-10 FG), seven assists and six rebounds in the win over Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The senior has dished out a career-high nine assists twice and has 17 games with five or more assists. He is 19 steals away from entering UO’s career top 10.
 
One of four Pac-12 players on the list, the Pac-12 preseason all-conference first team selection is also one of 20 point guards listed on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year watch list.
 
Awarded to the player of the year each season, the Naismith trophy was first awarded in 1969 to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The watch list is reduced to 30 names midway through the season, before the committee votes on the winner from four finalists.
 
The full list is available here.

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Charlton and Vandecasteele Bring Home Doubles Title at Jack Kramer Invitational

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LOS ANGELES – Oregon men’s tennis double’s team Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele won the doubles draw of the Jack Kramer Invitational today.
 
How It Happened: The duo handily defeated Arizona (Malbasic/Hassey) in the final with a winning score of 8-4. The No. 1 ranked team in the tournament stormed through the field, with their closest match finishing at 8-6.
 
The Ducks won two matches on Saturday, after a first round bye. The team beat UCSB’s Brady and Masjuan, 8-6, before making quick work of Carlsson-Halldin and Summaria of Pepperdine, 8-4.
 
In singles play, Charlton advanced to the finals after defeating Marvin Schaber (San Diego) 7-6(5), 6-4. Charlton later fell in the finals to Pepperdine’s Corrado Summaria, 6-4, 6-4. Vandecasteele made it to the semifinals by defeating Arizona’s Filip Malbasic with a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 win. He eventually fell to U of A’s Corrado Summaria on Sunday morning, 6-4, 6-3.
 
Jack Kramer Invitational – Opening Rounds (Los Angeles)
Singles
First Round
Quinn Vandecasteele (UO) def. Blaine Hovenier (UCLA) – 6-1, 6-1
Isaac Becroft (LMU) def. Luke Vandecasteele (UO) – 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Carlos Hassey (Arizona) def. Jesper Klöv-Nilsson (UO) – 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4
Joshua Charlton (UO) def. Gianluca Brunkow (UCSB) – 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
Second Round
Quinn Vandecasteele (UO) def. Joe Tyler (SDSU) – 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(2)
Joshua Charlton (UO) def. Johannes Seeman (SDSU) – 6-4, 6-4
Third Round
Quinn Vandecasteele (UO) def. Filip Malbasic (Arizona) – 6-4, 6-3
Joshua Charlton (UO) def. Marvin Schaber (San Diego) – 7-6(5), 6-4
Semifinals
Corrado Summaria (Arizona) def. Quinn Vandecasteele (UO) – 6-4, 6-3
Joshua Charlton (UO) def. Carlos Hassey (Arizona) – 6-1, 6-4
Finals
Corrado Summaria (Arizona) def. Joshua Charlton (UO)  – 6-4, 6-4
 
Jack Kramer Invitational – Opening Rounds (Los Angeles)
Doubles
First Round
Bye
Second Round
Charlton/Vandecasteele (UO) def. Brady/Masjuan (UCSB) – 8-6
Semifinals
Charlton/Vandecasteele (UO) def. Carlsson-Halldin/ Summaria (Pepperdine) – 8-3
Finals
Charlton/Vandecasteele (UO) def. Malbasic/Hassey (Arizona) – 8-4

 
 

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Ducks Finish Fall Season at Pebble Beach

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Oregon wraps up the fall season Monday through Wednesday at the Saint Mary’s Invitational, played at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach., Calif. The 19-team field includes No. 6 Stanford.

WHAT TO WATCH
Tom Gueant and Yuki Moriyama, the Ducks’ top two golfers from a season ago, were in international competitions over the weekend while the rest of the squad traveled to California. Moriyama tied for 16th in a field of 120 Saturday at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Dubai, UAE. Gueant helped France finish fourth at the 2021 Spirit International Amateur Championship in Trinity, Texas.
Owen Avrit has had five rounds under par in nine total rounds this fall, including a career-low 64 at the Maui Jim Invitational.
• Freshman Greyson Leach tied for first at the Husky Individual Invitational, shooting a 10-under 206 (68-68-70).
• The Ducks carded the third-lowest score in program history, 820 (20-under), at the season-opening Maui Jim Invitational. Oregon was -27 for the last two rounds.
• Oregon returns six of its top seven golfers from last season’s NCAA Regional qualifying team. That includes Tom Gueant (71.45 scoring average), Yuki Moriyama (72.16), Nate Stember (73.00), Owen Avrit (73.32), Craig Ronne (73.88) and Greg Solhaug (74.63).
 

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No. 18 Ducks Sweep Cal in Berkeley

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BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 18 Oregon volleyball team capped its weekend in the Bay Area with a sweep of Cal (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Brooke Nuneviller led all players with 14 kills and the Ducks held Cal to a .032 hitting percentage on its home floor. With the win, Oregon moves to 18-6 overall with a 9-5 mark in Pac-12 play.
 
The Ducks have won 15 of the past 17 meetings with Cal, 13 of those coming in straight sets. Coupled with Thursday’s win at No. 19 Stanford, Oregon posts its first weekend sweep in the Bay since 2011.
 
Up Next: The Ducks are back home next weekend to host the L.A. schools in Eugene, beginning Friday against USC at 4 p.m. (PT). As part of a doubleheader at MKA, the UO men’s basketball team will play SMU following the match at 8 p.m.
 
Nuneviller was joined in double figures by Morgan Lewis who put down 10 kills against the Bears. Gloria Mutiri added seven kills on the right side while Kiari Robey and Taylor Williams each had six kills in the match. Robey also registered a match-high five total blocks. The Atlanta, Ga., native tallied 12.0 blocks in two matches this weekend.
 
Libero Georgia Murphy led the Ducks’ effort behind the block with a match-leading 16 digs, and moves within 10 of the 1,000 career milestone. Murphy was also one of four UO players with an ace against the Bears. The Ducks finished the afternoon with six service aces, two each from setters Elise Ferreira and Kylie Robinson and one from both Murphy and Becca Morse.
 
With a 2-0 match lead in hand, Oregon were slow out of the gates in the third set with Cal (7-18, 0-14) jumping out to an 8-1 advantage. However, the Ducks reeled off 12-consecutive points, capping the run with a kill by Nuneviller. The lead grew to 19-12 after a kill by Taylor Williams. After a block gave UO its first match point, Robinson closed it out with an ace.
 
The Ducks cruised through the opening set and looked to be in control of the second with a 16-11 lead but Cal put together a five-point surge to pull even. Head coach Matt Ulmer used his first timeout and out of the huddle, Oregon responded by winning nine of the last 10 points of the set.
 
For more news and information about UO Volleyball, follow @OregonVB on Instagram and Twitter, and @OregonVolleyball on Facebook.

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Ducks Enter Top Five In AP Poll

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon football team moved up two spots to No. 5 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll on Sunday following the Ducks’ 26-16 win over Washington in Seattle. UO also moved up one spot to No. 6 in the AFCA Coaches poll.
 
The Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) were No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings released last Tuesday. The new CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
 
Oregon is in the top five of the AP poll for the fourth time this season, and first since week four. This is the Ducks’ ninth consecutive week in the top 10 of the AP poll. Oregon remains the only Pac-12 team ranked in both the AP and AFCA polls.
 
The Ducks return home this week to host Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Autzen Stadium (ESPN).
 

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Charlton and Vandecasteele Advance to Finals of Jack Kramer Invitational

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LOS ANGELES – Oregon men’s tennis double’s team Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele each advanced to the finals of the Jack Kramer Invitational on Saturday. They each started the day with singles victories, playing on in the semifinals bracket of singles play.
 
The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament won two matches this afternoon, after each advancing in singles, leaving them undefeated on the day. After a first round bye, the team beat UCSB’s Brady and Masjuan 8-6, before making quick work of Carlsson Halldin and Summaria of Pepperdine.
 
They will look to bring home the championship on Sunday, when they face off against Arizona’s Malbasic and Hassey at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
 
In the morning singles play, Vandecasteele defeated Arizona’s Filip Malbasic with a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 win. He will face off against U of A’s Corrado Summaria on Sunday morning in the semifinals. Charlton also started the day defeating an Arizona Wildcat, with a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over Carlos Hassey.
 
On Friday, Charlton battled it out with Gianluca Brunkow (UCSB) to earn a three-set victory, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4. He followed that up with an afternoon victory over Johannes Seeman (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4.
 
Vandecasteele outplayed UCLA’s Blaine Hovenier with a quick 6-1, 6-1 win. He then went on to defeat Joe Taylor (SDSU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a heated battle. 

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