COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Oregon sand volleyball team earned its first win in program history with a 3-2 victory over Louisiana-Monroe, Sunday.
Naya Crittenden and Serena Warner picked up their first win as a pair at the No. 5 position, 21-13, 21-15. The Ducks were awarded their second point thanks to the strong play of undefeated duo Martenne Bettendorf and Shellsy Ashen which won 21-14, 22-20.
But Louisiana Monroe won at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to make the score level, leaving freshmen Kacey Nady and Amanda Benson to decide the Ducks’ fate. After winning the first set 21-18, Nady/Benson lost a close second set, 21-23. In the third set, the two teams battled and needed extra points before the Duck duo gave Oregon the win with a 17-15 set victory.
In the second match of the day, Oregon fell to Alabama-Birmingham, 5-0. Liz Brenner and Tatum Norton were on the verge of earning their first victory, taking UAB’s No. 2 team of Alison Woods and Sam Serley to a third set, but went down in the third set, 15-10.
Oregon will now make the cross-country trip to California, where they will next face CSU Bakersfield in Bakersfield, Wednesday, March 26.
Oregon 3, ULM 2
1. Zuzana Markova/Marcela Araya def. Canace Finley/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez, 21-11, 21-4
2. Michelle McNamee/Hadley Swartz def. Liz Brenner/Tatum Norton, 21-11, 21-15
3. Kacey Nady/Amanda Benson def. Blanca Ocana/Hope Pawlik, 21-18, 21-23, 17-15
4. Martenne Bettendorf/Shellsy Ashen def. Alannah Cullum/Rachel Arnason, 21-14, 22-20
5. Naya Crittenden/Serena Warner def/ Kayla Kane/Kaitlyn Shearer, 21-13, 21-15
UAB 5, Oregon 0
1. Kiri Hirni/Bethani Thomas def. Canace Finley/Natalie Bookout Gonzalez, 21-16, 21-10
2. Alison Woods/Sam Serley def. Liz Brenner/Tatum Norton, 20-22, 21-13, 15-10
3. Sara Richell/Rachel Fairbanks def. Kacey Nady/Amanda Benson, 21-10, 21-17
4. Amber Treace/Ally Slaughter def. Shellsy Ashen/Martenne Bettendorf, 23-21, 21-13
5. Becca Howard/Gabby Deschotel def. Naya Crittenden/Serena Warner, 21-13, 21-17