FRESNO, Calif. – It took only nine sets for the No. 20 Oregon volleyball team (7-3) to come away with the Fresno State Classic Championship after Oregon defeated both Belmont and Fresno State in straight sets, Saturday. The Ducks took care of Belmont 25-12, 25-20, 25-15 and defeated Fresno State in the finale, 25-21, 25-17, 25-14.
Seniors Lauren Plum and Ariana Williams were named to the all-tournament team, with Williams being named the tournament MVP. Plum averaged 11.56 assists/set and 2.22 digs/set while Williams was the team’s leading attacker with 3.67 kills/set, hitting at 45.6 percent.
In Saturday’s action, Williams had 11 kills against Belmont before racking up 10 kills in the night cap against Fresno State. The middle blocker has now reached double-digit kills in her last six matches.
In addition to Plum’s 36 assists against Belmont, the setter had a career high seven blocks, including one solo block. The Poway, Calif., native have 32 assists against Fresno State and added six kills on seven attempts.
In each of the three sets of the match against Belmont, Oregon found their stride around the midway point, providing a cushion as they made their way to the 25-point mark.
Against Fresno State, Oregon was off to a shaky start in the first set before making a comeback and drawing even at 14-14. The set would stay close all the way until the Ducks’ 3-0 run at the end of the set to win 25-21.
Junior Liz Brenner came alive in the second set for the Green and Yellow, landing seven kills on 11 attacks with no errors. Brenner had five-straight kills for Oregon during a stretch late in the set, during which, Fresno State could only respond with a point of their own. The streak busted things open for the Ducks who finished strong for a 25-17 win.
Oregon took off in the third set with a 10-0 run to go up 17-5 and kept their distance all the way to the 25-14 finish.
Oregon hit .356 as a team in each of the two matches compared to Belmont and Fresno State which hit .040 and .143, respectively.
Oregon will have more than a week off in preparation for Pac-12 play. The Ducks will open the conference slate at Oregon State, Sept. 25 before the conference home-opener against Washington, Sept. 27.