EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 22 Oregon volleyball team rallied once again to defeat No. 23 UCLA in four sets at Matthew Knight Arena, Friday, 17-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-23.

The Ducks had three players with double digit kills, led by junior All-American Liz Brenner who finished with 19. Brenner was not in top form for a majority of the match, entering the fourth set with 10 kills and hitting .152, but the Portland, Ore., native was big when it counted, tallying nine kills in the final set including the Ducks’ last four, which was part of a 5-1 run to end the match.

Ariana Williams posted a career-high 17 kills on 26 attempts, hitting .500 on the night. Williams did not miss a beat with new setter, Shellsy Ashen as the two worked the slide all night. The precision was nothing different than what Oregon fans have seen from the senior all season, as it is the ninth time she has hit over .400.

Ashen also had a career night with 51 assists and said she felt comfortable taking the starting role heading into the match.

“Obviously, we don’t want Lauren to be hurt but I felt prepared and the team had my back. It was definitely a team effort and I felt really comfortable on the court,” Ashen said.

UCLA took control of the match early against Oregon, dominating the first set 25-17 and holding Oregon to nine kills in the set and a .000 team hitting mark.

Just as they did last week at Arizona State, the Ducks bounced back in the second set with a 25-21 win. Oregon was down 21-20 before head coach Jim Moore called timeout, out of which the Ducks jetted to a 5-0 run ended by a Liz Brenner ace.

The third set was all Oregon as the Green and Yellow created a large gap in the middle of the set thanks to a 5-1 run, making the score 18-11 and held their ground the rest of the way to finish up 25-17. The Ducks were scoring at will during the frame and hit .542 as a team converting on 66 percent of their attack attempts (16-for-24).

The final set was a stage for the Ducks’ four-sport athlete, Brenner, who had nine of the team’s 19 kills. After going up 4-3 early on, Oregon never saw the lead again until the late charge put it up 24-23, and was capped on the first match point.

Canace Finley accounted for 11 kills and three blocks, playing a steady role in the offense throughout the night.

While Martenne Bettendorf, who is averaging 3.11 kills/set this season, finished under her average with eight, she had a major role in the Ducks’ ability to keep points alive, coming in with a career-high 18 assists.

Oregon will host on No. 1 USC, Sunday at 3 p.m. Though the Ducks are 3-18 all-time against top-ranked opponents, they have taken down a No. 1 in each of the past two seasons.

“USC is the number one team in the country,” Moore said. “It’s about winning the play in front of us. That’s the only way you can win it, and that’s who we are.”


The Automated ScoreBook
#23 UCLA vs #22 Oregon
(Oct 11, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
   UCLA      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
2   Reeves, Kelly   14  33  .273  18  14.5 
4   Lawless, Haley   10  32  .125  10.0 
9   Moenoa, Megan   .500  29  2.5 
12  Aquino, Mariana   15  .133  7.5 
13  Nightingale, Zoe   13  .385  8.5 
17  Lowe, Karsta   12  39  .128  14.0 
3   Robbins, Jordan   .000  0.0 
5   Stauber, Monica   .000  0.0 
6   Drolson, Karly   .000  13  0.0 
7   Klineman, Maddy   .333  2.0 
8   Felix, Claire   15  .267  6.0 
16  Inouye, Rachel   .000  0.0 
  Totals  52  21  153  .203  50  55  16  65.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
15  40  .200  12-18   66% 
11  45  .111  12-24   50% 
12  30  .233  13-25   51% 
14  38  .289  17-24   70% 
          54-91   59% 
   
SET SCORES     TEAM RECORDS 
UCLA   (1)  25  21  17  23     9-6, 0-5 Pac-12  
Oregon   (3)  17  25  25  25     10-5, 3-2 Pac-12  
   Oregon      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
5   Finley, Canace   11  22  .364  12.5 
6   Brenner, Liz   19  53  .189  20.5 
7   Williams, Ariana   17  26  .500  19.0 
15  Warner, Serena   -1.000  0.5 
16  Ashen, Shellsy   .333  51  1.0 
18  Bettendorf, Martenne  32  .094  18  9.0 
8   Crittenden, Naya   .333  1.5 
9   Nady, Kacey   -.600  1.0 
10  Benson, Amanda   .000  18  1.0 
12  Bair, Bethany   .000  1.0 
17  Norton, Tatum   .000  12  1.0 
  Totals  58  26  150  .213  56  67  10  68.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
40  .000  11-24   45% 
14  43  .140  13-22   59% 
16  24  .542  13-17   76% 
19  43  .302  18-24   75% 
          55-87   63% 
    Site: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Date: Oct 11, 2013 Attend: 2250 Time: 1:55
Referees: Lara Donaldson, Margie Ray
   
   Total 
Tie scores  17 
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