LOS ANGELES – The Oregon sand volleyball team concluded its spring break road trip with a doubleheader, Thursday, first falling to No. 2 USC before dropping a tightly-contested match against Cal State Northridge, 3-2.
Martenne Bettendorf was part of another winning tandem, coupling with Amanda Benson to defeat the No. 4 team of CSU Northridge, 21-19, 21-15. The victory is the second win for the duo this season and the sixth for Bettendorf individually.
Shellsy Ashen is also 6-2 this season individually, and earned a win Thursday at the No. 3 spot for the Ducks with partner Kacey Nady. The two defeated Marissa Boyd and Mahina Haina of CSUN, 21-18, 21-14.
Unfortunately the two wins were not enough to take the match as the Matadors picked up wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 5. It marks the second 3-2 loss for the Ducks in as many days.
Oregon made its Pac-12 Network debut against the second-ranked Trojans in the first matchup of the doubleheader where it lost 5-0.
Bettendorf/Benson held their own at the No. 4 position staying in each of their two sets late, but the Trojans’ experience prevailed in a 21-19, 21-15 win.
USC 5, Oregon 0
1. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Natalie Bookout Gonzalez/Canace Finley (ORE); 21-5, 21-12
2. Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Liz Brenner/Tatum Norton (ORE); 21-9, 21-14
3. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Shellsy Ashen/Kacey Nady (ORE); 21-14, 21-15
4. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Amanda Benson/Martenne Bettendorf (ORE); 21-17, 21-19
5. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Naya Crittenden/Serena Warner (ORE); 21-9, 21-13
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1*, 2, 3
CSU Northridge 3, Oregon 2
1. Natalie Allen/Casey Hinger (CSUN) def. Natalie Bookout Gonzalez/Canace Finley (ORE); 21-15, 21-12
2. Sydney Gedryn/Kelcie Randazzo (CSUN) def. Liz Brenner/Tatum Norton (ORE); 21-18, 21-11
3. Shellsy Ashen/Kacey Nady (ORE) def. Marissa Boyd/Mahina Haina (CSUN); 21-18, 21-14
4. Amanda Benson/Martenne Bettendorf (ORE) def. Sam Kaul/Steffi Miller (CSUN); 21-19, 21-15
5. Brooke Dawson/Julie Haake (CSUN) def. Naya Crittenden/Serena Warner (ORE); 21-18, 21-15
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 1*, 3