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Sand Volleyball to Finish Inaugural Season in Portland
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/10/2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon sand volleyball (1-7) will conclude its inaugural season with three neutral-site matches against Northwest competition, Saturday, April 12. The Ducks will face Washington, Boise State and Portland State at The Courts in Eastmoreland, beginning at 10 a.m. Attendance to the matches is free. The Courts in Eastmoreland is located in Southeast Portland off Highway 99 at 3015 SE Berkeley Place, Portland, OR 97202.
 
Saturday, April 12
Boise State vs. Portland State – 10 a.m.
Oregon vs. Washington – 10 a.m.

Washington vs. Portland State – Noon
Oregon vs. Boise State – Noon

Oregon vs. Portland State – 2 p.m.
Washington vs. Boise State – 2 p.m.

Scouting the Competition:
Washington added sand volleyball in the fall of 2013 and the matches this weekend will be the first in program history.

Boise State is in its first year as a sand program and is 2-3 through the first five matches of the season. Both of the Broncos’ wins came in 3-2 fashion against Cal Poly and Sacramento State. The team of Katelyn Kinghorn and Aly Duffin has been the most successful for Boise State, with a combined 3-1 record at No. 4 and No. 5.

Portland State only fields three pairs in what is not yet a varsity sport at the university.

Sand Standouts:
Sophomore Martenne Bettendorf and junior Shellsy Ashen have seen the most success for the Ducks this season with 6-2 individual records. The two played as a pair at the No. 4 position to start the season, going 4-1 before Ashen moved to No. 3 during the matches in California.

Sand Volleyball 101:
Each school will field five doubles teams ranked by ability, similar to how collegiate tennis is formatted. Each doubles team plays again the corresponding team or teams from other schools. In a dual meet, the winning team is the school winning three of five matches. Individual matches are two sets to 21, with a tiebreaker set to 15 if needed. All sets are rally scoring and must be won by two points. Tournament play will still employ flights. Points are awarded based on finish in each of the five brackets and a total team score determines the winner of the event.

Ducks Add 20th Program:
The University of Oregon Athletics Department announced the addition of women’s sand volleyball to begin NCAA competition, September 27, 2013. Sand volleyball becomes Oregon’s 12th women’s program and 20th overall.

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