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PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 24 University of Oregon volleyball team (19-11, 7-11) ended the season with a 3-0 blanking of Washington State (6-22, 0-18) Saturday night at Bohler Gym to try and position itself for a school record fifth straight postseason bid.
The Ducks won by a 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 count for its 10th straight win in the series and eighth via sweep.
For UO, senior outside hitter Heather Meyers paced the team in kills (16) and hitting (.423) for the 14th and ninth times this season, respectively, and sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer added 12 kills and hit .321.
At the service line, three Ducks logged a team-best two aces Saturday – sophomores Kellie Kawasaki and Jocelyn Levig and freshman Lauren Plum.
Plum added 35 assists, six digs, and a block and helped the Ducks post a .308 hitting mark – its 11th +.300 total of the season and third in league action.
On defense, sophomore libero Haley Jacob ended with a team-high 10 digs - her 26th double-digit effort of the season - and climbed a spot to fifth all-time for digs in a season for UO (450). Levig’s five blocks led the team for a team-best 15th time this season and was her ninth effort of five blocks or more in ‘10.
In the team comparison, Oregon held advantages in hitting (.308-.219), kills (42-38), aces (7-3), digs (37-30) and blocks (8-7.5).
Cougar category leaders included Meagan Ganzer (14 kills, 4 blocks), Brittany Tillman (.421), Sara Biondi (28 assists), Oceana Bush (16 digs) and Marcelina Glab (4 blocks).
In the only other action around the Pac-10 Saturday night, No. 14 Washington won 3-0 over Oregon State in Seattle.
Looking ahead to Sunday, November 28, the 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on ESPNEWS from 12-12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The first and second rounds follow later next week at 16, four-team sites on Thursday-Saturday, December 2-4.
The following week, four-team NCAA Regional third and fourth rounds will be hosted on Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11 in Austin, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Seattle, Wash; and State College, Pa. The NCAA semifinals and final follow on Thursday and Saturday, December 16 and 18 in Kansas City, Mo.
More information on the NCAA tourney is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.
UO’s win tally in ’10 was its fourth straight of 19 or more after posting 20 (’09), 25 (’08) and 22 (’07), and only one other Duck head coach has achieved the feat - Karla Rice (1973, 24; 1974 24; 1975, 19; 1976, 26; 1977, 24).
Last year, UO was seeded 14th in the 64-team field - its third straight top-16 seed. Sixth-year Duck head coach Jim Moore now sports a 5-4 NCAA tourney record thanks to the Ducks’ NCAA Third Round ‘Sweet 16’ trips in 2007 and ‘08, compared to Oregon’s 1-4 mark in its four prior NCAA tourney trips in 1984, ’86, ’87 and ’89.
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