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EUGENE - The No. 10 UCLA volleyball team (20-7, 10-7) ended a three-match losing streak at McArthur Court with a 3-1 win Friday night over No. 23 Oregon (18-9, 6-9).
The Bruins won by a 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 25-25 score to also end a three-game road losing streak the past month.
“We started slow, and you can’t do that in the Pac-10,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore sad. “We started to finally play when our back were against the wall that third game which we won. However, you have to not let you guard back down in the four set, and we did. We didn’t dig the balls we had to dig, and part of it was we were trying too hard. I was hoping we would play better tonight.”
For Oregon, senior outside hitter Heather Meyers led the team in kills (17) and hitting (.245) for the 13th and eight times, respectively, this season – both team highs.
Two other sophomore hitters - Katherine Fischer and Alaina Bergsma - also posted double-digit kill figures (14 / 12), and freshman middle blocker Ariana Williams topped .300 for the 15th time this season (.308).
Sophomore libero Haley Jacob tied her career high in digs (24) with her most in a non-five-set match, and climbed two spots on the Duck all-time season list to eighth (404).
Freshman Lauren Plum continued her climb up the Duck all-time season assists list, and her 41 assists Friday moved her to seventh (1,117) past Casey Crisler (eighth, 1,086, 1995).
Fischer and Plum added their 13th and seventh double-doubles of the season with 12 and 10 digs, respectively, while sophomore defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki's 12 digs was her fourth +10 tally of the season.
Also on defense, sophomore Jocelyn Levig led in blocks (6) and logged her eighth total of five or more this season.
In the team comparison, UCLA held advantages in hitting (.325-.217), kills (62-56), digs (57-49), aces (7-3) and blocks (10-7.5).
Bruin category leaders included Dicey McGraw (24 kills, 24.5 points), Bojana Todorovic (.452, 2 aces), Lauren Van Orden (55 assists), Lainey Gera (31 digs) and Katie Camp (4 blocks).
Coming into Friday night, the three-tme NCAA champion Bruins had lost three consecutive seasons at Mac Court after 3-2 decisions in 2009 and '08, and a 3-0 sweep in '07. Oregon also scored a 3-2 win in L.A. in '08 to give sixth-year Duck head coach Jim Moore four of the team's five all-time wins in the series dating back to 1976.
In other league action Friday night, No. 6 USC won 3-0 at Oregon State; No. 4 California topped No. 2 Stanford 3-1 in Berkeley to break a tie between the two teams for first in the Pac-10; No. 22 Arizona won 3-1 home vs. Washington State; and No. 11 Washington won 3-0 in Tempe.
Looking ahead, the Ducks return to Mac Court for their final home match of the season Saturday at 7 p.m. against No. 6 USC (22-5, 12-5). Promotions-wise, the match is a Dads & Daughters Night, and fans that buy an adult G.A. ticket will receive a child G.A. ticket for free.
Meyers will also be honored before the match in a special Senior Night ceremony, as will a host of Duck alumni at a mid-match intermission in the final contest at the historic facility that held its first collegiate athletic event in 1927.
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