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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 23 University of Oregon volleyball team (18-8, 6-8) polished off its fourth season sweep of Oregon State (8-20, 1-13) the last five years with a 3-1 victory Friday night at Gill Coliseum.
The Ducks won by a 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 score thanks to another balanced offensive attack and raised sixth-year head coach Jim Moore’s record in the series to 9-3.
“At this point late in the season, this was a really important win,” Moore said. “They had nothing to lose, while we had a lot on the line. This isn’t an easy place to play at, and that showed early. Once Heather (Meyers) got it going, that made a huge difference, and the team took off with her.”
Senior Heather Meyers continued her climb up the Pac-10 career aces chart with four aces, and moved into second place (172) all-time and passed former Stanford Olympian Logan Tom (third, 171). Her season total of 59 also moved her into a four-way tie for eighth all-time in Pac-10 history and fourth in the Duck record books.
Meyers was equally explosive at the net, and posted her third-highest kill tally of 2010 (20) and her 13th .300 night of the season (.395). The Temecula, Calif., and also led the team in the categories for the 12th and seventh times this season, respectively.
Among other offensive notes, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alaina Bergsma landed 18 kills - including seven in the first set - and ended with a .297 mark, sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer added 13 kills; and freshman setter Lauren Plum collected 51 assists – her seventh +50-total of the season – and was one shy of her seventh double-double with nine digs.
Also on defense, sophomore libero Haley Jacob’s added a team-high 18 digs and was one of three in double-digits with sophomore defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki (13) and Fischer (12), and the latter player enjoyed her 12th double-double of the campaign.
Jacob also made her first appearance on the Duck all-time season charts in digs (10th, 380).
Glancing at league-play only this season, Oregon turned in its third-best highest hitting mark (.291), while OSU finished with a .188 total – the third-lowest its allowed behind WSU’s mark (.157) and OSU’s total (.128) last month.
In other team comparisons, UO held additional edges in kills (65-44) and digs (65-47); the two teams tied in aces (4-4); and OSU won the blocking battle (12-7).
OSU’s category leaders included Jill Sawatzky (11 kills), Mona Kressl (7 blocks, .438), Camille Saxton (11 digs) and Megan McBride (25 assists).
In the first set, the two teams stayed within close proximity until OSU pushed ahead from 13-12 to 20-13, thanks to four kills, two blocks and an ace. UO fought back to within one, 23-22, but an OSU block and kill ended the set, 25-23. Both teams hit +.300 (UO .317, OSU .375) in the stanza, but the Beavers gained extra momentum after they landed three of their four aces of the match and had five of their 12 blocks.
After a 5-5 tie in the second set, UO finally staked its first notable lead when it jumped ahead 12-6 after a OSU run of three attack errors, a ball handling error, service error and two Duck kills. Oregon continued to hold at least a four-point edge the rest of the way to a 25-18 decision. UO hit only .194 for the set, but limited OSU to a .029 mark that included nine kills and eight hitting errors – three of which came via Duck blocks.
Oregon sped ahead to a 5-1 lead in the third set, partly thanks to three Beaver hitting errors and another service error. OSU’s closest margin came moments later when it pulled within 11-8, but a five-point Duck spurt re-extended UO’s lead to 16-8. Oregon cruised again to the set’s end with a four-point run to win 25-14 on an ace by Meyers, and kills by Fischer, Meyers and Williams.
In the fourth set, OSU tried to stay alive and was still within two points, 10-8. Oregon, however, sealed the match with a 9-2 run that included seven kills and the second of Meyers’ two aces in the set to go up 19-11. Oregon eventually pulled out the match, 25-19, that was fittingly ended by Meyers’ eighth kill of the set.
In other action around the league Friday, No. 10 UCLA swept ASU in L.A.; No. 4 Cal beat No. 11 Washington, 3-1, in Seattle; No. 2 Stanford won 3-1 in Pullman; and No. 6 USC swept No. 20 Arizona, 3-0, in Los Angeles.
Looking ahead, UO returns home next weekend for its Senior Day weekend against No. 10 UCLA and No. 6 USC (Fri.-Sat., Nov. 19-20). The Ducks then wrap up the regular season Thanksgiving weekend at No. 11 Washington and Washington State (Fri.-Sat., Nov. 26-27).
Promotions-wise, the UCLA match on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. is a Go ‘O’ T-Shirt Night, and fans that wear their 2010-11 Oregon Spirit T-shirt will receive a G.A. ticket for $2. The next night’s Senior Night match vs. USC on Saturday November 20 at 7 p.m. is a Dads & Daughters Night, and fans that buy an adult G.A. ticket will receive a child G.A. ticket for free.
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