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Ducks Hang Tough with USC, Fall to Top-Ranked Trojans
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 10/13/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 22 Oregon volleyball team (10-6, 3-3) fell to No. 1 USC, Sunday, 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 26-24) despite taking the Trojans to the wire in both the first and third sets.

Oregon led 22-21 in the opening frame before USC charged back with a 4-1 run to win 25-23, and the Ducks were serving set point in the third, 24-23 but the Trojans once again had just enough to squeeze out a 26-24 win.

Ariana Williams led all players with 13 kills and hit .310. Williams was the team’s top offensive threat this weekend, combining for 30 kills and hitting .400 during the two matches. The senior also led the team with six blocks, Sunday.

Amanda Benson was solid for Oregon once again with 21 digs, matching the most by a Pac-12 player in a three-set match this season. Benson also had 21 digs in three sets against Portland State.

Head coach Jim Moore noted that the quality of play was better, Sunday, compared to the team’s win UCLA despite playing what he called “not pretty volleyball.” 

“We needed a little bit more production at times, but that wasn’t ugly volleyball,” head coach Jim Moore said. “They blocked us when we became predictable, but that kind of thing is going to happen against a team that’s that big and good.”

Even after a heartbreaking loss in the first set, Oregon was neck-and-neck with USC and trailed by only one point in the second set at 16-17. From there, the Trojans broke away with a n 8-2 run to take the set 25-18.

The Ducks were in a hole at 13-21 in the third set but a 9-0 run sparked the team, as well as the 2,000-plus fans at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon had a 24-23 lead serving for the set to force a fourth, but USC came alive just in time to take back the lead, and finish off the match, 26-24.

The late run showed the fight of a Duck team with its back to the wall, something Jim Moore applauded after the match.

“We can get better but I think everyone’s happy with the level we played at and the effort they put forward,” Moore said.

Oregon will be back in action at home against Colorado, Friday at 7 p.m., and Utah, Sunday at noon.


The Automated ScoreBook
Portland State vs #12 Oregon
(Sep 03, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
   Portland State      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
4   O'BRIEN, Katie   16  .062  3.0 
6   MITCHELL, Aubrey   13  .154  4.5 
9   PATTON, Kaeli   26  .154  18  7.5 
15  WHEELER, Jaklyn   -.500  0.0 
23  SCHLATTER, Garyn   12  .083  22  3.0 
24  HAATAJA, Leigh-Ann   17  .235  6.0 
1   CLARK, Kasimira   .000  16  1.0 
3   CAMPBELL, Brigid   .250  1.0 
10  HUGHES, Valerie   .000  0.0 
18  CORRADO, Cheyne   11  30  -.233  4.0 
22  MIYASHIRO, Shelbi   .000  0.0 
  Totals  24  19  120  .042  24  45  30.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
39  -.026  9-25   36% 
48  .021  13-27   48% 
10  33  .152  11-25   43% 
          33-77   42% 
   
SET SCORES     TEAM RECORDS 
Portland State   (0)  10  26  14     2-2  
Oregon   (3)  25  28  25     3-1  
   Oregon      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
4   Plum, Lauren   .222  38  6.0 
5   Finley, Canace   11  17  .588  13.5 
6   Brenner, Liz   14  44  .205  14  14.5 
7   Williams, Ariana   20  .150  9.5 
15  Warner, Serena   .500  4.0 
18  Bettendorf, Martenne  22  .273  9.0 
1   B-Gonzalez, Natalie   .000  0.0 
8   Crittenden, Naya   1.000  1.0 
9   Nady, Kacey   1.000  2.5 
10  Benson, Amanda   .000  21  1.0 
12  Bair, Bethany   .000  0.0 
16  Ashen, Shellsy   .000  0.0 
17  Norton, Tatum   .000  1.0 
  Totals  51  15  121  .298  50  65  12  62.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
19  38  .447  9-10   89% 
15  13  53  .038  14-27   51% 
17  30  .567  11-14   78% 
          34-51   66% 
    Site: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Date: Sep 03, 2013 Attend: 683 Time: 1:24
Referees: Jason Olson, Lydia Godshall
   
   Total 
Tie scores  19 
Lead changes  10 
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