EUGENE, Ore- After a back-and-forth first set, the No. 21 Oregon volleyball team (11-6, 4-3 Pac-12) took control on its way to a straight-set victory over Colorado (11-6, 3-4), Friday, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.

The team was led by junior outside hitter Liz Brenner who racked up her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs. Brenner finished the first set with only two kills, but progressively got hotter as the match went on, tallying five kills in the second set and seven in the third.

Her contributions on the stat sheet, while impressive, have become habit for Brenner who was in line with her season averages of 4.18 kills/set and 2.76 digs/set.. But after the match, head coach Jim Moore noted what stood out even more to him was something not measured statistically.

"The one thing Liz is doing for sure is bringing energy,” he said. “She is awesome at that.”

Brenner was the only Duck to break into double-digit kills, Friday with the offense being spread out between Canace Finley (nine kills), Martenne Bettendorf (nine) and Ariana Williams (seven).

That offensive production took a while to generate after the Ducks had only 11 kills from their 25 points in a close first set. Five of those kills came in the team’s 6-0 run to end the set coming out of a timeout called by Moore. The Ducks were down 19-21, during the frame where neither team had an advantage of more than three points, but five-straight kills finished off by a Colorado attacking error propelled the Ducks in the right direction going forward.

The third set looked almost a polar opposite from how the team started, as Oregon had 22 kills, the most by the Ducks in a set this season. The team hit .432 in the final set, thanks in large part to Finley and Williams combining for nine kills on 10 attempts. The Buffaloes did their best to stay with the Green and Yellow and only trailed 17-16 before an 8-2 run by Oregon sealed the match.

The Ducks pulled away a little earlier in the second set, as a 13-4 run gave Oregon an eight-point cushion at 21-13, allowing it to cruise in to a 25-16 set win.

The defensive performance was even more well-rounded than the offense, as five Oregon players had seven-or-more digs, in addition to the team’s 8.5 blocks. Amanda Benson led the charge with 16 digs, and Tatum Norton’s nine digs off the bench did not go unnoticed by Moore.

"Everyone was on tonight,” Moore said. “Tatum Norton sparked us at the end, she did in game two as well, just a lot of real good defense."

Oregon will finish the weekend against Utah, Sunday, which is coming off a four-set win at Oregon State. That match is slated to start at noon. Both teams are 4-3 in conference play this season, allowing the victor a chance to take sole possession of fourth place.

"We obviously knew this would be a big weekend for us,” Brenner said. “Colorado and Utah have been having pretty good seasons. We have to win that first point and play hard and go from there."


The Automated ScoreBook
Colorado vs #21 Oregon
(Oct 18, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)
   Colorado      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
1   English, Kelsey   15  .600  9.5 
4   Richardson, Elysse   .000  1.0 
5   Edelman, Nicole   .143  20  3.5 
6   Schroeder, Kerra   18  -.111  3.5 
15  Lindow, Nikki   20  .250  9.5 
16  Simpson, Taylor   24  .042  4.5 
3   Austin, Alexis   18  .000  4.0 
8   Cuff, Katelyn   .000  0.5 
10  Simpson, Cierra   .000  10  0.0 
13  Aschenbrenner, Jess   .000  0.0 
22  Hayes, Joslyn   .000  0.0 
  Totals  28  14  109  .128  23  10  38  10  36.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
11  35  .143  12-25   47% 
42  .024  11-25   43% 
32  .250  14-24   58% 
          37-74   50% 
   
SET SCORES     TEAM RECORDS 
Colorado   (0)  21  16  18     11-6, 3-4 Pac-12  
Oregon   (3)  25  25  25     11-6, 4-3 Pac-12  
   Oregon      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
5   Finley, Canace   18  .278  11.0 
6   Brenner, Liz   14  10  40  .100  11  14.0 
7   Williams, Ariana   15  .400  9.5 
15  Warner, Serena   .429  5.5 
16  Ashen, Shellsy   .333  37  3.0 
18  Bettendorf, Martenne  27  .148  11.0 
1   B-Gonzalez, Natalie   .000  0.0 
8   Crittenden, Naya   1.000  1.5 
10  Benson, Amanda   1.000  16  3.0 
17  Norton, Tatum   .000  1.0 
  Totals  47  21  115  .226  45  59  13  59.5 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.5
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
11  41  .073  13-22   59% 
14  37  .189  11-16   68% 
22  37  .432  15-19   78% 
          39-57   68% 
    Site: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena)
Date: Oct 18, 2013 Attend: 1781 Time: 1:20
Referees: Alan Chinn, Mickey Matthews
   
   Total 
Tie scores  11  19 
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