BERKELEY, Calif. – It was a dramatic finish in Oregon’s first five-set match of the season but the Ducks were edged out by California, Friday at Haas Pavilion, 25-13, 27-29, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13.

Oregon (12-8, 5-5) received strong performances from a number of players, with the top of list being Liz Brenner who finished with 18 kills as well as a career-high 22 digs.

But it was a youth movement which may have overshadowed the All-American’s performance.

After setting a career high for kills (four) against Stanford, Friday, freshman Kacey Nady topped that on Sunday with seven kills and 10 blocks, equaling Ariana Williams’ 10 blocks from earlier this season. Nady is the only freshman in the Pac-12 to reach double-digit blocks this season.

Fellow freshman Naya Crittenden, an opposite-side hitter set a career high with 10 kills while also putting up two blocks. 

Amanda Benson rounded out the freshmen trio with a career-high 31 digs, the most by any Oregon player this season.  The mark is also the third-most by a Pac-12 player this season, only Behind Becky Defoe of Oregon State (35).

The first set was one Oregon would like to forget as the Green and Yellow conceded the first five points before scoring one of their own. The run set the tone for the remainder of the set as California was able to continuously extend their lead throughout, to a 25-13 victory. The Bears finished with a .351 hitting percentage and five first-frame blocks, holding the Ducks to a negative hitting mark.

It looked as if Cal would continue to roll in the second set after it scored the first three points, but Oregon was able to stabilize and surge, as a 4-0 run put Oregon up 8-6. From there, the two teams traded scores all the way through four Oregon set points. It was the fourth block of the set, coming from and Shellsy Ashen, on the fourth Oregon set point, which finally gave Oregon the two-point edge at 29-27.

The third set was all about the future of Oregon volleyball. Nady went on a tear with six blocks in the set while Crittenden was a nice offensive alternative for the Ducks with five kills. After the score was tied at 17-17, a 5-0 run put the Ducks up 22-17, and the Ducks finished it off, 25-20.

A 6-0 run in the fourth set put Cal up 9-5. The Bears were able to fight off a few Oregon charges, keeping the Ducks at a safe distance throughout the remainder of the set, winning 25-20.

The fifth set was close the whole way. Oregon had an 11-9 advantage but Cal rallied back with a 5-1 run to go up 14-12. It was a kill from the hand of Joan Caloiaro that finished the Ducks, 15-13.

Ashen and Lauren Plum split the setting duties for the night as Plum is gradually seeing more court time while recovering from a foot injury. Ashen finished 28 assists while Plum tallied 30. Both ended up with double-doubles, each recording 10 digs.

The Ducks will be at home next weekend to host Arizona schools. They will face Arizona State, Friday at  6 p.m., and No. 25 Arizona, Saturday at 7 p.m. Oregon split the two schools on the road, taking down Arizona State.


The Automated ScoreBook
Oregon vs CALIFORNIA
(Oct 25, 2013 at Berkeley, Calif.)
   Oregon      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
5   Finley, Canace   10  39  -.026  12.5 
6   Brenner, Liz   18  66  .152  22  19.5 
7   Williams, Ariana   13  27  .407  14.0 
15  Warner, Serena   .200  1.0 
16  Ashen, Shellsy   .000  28  10  1.0 
18  Bettendorf, Martenne  10  43  .047  11  10.5 
1   B-Gonzalez, Natalie   -1.000  0.0 
4   Plum, Lauren   .000  30  10  0.0 
8   Crittenden, Naya   10  20  .150  11.5 
9   Nady, Kacey   15  .333  10  12.0 
10  Benson, Amanda   .000  31  0.0 
12  Bair, Bethany   .000  0.0 
17  Norton, Tatum   .000  14  0.0 
   TEAM                                               
  Totals  68  38  221  .136  65  108  24  82.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 14.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
10  42  -.071  8-25   31% 
24  55  .309  19-27   70% 
13  42  .167  14-21   66% 
14  44  .136  15-24   62% 
10  38  .079  8-15   53% 
          64-112  57% 
   
SET SCORES     TEAM RECORDS 
Oregon   (2)  13  29  25  20  13     12-8, 5-5 Pac-12  
CALIFORNIA   (3)  25  27  20  25  15     12-6, 5-4 Pac-12  
   CALIFORNIA      ATTACK  SET  SERVE  SRV  DEF  BLOCK  GEN    
##  Player  SP  TA  PCT  SA  SE  RE  DIG  BS  BA  BE  BHE  Points 
1   Schonewise,Lillian   13  29  .345  14.0 
4   Vukasovic,Lara   17  37  .351  22.5 
5   Gehan,Adrienne   17  62  .129  18  19.0 
12  Caloiaro,Joan   .167  57  11  5.0 
18  Neumayr,Michelle   24  .042  18  5.5 
23  Higgins,Christina   14  54  .148  17.0 
9   Kerr, Maddy   .000  33  0.0 
11  Jordan, Jenelle   1.000  1.0 
13  Mckennon,Mary   .000  13  0.0 
14  Parrott,Lindsey   .000  0.0 
22  Davis,Marlee   .000  0.0 
  Totals  68  26  215  .195  63  100  24  84.0 
  
  TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 14.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET 
Set  TA  Pct  Sideout  Pct 
15  34  .353  8-13   61% 
18  56  .250  19-29   65% 
12  11  48  .021  13-24   54% 
16  49  .224  16-21   76% 
28  .143  8-13   61% 
          64-100  63% 
    Site: Berkeley, Calif. (Haas Pavilion)
Date: Oct 25, 2013 Attend: 728 Time: 2:29
Referees:
   
   Total 
Tie scores  11  30 
Lead changes  14