No. 6 Oregon Loses Heartbreaker at No. 7 Washington


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SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 6 UO volleyball team fell in a five-set thriller at No. 7 Washington Friday night in its first of two matches in the Evergreen state this weekend.

The Ducks (14-4, 3-3) pushed UW (14-3, 5-2) to five sets for the third time in their last five meetings (with the other two going four sets), but succumbed by a 27-25, 23-25, 14-25, 25-21, 8-15 score.

Friday's loss ended a three-match Duck win streak that had featured sweeps of then-No. 24 Oregon State and then-No. 4 USC and a four-set win vs. then-No. 5 UCLA - all of which came at home the past two weeks. UO's loss Friday lowered its away season record to 2-4 (balanced by a 4-0 neutral court mark), while the Ducks are a perfect 8-0 in the friendly confines of McArthur Court. 

All-America senior Gorana Maricic finished with 32 kills - one off her career-high (33) vs. the Huskies last season - and her season-high 16 digs was only four off her career best (20) that also came in the same UO-UW match last year. Maricic hit a team-best .319 for the match - her fourth straight league contest with a +.250 mark after her efforts against then-No. 24 Oregon State (.389), then-No. 4 USC (.474) and then-No. 5 UCLA (.260).

Junior setter Nevena Djordjevic racked up a career-high 58 assists Friday, one better than her previous best (57) from her freshman season vs. San Diego State, and had her third double-double of the year, thanks to her 10 digs. Junior Sonja Newcombe almost gave UO its first hat trick of double-doubles this season with her 12 kills and nine digs.

Among other offensive stats, senior Kristen Forristall had her highest kill tally in more than a month (7), and sophomore Heather Meyers added nine kills (.208).

On defense, senior libero Katie Swoboda had her second-highest dig tally of the season (31) and her sixth +30-dig match of her career (and fourth of the season); the middle blocker pair of Forristall and junior Neticia Enesi each had three blocks; and Meyers and Swoboda each had a service ace.

UW's leading hitter was Airial Salvo (17 kills, .288), while this week's Pac-10 and AVCA National Player of the Week Jenna Hagglund piled up 60 assists. Libero Tamari Miyashiro had 29 digs and Jessica Swarbrick paced the home team's blocks column (5). Pac-10 aces leader Jill Collymore who had been averaging an ace every two sets only had one overall (as did another Husky for UW's two on the evening).

As a team, Washington hit .290 vs Oregon's .227 mark, and UW also held a 15-12 block advantage over UO.

Looking ahead, No. 6 UO next plays at Washington State (7-11, 0-7), Sunday, October 19 at 1 p.m. The Cougars fell at home Friday night to No. 25 Oregon State, 3-1.

QUICK QUACKS:The Ducks used 12 players Friday - its most in a conference match this season. UO is now 19-53 all-time vs. Washington. Friday's five-set match was only the second of '08 for UO, with the other a loss at Illinois the opening (the Illini are were ranked 17th nationally this week). Jim Moore now owns a 65-45 UO record and 417-201 overall mark in his 20 years as a head coach. UW's hitting percentage was the second-highest by a Duck foe in league action this season (behind Stanford's .383 three weeks ago in Palo Alto). 

Article courtesy of Oregon athletics.

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