No. 8 Oregon Sweeps Oregon State


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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 8 University of Oregon volleyball team topped its in-state rival Oregon State for the sixth straight time Friday night at Gill Coliseum.

The Ducks (20-5, 8-4) beat the Beavers (14-11, 3-9) by a 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 count, and raised its all-time record to 60-40-1 in the Civil War Series Sponsored By Your Northwest Dodge Dealers.

UO hit .378 for the match - its 12th match of the season over .300 and fourth in league play - compared to a .202 mark for OSU. Oregon hit .333, .306 and .486 in the first, second and third sets, compared to .038, .139 and .378 marks for Oregon State.

Senior Gorana Maricic and junior Sonja Newcombe each ended with 13 kills and .458 and .298 hitting marks, along with three and four blocks, respectively.

"Nev did a great job of distributing the balls, and many of our attempts were against only one blocker," Maricic said. "We're continuing to work on various parts of our game, and one thing we're doing better is keeping our focus. It was a noisy atmosphere to play in, so we needed to really pull together on those key points late, especially the second set when they tied it and forced a timeout at the end."

Senior Kristen Forristall added four blocks and nine kills - her fourth match in the last six with nine or more kills.

"This is always an important match for us," Forristall said. "It nice that it's in-state so you don't have to travel, but you're also playing at their place so you have to come out ready to play, and apply pressure and keep pushing. They are an athletic team with big hitters who swing hard, so we needed to come out and play physically, too. They left the middle open at times, so Nev was able to create some opportunities to attack the middle."

Junior setter Nevena Djordjevic had 42 assists - her three-set season high (and two more than the previous OSU contest) - and senior libero Katie Swoboda ended with 17 digs.

In the first set, after an early UO 4-1 lead, OSU drew within 7-6, before UO went on an 11-4 run to go up 18-10. The Beavers responded with a brief 3-0 run to close within 18-13, before UO ended the period with a 7-3 run to win 25-16. Meyers and Enesi racked up four and three kills respectively, while Djordjevic had 12 assists, Swoboda had five digs and Newcombe and Forristall each had two blocks.

In the second set, UO got out to an 11-4 lead, before OSU drew back within 13-9. UO continued to hold a 4-5 point lead until 20-16 when OSU went on a four-point run to tie it 20-20. After a Duck timeout, the score was soon tied 21-21, before UO ended the set on a 4-0 run to win 25-21 that included two kills by Gorana Maricic and another by Sonja Newcombe. For the set, Maricic and Newcombe had six and five kills, respectively, Djordjevic had 14 assists, Swoboda collected eight digs, and Enesi had three blocks.

After a 7-6 early lead in the third set, UO continued to pull away until an 18-10 score. Three straight Beaver points made it 18-13, but the Ducks countered with five quick points to go back up 23-14, then held off a late OSU spurt to win 25-21. Three Ducks had +5 kills - Maricic (6), Forristall (5) and Newcombe (5) - Djordjevic racked up another 16 assists and six digs, and the team had two more blocks.

OSU's stat leaders were Rachel Rourke (12 kills), Lexie Rathgeber (.385), Camilla Ah-Hoy (25 assists), Ashley Evans (12 digs) and Lexie Rathgeber and Lauren Rinderknect (3 blocks).

"Kristen and Sonja put away some big kills to end some rallies for them," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. "They (OSU) walked out on the court confident, but we were stayed aggressive and tried to score points early to get the momentum. We still had too many hitting errors, but overall we did OK.  Every win is important in the Pac-10. and gives you more confidence for the matches that follow."

UO had won the first installment this season in Eugene also by a 3-0 count in mid-October.

Looking ahead, the Ducks resume action next Friday, November 14 and host Washington State at 6 p.m., with the match immediately followed by the Oregon-Northern Colorado men's basketball game, and tickets for the men's basketball game are also valid for the volleyball match. The match will be televised tape delay by area Comcast Cable systems.

Two days later on Sunday, November 16, UO will try to break the all-time McArthur Court volleyball attendance record (3,716) when it hosts No. 5 Washington at 12:30 p.m. for a Fox Sports Northwest-televised match. Admission for the Duck-Husky match is free for fans that bring two canned items to donate to the Lane County Food Bank.

Article courtesy of Oregon athletics.

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