No. 8 Oregon Sweeps Washington State
EUGENE, Ore. - In front of the second-largest home volleyball crowd ever (3,169), No. 8 Oregon rode an impressive second-set comeback to a 3-0 sweep of Washington State Friday night at McArthur Court.
Oregon (21-5, 9-4) won the first and third sets handily by 25-15 and 25-18 scores, but had to overcome a 17-10 deficit in the second set to win 25-23. Friday's win over Washington State (7-18, 0-14) marked UO's 15th straight home win and sixth straight over WSU.
All-America senior Gorana Maricic led UO in kills (16) for the 18th time this season and added four digs and two block assists. Junior middle blocker Neticia Enesi also had a double-digit kill total (13), paced the team hitting (.545) for the 11th time in '08, and enjoyed her 15th season contest with a +.400 total.
Junior setter Nevena Djordjevic had a +40-assist tally for the third time in a three-set match this season and ninth time overall in '08. Friday's assists also raised her season tally to 988 which puts her 10th all-time for UO with five regular season matches left, and the next four highest marks only 98 assists or less away (ie fifth is 1,086). The Lazarevac, Serbia native now had 2,659 career assists - still fourth-best all-time for UO - and now trails the third-best mark by only 14 (2,673).
On defense, senior libero Katie Swoboda ended with 16 digs although she missed nearly a set's worth of action after she cut her chin on a dive early in the match and needed five stitches to close the wound. The Portland, Ore., native and school career digs record holder (2,044) climbed another spot on the Pac-10 career list to fourth place, and is only 20 behind third (2,064) and another seven behind second place (2,071).
UO netted hitting averages of .314, .250 and .486 in the first three sets en route to a .349 mark on the evening - its sixth league match with a +.300 hitting mark and 13th overall. WSU collaborated on a .172 mark for the evening (and .100, .171 and .235 marks each set, respectively), and was the fifth Duck foe to hit sub-.200 this year.
"It was great match for us to pull out," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. "We made some changes to the starting lineup in the second period to create some playing opportunities. We dug ourselves a hole, partly because was had poor communication on defense in that stretch, but battled back. Give credit to Washington State, they played well in that set and the whole match, and I'm glad they did - we need to be challenged to continue to raise our play. Defensively, we needed to dig more balls, although Heather did a good job in the right back spot."
Among WSU's evening highs, Brittany Tillman and Brittany Johnson led the visitors in kills (8) and hit .333 and .304, respectively. Setter Renee Bordelon racked up 29 assists, Jackie Albright came up with 12 digs, and Emily Rooney had five blocks.
Friday's match will be replayed later in the evening on various Oregon Comcast cable systems on channel 37 from 12:30 - 1:30 am.
Looking ahead, No. 8 UO will host No. 5 Washington, Sunday, November 16 for a 12:30 p.m. match that will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Northwest, Fox Sports Arizona, Comcast Bay Area and Prime Ticket. Other dates/times for Fox Sports-related tape-delay replays across the nation from Monday-Wednesday are available by clicking here.
UO will take aim at its all-time high attendance (3,716) Sunday, with admission free for those who bring two non-perishable food items for the Lane County Food Bank.
With Friday night's season-high home crowd of 3,619, fourth-season Duck head coach Jim Moore and his program have now played in front of seven of the 13 largest crowds in school history: 2,777 (#3, vs. OSU, 11/16/07), 3,672 (#4, vs. Washington, 11/3/06), 2,375 (#7, vs. Washington, 9/21/07), 2,260 (#8, vs. Oregon State, 9/29/06), 2,159 (#9, vs. Oregon State, 10/12/08) and 1,842 (#13, vs. California, 11/16/06).
Article courtesy of Oregon athletics.