Ducks No.14 congregate outside Stanford in five
EUGENE, Oregon – Facing a 2-1 game deficit in Sunday’s Top 20 game against Stanford, the Oregon No.14 volleyball team rallied for a five-set victory (25-21, 23 -25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11) at the Matthew Knight Arena. The win is the program’s first against Stanford since 2011. With the triumph, the Ducks are 14-2 this season with a 5-1 record in the Pac-12 game.
“It was a hotly contested game for both sides,” head coach Matt Ulmer noted. “I don’t know if it was the prettiest, but there were a lot of big blockers and a lot of rambling defense all over the place, and the serve was pretty aggressive. I’m really proud of our squad.”
The Ducks have won seven of eight home games this season and improve to 3-1 in five passers in the 2021 campaign. Stanford entered the day as the 17th.e-team classified in the country.
In the deciding set, Oregon won the first three points and extended their lead to 6-1 with a tandem block by Abby hansen and Gloria mutiri. Stanford (9-5, 4-2) hit back with a 6-1 push to tie the game at 7. The Ducks used a quick three-point push to regain the lead at 10-7; Becca Morse finished the race with an ace serving.
The home team kept at least two points ahead for the remainder of the game. Karson Bacon managed two of his eight kills in the fifth set. His last kill of the afternoon gave UO a 13-10 lead. At the next game, Taylor Borup ended an extended rally with a pass ball kill to give Oregon a match point. The Cardinal saved a match point but Borup ended the game by killing a Stanford player and in the stands.
Oregon maintained the league’s top performing team at 0.172 hitting percentages in Sunday’s effort, more than 100 points below their season average. Stanford had a .290 season save in the game. The Ducks tallied 89 digs in the win, including 26 from libero Georgia Murphy, tying the game lead with Stanford counterpart Elena Oglivie.
Offensively, Brooke NunÃ©viller led all players with 22 kills and added 19 digs to post his eighth double-double of the season. Two of his three games with at least 20 kills this season were in the Pac-12 game; she also had 22 kills at Arizona State (September 26). With 19 digs, Nuneviller rose to fourth on the UO all-time list and now has 1,482 career digs, one ahead of Teri Kramer (1984-87).
Borup managed a double-double with a career-high 19 kills and 17 digs. Morgan lewis was the third UO player to hit double the numbers against the Cardinal with 10 kills.
âWe were all going to swing,â Nuneviller said. âWe communicated too much, which we struggled with in games. I thought we just went there and fought really hard. It was really nice to watch. It was a really big turnaround. . It was a huge win so I’m really proud. “
Nuneviller and Borup each had three kills in the fifth set on Sunday.
After winning the first set, Oregon held a slim 19-17 lead late in the second, but the visitors tied at 19. Including that point, the score was tied five times later. At 23-23, the Cardinal scored the last two points to tie the game at one set apiece.
The Ducks held a similar 19-17 lead in the third set, but Stanford won six of the next seven points to move forward, 23-20, and went on to win the set and the game lead 2-1. .
In the fourth set, Oregon broke the two-way flow of play with a run that resulted in a 16-12 lead. The Cardinal responded with a run of their own, taking a 17-16 lead with a block; Stanford finished the game with 20.0 team blocks in total. In a set with 10 ties the score was tied at 20, 21, 22 and 23. Nuneviller scored another kill for the set point and on the following rally Stanford was called into the net to force a fifth set. .
In the last two sets, the Ducks recorded a .338 hit percentage to help their rally efforts. The team only touched 0.132 in the game’s first three sets.
âI think my favorite part was that we got our points at the end,â Ulmer said. âWe actually went there and we scored some points. I thought it was really important for our group.â
Oregon’s home game continues Thursday against No.11 Washington. The first service is scheduled for 7 p.m. PST at the Matthew Knight Arena.
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