Oregon Volleyball Defeats Colorado for 7th Straight Victory

By Knight Jarecki

The 22nd ranked Oregon Ducks volleyball team defeated the Colorado Buffaloes 3-1 Sunday morning at Matthew Knight Arena . The win on Sunday solidifies a perfect February for the women’s volleyball team as they have won their last 7 matches.

The first set began with both teams trading points back and forth with the Ducks and Buffs finding themselves tied 3 times in the first twenty serves with Colorado leading 11-9. Colorado then went on a 4-2 run getting ahead 15-11 prompting Matt Ulmer to call a time out. After the time out the Ducks offense started to heat up as they went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 14-15 in favor of Colorado. After a service error by Taylor Williams caused the Buffs lead to extend to 2, Oregon went on a 3-0 run to take the lead 17-16. Colorado then went on a 4-3 run knotting the score at 20-20 through the first 40 serves. Colorado then ended the set on a 5-3 run to win the first set 25-23 ending Oregon’s 6 set win streak.

The second set kept the competetiveness the first set had going as the first 8 serves found the teams tied 4 times. Colorado got ahead 7-5 before the Ducks answered back with 2 kills to even it up 7-7 for the 5th tie in the first 14 serves. The Buffs answered right back going on a 4-0 run to lead 11-7 causing Matt Ulmer to call timeout for the Ducks. The timeout paid off for Ulmer and the Ducks as they went on a 5-1 run after the break to tie the score at 12. Both teams traded points for the next 6 serves knotting the score at 15 through the first 30 serves in the second set. Oregon then responded with a 5-2 run to move ahead 20-17 causing Colorado to call timeout. After the timeout, both teams went on 2-0 runs to make the score 22-19. Oregon finished the set on a 3-0 run to take set 2 25-20 evening the match at 1-1.

In the 3rd set, Colorado got out to an early 6-4 lead after the first 10 serves. Oregon then responded by going on a 6-1 run to take the lead 10-7 causing the Buffaloes to call time out. After the time out Oregon went on a 5-1 run giving the Ducks a commanding 15-8 lead in the second set. Both teams split the next 12 serves as the Ducks lead 21-14. Oregon got their lead up to 24-16 before Colorado scored 3 straight points to make it 24-19. Gloria Mutiri answered back with a strong kill to win the set for the Ducks 25-19 giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead in the Match.

The Ducks kept the momentum going in the 4th set as they got out to a quick 3-0 lead. Colorado answered right back however going on a 3-0 run of their own to tie the score at 3-3. A 3-1 run by the Ducks gave Oregon the lead 6-4 through the first 10 serves. After the Buffaloes tied the score at 6-6, Oregon went on another 3-0 run making the score 9-6 in favor of the Ducks. The teams split the next 6 serves still giving the Ducks a 3 point lead at 12-9. Oregon then went on a 3-1 run giving them a 15-10 lead promting a timeout by Jesse Mahoney and the Buffaloes. After the timeout from Colorado, the Buffs went on a 4-2 run cutting the score to 17-14 with Matt Ulmer calling timeout in response to the run. The timeout proved to be efficient as the Ducks went on a 7-3 run giving them a 20-14 lead. Oregon then finished the set on a 5-3 run winning the fourth set.

Brooke Nuneviller picked up her sixth straight double double with a team high 15 kills and 17 digs. Setters Kylie Robinson and Elise Ferreira both picked up double doubles in the winning effort with Robinson having 20 assists and a career high 23 digs while Robinson finished with 18 assists and 11 digs.

Oregon now moves to (8-2) on the year and have won their 7th consecutive match. The Ducks will face a tough test ahead against #9 Washington when they host the Huskies in 2 weeks. Washington is (10-2) on the year and is coming off a series sweep against #7 Utah opening the door to the Pac 12 volleyball standings.

Audio Story by Knight Jarecki

STORY: Oregon Offense Falls Short In 4-2 Loss

By Kent Williams

In game 3 of a four-game series, Seattle University came out on top over the Ducks, 4-2. While still early in the season, Oregon’s offense was never able to string together a rally, despite two early runs, one of which scored off a balk. Starter Brett Walker pitched 3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 2 and walking 1. Coach Wasikowski said after the game that was the plan from the start, as he wanted to limit Walker to around 50 pitches to keep him healthy.

Oregon will try and take the series tomorrow at PK Park, playing Seattle with first pitch scheduled for 12 pm PST.

Game story by Kent Williams