VB | Marvelous Match Sends Oregon to Elite Eight over Minnesota

Fifteen-seed Oregon Volleyball won the wildest match of their season on Friday, December 7, toppling the 2-seed Minnesota Golden Gophers in four viciously-fought sets to clinch a spot in the Elite Eight. The Ducks went down early, dropping set one 25-21, as Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson dished 20 assists to her teammates in the frame. Coming into the match, Oregon had been 4-8 when losing set one.

That was before pandemonium took over in Maturi Pavilion. Oregon won one of the tightest sets played in recent NCAA history, duking it attack-for-attack with the Gophers for a 41-39 set victory. Not only did Oregon had to dispel nine different potential set-points from Minnesota, but the Ducks officially lost the set for a moment before head coach Matt Ulmer’s challenge overturned UM’s set-point. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Van Sickle, Oregon’s swiss-army knife, then delivered two of her four kills on the night in back-to-back fashion to clinch the set victory.

Oregon closed the match with a dominant 25-14 third set and a tight finish to the fourth, which the Ducks eeked out 26-24. Junior middle blocker Ronika Stone earned a career-high 20th kill on the winning swing, while senior setter August Raskie compiled 10 kills, 60 assists, and 11 digs for UO’s first postseason triple-double and Raskie’s second of the year. Oregon moves to 23-10 on the year and into the Elite Eight, where they will challenge the reigning-champion Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, December 8 at 3 PM PT.

MATCH STORY (by Matt Tyra)

POSTMATCH AUDIO

Minnesota: Hugh McCutcheon, Samantha Seliger-Swenson & Taylor Morgan

Oregon: Matt Ulmer, August Raskie & Lindsey Vander Weide

Assistant Coach Erika Dillard Joins the Postmatch Show

QuackSmack/Friday Night Spotlight: Friday, 12/7/18

HOSTS: Austin Cracraft, Tyler Kastan and Sam Tiddrick-Schmidt

 

6:00 Reviewing Oregon Volleyball’s Sweet 16 match-up

  • Rematch with #2 Minnesota
  • Full match report from Matt Tyra

6:15 Oregon Basketball’s program pendulum

  • Can Oregon afford to drop another non-conference game?
  • Louis King’s return a potential turning point?
  • On the other side, a huge match-up with Michigan State
  • Biggest worry for the team?

6:40 Previewing Oregon Football’s upcoming month

  • Red Box Bowl vs Michigan State
  • Draft decisions
  • Signing day

6:55 Colossal Army-Navy preview

  • The history
  • The tradition
  • The styles

7:20 College Football Chatter

  • Bowl season
  • Coaching carousel
  • Heisman trophy
  • FCS Playoffs

8:00 CFB/NFL picks with Nick Baxter

8:30 Sports roundabout with Maverick Pallack

  • What’s the toughest thing to do in sports
  • Top 3 bucket-list events to go to
  • What’s the next revolution in football?

9:20 Soccer talk with Shawn Medow

  • The best soccer month of the year?
  • Chelsea-City
  • New USMNT manager
  • Preview MLS Cup

9:40 Friday Fun

  • Pet-peeved
  • Most interesting sports story of the YEAR
  • What 2 watch 4