Oregon Volleyball fell 3-2 against the #11 Washington Huskies on Sunday. Oregon jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Washington (25-23, 25-21), outplaying the Huskies early. The Ducks featured a 6-2 lineup, utilizing players like Abby Hansen (collegiate debut, 4 blocks) and Elise Ferreira (25 assists, 4 service aces). Washington fought back behind strong play from Kara Bajema (21 kills, .177, 12 digs) and squeaked-out set three 25-20. The Huskies got strong contributions in the final two sets from Samantha Drechsel (12 kills, .333, 3 blocks) and Claire Hoffman (14 kills, .136). Washington won the final two sets 25-18, and 15-11. Oregon was once again led by Brooke Nuneviller (15 kills, 16 digs, 4 service aces). Willow Johnson provided 11 kills, Ronika Stone 10 kills, and Georgia Murphy contributed 22 digs. Oregon moves to 5-10 on the season and 1-5 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks will be back in action on Friday with a home match against UCLA, beginning at 6:00 pm.
STORY: Oregon Volleyball Unable to Finish Against Washington (by Sean MacPherson)
Today, the Oregon’s Women’s Soccer team went up against the number one team in the country, the Stanford Cardinals. The Ducks came into the season with a record of 4-3-5 and left Pape Field with one more game in the loss column. The women in bright yellow kits held tough for the first 40 minutes, but the Cardinals broke the shutout with a penalty from the 2017 and 2018 ESPN player of the year Catarina Macario. The Ducks had a miscommunication that led to a handball in the box and Macario did the rest from the penalty spot. After Macario banged home the penalty, the flood gates opened for the Cardinals. Two minutes later Sophia Smith cranked a shot into the back of the net. Stanford led 2-0 at the half and they never looked back. Catarina Macario and the Cardinals took over in the second half, scoring in the 52nd minute and added an assist to Madison Haley at the 64 minute mark. Stanford never took their foot off the accelerator, adding another goal in the 74th minute on the foot of Carly Malatskey. The Cardinals won 5-0 and finished with 28 shots and many more chances. The Ducks had a decent opportunity in the first half on a volley from Zoe Hasenauer, but that was about as much as the Ducks could muster. The Ducks look to have a good week of practice and regain some confidence going into their upcoming schedule. Oregon faces the Washington State Cougars on Saturday at 7pm in Eugene. You can catch that game at Pape field or listen in live on KWVA.
Game Story: (By Adam Susman)
Head Coach Kat Mertz