Oregon Volleyball gutted the Cal Bears Friday night, winning 25-18, 25-16 and 25-19 without a hint of trouble. Ronika Stone led the way for the Ducks, who are ranked 16th in the AVCA poll and 9th in the NCAA Committee’s initial top-10. Stone tallied 10 kills and hit .667, while Jolie Rasmussen put up 8 on a .389 clip as part of a UO offense that hit .367 overall. The win moves Oregon to 15-6 on the year and 8-5 in Pac-12, as Stanford, the 2nd-ranked team in the nation, awaits the Ducks on Sunday at 1PM.
Match Story (by Matt Tyra)
Head Coach Matt Ulmer
Middle Blocker Ronika Stone
After spending much of the first two months of the 2017 season on special teams, Oregon’s redshirt freshman safety Brady Breeze is now getting some run on the defensive side of the ball. Playing alongside senior Tyree Robinson, Breeze brought the boom to Autzen Stadium on Saturday, delivering hard hits, including one of Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley, four tackles, and a pass break up. The safety is known for his physicality, which is something he’s practiced since a young age. There is little that Breeze takes more pride in than the hushed reaction of a crowd after “laying the wood,” as safeties coach Keith Heyward calls it. The Ducks will likely lean on Breeze to help stop the potent offense of No. 12 Washington on Saturday in Seattle. The full story is below.
STORY: Brady Breeze’s Physicality Earns him a Spot in Oregon’s Secondary (by Marc Grandi)