Oregon Volleyball’s season came to an emotional close Saturday night, as the 13th-overall seed BYU Cougars swept the Ducks 25-20, 25-21, and 25-19 in the round of 32 in NCAA tourney play. Squaring off at BYU’s home court in Provo, Utah, the Cougars never let off the gas pedal offensively, swinging .327 behind outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry’s 27 kills on a .535 percentage. Oregon outside hitter and senior Taylor Agost was also excellent, chalking up 18 kills and hitting .457 as part of a Ducks offense that hit .265 overall. UO out-blocked BYU, the nation’s 9th best team in blocks per set, 9 to 3, but had a tough time keeping serve all match long. The loss ends Oregon’s year as well as the careers of Agost, setter Maggie Scott, libero Alex Hojnar, and defensive specialist Marine Hall-Poirier. It also ends Matt Ulmer’s first year as head coach of the Ducks, who finish 2017 18-12 overall.
MATCH STORY (by Matt Tyra)
Matt Ulmer, Taylor Agost and Maggie Scott
Oregon started off strong, fell behind and eventually lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in the 5th place Victory bracket game of the Phil Knight Invitational Sunday. The Ducks finish the tournament with one win and two losses. The Ducks retained just three players from last year’s roster and Head Coach Dana Altman’s objective to find his team’s identity may have to be put on hold. Altman admitted post-game that Oregon has a lot of work to do and that he expected his team to play far better than they have up to this point. The Ducks gradually fell apart while turning over possession seventeen times which allowed the Sooners to score 20 points from those turnovers. Defensively, Oregon allowed Oklahoma scoring machine, Trae Young, to score 43 points and shoot 17 of 18 from the free throw line. Altman and the Ducks will look to improve before getting back into action Dec. 1 against the Boise State Broncos at 6:30 PT in Matthew Knight Arena.
Game Story (by: Drake Hills)
Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger and freshman guard Trae Young
Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman