“Bend but don’t break” was the term often used with Oregon’s defenses of the past. Referencing the Ducks’ ability to allow teams to chew up yardage, but using situational defense and forcing turnovers to prevent the offense from scoring. The 2016 defense did nothing but break, forcing only 12 total turnovers all year. And though the coaching staff has changed, forcing turnovers and giving the offense more opportunities remains an emphasis. In their season opener against Southern Utah, Oregon managed two takeaways with interceptions from Ugo Amadi and Troy Dye. The Ducks will look to continue the trend and hope that more turnovers will turn the tide of the defense in 2017.
Oregon Defense Looking for Turnovers in 2017 (by Alex Castle)
The 14th ranked Oregon volleyball team made quick work of Cal Poly to open the Nike Classic, winning 3-0. Oregon started slow in the early sets, but overcame the adversity by winning the first set 25-22 and the second set 25-20. Taylor Agost shined for the Ducks, coming away with 11 kills. Willow Johnson also had an efficient match adding 10 kills and six blocks. Torrey Van Winden led the way for Cal Poly with 12 kills, and Adlee Van Winden had 11 kills for herself. As a team Oregon hit .560 and came away with 13 total blocks. Oregon’s next opponent will be 23rd ranked Wichita State, that match will be played at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday at 8pm.
Game Story (By Cameron Derby)
Head Coach Matt Ulmer
Outside Hitter Taylor Agost