VB | Oregon Sweeps California in Berkley

Oregon volleyball took down Cal in straight sets Saturday. The Ducks came out hot in set one behind the emergence of Taylor Borup, who was just in her second match back. Cal hung tough in set #1 behind the play of Mima Mirkovic, making for a very competitive ending. It was Oregon who strung together a couple straight points and took the set. Set two was all Oregon, as the ducks separated from the Bears behind a team effort. Oregon took command in set three behind Lindsey Vander Weide, but had some lapses late which caused a closer set than it should’ve been, but Vander Weide came through after the bears tied it to give the Ducks two straight points including a game winning block. Vander Weide finished with a team high 16 kills to go with 13 digs and 3 blocks. Borup finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. Willow Johnson also had 11 kills in this match. As a team, the Ducks hit .310 in comparison to Cal’s .252. August Raskie played a huge part in the teams 54 kills with 44 assists. Cal couldn’t find a defensive presence as they only strung together two blocks, both in the third set. The biggest positive for Cal was the play from Mima Mirkovic, who finished with 17 kills and six digs and hit .319.

Match Story (by Sean MacPherson)


WBB | #3 Oregon Beats #18 Syracuse in Ugly Home-Opener

Coming off of a blowout win in Alaska, the Oregon Women’s Basketball team hoped to carry that momentum back to Matthew Knight in their home-opener against Syracuse. Though it was not pretty, the Ducks won 75-73.

The Ducks started the game strong, taking the early lead and keeping it throughout the opening quarter. They took a double-digit lead into the second quarter after Sabrina Ionescu (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Erin Boley (13 points, 5-19 FG) combined for 11 of Oregon’s 20 points.

The Orange – who switched the defense to a 2-3 zone – opened the second quarter with a mini-run, scoring on their first three baskets to cut the lead by six, 22-16. Ionescu and Maite Cazorla then took the game in their own hands, each scoring on four of Oregon’s next five possessions to bring the Duck-lead back to 15, 31-16. After Syracuse converted a few Oregon-turnovers, the lead was cut to just six by halftime.

The second half saw both teams’ play decline. After shooting 50% in the first half and holding the Orange to just 33% in half two, which matched the Orange’s shooting percentage. The game remained close, but in Oregon’s control until 3:28 left, when Gabrielle Cooper (11 points, 3-7 3FG) drilled a three to give Syracuse the 62-61 lead, its first of the game.

The Orange-lead would increase to six after Tiana Mangakahia (15 points, 7-14 FG) hit a layup and Cooper splashed another three. With only 2:00 remaining, Ionescu cut the lead to three after making a three. She imitated the same result on the following possession and tied the game at 67 with 1:24 left. After an Oregon-stop and another three from Boley, Oregon maintained the lead for the final minute and pulled out the victory.

Syracuse out-shot Oregon, hitting 31 makes on 77 attempts (40%) to the Ducks’ 23 makes on 63 attempts (37%). The difference came from beyond-the-arch where Oregon hit 11 threes to just five for Syracuse. The Ducks head to Logan, Utah to take on the Utah State Aggies on November 14th at 6:00 PM.

Game Story (by Jordan Brenner)

Postgame Interviews

Kelly Graves, Erin Boley, Sabrina Ionescu