No. 2 Duck spikers sweep Buffs

No. 2 Duck spikers sweep Buffs

EUGENE - Holding onto a tie for the lead in the Pac-12, the No. 2 University of Oregon volleyball team (13-0, 4-0) scored a 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 victory over Colorado (11-5, 1-3) to stake its fourth sweep in league play in as many tries.

The Ducks tied their season high in aces (8) at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday night, thanks to a season-high three by junior setter Lauren Plum, two by senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer, and single aces by three others.

“We have a number of weapons," Oregon head coach Jim Moore, "and if we can get them all on track then we have a shot of being pretty good. We just need to keep everyone strong and healthy and go from there. We were aggressive tonight at the service line and got some aces but also had some mis-serves, too. They blocked some balls, in fact got nine points off them, but we gave them eight of them"

Continuing to show the nation why she's one of the game's top outside hitters, redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma led UO in kills (12) and points (15.0) for the eighth and seventh times this year.

The returning All-American also hit .381 - her 13th +.300 mark this season - and her season-high-tying three blocks paced the Ducks in the category for the third time this year.

Giving UO three hitters with .300 hitting marks for the sixth time in '12,  sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner hit .375 and landed 10 kills. Those marks gave the returning All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice her fifth +.300 total and 10th double-digit kill total of the season.

For the second time this season, junior middle blocker Ariana Williams didn't log a hitting error en route to nine kills and a .643 hitting mark. On the season, she now has three +.600 totals among her six +.500 marks (and has hit below .300 only once).

On defense, she came up with three blocks - her fourth tally of the year with three or more.

Plum ended with 34 assists, and her eight digs was two shy of her second double-double this year. The All-Pac-12 setter also tied her season high in blocks (2).

Senior libero Haley Jacob topped the team in digs (12) for the ninth time this year with her 10th double-digit tally of the campaign. The A2 National Team member also moved up a spot on the Duck all-time career digs list (fifth, 1,198) past former All-Pac-12 pick Dawnn Charroin (sixth, 1,181, 1988-91).

In the team comparison, UO held edges in kills (39-17), hitting (.256- -.025), assists (38-15), aces (8-2), digs (38-30) and blocks (10.0-9.0).

Buffalo stat leaders included Nikki Lindow (5 kills, .400, 7 blocks, 8.5 points), Nicole Edelman (14 assists), Alexis Austin (1 ace), Neira Ortiz Ruiz (1 ace), Chelsey Keoho (17 digs).

This weekend's sweeps of Utah and Colorado gave Oregon its second straight 4-0 league start under Jim Moore. The night before vs. the Utes, UO gave its eighth-year mentor his 500th career win, and he now sports a 501-237 record overall.

Looking ahead, Oregon heads to the Bay Area to play at California and No. 7 Stanford on Wednesday and Friday, October 3-5. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network, and the Golden Bears tilt will be shown nationally, while the Cardinal contest will be broadcast regionally.