EUGENE - The No. 2 University of Oregon volleyball team (12-0, 3-0) rolled to a 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Utah (9-7, 0-3) at Matthew Knight Arena to give Oregon eighth-year head coach Jim Moore a milestone victory.
In his 24th season as a collegiate head coach, Moore watched the Ducks raise their record in his tenure to 148-81 after previous stints at Northern Michigan (123-55, 50-8), Kansas State (61-34), Texas (84-38) and Chico State (34-21).
"Tonight Utah was really focused early so we took a deep breath and hesitated, and had to claw back. We saw some mistakes and now we need to correct them. I put some subs in there at some pressure situations to get them experience there for the future."
Although it combined on a .250 hitting mark Friday night - the Ducks pulled together in front of a national Pac-12 Network audience when needed to raise its all-time record in the series to 7-4 (and 4-1 in his stint in Eugene).
All-American Alaina Bergsma led UO in kills (15) and points (15.5) for the seventh and sixth times this season, respectively. The redshirt senior outside hitter also hit .324 - her 11th +.300 tally of 2012 and third time she's topped the team in the stretch.
Senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer connected on 10 kills for her eighth double-digit kill total of the campaign, and her seven digs was just shy of her fourth double-double of the season
Junior setter Lauren Plum piled up 36 assists and six digs, and was one of five Ducks that served single aces in the match (with Liz Brenner, Fischer, Kellie Kawasaki and Tatum Norton).
Senior libero Haley Jacob topped the team in digs (13) for the eighth contest in 2012.
Also on defense, freshman Canace Finley led in blocks (2) for the third time this season.
In the team comparison, UO held an opponent to .200 or worse for the 11th time this year as the Utes finished with a .153 mark.
In other team comparisons, UO sported advantages in kills (48-28), assists (42-25) and digs (40-35); Utah held edges in blocks (13-4) and aces (6-5); and the two teams tied in fewest service errors (4-4).
Ute category leaders included Shelby Dalton (8 kills, .286), Morgan Odale (11 points), setters Kendall Cygan (12 assists, 3 aces) and McKenzie Odale (12 assists), Erin Redd (5 blocks) and Lea Adolph (12 digs).
"I've been doing this for a long time - at the college level at least since 1989," Moore said. "I certainly didn't know that I was anywhere close to 499 last week, and would have told you that you were crazy. The only things like that # and the ranking are good for is the program's exposure, and that's it. We're the same team that's been practicing together since early August, and we have to take it one play at a time every day, and not get ahead of ourselves."