No. 2 Ducks swept by No. 1 Cardinal

No. 2 Ducks swept by No. 1 Cardinal

EUGENE - In the first-ever meeting in Eugene between the nation's top two teams, the No. 1 Stanford volleyball team (22-2, 14-0) handed No. 2 Oregon (20-3, 11-3) its first 3-0 loss of the season Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

In front of the second-largest Duck volleyball crowd ever (5,007), the Cardinal won 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 over the Ducks to keep their Pac-12 record unblemished.

"They played up to the challenge and we didn't," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. "They made only nine attack errors, while we made 25. We didn't put any pressure on them serving, and part of that is that they passed great. That helped them to put pressure on us offensively, and then they blocked balls really well, and we didn't. We know we have problems blocking, but there are things we do well, but those things didn't show today. We need to bounce back and be ready to go next week."

Redshirt senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma led UO in kills (15) and points (17.5) for the 15th and 14 times this season. The All-American from Chandler, Ariz., also topped UO in hitting (.370) for the fourth time in '12, thanks to her 16th +.300 total this year.

At the service line, Bergsma also landed two aces - tops on the team and her six multi-ace effort this season.

Sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner added 12 kills for her 17th double-digit kill figure of the season.

Junior setter Lauren Plum ended with 46 assists - her second-highest three-set total of the season - and added one ace.

Senior libero Haley Jacob led the team in digs for the 17th time this season and 67th time in her career - both tops among active Duck players.

On all-time Duck career lists, Bergsma moved up two spots to fourth in kills (1,316.5) and passed another former All-American Neticia Enesi (fifth, 1,315.5) and teammate Katherine Fischer (sixth, 1,305).

Fischer also moved up a spot on the career aces list into a tie for eighth (106) with former Duck Melissa Terzian (1986-89).

In the team comparisons, Stanford became the second Duck this season to eclipse .300 with its .344 total, while the Ducks ended with a .188 mark  - its second-lowest o fthe year behind its total last month at Palo Alto (.168).

In other comparisons, Oregon ended with more kills (47-40) and aces (4-3); the teams tied in digs (36-36), and Stanford ended with edges in blocks (10.5-4.0) and fewest service erros (2-5).

Cardinal category leaders inlcuded All-American Carly Wopat (10 kills, .692, 9 blocks, 15 points), Madi Bugg (30 assists, 2 aces) and Kyle Gilbert (15 digs).

Factoring in UO's 3-2 loss to California Friday, Bergsma topped UO in kills (5.00 per set), hitting (.392) and aces (0.25 p/s), while Brenner ranked second offensively (4.75 kills p/s, .347). Jacob led the digs column (4.38 p/s), thanks to her 25 digs vs. Cal which was one off her team season high.

In other action around the league Sunday, No. 8 Washington came back from an 0-2 deficit at home to Utah to win in five sets, and No. 6 USC won at Arizona, 3-1. On Saturday, No. 5 UCLA won 3-1 at Arizona State, and California won 3-1 at Oregon State.

In the updated Pac-12 standings, Stanford leads be three matches with its 14-0 record, while Oregon trails in second place with an 11-3 mark. No. 5 UCLA is one match back in third place (11-4), just ahead of No. 6 USC and No. 8 Washington who are tied for fourth place (10-4). California follows in sixth place with a 7-7 mark.

Next week, UO remains at home to host ASU and Arizona, next Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10 at 7 and 8 p.m., respectively.