No. 4 Ducks sweep Arizona at MKA

No. 4 Ducks sweep Arizona at MKA

EUGENE - The No. 4 University of Oregon volleyball team (22-3, 14-3) sealed consecutive season sweeps of its desert rivals with a straight-set decision over Arizona (14-13, 6-10) Saturday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

UO rolled to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 victory - its fourth straight 3-0 win over UA since last year - and raised its series record to 8-8 under eighth-year head coach Jim Moore.

"It was big to play well tonight against Arizona," Moore said, "because we only played OK last night and ASU played really, really well.  We served as tough as we could and that makes life a lot easier for the offense and defense. We were good at maintaining our intensity and staying after them. We have had a tendency of not starting well in set two, and we still need to be better. Part of it just comes down to how we control our effort, energy and attitude, and being consistent at those things."

Oregon hit .275, while the defense limited Arizona to .096 - the third Duck foe to hit under .100 this year (and 17th to hit .200 or lower).

In other team comparisons, the Ducks sported edges in kills (46-25), assists (42-24), digs (53-39) and aces (11-0); and the Wildcats won the blocking battle (8.0-4.0).

In the aces comparison, UO set a season high (11) by three, while UA became the second team this season to not record an ace.

Sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner posted team three-set season highs for kills (18) and points (23.5), and her four aces was a career high. She also paced the team in hitting (.516) for the ninth time in 2012, thanks to her seventh +.500 hitting mark.

Redshirt senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma added 15 kills and hit .379 - her 23rd double-digit kill tally and 19th +.300 total of the campaign.

The duo also both had nine digs - one shy of their fifth and fourth double-doubles of the season.

Junior setter Lauren Plum logged 37 assists and added two aces and two blocks. She tied for the team lead in the latter category with Brenner and Williams.

The returning All-Pac-12 setter Plum also moved up a spot on the Duck all-time season assists list to ninth (1,180), and is just shy of her previous marks as a freshman (eighth, 1,246, 2010) and sophomore (sixth, 1,330, 2011).

The senior duo of libero Haley Jacob and outside hitter Katherine Fischer topped the team in digs with 14 and 12, respectively, and landed two aces each.

"Serving was one of our focuses coming in," Plum said. "We haven’t serve very well recently. Everyone came out and tried to go after it as much as they could, so that was good. There’s a lot of other things we still need to work on, especially with our blocking."

Arizona category leaders included Halli Amaro (9 kills), Lauren Fuller (15 assists), Candace Nicholson (9 digs), Madison Kingdon (9 digs) and Olivia Magill (4 blocks).

Earlier this weekend UO beat ASU, 3-2, on Friday, and also topped both Grand Canyon State rivals in 3-0 set fashion on the road last month. Last year, the Ducks also won all four season meetings with the same two teams for the first time in school history.

Looking ahead, Oregon remains in the Pacific Northwest the final two weeks of the regular slate. UO next plays at No. 5 Washington and WSU, Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17; then hosts No. 6 UCLA, Tue., Nov. 20 and travels to Oregon State, Fri., Nov. 23.