Brenner’s 20 Kills Pace Ducks to Sweep of Utah

EUGENE, Ore. – Liz Brenner finished with 20 kills and a season-best .594 hitting percentage as she led the No. 21 Oregon volleyball team (12-6, 5-3 Pac-12) to a 3-0 sweep of Utah (15-5, 4-4), Sunday, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22.
Brenner separated herself as the top offensive player in the match, but the entire team was firing on all cylinders for a majority of the match. The Ducks held the advantage in almost every statistical category, including a 50-37 kills differential while hitting at a clip of .379. That number was made even more impressive when considering Utah entered the weekend with the 14th-best blocking team in the country.
“We were smart with our shots and kept the ball in play today,” Brenner said. “I made sure I kept balls in play instead of going for the kill, and when you do that things happen that go really well.”
Head coach Jim Moore also like what he saw in his players’ savvy execution.
“It was good for us to get the ball off the block,” he said. “Our hitters played smart. They didn’t try to terminate every single ball, and that gave us a chance.”
The Ducks finished with a 48-35 edge in digs, thanks in large part to defensive specialist Tatum Norton who had 17 of those 48, surpassing her career high of 12 from earlier this season. Norton was on point all weekend, racking up nine digs Friday against Colorado and earning the praises of Moore after the match.
Oregon was dominant in the first two sets of the match, hitting above .400 in both.
Oregon took the lead at 2-1 in the first frame and never looked back. Brenner had four of her nine kills by the time the Ducks went up 13-3, a safe margin they held at the end of the set, 25-15.
It took a little longer for Oregon to pull away in the second set, but an eventual 8-1 run put it up 15-11. Oregon went on to take the set by a six-point margin. While the offense primarily went through Brenner to open the match, al the hitters saw significant action in the second with Brenner, Finley, Bettendorf and Williams each with three kills.
It looked as if the Ducks were cruising to victory in the final set, jumping out to a 20-12 lead before Utah’s 10-3 surge brought the Utes within a point at 23-22. The Ducks found a way to close It from there, though, with back-to-back kills from Williams and Brenner.
“I want to combine tonight’s start with Friday’s finish,” Moore said. “I think we finished a little shaky, but started well. We haven’t had a good start in a long time.”
Williams finished the match as the only other Duck to get into double-figure kills, with 11.
Lauren Plum made her return after sustaining an injury against Arizona that kept her out until today’s match.
Oregon will continue their busy stretch of four matches in seven days with a road trip to Stanford, Wednesday and California, Friday. 
The Automated ScoreBook UTAH vs #21 Oregon(Oct 20, 2013 at Eugene, Ore.)

  
UTAH  
  
ATTACK 
SET 
SERVE 
SRV 
DEF 
BLOCK 
GEN 
  

## 
Player 
SP 


TA 
PCT 

SA 
SE 
RE 
DIG 
BS 
BA 
BE 
BHE 
Points 

3  
Bateman, Bailey  




.286 









4.0 

6  
Odale, Morgan  



15 
.467 









7.5 

10 
Dalton, Shelby  



14 
.071 









4.5 

11 
Schofield, Chelsey  

12 

35 
.143 




11 




14.5 

17 
Redd-Brandon, Erin  



18 
.278 









7.5 

19 
Cygan, Kendall  




.500 
16 








2.0 

4  
Sutton, Tess  




.000 









0.0 

8  
Spurrier, Alli  




.000 









1.0 

9  
Moea'i, Makenzie  




.500 









3.0 

12 
Kirby, Kalee  




.000 
13 








0.0 

  
TEAM  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

 
Totals 

37 
13 
104 
.231 
33 



35 

10 


44.0 

  

 
TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.0

TEAM ATTACK BY SET 

Set 


TA 
Pct 
Sideout 
Pct 




33 
.152 
9-25  
36% 


17 

35 
.343 
13-24  
54% 


11 

36 
.194 
14-25  
56% 

 
 
 
 
 
36-74  
48% 

   

SET SCORES 



  
TEAM RECORDS 

UTAH  
(0) 
15 
19 
22 
  
15-5, 4-4 Pac-12  

Oregon  
(3) 
25 
25 
25 
  
12-6, 5-3 Pac-12  

  
Oregon  
  
ATTACK 
SET 
SERVE 
SRV 
DEF 
BLOCK 
GEN 
  

## 
Player 
SP 


TA 
PCT 

SA 
SE 
RE 
DIG 
BS 
BA 
BE 
BHE 
Points 

5  
Finley, Canace  



15 
.400 









8.0 

6  
Brenner, Liz  

20 

32 
.594 









23.0 

7  
Williams, Ariana  

11 

24 
.292 









11.5 

15 
Warner, Serena  




.143 









4.0 

16 
Ashen, Shellsy  




.000 
41 








0.0 

18 
Bettendorf, Martenne 



18 
.222 









8.5 

1  
B-Gonzalez, Natalie  




.000 









0.0 

4  
Plum, Lauren  




.000 









1.0 

8  
Crittenden, Naya  




.500 









1.0 

10 
Benson, Amanda  




.000 









0.0 

17 
Norton, Tatum  




1.000 




17 




3.0 

 
Totals 

50 
11 
103 
.379 
47 



48 




60.0 

  

 
TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.0

TEAM ATTACK BY SET 

Set 


TA 
Pct 
Sideout 
Pct 


16 

30 
.400 
9-15  
60% 


14 

30 
.433 
14-20  
69% 


20 

43 
.326 
14-23  
60% 

 
 
 
 
 
37-58  
63% 

   
Site: Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena) Date: Oct 20, 2013 Attend: 1124 Time: 1:22 Referees: Mickey Matthews, Alan Chinn

 
 

  



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