Volleyball Unable to Fend Off No. 7 Oregon

Oct. 24, 2008

EUGENE, Ore.Despite Margie Giordano’s 12 kills and Sarah Johnson and Reaves both hauling in 11 digs apiece, the effort wasn’t enough Friday night in Eugene as the seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks topped the ASU Volleyball Team 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18 in McArthur Court. The Sun Devils are now 10-11 overall and 1-7 in conference action as Oregon improves to 16-4 on the season and 5-3 in the Pac-10.


Set one proved to be a close one, even though Oregon held the lead through the set, but found the Sun Devils riding along on their coattails the entire time, even after falling down in a 9-3 hole. A timeout later, the Sun Devils came storming back to collect a 7-to-2 scoring run to push the score back to 10-11 in favor of Oregon. From that point on the two battled it out with Oregon just barely out hitting ASU and taking advantage of several Sun Devil missteps to take the first set 25-19.


The second set saw ASU come out to storm ahead of the Ducks after going on a 6-to-2 scoring spree to take a 10-5 lead before Oregon took a time out to collect themselves and put it together, forcing four tie scores and two lead changes. The Sun Devils collected a better hitting percentage than the Ducks with a .286 average to UO’s .200, but in the end their six service aces dug the Sun Devils a grave as UO barely edged ASU in the second set 25-23.


The third set saw Oregon take an early lead and take off running as an 8-to-2 scoring rally gave the Ducks a 17-9 lead over the Sun Devils that they never relinquished as ASU battled back and chipped away at the lead but were unable to surpass the Ducks with a 25-18 final toll in the third set to complete the sweep and collect their 16th win on the season.


“It’s difficult going on the road and playing a team as talented as Oregon. I thought we played well, but we have to continue to push harder to get a return on the investment that our athletes are putting into this season and this program.” stated Head Coach Jason Watson after the loss.


The Sun Devils will keep rolling through their Pac-10 slate tomorrow as they set to face the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore.


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