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Ducks Rally to Win Over Cougars

Oct 10, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 11 Oregon volleyball team rallied to defeat Washington State in four sets Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena, winning 18-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-23.

How It Happened: After a sluggish first set, Oregon (14-1, 4-1 Pac-12) came out firing to start the second set, shifting the momentum in favor of the Ducks. It was the defense that changed the fortunes for the home team, allowing Washington State (9-8, 0-5) to hit .424 in the first set before holding the Cougars to negative marks in both the second and third sets.

After sailing through sets two and three, Oregon was pressured again in the fourth, a set that saw 10 ties and seven lead changes. Oregon led 21-19 and fended off a late charge from WSU behind the arm of Liz Brenner, who had six kills in the set alone, leading the Ducks to a 25-23 win.

Martenne Bettendorf and Kacey Nady were the stars for Oregon offensively, as Bettendorf finished with 16 kills hitting .481, and Nady recording a career high 15 kills and hitting .591 while returning from a concussion.

What It Means: Washington State entered the match looking for its first conference win, but came off strong showings against ranked opponents USC and UCLA.  Jim Moore talked about the Cougars being a dangerous team earlier in the week, and it showed in the first set.

“I felt like we were a little better ball control team, but offensively they’re the real deal," Moore said. "When they don’t make errors, like they didn’t in the first set, they’re going to beat you.”

A team as competitive as WSU at the bottom of the conference speaks to the challenge that lies ahead for the Ducks in Pac-12 play.

Notes and Numbers: Brenner recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs…Nady led the team in points for the first time this season with 17…she is the fifth Duck to lead the team in the category this year…transfer Chelsey Keoho played in her first match of the season and recorded eight digs….Oregon is 3-1 this season when losing the first set.

Up Next: Oregon will face No. 3 Washington, Sunday at 11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans who don pink will receive a $3 GA ticket.