Ducks Sweep Buffs For Sixth Straight
EUGENE, Ore. – Back on the floor after being off last week, Oregon continued its hot play with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-20, straight-sets win over Colorado to win its sixth in a row Friday in Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks' six-match winning streak is the longest for the program in conference play in a single season since 2012.
"Everyone came in prepared and feeling confident," said head coach Matt Ulmer. "It's just a group that wants to be good and is doing everything it needs to in order to find success."
How It Happened: Oregon pulled away in the second half of set one on the way to a 25-18 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Ducks' offense was humming, hitting .476 led by Karson Bacon's seven kills on 10 swings. Oregon led for most of the way in the opening set, but every time it tried to pull away early on, the Buffaloes tightened things up again. It wasn't until a 4-0 run late in the set, keyed by a pair of kills and a block by Abby Hansen, that the Ducks were able to open things up.
Colorado jumped out to an early lead in the second set, leading 9-5 before an Oregon timeout. The Ducks came out of that timeout with an 8-3 run to take a 13-12 lead midway through the game before the two teams went back-and-forth the rest of the way. Oregon fought off two set points before scoring three straight, the last two on a kill by Taylor Williams and a Brooke Nuneviller ace to win 27-25.
In set three, the Ducks took control from the start, leading by at least two points most of the way to finish off the sweep with a 25-20 win. The Oregon block came alive down the stretch as the Ducks finished with six in the game while holding Colorado to a .068 hitting percentage. Hansen and Morgan Lewis each recorded four blocks in set three, and combined for a stuff to end the match.
Quotable: Head coach Matt Ulmer
On the improvements the team has made…
"It's hard to pinpoint just one (area). I just think the maturity individually just in normal life is the biggest piece. The game is not as overwhelming or as fast anymore. They've just come so far and they really want to be good, so I'm proud of this group."
On the play of middle blockers Karson Bacon and Abby Hansen…
"They've been working really hard. They deserve success. I'm proud of the way they're working and proud of our setters for finding them… so that's a really good sign for our offense moving forward."
Middle Blocker Karson Bacon
On both her and Abby Hansen playing well…
"It's really fun to have your day, and me and Abby had our day together. It was kind of fun just to sort of compete against each other knowing we were doing such a great job producing for our team."
Notable: Oregon's six-match winning streak is the longest for the program since the 2017 season … The six straight wins in conference play is the longest streak for the Ducks overall since a stretch between the 2015 and 2016 seasons … The Ducks have won 10 straight sets dating back to the win over USC on Feb. 7, the longest set winning streak since 2018 … Bacon and Hansen combined for 24 kills and a .629 hitting percentage to go with eight blocks … Hansen matched a career-high with 13 kills on 17 swings while Bacon finished with a season-best 11 kills on 18 attempts with no errors … Nuneviller recorded her eighth double-double of the year through nine matches, finishing with 11 kills and 17 digs … She has reached double-figures in digs in all nine matches … Williams turned in her first career double-double putting down 10 kills while setting a career-high with 12 digs … Oregon's 61 kills for the match were a season-high … In set two, 23 of the Ducks' 27 points came on kills.
Up Next: The Ducks and Buffaloes will run it back on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on the Oregon Live Stream-2.