Ducks Host Second-Ever Home Beach Match
For just the second time in the eight-year history of the program, Oregon will play a home match when it takes on Corban on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Amazon Park. The Ducks are 1-2 on the season coming off of a win over the Warriors the last time out and will look to get back to .500 on the year. Oregon hosted its first home match in program history in 2019, when the Ducks beat Portland on April 6, 2019.
When: Tuesday, March 16 (2 p.m.)
Where: Eugene, Ore. (Amazon Park)
Who: vs. Corban
DUCKS TOP CORBAN FOR FIRST WIN OF 2021
Oregon picked up its first win of the 2021 season on March 4, coming away with a 4-1 win on the road against Corban to improve to 1-2 on the young season. The Ducks put up the first four points of the match, winning three of those in straight sets to lock up the victory. Savannah Siegrist and Delaney Hopen secured the first Oregon point of the day with a 21-17, 21-15 win at the No. 2 spot, before Josie Cole and Zoe Almanza followed with a 21-19, 21-15 win at No. 4 to make it 2-0, Ducks. The third Oregon sweep came at the No. 5 spot, where Bea Wetton and Ashley Schroeder picked up a convincing 21-12, 21-15 win to clinch the match. On court No. 3, Vivian Donovan and Madelyn Lafollette bounced back from a close loss in their opening set to win 20-22, 21-16, 15-6 to put up the fourth point of the day.
DUCKS LOOK TO BUILD OFF STRONG START TO 2020 SEASON
Oregon got off to the best start in the seven-year history of the program last year, going 3-2 through the first five matches and finishing the shortened season at 3-5. It was the first time in the program's young history that the Ducks won at least three of the first eight matches of the season, while the three wins were the second-most in a season in school history. The Ducks won their opening match of the season with a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara on Feb. 21 before knocking off Portland in a thrilling 3-2 on Feb. 29. Ally Haden and Savannah Siegrist are a perfect 4-0 on the year with all their wins coming in the No. 3 spot, while Zoe Almanza and Anastasia Lima are 3-1 at the No. 4 spot. The Ducks started off the final weekend of play with a 4-1 win over Utah, with Haden and Siegrist moving to a perfect 5-0 on the year and Madelyn Lafollette and Carly Wallace picking up a three-set win.
A PROGRAM ON THE RISE
Entering just its eighth year of existence, Oregon's beach program has made some leaps over the past few years towards building a potential perennial contender in the highly-competitive Pac-12. Prior to 2019, the Ducks had not won more than three dual matches in a year, but won five in 2019 to surpass the win total from the previous two seasons combined while winning three in the first eight matches last year. Oregon also hired Janice Harrer prior to the 2019 season as associate head coach for beach volleyball, becoming the program's first-ever beach-only coach. With indoor volleyball moving to the spring this year, the 2021 roster is the first made up of entirely beach-only players. Oregon also hosted its first-ever home match in 2019, a 4-1 win over Portland, and have two more home matches on the schedule for this year.
The 2021 season marks the eighth year of Oregon beach volleyball. The Ducks are 20-61-1 all-time.