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No. 19 Ducks Sweep Portland State

Aug 28, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. – The No. 19 Oregon volleyball team swept its way past host Portland State to wrap up the season-opening Rose City Showdown Sunday afternoon at Viking Pavilion. Freshman Mimi Colyer led all players with 13 kills, followed closely by 12 kills from Brooke Nuneviller. Coupled with Saturday's win, the Ducks are 2-0 heading back to Eugene for next weekend's home opener.
 
Collectively, the UO offense hit .400 with setter Hannah Pukis running the show with her second double-double—32 assists, 12 digs—in as many matches this weekend. The Ducks' defense, in turn, limited PSU to a -.047 hitting percentage, helped in part by nine total team blocks.
 
How It Happened
From 2-all in the first set, Oregon went on a 7-1 run to gain control of play and force the home team into an early timeout. The Ducks pushed their lead to double figures—up 18-8—after kill by Gloria Mutiri, her first of the afternoon. On the team's second set point, Karson Bacon found the final third of the court to secure the opener (25-12) for a 1-0 match lead.
 
Oregon continued to control the flow of play, jumping out to a 9-2 advantage in the second set. Portland State (1-2) pulled to within three with the Ducks leading 11-8 but never got any closer. With the help of a six-point surge, the lead was 21-10 after back-to-back kills from Kiari Robey and Nuneviller. The Ducks wrapped up the set with an identical score of 25-12 with a kill by Mutiri.
 
Nuneviller (7) and Colyer (4) combined for 11 of the team's 16 kills in the second frame.
 
The Vikings responded to start the third with a 7-3 lead, forcing an early timeout by UO head coach Matt Ulmer. Colyer and redshirt freshman Colby Neal combined for a block followed by another Nuneviller kill and the score was tied at 9-all. Oregon regained the lead for good at 13-12 thank to an ace by freshman Ayva Cebollero.
 
Back in front, the Ducks extended their advantage to 20-13 with a run capped by a Mutiri kill. A setting miscue by PSU gave Oregon match points, and on the team's second opportunity, Colyer put down the final kill for the straight-set triumph.
 
Notable…
Cebollero made her college debut with two service aces … fellow freshman Maya de los Reyes also made her first appearance … with five kills, Mutiri moved to within four kills of reaching 1,000 for her career … dating back to 2004, Oregon has won 13 of 14 matches against PSU during the rally-scoring era … Bacon led all players with four total blocks.
 
…and Quotable
"One of the messages we've been trying to send is to not underestimate anyone. Long Beach brought it last night and caught us on our heels a bit and out-worked us for a couple sets. That's something that we never want to feel because of we work so hard in the gym to perfect those moves and hit the floor more than any other team. So we came in today ready to fight for it and I think that really made a difference in our mindset." – Oregon senior outside hitter, Brooke Nuneviller
 
Up Next
The Ducks' 2022 home opener is Sept. 1 against UC Davis as part of the three-day Oregon Invitational. The team will also face Rice that Sunday, Sept. 3 at Matthew Knight Arena. Both matches are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start. The middle day of the invitational will feature a neutral-site match between UC Davis and Rice. Click HERE for Oregon's complete schedule.
 
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