Ducks Fall in Four Sets at USC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon volleyball team generated a .333 hitting percentage Friday night but couldn't slow down USC in a four-set road loss at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Mimi Colyer had 20 kills in the setback and Brooke Nuneviller tallied her 12th double-double of the year with 13 kills and a team-high 17 digs.
With the loss, the Ducks are now 10-5 overall with a 4-3 mark in Pac-12 play. The results also snapped Oregon's five-match winning streak against USC.
Friday night marked the third-consecutive outing with at least 20 kills for Colyer. Nuneviller and Gloria Mutiri–with 10 kills–each hit .364 against the Trojans. Sophomore middle Kiari Robey had eight kills to match her season high, doing so behind a .636 hitting percentage. In directing the UO offense, setter Elise Ferreira dished out a match-high 50 assists.
How It Happened
From 10-all in the first set, USC (14-4, 6-1) rattled off five of the next seven points to take a 15-12 lead at the media timeout. The home team pushed its lead to 21-16 but the Ducks used a three-point surge to pull to within two. USC answered with three in a row of its own to grab a handful of set points.
Oregon extended play with back-to-back kills from Mutiri but the Trojans turned to Skylar Fields for the kill and a 1-0 match lead.
The Ducks responded in the second, jumping out to an early 5-2 lead with an ace by sophomore Daley McClellan. In a show of the back-and-forth flow of play, the teams were tied eight times until the score was knotted at 19-all. From that point, Oregon put together a 4-1 surge and led 23-20 after an error by the home team.
On their second chance to close out the set, Ferreira sent the ball out to Nuneviller who came through with her eighth kill of the night.
USC took a 10-6 lead to start the third but the Ducks answered with six in a row, capping the surge with a kill by Colyer. Oregon led by as many as four points—15-11—and took a 21-19 advantage with a USC service error. However, the home team ended the frame on a 6-1 run including the last four.
After a serving miscue to start the fourth, the Ducks won the next three points with a kill by Nuneviller and back-to-back kills from Colyer. However, USC took the lead for good at 6-5 with the help of another UO service error. The Trojans built a 19-12 advantage which the Ducks cut into with a three-point surge featuring kills by Colyer and Karson Bacon.
Oregon's final point of the match was a kill by Colyer, her 20th of the night, but the Trojans clinched the match with the 27th kill of the match from Fields.
With 16 digs against USC, libero Georgia Murphy surpassed 1,300 career digs and now has 1,311 digs in her Oregon career. Nuneviller moved past Katherine Fischer (2009-12) for eighth place on the program's career points list, and is now just 52 shy of becoming the eighth player in UO history to reach the 1,500 mark.
Oregon closes out the weekend and its four-match road swing Sunday afternoon at UCLA. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU. The Ducks' next home match is Friday, Oct. 21, against Utah. Click HERE for the full schedule.
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