Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

First Sweep in Seattle Since 2016


SEATTLE, Wash. — The ninth-ranked Oregon volleyball team capped its weekend with a road sweep at Washington (25-20, 25-22, 25-15) in front of a national television audience on ESPN. The Ducks tallied a season-high .442 hitting percentage on their way to improving to 19-4 overall with a 9-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
Sunday’s result gave the program its first win in Seattle since 2018, and paired with Friday’s victory at Washington State, the Ducks secured its first sweep of the UW/WSU road weekend since 2016.
Seniors Morgan Lewis and Gabby Gonzales led all players with 15 and 11 kills, respectively. Lewis did not commit an attack error in 23 swings, good for a .652 hitting percentage while Gonzales hit .474 (11-2-19) against the Huskies. It was her fourth match of the year with 10 or more kills while hitting .400 or higher.
Gonzales and libero Georgia Murphy each had nine digs Sunday and fellow senior Kara McGhee led the defensive charge at the net with a match-high six blocks. Collectively, the Ducks limited Washington to a .149 hitting percentage and have now held their opponents to a .200 or lower figure in nine of 12 league matches.
How It Happened: The Ducks took an early 12-7 lead after three-consecutive Washington errors, forcing a timeout by the home team. Oregon pushed its lead to six but the Huskies answered with a 7-1 run to pull to within one—UO leading 16-15—and head coach Matt Ulmer called his first timeout of the match.
Leading 18-17, the Ducks used a quick surge to…

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