STANFORD, Calif. — Facing a 0-2 match deficit, the No. 6 Oregon volleyball forced a fifth but the would-be rally came up just short in a five-set loss Thursday night at fourth-ranked Stanford. Morgan Lewis led all players with 19 kills, tying her career high, and Hannah Pukis led a trio of UO double-doubles with 48 assists and 11 digs.
Stanford won the match by a 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 15-12 scoreline. With the setback, Oregon is now 21-5 this season with an 11-4 record in Pac-12 play.
Lewis was efficient from the right side, hitting .405 (19-4-37) against the Cardinal. She tied her previous best of 19 from the Ducks’ five-set win at Pittsburgh in mid-September. Thursday was her ninth match with double-digit kills paired with a .300 or higher hitting percentage. Mimi Colyer and Gabby Gonzales finished with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.
With her 17th assist of the match, Pukis recorded the 5,000th assist of her career. She is one of just two active setters in the NCAA to eclipse the milestone, joining Savannah Vach of Miami (FL). Pukis, in her second season at Oregon, now has 2,154 assists as a Duck which is 10th on the program’s career list.
Hannah in 5K
— Oregon Volleyball (@OregonVB) November 10, 2023
Defensively, senior libero Georgia Murphy tied her season high with 18 digs Thursday. She was one of four Ducks in double figures along with Pukis, Colyer (13) and Gonzales (15). At the service line, fellow senior Elise Ferreira…