Oregon had the chance to make a statement on Thursday night against one of the Top 10 teams in the country, and once again fell short. The Ducks once again showed that they have the ability to stay with the top teams, but were again unable to finish. They did take the Cardinal to four sets before falling, winning one.
In the third set Oregon raced out to a 6-0 lead and held the lead till the 21-19 mark where some errors cost the Ducks the set and ultimately the match. Oregon did take s positive out of the game in holding Stanford to a hitting percentage under .250(2.48). Oregon hit .126 and were blocked 18 times on the night.
“That was a winnable match. Game three was a winnable match and unfortunately we didn’t execute when we needed to.”
Oregon Head Coach Jim Moore on Set 3 vs Stanford
Liz Brenner was joined by Ariana Williams who each had 15 kills to lead Oregon. Brenner also had 14 digs on the evening for her 11th double double of the season. Lauren Plum had 44 assists. Oregon will regroup and face Cal Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena. (6pm PT, Pac 12 Networks)
Oregon’s chances at hosting a regional for the NCAA Tournament this season are starting to slip away. After Friday and the Bears the Ducks travel to Utah, Colorado and Washington State before finishing the season at home in the Civil War against Oregon State.
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