Oregon Ducks Drop Five Set Match Against UCLA Bruins

The Oreg on Ducks and UCLA Bruins meet at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon,Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
The Oreg on Ducks and UCLA Bruins meet at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon,Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks dropped a 5-set match to UCLA and were unable to put the Bruins away at key points for the second loss in a week.

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Last weekend saw the Oregon Ducks Volleyball team lose against Washington but storm back for a three set win over Washington State. The Ducks moved up in the rankings to 16th. Oregon had their 11 game winning sreak snapped against the Huskies, but they would look to make it two in a row against 20th ranked UCLA in a Top 20 matchup at Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday night.

Oregon started out slow on the attack as UCLA took the first five points before the Ducks Taylor Agost picked up the first point of the night for Oregon. It would be a back and forth battle through Set 1 with UCLA taking the lead 20-18 and Oregon battling back to a 21-21 tie before Taylor Agost and Claire Felix took it to 22 all. Taylor Agost put the ball in the back corner to put Oregon up 23-22.

It took three extra points, but Oregon took the first Set 28-26.

Oregon took a 21-15 lead before the wheels started to fall off allowing the Bruins to come back to take tbe lead in the set and the momentum away from the Ducks at 22-21. UCLA would take the second set 25-23 heading into the break. Taylor Agost who started out hot for the Ducks saw her hit percentage knocked down from .360 to 250 in the second set.

"It’s a roller coaster. Momentum goes one way, momentum comes to our side and if you don’t deal with it right and you’ve got a little slip on service and passing…making mental mistakes the other team is going to get you.Amanda Benson on the 5-set loss to UCLA."

The Oregon Ducks again played the third set from behind. A service error gave UCLA a 23-19 lead. Throughout the set missed blocks and serving were big issues that have been in one form or another for a good part of the season for Jim Moore’s team. They have found a way out of it by being more on point and crisp in their hitting, as they were on Sunday against Washington State.

UCLA won the third set 25-20 and took a 2-1 lead on the Oregon Ducks as the teams switched sides and Oregon tried to get back into the match.

The Ducks were down 14-8 in the fourth set and would score four straight points pushing it to 14-13 UCLA. Lindsay Vander Weide would serve an ace to tie the set at 14. Oregon would put it together to push their lead to 23-20 forcing a Bruins timeout. Taylor Agost would close it out with a kill across the middle tying the match at 2-2 and sending the teams to a fifth set.

Oregon scored the first point in the fifth set, but UCLA came back with a 5-3 lead forcing a Ducks Timeout. The Bruins built the lead to 14-9 and it was match point for UCLA and win the match three sets to two.

The Ducks get back on the court on Friday to host USC at 8pm on Pac-12 Networks.