The Oregon Ducks Volleyball team will likely enter the upcoming NCAA Tournament on the road after a loss to Stanford on Wednesday.
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Jim Moore and the Oregon Ducks took care of Washington on the road in a three-game sweep a few weeks ago. The hope was the team would step up and play their best game against Stanford on the road, but they faltered and fell in straight sets on Wednesday night in Palo Alto. The Oregon Ducks were never able to get comfortable, and momentum was lost to the Cardinal all night. Stanford held Oregon to a team hitting percentage of .196 with Ronika Stone being the lone standout performer of the night. She had 14 kills and 2 blocks.
The match had a big impact when it comes to the post season. The Ducks RPI entering the game was 19, Stanford was in the Top 10. A win by the Ducks would have put them in the Top 16 – which are typically the teams selected to host the first two rounds. With the loss, the Ducks will likely begin the postseason on the road. Of course, that may not be a bad thing.
The Oregon Ducks entering this week were undefeated on the road this season, but have lost two straight games against USC and Stanford. The Ducks wrap up the regular season with a game against Oregon State on Friday at Noon.