Volleyball Drops Pac-10 Opener at Oregon
Sept. 24, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. -- The No. 15 Oregon Ducks volleyball team remained undefeated after downing Washington State 25-19, 25-13, and 25-15 before 1,173 fans in the Pacific-10 Conference opener at McArthur Court in Eugene.
Meagan Ganzer led the Cougars (6-5 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) with 10 kills while Brittany Tillman had three blocks. Setter Sara Biondi had 23 assists and Kaleinani Kabalis had 9 digs. WSU hit .157 for the match and had four team blocks.
Oregon moved to 13-0 overall and 1-0 in Pac-10. Katherine Fischer and Alaina Bergsma combined for 23 kills to lead the Ducks who hit .340 as a team. Fischer landed six service aces. Lauren Plum had 38 assists as Hailey Jacobs and Kellie Kawasaki each has a dozen digs. Joceyln Levig led the match with seven blocks.
The Ducks hit .361 in the opener and grabbed a 25-19 win. Fischer landed four consecutive aces in the early second set as Oregon took a 10-1 lead and extended that to a 25-13.win. WSU took a 4-1 lead to start the third set and scored four-in-a-row in the mid-way point in the set but Oregon's eight-point run late led to the 25-15 win.
"I thought Oregon played a good all-around game but when we did what we were supposed to do, we did pretty well matching up with them," Cougar Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "We started out too slow and there was a lack of communication between players. We gave them too big of a head start and we can't play from behind like that. We put ourselves in a bind. We won a couple of long rallies and when we executed our game plan, we did it pretty well, (but) we just didn't do it enough times against a good team."
Washington State takes on Oregon State (7-8 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) in Corvallis, Saturday night.
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