Seattle University played well through most of the night, but the offense of 20th-ranked Oregon proved to be too much for the Redhawks, as the Ducks picked up a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-12, 25-16) over Seattle U Tuesday night in volleyball action at Matthew Knight Arena.
With the score tied at 5-5 in the first set, Oregon rattled off five straight points to pull ahead, 10-5, and then the Ducks scored four unanswered points later in the set to extend their lead to 15-7 at the television timeout. Down by 10, the Redhawks cut their deficit in half late in the set, but a service ace by Shellsy Ashen clinched the opening set for Oregon.
Oregon (4-3) controlled the start of the second set, taking a 12-2 lead thanks to six kills by Liz Brenner and three more service aces by Ashen. The Ducks committed only two attack errors in the second set while forcing Seattle U into eight attack errors. Oregon finished off the second set with back-to-back kills from Martenne Bettendorf and Canace Finley.
Two kills and a block by Ariana Williams gave Oregon the first three points of the third set, but Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia) earned a kill and a service ace as Seattle U scored the next three points. The Ducks went on a 7-2 scoring run to pull ahead, 12-7, but the Redhawks closed their deficit thanks to two kills and a block assist from Stephanie Stoll (Bellevue, Wash.). Oregon slowly extended its lead throughout the rest of the set, finishing it and the match off with kills by Brenner and Finley.
“We came into tonight’s match with a complicated game plan, and for the most part we were able to execute that plan, running our offense well and setting up our blocks correctly,” Seattle U head coach James Finley said. “I was disappointed in the second set, but pleased that the players responded in the third set. I never like to lose, but we made progress tonight, and we will use that moving forward.”
Sarah Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) led the Redhawk offense with seven kills, and Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.) finished with six kills and a team-high four total blocks. Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.) played a solid match, collecting 23 assists, two kills, four digs, and two block assists, and 10 defensive digs came from the libero position, occupied by McKenzie Daniels (Edmonds, Wash.) in the first two sets and Lani Beadle (Seattle, Wash.) in the third set.
For Oregon, Brenner led all players with 14 kills and eight defensive digs, while Williams earned 11 kills on 15 attack attempts without an error for a .733 hitting percentage. Lauren Plum dished out 43 assists as she helped the Ducks post a .374 hitting percentage as a team.
Seattle University (2-7) will spend one day at home before hitting the road again, heading to Southern California for almost a full week. The Redhawks will participate in a tournament co-hosted by Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount, facing College of Charleston in a neutral site match Friday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in Long Beach before 7 p.m. matches at LMU Friday and at Long Beach State Saturday, Sept. 14.