The stands should be a bit more crowded next weekend. - Dominic Vieira
Finishing the regular season at 25-4, the Ducks look to be in prime position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at Matthew Knight Arena next weekend after thrashing Oregon State 25-12, 25-15, 25-23.
Last season, the Oregon Volleyball team suffered a late-season loss to Oregon State that likely played a role in the selection committee sending them on the road for the NCAA tournament. This time around, Head Coach Jim Moore made sure that everyone knew there was still business to attend to after the Ducks' sweep of UCLA before his #7 Oregon squad turned their attention to the NCAA tournament. This time around, it wasn't even close.
The Ducks put a beating on their over-matched foe in the first set, cruising to a 25-12 victory while hitting .303 and committing six errors. Oregon played excellent defense over the entire match – holding the Beavers to a .043 mark in the first set and under .200 for the match – something that will be crucial for them as they enter the NCAA bracket.
The second set saw Oregon's offense kick it into high gear, hitting .483 while only committing two errors. Senior Kat Fischer led the Ducks with 15 kills (and zero errors) with fellow senior Alaina Bergsma tacking on 11 kills and setter Lauren Plum pitching in 41 assists to aid the onslaught.
Oregon State put up a fight in the third and final set, tying the score at 21 apiece late in the match. However, a pair of services aces by sophomore Liz Brenner created some separation for Oregon and the Ducks finished off the Beavers and likely cemented themselves as a host site for this year's NCAA tournament.
The selection show is Sunday at 1 PM on ESPNU, so tune in to see where the high-flying hitters go, who they play and their path to the Final Four.