Sunday marked the first time in the history of Oregon volleyball that there would be a meeting of the top two teams in the country in Eugene. Through the first two sets, there was no question which team held top billing - in front of a season high 5007 fans - as the Stanford Cardinal capitalized on the Ducks' sloppy play to sweep the highly anticipated match 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.
Much of the same problems that plagued the Ducks early in their Friday loss to the California Golden Bears rolled over to Sunday's match, as Oregon would commit five errors in the first set to Stanford's zero, nine in the second, and a staggering 11 in the final set. Moore, while complementary of Stanford's attack, was disappointed in his team's effort against the Cardinal.
"I think it was in the wrong place," Moore said when asked about his team's focus. "I think we were focused on not losing instead of winning.
"We put no pressure on them in any way shape or form. You have to give Stanford a lot of credit, they passed great - at times they passed unbelievably well."
Freshman Martenne Bettendorf replaced senior Kat Fischer in the starting lineup Sunday after Fischer "whacked her head" against the Golden Bears Friday night, according to Moore, who said that while Fischer was released to play on Sunday morning, they had already made the decision at that point to go with Bettendorf. Making her first start, Bettendorf was quick to point to a lack of effort in practice as a reason for the sweep.
"I'm a little surprised," Bettendorf said. "We've been doing really well against everyone, and we overlooked Cal I think. I think we should have worked harder all throughout the past two weeks."
Offensively, senior Alaina Bergsma with 15 kills and sophomore Liz Brenner with 12 led Oregon, with Bettendorf adding in 10 of her own. However, the Ducks could never establish a rhythm and continually shot themselves in the foot, hitting only .188 for the match and only registering four blocks against the Cardinal.
"Their offense is really high so our blocking wasn't as good today," Bettendorf said.
Oregon returns to the court on Friday, November 9, to face the Arizona State Sun Devils at Matthew Night Arena, with the team looking to rebound and stay in the race for the Pac-12 crown.
"Hopefully, there's only up that we can go from here," said senior Haley Jacob."
"We're the same team, we move on, first play next week. That's where we gotta go," added Moore.