Flying high off five consecutive wins, the Ducks hosted the cellar dwelling Beavers in Oregon's final regular season match of the season. Oregon jumped out on the Beavers early, taking the first two sets without much resistance but ran into a stumbling block in the third. Oregon would eventually go on to take the match in 4 sets 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15.
Liz Brenner led the way with 22 kills as the Ducks saw three hitters with double figure kills as a complete effort put the Beavers away, much of that thanks to Lauren Plum's 52 assists.
Coach Jim Moore was pleased with the way his team started the match, having been preaching a need for fast starts. The Ducks opened a 17-6 lead and never looked back as they claimed the first set easily. In the second the Ducks got behind early but once they got the lead at 9-8, they never looked back routing the second set as well.
"That was the biggest thing I thought. We have been struggling all year with that. It's good to finish the season starting fast," said Moore.
A major part in why Oregon was unable to take the match in straight sets was the ridiculous Beavers' hitting percentage in the third set. In third, OSU hit an astonishing .519 and despite that, Oregon still only dropped the set by 4.
Oregon would respond in the fourth set taking a big lead early and closing out the match 25-15. The loss left the Beavers winless in conference play and strengthened Oregon's post season's hopes to a near certainty.
"I had a sense coming out we weren't after it like we should [be]," said Moore, "We were real quiet in the break and I could sense we weren't going to have a lot of energy coming out and we didn't."
The Ducks have been impressive down the stretch and look to continue their recent tear of victories. Now it's all up to the decision makers on whether or not Oregon gets to keep playing. Jim Moore is confident and holds an outside hope that Oregon may even host in the tournament.
"I'm going to be disappointed if they don't seed 4 Pac-12 teams, but with 8 members east of the Mississippi, the chances are pretty slim."
If the last few weeks are any indication, they could make some noise in the tournament, especially if they get the opportunity to host a site.