The Oregon Ducks started conference play tonight as they hosted the Oregon State Beavers at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks were 10-0 entering the night and were ranked 13th nationally. The Beavers started out very competitive against the Ducks but couldn't keep up with Oregon's high powered offense. Liz Brenner before tonight's game was 7th in Oregon history in career kills. Brenner ended the night with 14 kills which moved her up to 6th in career kills at Oregon. Head coach Jim Moore also earned his 197th career victory at Oregon which now makes him the all-time most winningest coach in Oregon history.
Oregon started off the night taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st and that would be the theme for the rest of the set. The Ducks took an early 10-6 lead before the Beavers closed the gap to 15-14. Oregon would eventually extend the lead to 22-18 and the Beavers ended up losing the 1st set 25-22. Oregon didn't trail once during the 1st set.
The 2nd set didn't favor the Ducks as Oregon State controlled a majority of the set. Oregon again took a 1-0 advantage but Oregon State responded by going up 4-2. During this set it seemed like the Ducks could never get over the hump. The Ducks would cut the lead to 1 point multiple times throughout the set, but the Beavers would then go up by 3 points. As the set continued, the student section is what pushed the Ducks over the top.
The Beavers were up 17-15 as the student section began their "U-of-O" chant which brought energy to the Oregon squad as they began to chip at the lead. This time the Ducks closed the gap and tied it at 20-20. The Ducks eventually took the lead at 24-22; Oregon State would rally back and tie the set at 25 a piece. After multiple set points the Ducks won the set with a 27-25 score. Brenner was key in the 2nd set, finishing with 7 kills and 10 digs.
The 3rd set was very similar the 1st with the Ducks dominating the set. Oregon got on the board fast, going up 9-5 early in the decisive set. The Ducks then got their high powered offense into gear as they extended the advantage to 17-9. Like Duck football, opponents have a hard time keeping up with the Oregon offense. The Beavers looked like the wheels feel off as they would eventually lose the 3rd set 25-19.