Beach volleyball bounced from Pac-12 Championships after losses to Utah, Washington
The Oregon beach volleyball team was eliminated from the Pac-12 Championships on Thursday after dropping both of its matches against Utah and Washington in Tucson, Arizona.
The Ducks (2-9) battled hard against Utah, falling 3-2. Utah took an early lead after dispatching Lauren Page and Marine Hall-Poirier in the only match that didn’t go to three sets. On court No. 3, Willow Johnson and Maddy Silberger-Franek soon evened the score.
Taylor Agost and August Raskie also suffered a defeat, leaving the pair of Ronika Stone and Maggie Scott to even the score once again.
The match came down to Lindsey Vander Weide and Brooke Van Sickle on the top court. They were able to win the first set, but then dropped the next two to give Utah the victory.
Later in the day, Washington routed Oregon, 5-0. Oregon mustered just one set victory in the match. Stone and Scott, who were arguably Oregon’s most competitive pair this season, were the lone duo to force a third set. They they eventually fell to Washington’s Anna Crabtree and Lindsay Chalmers.
Even though the team has been eliminated, the Ducks will stick around for Friday’s action. Oregon’s top two pairs — Raskie/Agost and Vander Weide/Van Sickle — will compete. They will square off against other pairs from Cal and Arizona State.
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