Oregon volleyball sweeps Arizona State
The Ducks needed to bounce back after they were swept by No. 2 Stanford on Sunday. Oregon went on the road and beat the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday to collect their 10th sweep of the season.
The Ducks have improved to 16-7 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-12. For the Sun Devils, it was their 15th consecutive loss, and they remain winless in conference play.
Oregon used a balanced attack against the Sun Devils. Taylor Agost, Lindsey Vander Weide and Jolie Rasmussen had nine kills each to lead the team.
Holding a two-set advantage, the Ducks dominated the third set to clinch the match. The Ducks never trailed in the set. They opened the set on a 5-2 run and later led 15-12 before really taking control. The Ducks scored a 7-3 run to lead 22-15 and force an Arizona State timeout.
The Sun Devils tried to force another set, scoring 7-of-9 to pull within two and force an Oregon timeout. Needing just one point to win the match, the Ducks looked to Vander Weide to get the game winning kill, giving the Ducks a 25-22 set victory.
With the Ducks trailing 11-8 in the first set, Oregon went on a 5-1 run to take a one-point lead. After an ASU point tied the match — the Ducks went on another run — this time a 12-4 run to put the Sun Devils away and take the first set, a 25-17 win.
Arizona State challenged in the second set. The Sun Devils scored four straight points to take a five-point lead and force Oregon to call timeout. The Ducks responded with an 8-3 run to tie the match at 14. No team held greater than a two-point lead the rest of the way. The Sun Devils held a 22-20 advantage before Oregon called timeout. The Ducks responded with a 5-1 run to clinch the second set, 25-23.
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