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Ducks brace for final stretch, last matches at Mac Court

For the 58th straight week, the Oregon women’s volleyball team earned a spot in the top-25 national rankings. After a 3-1 win over Oregon State in Corvallis last Friday, the Ducks held steady at No. 23 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll. The Pac-10 continues to be the …

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No. 23 Ducks use precise play to down Beavers 3-1 at Gill Coliseum

Ivar Vong Long after the final point of Oregon’s 3-1 victory over Oregon State was played, Heather Meyers was still surrounded by adoring fans on the floor of Gill Coliseum. Most of her teammates had already retired to the locker room, but Oregon’s dynamic outside hitter was still signing autographs …

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Ducks hope for another sweep of Beavers

Jack Hunter When Oregon and Oregon State met in the first Civil War rivalry match in mid-October, it was more one-sided destruction than an equal fight. The No. 23 Ducks defeated Oregon State in three quick sets, 25-15, 25-12, 25-16. But Oregon (17-8, 5-8 Pacific-10 Conference) isn’t expecting such an …

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Despite blooming late, Kellie Kawasaki sets table for Ducks

Ivar Vong When Kellie Kawasaki first arrived in Eugene two summers ago to begin her Oregon volleyball career, she had a bit of trouble with the transition from high school. Things were fine on the volleyball court. Kawasaki endured normal freshman trials and tribulations, but her talents carried over well …

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No. 20 Oregon splits weekend series with Arizona, Arizona State

Ivar Vong Finally, the No. 20 Oregon volleyball team is back on the winning track. The Ducks ended a five-match losing streak and picked up its first Pacific-10 Conference road win of the season Saturday by topping Arizona State in a five-set thriller. The win, which also snapped a string …

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Arizona, Arizona State challenge volleyball as postseason looms

Jack Hunter It’s not quite must-win time for the Oregon volleyball team, but its getting close. After getting swept by Cal and Stanford last weekend, the Ducks fell to 4-7 in the Pacific-10 conference and 16-7 overall. With only seven games left on their conference schedule, Oregon needs to start …

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Ducks face tough home stand against Cal, Stanford

Jack Hunter Another weekend means another pair of matches against top-15 opponents. Such is life for the Oregon volleyball team in the rigorous Pacific-10 conference. A week after getting swept by then-No. 8 USC and No. 11 UCLA, the Ducks(16-5, 4-5 Pac-10) won’t be getting any sort of break this …

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No. 18 Oregon volleyball attempts to wrap up Pac-10 with postseason expectations in mind

Exactly one-half of the way through its Pacific-10 Conference season, the Oregon women’s volleyball team finds itself in a familiar position. Just like last year at this time, the Ducks are 4-5 in conference and about to embark on a critical run of nine Pac-10 games that will determine their …

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Volleyball goes winless on road trip to No. 8 USC and No. 11 UCLA

While the Oregon football team had little trouble dispatching UCLA Thursday, the No. 16 Duck volleyball team ran into a bigger challenge against a pair of Southern California opponents this weekend. In only their second road trip of the Pac-10 season, the Ducks endured a sweep at the hands of …

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Volleyball prepares for challenging stretch of conference foes

Jack Hunter The No. 16 Oregon volleyball team is about to enter the eye of the Pacific-10 Conference storm. Over the next two weekends, the Ducks will navigate through a minefield of highly ranked opponents — No. 8 USC today, No. 11 UCLA Saturday, and No. 2 Stanford and No. …

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No. 17 Oregon volleyball dominates Oregon State in last Civil War at Mac Court

The No. 17 Oregon women’s volleyball team made the last Civil War at McArthur Court a night to remember. With a season-high crowd of 2,346 in attendance, the Ducks cruised to an easy three-set sweep of visiting Oregon State on Friday, 25-15, 25-12, 25-16. The win upped Oregon’s all-time lead …

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Civil War volleyball critical for Ducks, Beavers

The Oregon State volleyball team’s last visit to McArthur Court is more than just a historic occasion. When the Beavers and Ducks meet at 7 p.m. Friday, both teams will look to establish themselves in Pacific-10 Conference play and improve positioning for a postseason berth. After a 14-0 start to …

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Meyers leads by example with explosive play

By all accounts, Heather Meyers is one of the nicest, most cheerful people you’ll ever meet. Her teammates describe her as “bubbly,” “a lot of fun” and a girl with a “contagious smile.” So why are these same teammates — and opponents throughout the Pac-10 Conference — intimidated by the …

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No. 17 Ducks exhibit youth, inconsistency early in conference play

One third of the way through its Pac-10 Conference season, the Oregon volleyball team finds itself in the middle of the pack. The Ducks are in sixth place after a 3-3 start to conference play, with wins over Washington, Washington State and Arizona State, and losses to Cal, Stanford and …

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No. 13 Oregon splits weekend series with Arizona and Arizona State

The No. 13 Oregon women’s volleyball team narrowly missed a sweep of Arizona and Arizona State this weekend. And though a split in the tough Pacific-10 Conference would normally be an acceptable result, the Ducks couldn’t help but think they let an opportunity slip away. After taking out Arizona State …

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No. 13 Oregon takes on Arizona and Arizona State as Pac-10 play heats up

Jack Hunter After its first losses of the season, the Oregon women’s volleyball team will look to rebound this weekend when Arizona State and Arizona come to Eugene for a weekend series. And though by no means pushovers, the Arizona State and Arizona should be easier tests than No. 7 …

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Ducks drop first two games of season to Pac-10 foes

Jack Hunter The Oregon volleyball team’s school-record 14-match win streak is history. The No. 11 Ducks (14-2, 2-2 Pacific-10 Conference) suffered their first two losses of the 2010 season this weekend, getting shut out by No. 8 California (14-0, 4-0 Pac-10) and No. 1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0). To make matters …

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Oregon must dig deep to stay undefeated after tough road trip this weekend

Sitting pretty at 14-0 after the first week of Pac-10 play, the Oregon women’s volleyball team is set to face its biggest test of the young season. This weekend, the Ducks will visit the Bay Area to take on a pair of national powers, No. 8 California and No. 1 …

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Alaina Bergsma named National Player of the Week after Ducks complete Washington sweep

Oregon sophomore Alaina Bergsma received the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week Award Tuesday afternoon. The outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., helped No. 11 Oregon (14-0, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) to a monumental sweep of the Washington schools last weekend. The Ducks first defeated returning NCAA qualifier Washington …

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Pac-10 Volleyball By the Numbers

1 – Number of upperclassmen Oregon has in its regular playing rotation. Former Duck stars Sonja Newcombe, Neticia Enesi, and Nevena Djordjevic all graduated last year leaving Heather Meyers as the only junior or senior that sees playing time on a regular basis for the Ducks. 4 – Number of …

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No. 15 Oregon stays undefeated, sweeps Washington and Washington State

Who needs veteran leadership? In the season’s first month, No. 15 Oregon’s volleyball team is getting along just fine despite having only one upperclassman in its playing rotation. After rolling through its non-conference schedule undefeated, the Ducks (14-0, 2-0) began Pacific-10 Conference play last weekend with a home sweep of …

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No. 16 Ducks continue undefeated start with win at Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic

Youth has served the Oregon women’s volleyball team well during the first month of the 2010 season. Despite the graduation of outside hitter Sonja Newcombe, middle blocker Neticia Enesi, and setter Nevena Djordjevic from last season’s NCAA tournament team, the Ducks are 12-0 and ranked No. 16 in the country. …

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From the Pit to Puerto Rico

Shawn Hatjes As Sonja Newcombe walked off the court after an exciting four-set win, the crowd erupted in cheers. For her part, Newcombe had registered 38 kills and enforced her will from the start. Though it was just a regular season match, the win-starved crowd was reacting as if the …

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Thrill ride over: Ducks done

Jack Hunter The 2009 women’s volleyball season officially came to an end on Saturday, as the No. 17 Ducks (20-10, 9-9) were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by No. 13 Kentucky (29-5, 17-3). The 3-0 loss came one day after Oregon defeated Clemson (23-10, 13-7) in the first round. …

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Eyes on the Tigers

Shawn Hatjes Riding a fresh wave of momentum after winning its last three Pacific-10 Conference matches, the 14th-seeded women’s volleyball team heads to Lexington, Ky., on Friday to face off with Clemson (23-9, 13-7) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. “We had some great wins over Thanksgiving weekend,” …

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Pac-10’s tourney prospects bright

Shawn Hatjes After a remarkable Pacific-10 Conference season, eight teams were awarded spots in the NCAA Tournament: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 California, No. 14 Oregon, USC, Arizona and Washington State. The teams are evenly distributed throughout the bracket and cannot meet until later …

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Huskies humbled

Shawn Hatjes  The No. 18 women’s volleyball team (19-9, 9-9) ended the regular season on a high note with a 3-1 win over Washington State (18-12, 6-12) on Nov. 25 and a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 4 Washington (23-5, 13-5) on Nov. 27.   With the NCAA tournament approaching, …

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Oregon to face Clemson in first-round matchup

Head coach Jim Moore and the Oregon volleyball team are heading back to the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Although it was a sure thing the Ducks (19-9, 9-9) were in, it was a waiting game as to where the team would end up after sweeping Washington State …

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One last Mac Court win

Shawn Hatjes Facing a 2-0 deficit against No. 7 UCLA on Saturday night, the women’s volleyball team knew its play would have to improve quickly. It was only fitting that on Senior Night at McArthur Court, the team’s most experienced leaders were the catalysts of a comeback 3-2 win. Outside …

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Oregon to face difficult defenses for final home games

Shawn Hatjes As No. 15 USC and No. 7 UCLA arrive in Eugene, this weekend will be important to the women’s volleyball team for numerous reasons. Obviously, the No. 18 Ducks could use a couple of wins after being swept in the Bay Area last weekend. Adding more significance to …

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