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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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On the trail

Shawn Hatjes “How would you like to come play volleyball for the University of Oregon?” As recently as six years ago, asking that to a top recruit would have been more likely to provoke laughter than anything else. The Ducks, after all, were coming off a dismal 2004-2005 Pacific-10 Conference …

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Cal, Stanford outperform Oregon, avenge earlier losses

Jack Hunter Teams seeking revenge are always dangerous, and the women’s volleyball team learned that the hard way this weekend in losses to No. 12 California (17-8, 10-5) and No. 7 Stanford (18-7, 11-4). The Ducks did not play badly, but California and Stanford simply brought more to the table. …

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No. 16 Oregon faces tests in Bay Area

Shawn Hatjes If nothing else, last weekend proved that the Pacific-10 Conference race for women’s volleyball is still very much up for grabs. No. 16 Oregon (16-6, 6-6) will look to add even more parity to the conference race this weekend when it travels to the Bay Area to face …

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Hitter switch sparks 3-0 win over ASU

Jack Hunter After a disheartening 3-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, head coach Jim Moore knew something had to change. The team met for two and a half hours the next morning to discuss how they could improve, and Moore finally decided to put junior outside hitter Heather Meyers back …

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Meyers’ position switch helps Ducks flip the switch

Shawn Hatjes Pacific-10 Conference race heating up  The No. 14 Ducks remain fifth in the Pac-10 standings after splitting a weekend series against Arizona and Arizona State. A showdown with No. 12 California and No. 7 Stanford next weekend becomes all the more important at this point, as Oregon looks …

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Two big opportunities

Shawn Hatjes With the Pacific-10 Conference season just about halfway through, now would be a perfect time for the No. 14 women’s volleyball team to start a long winning streak. They will have an opportunity to do so in two key home games against No. 18 Arizona and Arizona State …

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Midseason report

Shawn Hatjes The Pacific-10 Conference season may be halfway over, but a clear front-runner has yet to emerge from a pack of talented contenders. No. 14 Oregon (15-5, 5-5) is currently in fifth and will look to move up the standings in the weeks to come. With that, it’s time …

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Newcombe carries Ducks past OSU

Shawn Hatjes After three years dominating the Civil War, Sonja Newcombe simply couldn’t bear the thought of a season sweep at the hands of Oregon State. As she has done so often in her career, the senior outside hitter put together an outstanding 29-kill performance to lead the No. 15 …

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Ducks looking for Civil War revenge

Blake Hamilton While most of the University’s gaze will be fixed toward Autzen Stadium this weekend, another chapter of a different rivalry will take place at McArthur Court on Friday night. The No. 15 women’s volleyball team will face off with Oregon State for the second time this season, one …

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Oregon fine despite weekend sweep

In collegiate volleyball, it is difficult to put a positive spin on an 0-2 weekend. This is particularly true in the midst of the Pacific-10 Conference season, when every match counts as these immensely talented teams scramble to the top of the pile. This past weekend for the Oregon volleyball …

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Ducks stumble against UCLA, USC

Momentum can be a fickle sort of thing, and the No. 12 Oregon volleyball team learned that the hard way this weekend on the road against No. 18 USC and No. 13 UCLA. Just a week removed from two important victories over California and Stanford, the Ducks fell in consecutive …

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The art of the spike

Ivar Vong and Jack Hunter Neticia Enesi watches Nevena Djordjevic set the ball and smiles inwardly. The ball has been perfectly placed, and the defense is out of position. Now, she just has to do what she does best: spike the ball right in the face of the helpless competition. …

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Cardinal crushed

Shawn Hatjes For weeks, head coach Jim Moore was forced to repeat the same lines regarding his team’s struggles. They were “out of rhythm” and “out of sync,” which explained their up-and-down play.   Now, after wins this weekend against No. 14 California and No. 5 Stanford, the women’s volleyball …

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Athlete of the Week: Dana Stephenson

Jack Hunter Sophomore outside hitter Dana Stephenson is the Athlete of the Week after her performance last weekend in Arizona. Against Arizona State on Friday, she hit .714 with five kills, and the next day she added seven more kills and five blocks. For the season, she is second on …

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Ducks face difficult test

Dave Martinez As the No. 15 Oregon volleyball team prepares to host No. 14 California and No. 5 Stanford this weekend, some might be tempted to call this one of the biggest moments of the season so far. Head coach Jim Moore doesn’t see it this way, preferring not to …

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Freshmen become a factor

Jack Hunter Everyone remembers freshman year of college as one of the most trying times in life. Nothing is familiar; the people, classes and surroundings are all new and tremendously daunting. What most people never have to deal with, however, is a sport that is almost a full-time job in …

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Oregon still working out kinks, earns split

Head coach Jim Moore has said for weeks that the Ducks volleyball team is out of rhythm. After splitting a weekend series at Arizona State and Arizona, Oregon does not appear to have fully regained its stride yet.  A day removed from a nail-biting five-set victory against Oregon State, No. …

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Ducks trying to bounce back

Blake Hamilton A shocking loss to Oregon State last Friday may have thrown the Oregon volleyball team a bit off-course, but the Ducks are determined to bounce back this weekend in the desert as they butt heads with No. 22 Arizona (12-3 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10 Conference) and Arizona State (11-5, …

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Quietly leading the way

Shawn Hatjes In the sporting world, the biggest stars often have the biggest mouths.   Chad Ochocinco, Curt Schilling, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Terrell Owens are all supremely talented and are never afraid to speak their minds, for better or worse.   In this sense, Neticia Enesi is an anomaly.  …

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Beavers take out Ducks in five sets

Volleyball coach Jim Moore said all last week that Oregon State was better than its 9-5, 0-2 record showed.   He knew that his team would need to bring its best to defeat the Beavers in Corvallis. Still, the No. 7 Ducks seemed flustered and out of rhythm throughout the …

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Ducks fighting injuries, letdown

Blake Hamilton After a trying Pacific-10 conference opening weekend against Washington and Washington State, it would only be natural for the Oregon women’s volleyball team to have a bit of an emotional let-down today against a struggling Oregon State team. Head coach Jim Moore will have none of that.   …

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Djordjevic sets the tone for Oregon volleyball

Jack Hunter Spikes are to volleyball what slam dunks are to basketball. They are generally thought of as the most exciting plays in the game, and rightfully so. Still, for almost every ferocious dunk in basketball, there is a nifty pass that set up the play, and for every jaw-dropping …

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Volleyball Pac-10 preview

Jack Hunter No. 3 Washington (12-0, 2-0)The Huskies are looking like the early season favorite to win the Pacific-10 Conference after impressive victories this weekend against No. 7 Oregon and Oregon State. The Huskies swept both teams 3-0, and senior libero Tamari Miyashiro took home her first Pac-10 player of …

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Injured Ducks pull out gutsy win over Cougars Sunday

Jack Hunter Every season has its peaks and valleys, and even after a win against Washington State on Sunday, head coach Jim Moore still sees his team stuck in the valley. Injuries are becoming a glaring issue, particularly with senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe and junior outside hitter Heather Meyers. …

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Athlete of the week

Junior outside hitter Heather Meyers is the Athlete of the Week for her performance so far this season. She is leading the Ducks in total points with 82 and service aces with 24. Meyers is hitting .400 and has 50 kills, third best on the team behind seniors Sonja Newcombe and Neticia Enesi. She had a season-high 13 kills against San Francisco on Aug. 28, and the Daily Emerald recently caught up with her.

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Ducks prepare for another shot at NCAA glory

It seemed like déjà vu for head coach Jim Moore and the Oregon Duck volleyball team. There they were again in the Sweet 16, and within reaching distance of a trip to the Elite Eight. But just like in 2007 when the Ducks fell 3-1 to UCLA, Oregon lost 3-2 to the Iowa State Cyclones and missed out.

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Fab five hit hard

Leslie Montgomery The Aug. 22 volleyball media day at McArthur Court provided media outlets with a glimpse of the future, as freshmen teamed up with their veteran teammates in the first public inter-squad scrimmage of the season. Described as a bookend team, much of Duck volleyball’s success depends on the …

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Oregon hoping for sweeter results in 2009 campaign

Strengthening in the gym and quickening on the asphalt all summer long, the Oregon volleyball team is preparing to go to the next level with the help of some inter-squad competition and a chip on its shoulder. Last season, the team bowed out of the Sweet 16 in a huge upset against Iowa State.

“Everybody perceived it as being good, but it’s probably one of the most disappointing seasons in my career,” head coach Jim Moore said of 2008. He was adamant that last year’s team was set up advantageously in the NCAA tournament and should have gone further.

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