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Alex Hojnar faces the pressure of replacing Amanda Benson, but she sees it as an opportunity

Oregon volleyball team is undergoing big changes this season, and not just at the head coach position. While Matt Ulmer takes over for Jim Moore, the Ducks’ roster also underwent changes as senior Alex Hojnar takes over the Libero spot. She’ll have big shoes to fill since she’ll be taking …

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Oregon Volleyball sweeps UTRGV 3-0 in Matt Ulmer’s home debut

Oregon Volleyball opened the weekend Oregon Classic with a three-set sweep of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, 3-0 at Matthew Knight Arena Thursday night. It was the home debut for new Oregon head coach Matt Ulmer. “I think I was jittery just because I wanted us to play great …

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Ducks fall to No. 1 Texas 3-1 in second game of Vert Challenge

In the second match of the Vert Challenge in Gainesville, Florida, No. 18 Oregon fell short against No. 1 Texas 3-1 on Saturday, moving their record to 1-1. Oregon finished the match with 56 kills and a .159 hitting percentage whereas the Longhorns had 44 total kills with a .209 …

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No. 18 Oregon upsets No. 5 Nebraska 3-1 in season opener

No. 18 Oregon opened its 2017 volleyball season with a resounding 3-1 victory over No. 5 Nebraska on Friday in the opening match of the Vert Challenge in Gainesville, Florida. In head coach Matt Ulmer’s first game at the helm, Oregon records its first win over a top-five team since …

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After a troublesome offseason, volleyball is ready for its team chemistry to take it to the top

Coming out of a transitional offseason, Oregon volleyball is eager and excited going into the 2017 season. “This is the closest team I’ve ever been on,” said  junior Lindsey Vander Weide. “On and off the court we have great chemistry and I think it’s something that’ll really show on the …

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Ducks picked to finish third in Pac-12, Agost, Vander Weide and Stone name to all-Pac-12 team

This post previously referred to the players as being named to the preseason All-American team and that Taylor Agost was an All-Pac-12 player last season. These statements were incorrect and have since been corrected.  With the Oregon volleyball team set to start the 2017 season on August 26, the Pac-12 …

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After resignations from UO, Jim Moore and Stacy Metro will coach high school volleyball at Churchill

Nearly four months after Oregon volleyball head coach Jim Moore and assistant coach Stacy Metro resigned amid allegations of mistreatment, Moore’s wife, The Register-Guard reports Moore and Metro will take on new coaching jobs at Churchill High School. Moore coached the Ducks to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 seasons, which included an appearance …

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Oregon beach volleyball season ends with two losses at Pac-12 Tournament

The Oregon beach volleyball team’s season ended on Friday during the Pac-12 Championship after suffering two losses in the pairs competition. Neither duo was able to tally a set win. Oregon finishes the season with a record of 2-9. The pairing of Taylor Agost and August Raskie were up first …

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Ex-Oregon volleyball players allege mistreatment, ‘mental abuse’ by former coaches Jim Moore and Stacy Metro

Six former Oregon volleyball players signed a letter to UO officials alleging that former coaches Jim Moore and Stacy Metro mistreated them while they were members of the Ducks volleyball team, the Emerald has learned. The letter, written by former player Naya Crittenden and forwarded to the Emerald, supported the …

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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 …

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Oregon beach volleyball ends regular season with losses in three of its four matches over the weekend

Oregon wrapped up its regular season this weekend by going 1-4 on its trip to California. The Ducks played against Sacramento State on Thursday, Stanford and Boise State on Friday, and Washington and Cal on Saturday. The trip began on a high note as Oregon narrowly edged on Sacramento State 3-2, …

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Matt Ulmer, new volleyball head coach, addresses media for first time

In March, the Oregon women’s volleyball head coach, Jim Moore, and his wife, Stacy Metro, stepped down from their coaching roles. Moore was the winningest head coach in Oregon volleyball history and tallied 197 wins in 12 seasons at Oregon. It was later reported that the couple had been fired …

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Beach volleyball splits matches against Sacramento State and Boise State

After dropping its first two matches of the season against Portland last month, the Oregon beach volleyball team earned its first win of the season against Sacramento State, defeating the Hornets 3-2. However, soon after, the Ducks fell to Boise State by the same score, finishing the day 1-1 at the Boise …

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Jim Moore, Stacy Metro officially out as Oregon volleyball coaches

Oregon head volleyball coach Jim Moore is stepping down and retiring from the university on May 15, 2017, the school announced through a news release on Wednesday evening. His wife, assistant Stacy Metro, will no longer coach women’s volleyball, but remains an Oregon employee. The release said Moore and Oregon …

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Coaches Jim Moore, Stacy Metro fired from Oregon volleyball program

Update (6:38 p.m): Moore and Metro’s agent Nick Meeker said as of Monday night they’re still on staff at Oregon.  Oregon head volleyball coach Jim Moore and assistant coach Stacy Metro have been fired after 12 seasons in Eugene, multiple sources familiar with the team told the Emerald on Monday morning. Sources indicated that Moore and …

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Oregon beach volleyball drops opening series against Portland

Oregon beach volleyball opened its season with two losses to the Portland Pilots at Chemeketa Community College in Salem over the weekend. Both matches were close. In the opener on Saturday, Oregon (0-2) won both matches on the top courts but lost the three remaining matches to Portland (2-0) for a …

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Ducks season ends in NCAA Tournament with 3-1 loss to Michigan

After defeating Miami 3-1 the night before, Oregon saw its 21-9 season come to an end at the hands of No. 17 Michigan by the same score on Friday during the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Previously, the Ducks were 20-0 when leading in hitting percentage. This meant that to …

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Quick Hits: Volleyball advances in NCAA Tournament, football coaching search begins

— Oregon’s volleyball team advanced to the secound round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Miami-Ohio. Lindsey Vander Weide led the Ducks with 18 kills. Freshman Ronika Stone added a season-high 16 kills as well. The Ducks play Michigan on Friday night in the Wolverines’ home …

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Oregon defeats Miami in NCAA Tournament, will play Michigan Friday night

The Oregon Ducks continued their winning ways on the road, beating the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 3 sets to 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19) Thursday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide led the Ducks with 18 kills, and freshman middle blocker Ronika Stone added a season-high …

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Oregon volleyball tournament preview: Who to watch in the Ann Arbor bracket

The NCAA Tournament gets underway on Thursday, Dec. 1, with the Oregon Ducks taking on the Miami Ohio RedHawks, and the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines taking on the American Eagles in the Ann Arbor portion of the tournament. Here’s a look at the highlights of each of the teams and …

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Amanda Benson is chasing a national championship — and a career record

The number sits in the Notes app on her phone, providing a daily reminder of how far she’s come and the work still to do. After every match, Oregon senior libero Amanda Benson updates the number. She’s striving for the time when she can put 2,199 atop the note. That number represents the total career …

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Oregon Volleyball qualifies for NCAA Tournament, will play Miami in first round

The Oregon Ducks volleyball team discovered their postseason destination Sunday night as the selection committee announced that the Ducks will take on the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 PST in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The RedHawks finished the regular season 24-6 overall, 15-1 in the Mid-American Conference. …

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Oregon finishes regular season with 3-1 win over Oregon State

Oregon’s final road trip of the regular season hasn’t worked out the way the Ducks wanted. Before leaving for Los Angeles last week for a four-game road trip, they were 6-0 on the road. Since then, they have lost twice, once to No. 8 UCLA and the second to No. …

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No. 19 Oregon volleyball swept at No. 12 Stanford

Oregon’s road record took another hit when the Ducks were swept at Stanford on Wednesday night. Oregon was 7-0 on the road prior to a loss at UCLA in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, but the Ducks won their match against USC the next night to get back on the winning track. …

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Oregon has an outside shot at hosting the first round of the NCAA tournament. Here’s what it will take:

The NCAA announced the latest volleyball RPI rankings on Monday ahead of the final week of the regular season. These rankings carry an extra significance this week as the top 16 teams in the final RPI Rankings are guaranteed to host the opening two rounds of the 64-team NCAA Tournament. …

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Ducks continue California road trip with 3-1 win against USC

After Oregon’s 3-1 win against Colorado last Thursday, head coach Jim Moore told reporters that the Ducks’ serving was an issue. In the first half of Oregon’s 3-1 win against USC on Saturday, serving was still the issue. Had they not fixed it, the Ducks could have dropped their second game in …

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Oregon suffers first Pac-12 road loss in 3-1 defeat to UCLA

After winning four of five games to put the team in contention to win a Pac-12 championship, No. 19 Oregon (18-8, 11-6) took a step back with a 3-1 loss to No. 9 UCLA (23-5, 14-4) in Los Angeles, California, on Friday night. The Ducks struggled by giving up long scoring runs …

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Oregon volleyball tops Colorado 3-1 on emotional senior night

The matchup between Oregon and Colorado on Thursday ended in tears. Not unhappy tears, but rather bittersweet ones. During Oregon’s senior night at Matt Knight Arena, libero Amanda Benson and middle blocker Kacy Nady celebrated their final year as Oregon Ducks. After the game, their teammates thanked them through a video …

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Oregon volleyball loses at home in four-set defeat to Utah

Another home loss. No. 16 Oregon volleyball lost its fifth Pac-12 home game in nine home conference matches. This time, it was at the hands of No. 19-ranked Utah. Oregon was without freshman outside hitter Jolie Rasmussen, who has played a pivotal role for the Ducks’ blocking game along with offense. …

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