On November 17, 2012 I thought my heart stopped. Somber Ducks fans exited Autzen with a silence that was eerily similar to the silence during which LaMichael James lay on the field after the gut-wrenching replay. The 17th was one of the worst days to be a Ducks fan, when Stanford marched into Autzen and crushed Oregon’s shot at the national championship.
But then Oregon’s volleyball team came around, making a statement that they weren’t the only powerhouse on the Oregon campus. While Ducks volleyball has not healed up the scars of the 2012 football season for most Ducks fan, it has certainly helped soothe the pain. Sometimes being a sports fan is about accepting defeat, keeping your head held high, and moving on to fight another day.
The Oregon women’s volleyball team have had a monumental season, racking up 30 wins which is the most ever in school history, and making it to their first NCAA championship ever.
Oregon knocked off the #1 ranked team in the country, Penn St., by surviving Penn St.’s numerous late-set rallies. The Ducks beat the Nittany Lions in 4 sets, losing only the first set 21-25 before going on to win the next 3 straight. Oregon volleyball will get a chance to compete for a national championship for the first time in school history, hoping to do what Ducks football fell short in doing.
With solid play from Bergsma, Fischer, Plum, and Brenner the Ducks were able to get the job done and now look forward to Tuesday’s matchup with #3 Texas. The Ducks will have to find a way to slow down Texas’ 3 All-Americans, but with the amount of momentum that the Oregon is playing with right now anything could happen.