Ducks Volleyball Advances To Program’s First Elite Eight

The Ducks handled BYU in the 3rd round of play in the NCAA volleyball tournament, advancing to the regional finals for the first time in school history. Oregon extended their fairytale season with an impressive win over a tough BYU squad, and are now 8-5 in the postseason under Jim Moore.

The Ducks opened up with two straight victories in the first two sets, winning 25-23 and 25-21. BYU came right back though, winning the next set 25-22, marking the first time since November 17th that Oregon allowed an opponent to win a set. However, the Ducks came out with a ton of energy in their 4th set, crushing BYU 25-12 and sealing a much deserved victory.

Sophomore star Liz Brenner stole the show, leading the Ducks in kills with (26) and points (27.5), and Oregon had strong performances on offense as well from Alaina Bergsma, Ariana Williams, and Kat Fischer. A huge factor in the Ducks maintaining momentum on their way to victory was defense, with 3 players all posting 11 digs each (Fischer, Plum, Bergsma).

The Ducks now face #4 Nebraska. With the level of play Jim Moore’s squad has been exhibiting in the last month and the amount of talent on the roster, it’s hard to see a team stopping the momentum of Oregon Volleyball.

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Sam Legge

Sam Legge

Sam Legge is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism. He is from Denver, Colorado and has been a huge football fan his whole life. Sam played rugby, golf, and boxed in high school and has a huge passion for sports as well as writing and photography. He chose University of Oregon over Colorado at Boulder mainly for Oregon's athletic prestige, and has since been to every home game at Autzen as well as many basketball games. Sam hopes to use his creative writing skills to provide interesting perspectives on Oregon sports coverage. He welcomes your feedback.