This morning I attended the Women’s Volleyball match at Matthew Night Arena against the Stanford Cardinal.
Not only was this my first women’s volleyball game but it was also my first time in this gorgeous gym! I’d say that’s a pretty great way to start my Sunday. I plan on spending a lot of time in this gym in the near future, that’s for sure.
Unfortunately for our Oregon volleyball team, the same happiness cannot be spoken for as they lost the match 3-0 against the Cardinal this morning. Despite what looked to be a blowout match, our No. 7-ranked Ducks held their own against the No. 1 Cardinal.
During the first game of the match, the score remained within one point — except for three instances when the Ducks had a two-point lead. The score was tied at 22 when Stanford took the lead and won, 25-23.
In the second game, the Ducks took a quick 4-1 lead over the Cardinal and maintained a two-point lead. Stanford took the lead, however, at 17-16, and led the remainder of the game, winning with a score of 25-21.
In the final game the Ducks took another quick lead and maintained that lead for the first half of the match. Eventually Stanford took the lead and won — again by a 25-21 count.
The two teams were never more than four points apart as the Ducks played hard and held their own throughout. Although the Ducks weren’t able to complete the sweep of the Bay Area schools this weekend, they definitely put up a good fight! Their next match will be against league-leading Washington this Friday in Seattle, at 11 am.
Top photo by Donald Alarie