Women’s Volleyball Falls to Cardinal


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

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McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.

  • McKalie, Great article. I drove down from Portland to attend this game with my middle school age daughter and even though the Ducks lost, they played very hard against the #1 Cardinal. I think that a couple of our freshman players, Maggie Scott and Frankie Shebby will be important factors in the years moving forward.