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Oregon volleyball overwhelms California – quack addicted

ByPatricia S. Stevens

Nov 24, 2022

California volleyball ranks last in the Pac-12 standings and the Golden Bears couldn’t muster much of a challenge against #10 Oregon, being knocked off in straight sets 25-16, 25-12, 25-17.

The writing was on the wall from the start when Brooke Nuneville started the match with a pair of serve aces.

As if Oregon’s batsmen weren’t enough, Cal struggled to deal with the Ducks’ blockers throughout the game.

After the Ducks took an eight lead at 20-12, Cal was able to scrape together a run to go to five at 20-15, but that would be her last breath in the opener.

In the second set, the Bears initially played a little closer and briefly looked like they could keep up with Oregon.

After staying within one at 5-4, Cal’s ideas of being competitive were crushed for the mirage they were as the Ducks went on a 6-0 run and the loss began.

There wasn’t much the Bears could do but watch Oregon get their way, and that set — and match — spiraled out of control for Cal.

The Goldbears were able to hold on to the lead in the early stages 13 of the third set and led at one point, 7-9.

Attempts to keep up with Oregon still proved illusory. The Ducks went on an 8-3 run to move forward.

After two California points, Oregon started with another 6-0 and began looking for the brooms.

Oregon hit .470 in that match against Cal’s .133, including an amazing .538 H% in the second set. The .470 mark is a season high and the seventh-highest in program history.

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Brooke Nuneville ended her afternoon as the kills leader at 13, with an H% of .522. Mimi Colyer Added 12 kills. Kiari Robey knocked in 6 kills, Karson Speck Added 5 kills, and Gloria Mutiri brought another 4 kills.

Hannah Pukis had another double-double with 34 assists and was the league leader with 10 assists. Georgia Murphy Added 8 digs.

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Today was Oregon’s seventh game of the year with a batting average of .400 or more, which is a new program record against Pac-12 opponents. The Ducks have committed just five attacking errors in 83 swings against Cal; a truly amazing statistic.

The Oregon Ducks finish their regular season Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. While they will treat all games equally, it’s up against Oregon State, which is kept off the bottom of the rankings only by California. Watch for the Ducks to end their regular season on a 13-game winning streak.

Oregon Ducks Volleyball hosts the Oregon State Beavers Friday, 11/25/22 in Eugene. First serve is at 6:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on Pac-12 Oregon.

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