EUGENE, Ore. — The number 5 Oregon Ducks (25-4, 16-4) look to extend their teams longest ever season as they take on the University of Dayton Saturday, December 1st heading into the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Ducks are hosting their third opening round matches of the tournament this weekend, in the last 30 years. With the highest NCAA seed in school history, this team is determined to break even more barriers. Coming off last night’s win against Northern Colorado of the Big Sky Conference, the Ducks are one win away from heading to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the NCAA Regional’s.
The Pac-12 player of the year, Oregon’s senior Alaina Bergsma continued to lead the team last night with 15 kills and a .483 hitting percentage. In addition senior defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki has been atop her serving game with a 9-0 run to give the Ducks an overwhelming 20-11 lead. She finished the match with three service aces.
Coach Jim Moore hopes to continue the momentum tonight against University of Dayton. “I think we can play at a higher level,” he said. “It may be nitpicking, and I don’t want to sound arrogant or cocky, but I think this team is really good, and I think we need to play that way every single second.”
On the other end of the spectrum, number 13 Dayton Flyers are coming off a win streak of their own. Surmounting Pepperdine University last night in a close 3-2 win, the Flyers hope to pull off the upset tonight by taking down the Ducks and earning their 20th straight win.
With their largest comeback of the season, the Flyers were down 2 sets to none in last night’s game. Shayne Brown, was the key player in the crucial come-from-behind win. The 6-foot junior middle blocker had 19 kills giving her a match-high hitting percentage of .567. Rachel Krabacher, a 6-4 senior outside hitter, and Atlantic 10 player of the year greatly contributed to the win as well with 23 kills and 18 digs.