Lincoln, Neb. - Powered by a match-high 20 kills from Liz Brenner, the Oregon Ducks swept past the Miami Hurricanes on Friday afternoon in a first-round 2013 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament match at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Brenner produced her eighth 20-kill match of the season as Oregon (20-11) won its season-high sixth straight match. With the win, the Ducks advanced to Saturday's second round against the winner of Friday second match between No. 8 Nebraska and Fairfield.
Ariana Williams added nine kills on 14 swings, while Martenne Bettendorff produced eight kills. Lauren Plum dished out 39 assists while directing a Duck offense that hit .286 for the match.
Alexis Mouring and Emani Sims each produced double-digit kills for the Hurricanes. Mourning totaled 15 kills on .448 hitting, while Sims had 10 kills on only 17 swings. The Hurricanes hit .243 for the match and out-blocked Oregon, 8-7. Miami ended its season with a 19-12 record under first-year head coach Jose "Keno" Gandara.
In set one, Oregon never trailed in a 25-16 win. The Ducks grabbed control early with a 6-1 run that put them in front,10-5. Oregon maintained at least a four-point advantage the rest of the way and stretched the lead to seven before the teams traded sideouts. The Ducks then won the final three rallies of the set, capped by a Plum ace on Oregon's first set point. The Ducks totaled 16 kills and hit .371 in the first set, led by eight kills from Brenner, who also had a solo stuff to account for one of Oregon's three blocks.
After Oregon led from start to finish in set one, set two featured 15 ties and five lead changes. Miami won the first two rallies of set two but Oregon responded by winning five of the next seven points to take its first lead at 5-4. The Hurricanes stormed back to build an 8-6 lead, before four straight Oregon points put the Ducks back on top, 11-9, and forced a Miami timeout. The Hurricanes tied the match three times following the break and then took a 17-16 lead and forced an Oregon timeout following back-to-back aces from Ryan Shaffer. The teams traded sideouts before consecutive points gave Oregon a 21-20 advantage. The Ducks didn't stretch the lead to two until a double block on set point gave Oregon a 25-23 victory.
Oregon jumped out to a 5-2 lead in set three on the strength of three straight points on Tatum Norton's serve. Miami rallied to tie the set at 11-11 and 12-12, before Oregon put the set and the match away with a 9-1 run. Four Hurricane hitting errors fueled the run, including a pair of Oregon blocks. Miami trailed 21-13 following the run and got no closer than five the rest of the way. Kacey Nady closed out the 25-17 victory and the match with her only kill of the match. Overall, Oregon won 13 of the final 18 rallies in set three.
Oregon Post-Match Notes
- With the win, Oregon is now on a season-best six-game win streak.
- The Ducks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, after finishing as the runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
- Oregon improved to 3-0 vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Ducks improved to 12-10 in 11 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 6-1 mark the past two seasons.
- Oregon improved to 17-0 this season when winning the first set and 15-0 when winning sets one and two.
- The Ducks also improved to 19-0 when posting a better attacking percentage than their opponent.
- Oregon produced six aces and only one service error against Miami, marking its best ratio of the year and only the third time this season the Ducks produced more aces than errors.
- Liz Brenner totaled 20 kills against Miami and moved into 10th place on Oregon's career kills list with 1,254 kills.
Miami Post-Match Notes
- Miami ended its season with a 19-12 record, while advancing to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament and sixth overall appearance.
- The Hurricanes fell to 3-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
- Miami recorded four blocks in the match, setting a school record with 294 blocks this season.
- Ryan Shaffer posted a team-high 16 digs, ending her career as Miami's all-time digs leader (2,120). Shaffer finished her senior year with 558 digs, the second-highest single-season total in school history.
- Savannah Leaf produced nine kills in the match. She finished her junior season with 442 kills, good for the seventh-highest total in Hurricane history.
- Emani Sims recorded four block assists in the match. She finished her junior season with 138 block assists, which ranks second in the Miami season record book, two shy of the school record.