5-Set Victory in Season Opener

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon volleyball group saved 4 match factors on its option to a five-set win over Lengthy Seashore State Saturday afternoon on the Rose Metropolis Showdown. Returning senior All-American Brooke Nuneviller led all gamers with 28 kills whereas freshman Mimi Colyer and senior Karson Bacon put down 16 and 11 kills, respectively.
How It Occurred
Within the decisive fifth, the groups traded factors till Lengthy Seashore State (2-1) put collectively two in a row for a 9-7 lead. Again-to-back kills from setter Hannah Pukis and Nuneviller introduced Oregon again even at 9-all, however LBSU by no means gave up the lead and arrived at its first match level at 14-12.
Nuneviller responded with a kill out of the again row to increase play and after a Lengthy Seashore assault error, the rating was tied once more. Dealing with a 3rd match level, the Geese turned to Nuneviller once more and she or he got here by way of along with her ultimate kill of the day. The Seashore acquired a kill out of the center to seize a fourth match level. This time, it was Morgan Lewis with the reply to knot the rating at 16-all.
Lewis completed the afternoon with 9 kills and 4 whole blocks.
An assault error by Lengthy Seashore’s Morgan Chacon gave Oregon the 17-16 benefit, its first lead of the set. In a back-and-forth with Nuneviller, Chacon led LBSU with 26 kills. Colyer stepped again to the road and delivered a serve that trickled over the web and located the ground to clinch the season-opening victory. It was her second ace of the day.
The Geese received the primary and third units Saturday and had a match level within the fourth—forward 24-23—however Lengthy Seashore rallied to power Oregon to its first season-opening 5 setter since 1997.
Nuneviller registered the 49th double-double of her profession, including 12 digs to her offensive output. The Chandler, Ariz., native hit .312 towards Lengthy Seashore State to go together with a pair of service aces. She was one in all three Geese with a double-double, becoming a member of Colyer (16 kills, 12 digs) and Pukis (44 assists, 13 digs).
On the heels of setting this system’s single-season document for hitting share, Bacon picked proper up the place she left off in 2021 with a .500 determine (11-2-18) towards LBSU—and sister Kameron, a sophomore center blocker for Lengthy Seashore.
Redshirt freshman Colby Neal made her UO debut Saturday with seven kills (.357), six digs and two whole blocks…with 21 assists, Elise Ferreira moved into seventh (1,576) on the UO top-10 checklist for profession assists in the course of the rally period…group dedicated simply 10 assault errors within the ultimate three units (.343) towards 18 within the first two units Saturday…libero Georgia Murphy reached 1,100 profession digs; completed with 12 digs, three assists and two aces.
…and Quotable
“We have been training towards ourselves for a short while now so this early competitors is vital,” head coach Matt Ulmer stated. “It is simply completely different. Your mindset is completely different. Are you able to management your nerves? Are you able to execute when the strain’s on? I assumed we have been desirous to play too fairly at instances and we wanted to be lots more durable.
“I feel Lengthy Seashore State performed very well and have been out-hustling us for the primary few units which was actually disappointing however we made some changes and began enjoying a greater model of volleyball. Down the stretch, we have been down needing factors and saved attempting to execute. I assumed we did a extremely good job and stayed robust and gave ourselves a shot to win.”
Up Subsequent
The Geese tackle host Portland State Sunday at 1 p.m. (PT) to shut out their season-opening weekend on the Rose Metropolis Showdown. The match will streamed reside on ESPN+ and thru the ESPN app.
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