Sept. 11, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - The Portland Pilots dropped a non-conference match to the Oregon Ducks Tuesday night by a 3-0 margin at McArthur Court. The Pilots ran into a tough Duck team that remains undefeated and has yet to drop a game this season. Oregon (10-0) cruised to a 30-22, 30-20, 30-11 sweep over the Pilots (6-4).
Portland was led by junior Ashley Grayson who had eight kills and four digs. Junior Jennifer Sheedy had seven kills and freshman Jessica Clemens finished with six kills and five digs.
Oregon was led by Heather Meyers and Sonja Newcombe who combined for 17 kills and 12 digs. The Ducks hit .329 as a team for the match.
Game one was tied early on at 3-3, when the Ducks went on a 9-3 run to go up 12-6. Oregon continued to apply pressure going up 18-9 on a kill by Gorana Maricic. The Pilots had trouble breaking into the early lead Oregon built, a kill by senior Kara Pein cut the Ducks lead to seven points, 28-21 but that would be as close as UP would come. Grayson had four kills in the game.
The Ducks again jumped on the Pilots going up 8-4 when sophomore Maria Clemens served up an ace to cut it to a three points at 8-5 in game two. A kill by Sheedy would tie the game at 10-10. The Ducks then went on a 6-0 run to go up 16-10. An ace by freshman Danielle Dupar cut Oregon's lead to two points 17-15. The Ducks offense came alive again going on a 13-5 run capped off on a kill by Sonja Newcombe to win game two 30-20.
Oregon started out with a 4-1 lead in game three but Portland responded right back and took a 5-4 lead. Again, the Ducks would find their rhythm and go on a 17-5 run to go up 21-9. Oregon's Karen Waddington had three kills on that big run by the Ducks. Portland finally got its 10th point on a kill by Jessica Clemens. UP would only manage to get one more point in the game as the Ducks would win game three 30-11.
Portland will make an east coast road trip next week to play in the Brown Invitational which runs from Sept. 21-22 in Providence R.I. UP will face Central Connecticut State, Stony Brook, and Brown in the two day tournament.
The Pilots have been in the three invitational's this year and walked away with a 2-1 record each time including a second place finish in the Nike Portland Invitational which was held at the Chiles Center from Sept. 7-8.