Following the Oregon Ducks 25-21, 25-17, 21-19 sweep of the California Bears Friday evening at Matthew Knight Arena, one might think head coach Jim Moore would have prefaced his post game remarks by recognizing a career tying 25 kills by outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide. That was definitely not the case however.
“This is about as angry as I’ve ever been after a win,” said Moore. “I’m really disappointed in the way we came out and in the execution. Our focus was not good from the beginning and that’s really disappointing to me.”
“Obviously she (Lindsey) was awesome tonight … but I would like to see the consistency rather than someone do it all themselves. I’m disappointed in our setting. In the third set we just decided we were going to set Lindsey and we don’t do that.”
From the perspective of the Cal Bears, the Ducks were willing to go to the hot hand until the Bears could show they could stop her. Mostly they didn’t.
“My vision was better tonight,” offered the sophomore. ” … I was able to see the block a lot better, which helped me to hit around it and over it and that helped to get me to where I was.”
Vander Weide was also credited with 15 digs to give her a fifth double-double of the year as the Ducks stretched their winning streak to its ninth straight victory and fifth straight 3-zip sweep.
The Ducks out hit the Bears .361 to .183 and were never really threatened despite an early first set lead by Cal. An 11-4 run put Oregon in control of the set although Cal rallied to within a point at 21-20 before the Ducks could close out the set.
Similarly in the second set, Oregon raced to a 20-10 only to see the Bears stage a short lived rally to close within seven. A time out by Moore reasserted Oregon’s focus with Jolie Rasmussen closing out the set with a kill.
Breaking out of the gate 16-6 in the third set, Moore watched his team squander several opportunities to put an end to the match before Vander Weide turned the tide with her 25th kill after the Bears had clawed back within three points at 22-19.
Now 9-2 on the year and 2-0 in Pac-12 play, the Ducks hit the road for a pair of matches against the desert schools, starting with Arizona State on Friday, September 30 followed by Arizona on Saturday, October 1. The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena to host Washington on Friday, October 7th, beginning at 7:00 pm.