A milestone season has produced a milestone number for Oregon volleyball coach Jim Moore.
The No. 2-ranked Ducks swept Utah 25-16, 25-21, 25-22 on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena to give the veteran coach the 500th victory of his 24-year career.
Oregon improved to 3-0 in Pac-12 play and 12-0 this season, while Utah slipped to 0-3 and 9-7.
In his eighth year, Moore is now 148-81 as the Ducks’ coach and has led Oregon to its highest national ranking ever this season. He has also coached at Northern Michigan (123-55 and 50-8 during two stints as coach), Kansas State (61-34), Texas (84-38) and Chico State (34-21).
Although it combined on a .250 hitting mark Friday night, the Ducks had enough composure to raise their all-time record in the series to 7-4.
All-American Alaina Bergsma led UO in kills (15) and points (15.5) for the seventh and sixth times this season, respectively. The redshirt senior outside hitter also hit .324 — the 11th time she’s topped .300 in 2012.
Senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer connected on 10 kills for her eighth double-digit kill total, and her seven digs was just shy of her fourth double-double of the season
Junior setter Lauren Plum piled up 36 assists and six digs.
Cal’s shots are on target in victory
BERKELEY, Calif. — Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick scored on a penalty kick in the eighth minute of the game, and No. 19 California went on to a 2-0 victory over Oregon in a Pac-12 women’s soccer game on Friday afternoon.
Celeste Boureille scored her second goal of the season, in the 36th minute, to give the Bears the lead that held up for the rest of the game.
The two goals for the Bears (8-3-0, 1-1-0 Pac-12) were the only shots on goal for the game, but they made them count. Oregon (5-4-2, 0-1-1) had four shots on goal against Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger, who saved all four and earned the shutout. Cal led in total shots, 11-8.
Saxton, McBride lead OSU past Colorado
CORVALLIS — Camille Saxton had 18 kills and Megan McBride added 36 assists to lead Oregon State to a 25-13, 25-14, 19-25, 25-14 victory over Colorado in Pac-12 volleyball on Friday night at Gill Coliseum.
Katelyn Driscoll had nine kills for Oregon State (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12), and Becky Defoe had 17 digs.
Alexis Austin led Colorado with 14 kills, Nikki Lindow had 10 kills and Elysse Richardson had 14 digs.
Coyotes rallyto beat NCU men
SPRINGFIELD — College of Idaho scored four goals in the second half to roar back from a 1-0 halftime deficit and beat Northwest Christian 4-1 in Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s soccer on Friday at the Willamalane Center.
The Coyotes (1-5-2, 1-3 CCC) rallied by scoring three goals in a 10-minute span.
Nathan Ruter scored in the 26th minute for NCU (2-6-1, 0-4-1), which was outshot 18-10.
Harrison’s goal lifts NCU women to victory
SPRINGFIELD — Stevie Harrison scored on a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the 83rd minute to give Northwest Christian a 2-1 victory over College of Idaho in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s soccer at the Willamalane Center on Friday.
Harrison took a pass over the defense by Mishayla Bertelsen and put the ball in the back of the net to complete a comeback from a 1-0 deficit by the Beacons (3-4-2, 1-0-0 CCC). Harrison also assisted on the Beacons’ first goal, by Nikki Webster in the 33rd minute.
Katy Radko scored in the ninth minute for the Coyotes (1-4-1, 0-1-0).
Katherine Ebner had five saves in goal for Northwest Christian.
Beaver men’s soccer takes aim at Huskies
CORVALLIS — Oregon State will aim for its best start in 10 years as the Beavers open the Pac-12 men’s soccer season with a game at Washington on Sunday.
The Beavers opened the season with a 5-2-1 mark in nonleague play and are fourth in the nation in scoring offense at 3.0 goals per game and second in the nation in goals (24) and points (75) and first in assists (27).
Emery Welshman scored three goals last weekend. The Beavers have won their past two Pac-12 openers.