GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Matt Ulmer’s first game as Oregon volleyball head coach could hardly have gone better.
The No. 18 Ducks upset No. 5 Nebraska in the first game of the VERT Challenge, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23, in the first game for Oregon’s new coach, who succeeded Jim Moore, the winningest coach in program history.
The Ducks hit .222 for the match and got stellar play all the way across the front line. Lindsey Vander Weide led the Ducks with 14 kills, Willow Johnson had 13 kills, Taylor Agost had 12 and Brooke Van Sickle had 11 kills, 22 digs and three aces. Vander Weide, Johnson and Agost had three blocks apiece for the Ducks.
“What a great first match,” Ulmer said in a news release. “Nebraska’s a great team and it was a really fun environment. I’m so proud of our team. The way we fought and the heart we showed, it was just so much fun.”
Sumeet Gill had seven blocks, and August Raskie had 21 assists and 14 digs for Oregon, and Maggie Scott had 24 assists.
Jazz Sweet led Nebraska with 14 kills and Mikaela Foecke added 13 kills and 17 digs.
Things won’t get any easier for the Ducks on Saturday: They face top-ranked Texas, which lost its opener to No. 12 Florida in four sets on Friday.
Beavers win pair
CORVALLIS —Mary-Kate Marshall had 16 kills and Kory Cheshire added 10 kills to lead Oregon State to a 25-8, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Pacific in a nonconference volleyball match on Friday at Gill Coliseum.
Kylee McLaughlin added 35 assists and 13 digs for the Beavers, who also got 19 digs from Kayla Ellis.
Ashlyn Fleming led Pacific with 11 kills.
Earlier Friday, Marshall had 14 kills and 12 digs to lead the Beavers to a 25-17, 25-18, 25-10 victory over Idaho.
Cheshire added 10 kills for the Beavers, and McLaughlin had 29 assists and eight digs.
Fairfield tops OSU
CORVALLIS — Angus Hastings and Don Bobe scored goals in the final 10 minutes to help Fairfield rally for a 2-1 victory over Oregon State in a men’s soccer game on Friday at Lorenz Field.
Bobe scored in the 81st minute off a corner kick by Matt McGlinchy to even the score, and Hastings scored five minutes later off a free kick to give the Stags the lead.
Timmy Muller scored on a penalty kick in the 69th minute to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. OSU outshot Fairfield 14-6.
Beavs, Tigers draw
CORVALLIS — Oregon State outshot Missouri 14-9 but neither team could find the goal in a 0-0 draw in a nonconference women’s soccer game on Friday at Lorenz Field.
Bella Geist had five saves in earning the shutout for the Beavers (1-0-2).
Titans fall to Highline
TUKWILA, Wash. — Highline scored two goals in a seven-minute span of the second half to put away a 3-0 victory over Lane in an NWAC women’s soccer game on Friday night at the Starfire Soccer Complex.
Sara Olanda scored in the 70th minute off a feed from Bella Keane and Hailey Small scored in the 77th minute to give Highline a three-goal lead. Tea Lopes scored on a feed from Jewel Boland in the 12th minute to give Highline the early lead.
Highline dominated possession in the game, outshooting the Titans 24-1.
In a late Thursday night game, Lane got goals from Alia Donley, Callie Lambert and Sydney Holborow in a 3-1 victory over North Idaho.
In men’s soccer, the Titans lost 2-1 to South Puget Sound, also at the Starfire Complex. No details of the game were available.
NWAC volleyball set
SPRINGFIELD — Approximately 32 NWAC volleyball teams will converge on the Bob Keefer Center this weekend for the NWAC Volleyball Showcase volleyball tournament.
The tournament will feature 96 matches and will run on Saturday and Sunday.