PROVO, Utah — There will be no Sweet 16 for Oregon.
The Ducks led briefly in the second set but never found their footing, losing 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 to 13th-seeded BYU in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament on Saturday at Smith Fieldhouse.
Veronica Jones-Perry had 27 kills and hit .535 for the Cougars (31-2), who will advance to play fourth-seeded Kentucky in the regional semifinals in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats needed five sets to beat Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Oregon’s Taylor Agost led the Ducks (18-13) with 18 kills and August Raskie and Maggie Scott had 18 assists apiece, and Ronika Stone and Jolie Rasmussen had seven kills apiece.
It was a tough day for the rest of Oregon’s front line players. The Cougars held Lindsey Vander Weide to two kills and a -.056 hitting percentage and Willow Johnson to two kills and a -.111 hitting percentage.
“I thought we fought really hard, I thought BYU fought really hard and I thought it was an entertaining match,” Oregon coach Matt Ulmer said in a news release. “I’m really proud of our group.”
Ulmer, who finished his first season as head coach after the school parted ways with Jim Moore, recently signed a four-year contract that will keep him at the school through 2021.
Lyndie Haddock had 44 assists and McKenna Miller had 11 kills for Brigham Young, which reached the regional semifinals for the sixth consecutive season.
The Cougars jumped on the Ducks immediately, building a 19-13 lead in the first set, though the Ducks rallied to within three twice, at 21-18 and 23-20. BYU scored the final two points of the set on kills by Miller and Jones-Perry.
Oregon rallied in the second set, getting ahead 15-11 before the Cougars scored the next five points to take a 16-15 lead, helped by a service error, a setting error and a pair of attack errors by the Ducks. Danelle Stetler and Jones-Perry each had a kill to give BYU a 22-18 lead, and the Cougars finished off the set with a kill by Cosy Burnett and two by Jones-Perry.
The Cougars never trailed in the third set, getting out to a 19-14 lead after a pair of Oregon attack errors. Three kills by Jones-Perry, sandwiched around a kill by Agost, finished the match.