It couldn’t have been a much better showing for Oregon to open its volleyball season.

The 11th-ranked Ducks generally played up to their ranking Friday in the Oregon Classic at Matthew Knight Arena with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 sweep of UC Irvine in front of 1,275 in attendance who got their introduction to a host of new players for Oregon, though it was certainly veterans leading the way in the victory.

“I was happy with a lot of things,” UO coach Matt Ulmer said. “It kind of feels like we’re in midseason form ... (by making) plays which you usually don’t see opening night.

“There are a lot of things for us to work on, but as far as an opening night ... I thought it was pretty sharp.”

The Ducks only trailed ever so briefly in the entire match. Oregon had a hitting percentage of .507, and defensively limited UCI to a .123 hitting mark.

Seniors Willow Johnson and Ronika Stone combined for 22 kills, 12 by Johnson as she hit .571 while Stone hit .769 and was in on four blocks. The other returning starter who played, sophomore Brooke Nuneviller, showed scant trouble with moving from libero to outside hitter, with eight kills to go along with six digs.

“She’s awesome,” Johnson said.

That trio was a fairly sure thing in Oregon’s plans for this season. But the question was, and maybe still is until the Ducks begin the more difficult portion of their schedule, is how all that new talent works into their roles.

This night, at least, it was mostly a positive review for them.

“They’re playing at our level,” Johnson said in comparing the freshmen and redshirt freshmen to the veterans. “They made me comfortable.”

New setter Kylie Robinson had 29 assists, plus five digs, two kills and a service ace. Defensive specialist Bea Wetton had six digs. The front line additions showed they’re more than tall.

“You never know how younger players will react” to their first match, Ulmer said. “As a fan, I’m excited.”

“I just wanted to see what all the parts can do. It’s like getting a lot of new toys, you just want to see which toys you like.”

Oregon scored the first five points of the opening set and led 8-1 after a surprise kill by Robinson. The Ducks hit a prodigious .619 with Stone recording five kills.

The Ducks also never trailed in the second set, though they led only 13-11 until scoring seven of the next eight points. Johnson had four kills in the set as the Ducks had a .385 hitting percentage.

UCI did lead in the third set, though the 3-2 edge was erased with three consecutive points by Oregon. The Ducks only led 7-6 until scoring nine of the next 10 points with a pair of kills from Johnson and three misplays by the Anteaters. The advantage was 18-12 before Oregon rattled off seven of the final eight points, the set point coming on Karson Bacon’s ace serve.

The Ducks conclude play in the tournament against Boston College on Saturday at 6 p.m. after Boston College and UC Irvine play at 11 a.m.

After Saturday, Oregon plays eight consecutive matches away from Matthew Knight Arena, beginning with a Sept. 11 visit to 12th-ranked Pittsburgh. The Ducks then play third-ranked Minnesota and eighth-ranked Penn State in the Pac-12/Big Ten challenge at University Park, Pa.

Oregon State also opened its season at the Oregon Classic on Friday, posting a pair of wins. The Beavers swept UC Irvine 25-12, 25-22, 25-11 as sophomore transfer Chloe Brown recorded 12 kills and 14 digs. OSU followed that with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-16 sweep of Boston College as Brown had 13 kills and Maddie Sheehan recorded 30 assists.