Gauchos Fall Short Against No. 13 Oregon

The Gauchos had their work cut out for them on Wednesday night, facing a top-15 nationally ranked team for the second time in three matches. The Gauchos were subjected by the No. 13 Oregon Ducks to the same result they experienced against No. 3 UCLA, falling 3-1.

Game scores for the match went 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16. The loss, their first on the road this season, drops the Gauchos record to 5-3.

Not many performances stood out for the Gauchos on a night where they were briskly defeated in a one-hour, 44-minute match in front of 1,084 at Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena.

The most noteworthy stat line came from junior outside hitter Leah Sully, who recorded her third straight and sixth overall double-double by recording 11 kills and 12 digs, both team-highs.

Junior opposite Katey Thompson matched Sully's 11 kills while tying freshman middle blocker Britton Taylor for the team lead in blocks with four.

The Gauchos serving and passing game got away from them a bit, as they registered season lows in both aces (2) and digs (39) while finishing with a season high in service errors (10).

The Ducks were led by Liz Brenner, who led her squad in both kills (15) and blocks (5). Alaina Bergsma and Lauren Plum recorded a pair of service aces apiece. As a team, Oregon outhit the Gauchos .246 to .135 and outblocked them 10.0 to 7.0.

From Oregon, the Gauchos will travel straight to Albuquerque, N.M. to take part in the Sheraton Hotel/Comcast Lobo Invitational Tournament taking place this weekend, Sep. 7-8. UCSB will take on the University of Portland on Friday, and finish up with Georgia Southern and host New Mexico on Saturday.

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