Salt Lake City, Utah — The No. 14 Oregon volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine straight wins with a four-set win (25-16, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18) Sunday in Utah. The result takes the Ducks their first game in Salt Lake City since 2017 and improves to 19-5 this season with a 13-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
For the third time this season and second time this weekend, freshman Mimi Colyer put down 25 kills to cement her career high. She finished the match with .408, which involved nine digs, two blocks, and a pair of aces. Brooke Nuneville and Gloria Mutiri each had double-digit kills with 14 and 10, respectively. Kiari Robey just missed double digits with nine kills in 19 swings from the middle.
Hannah Pukis directed the UO offense to a .319 batting average, including a .400 number in the fourth. She finished the night with 48 assists and 10 digs. Nuneviller notched a double-double of her own and added 11 digs to her offensive performance.
Defensive Libero Georgia Murphy led all players with 16 dice to triumph. Daley McClellan contributed in her first start of the season with eight digs and two aces. She will be the seventh duck this year with double-digit aces. Robey registered a match high of four total blocks.
How it happened: After a 1-1 draw in the match and a 17-13 lead in Utah, the Ducks responded with a 9-2 run to take a 22-19 lead and force their opponent to call a timeout. Nuneviller and Robey teamed up for a block and led 19-18 during the climb, UO’s first lead since leading 6-5 at the start of the set. At 23-21, Mutiri crushed a passed ball from a hard Nuneviller serve to set point.
Utah (15-12, 8-8) won the next point to extend the set, but an attacking error in the ensuing rally gave the Ducks a 2-1 match lead.
To end things, Oregon jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fourth with the help of three Utah miscues. The home team responded with five of the next six points to take a 6-5 lead, but UO assembled a three-point drive to finally take the lead and were 8-6 ahead after a Utah attacking error .
While the Ducks led 15-10, the teams traded four-point runs, resulting in a 19-14 pad on the scoreboard. Colyer pulled off a kill followed by an ace for a 23-16 lead and Karson Speck registered a kill for a handful of match points at 24-16. Utah won the next two points, but Pukis went down a slide to Bacon for the final kill of the afternoon.
Oregon hit .353 in a dominating opening set with a 7-1 run in the middle of the opening game. On the team’s third set point, Robey had a kill to end the frame.
Despite six draws, Utah never fell behind in the second set. The Utes led 21-16, but Oregon rattled off the next five points to tie the score at 21-all. Robey had two blocks and a kill on the push. However, the Utes won four of the next five points to secure the set and even the match at one set apiece.
Remarkable: With her ninth kill against Utah, Nuneviller became the eighth player in program history with 1,400 career kills. She now has 1,405 kills in her UO career, just 16 fewer than Alaina Bergsma (2010-12) for seventh on the Ducks’ top 10 list. Nuneviller (1,596.5 points) is also now within nine of fifth on the UO all-time points list, a place currently occupied by Ronika Stein (1,605.5 points | 2016-19).
Next: Oregon returns to Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, November 18 to host UCLA. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Oregon. The Ducks will play three of their last four regular-season games at home. Click HERE for the Ducks’ full schedule.
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