Oregon, OSU, 6A keep Fall alive

Oregon volleyball keeps pace with UO/OSU football; Sheldon meets LO again
Dec. 3, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Kenjon Barner rambles in front of Jordan Poyer during the Civil War game, a week before the teams both accepted bowl invitations.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Oregon and Oregon State got their official invitations to college football bowl games Sunday, and they went about as expected.

But, the Fall athletic season is still alive and well outside Autzen and Reser Stadiums in the form of the Oregon volleyball team, which is headed to the second round of the NCAA tournament as a favorite to reach the Final Four.

Oregon beat Northern Colorado 3-0 Friday and Dayton 3-0 Saturday and heads to the Sweet 16 for the third time under eighth-year coach Jim Moore. The Ducks will play BYU Friday in Omaha, Neb., with the winner moving to face either Washington or Nebraska for a spot in the Final Four.

The weekend's matches were played at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, boosting the Oregon program as it played host to NCAA Tournament action for the first time. The Ducks, who finished second in the Pac-12 this season - their highest finish ever, have never reached the Final Four.

"Getting to host an NCAA event in Eugene really meant a lot to our program," said sophomore hitter Liz Brenner. "The excitement in the air is something I, or our fans, will ever forget."

Oregon features Pac-12 Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma and leads the nation in kills.



Oregon and Kansas State will finally meet this season - in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 6 - while Oregon State gets a chance to uphold the state's honor against Texas in the Alamo Bowl the schools announced Sunday.

Oregon, which finished at 11-1 and No. 4 in the BCS Rankings, will be making its fourth-straight appearance in a BCS game following an appearance in the Rose Bowl in 2010 and '12 and the national title game in 2011. Oregon and KSU were scheduled to meet last year before the Wildcats withdrew from the game contract. Kansas State is also 11-1 and ranked No. 5.

Oregon State will be returning to a bowl game for the first time in four seasons when it visited the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers, who beat Nicholls State 77-3 Saturday, will face Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, in San Antonio, Texas.

OSU enters the game at 9-3 and ranked No. 13, while Texas is 8-4 and No. 23.



Sheldon and Lake Oswego are back in the final - a rematch of last season when the Lakers won their first championship. This season, the teams have been largely unstoppable, with the Irish rolling through their 13 opponents, including Jesuit 35-28 Saturday, and Lake Oswego rolling to 13-0, including Tigard 42-21.

Lake Oswego won the final 47-14 last season, and has beaten the Irish in the playoffs three times since 2008, including the quarterfinals in 2010.

Sheldon, the state champion in 2009, is 51-2 since losing to Lake Oswego 34-13 in the quarterfinals in 2008. Both losses were in the playoffs to Lake Oswego. The final is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field.



Here's the top four upcoming events we're looking at:

1. Oregon volleyball in the Sweet 16 Friday vs. BYU, then the Elite 8 with a win.

2. The Class 6A football championship game Saturday featuring Sheldon vs. Lake Oswego in a grudge match for the Irish.

3. Oregon's men's basketball team is 9-1 heading into Saturday's home game with Idaho State.

4. OSU, which dropped to 4-2 with an 84-78 loss to No. 10 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo., in men's basketball Saturday, plays host to Grambling State on Saturday before getting ready to visit Portland to face Portland State, Dec. 12., at the Stott Center.

ALSO: The wrestling program at Clackamas Community College will face top-ranked Northern Idaho Friday in Couer 'd'Alene, Idaho.

And, Eastern Oregon's men's basketball team is 14-0 and ranked No. 4 nationally among NAIA Div. II schools heading into two weeks off before visiting No. 16 Southern Oregon, Dec. 14.




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volleyball team has been building for years - great to see liz brenner at front of that