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COLLEGE WATCH: Ducks fall to Huskers in volleyball

VOLLEYBALL

• No. 8 Nebraska ended No. 25 Oregon's season with a 3-0 decision Saturday night in the NCAA second round at Lincoln, Neb.

Scores were 25-22, 25-19, 25-22.

Junior outside hitter Liz Brenner from Jesuit High led Oregon with 14 kills, but the Ducks hit only .144 to Nebraska's .291.

Also for UO, sophomore outside hitter Martenne Bettendorf had 10 kills, senior setter Lauren Plum had 35 assists, and freshman libero Amanda Benson got 11 digs.

“They had a really good block,” Bettendorf said. “They are tough, and they played really well, so as far as their blocking went they are pretty solid.”

Oregon coach Jim Moore said the game "came down to serving and passing. They passed awesome. They served well against us, and we didn’t pass as well as they did.”

The Ducks finished 20-12, having won six matches in a row before falling to the host Cornhuskers. They were one of eight Pac-12 teams (out of nine) to win in the opening round.

Brenner’s 547.5 points this season ranks fourth in Oregon history. She had 514 kills, eighth best all-time at UO.

Oregon led Nebraska (25-6) several times early in Saturday's first set, including 11-8 and 12-10, but couldn't shake the Cornhuskers.

The Ducks and Huskers were tied at 9-9 in the second set before Nebraska took some control with four straight points.

In the third set, the pattern continued, with Oregon getting off to a good start and holding slim leads, and then with Nebraska coming from behind. The Huskers snapped a 14-14 deadlock with four consecutive points. Oregon closed to within 18-17 but couldn't get over the hump, although two kills by Brenner had the Ducks down only 24-22.

The Cornhuskers will play in the Dec. 13 quarterfinals against San Diego or Arizona, which were to play Saturday night.