Oregon, Stanford Claim Top 10 Wins in Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge

  0 Nathan Keil | September 08th, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12


  • Maples Pavillion, Stanford, CA.
  • Sept. 7-9, 2018

The Pac-12 kept the Big Ten at bay as Oregon and Stanford earned wins over Minnesota and Penn State on Day 1 of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. It was the first loss of the season for both the Gophers and Nittany Lions.

 NO. 18 OREGON DEF. NO. 4 MINNESOTA 3-1 (25-23, 25-23,25-27, 25-23)

In the opening match of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge, No. 18 Oregon knocked off No. 4 Minnesota in four sets, handing the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.

Oregon seized control of the first set, pushing its lead to as many as five at 20-15. Minnesota clawed its way back, tying the match at 23 apiece, before the Ducks would claim the final two points and the first set.

In the second set, it was Minnesota that jumped out to an early lead and surged ahead 15-10 halfway through the set. The Ducks battled back and tied it up at 22. The Gophers claimed a 23-22 edge with a kill by Regan Pittman, before three straight kills gave Oregon a two-set lead.

The two teams battled back and forth throughout the third before the Golden Gophers claimed the set on a pair of Oregon errors. The fourth set was nearly identical to the third, but this time Oregon was able to successfully close out Minnesota.


  • Oregon and Minnesota were nearly identical in attack percentage, with the Ducks hitting .298 and the Golden Gophers at .295.
  • Middle blocker Ronika Stone (19), right side hitter Willow Johnson (16), and middle blocker Lauren Page (16) notched double-digit kills for Oregon.
  • Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy (17), outside hitter Alexis Hart (12) and middle blocker Taylor Morgan (11) finished with double digit kills for Minnesota.
  • Oregon libero Brooke Nuneviller led the effort defensively with a 28 digs.


  • Oregon takes on Penn State at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.
  • Minnesota takes on Stanford at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.

No. 2 STANFORD DEF. NO. 9 PENN STATE 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20)

In the nightcap, No. 2 Stanford flexed its muscles against the visiting Nittany Lions. The Cardinal kept the Big Ten winless in the challenge, giving Penn State its first loss of the season in the process.

The Nittany Lions came out strong in the opening set, racing out to a 4-1 lead. Penn State maintained its advantage throughout the set until Stanford claimed its first lead at 22-21. After a brief tie at 23 apiece, a successful Cardinal attack and a service ace wrapped up the first set for Stanford.

The second set went was a back and forth affair as neither team led by more than three in during the first half. With the score tied at 17, the Cardinal scored four straight to distance itself from the Nittany Lions and cemented the set with a pair of kills.

In the third, Penn State fell behind 5-1 before it had time to catch its breath, as Stanford came out firing on all cylinders. The Nittany Lions chipped away and drew within one at 14-13. But Stanford responded with a 12-7 run to close out the match.


  • Stanford controlled the net, both offensively and defensively, attacking at a .294 clip while limiting Penn State to a season-low .193, while holding a 12-9 edge in blocks.
  • Out of bounds: Both teams combined for 16 service errors, 10 for Stanford and six for Penn State, while contributing just three aces.
  • Kathryn Plummer led Stanford on the attack, finishing with a match-high 15 kills, while Audrianna Fitzmorris added 11.
  • Nia Reed led Penn State with 14 kills, while Taylor Leath added 10.


  • Stanford takes on Minnesota at 3 p.m. ET Sunday.
  • Penn State takes on Oregon at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.

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