For the second time in a week, the No. 15 Oregon volleyball team beat a top-five opponent. After stunning then-No. 1 UCLA in five sets last weekend, the Ducks shocked No. 5 Stanford 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 22-25, 15-9 at Maples Pavillion in Palo Alto on Friday night.
It was Oregon’s (19-8, 12-7 Pac-12) first road win over Stanford (20-6, 14-6 Pac-12) in program history.
The upset victory served as a coming out party for Duck freshman Liz Brenner, who shattered her previous career high by posting 31 kills and hitting .651. Brenner’s showing will go down as one of the better single-game performances in recent Oregon volleyball history.
Brenner did have help. Alaina Bergsma and Ariana Williams tallied 14 kills apiece, and setter Lauren Plum had 60 assists for the Ducks. Middle blocker Carly Wopat led Stanford by hitting .692 and notching 18 kills, while outside hitter Rachel Williams had 21 kills and hit .308.
Oregon outhit the Cardinal .292-.234, and outblocked Stanford 11.0-10.0.
The Ducks will return to action at 7 p.m. tomorrow night when they visit No. 3 Cal.