Eugene, OR. -- Saturday’s showdown between the Ducks and Beavers on the gridiron is not the only Civil War Oregonians are buzzing about. Friday featured a Civil War volleyball match that included two programs fighting for a win to close out the year.
Oregon's seniors paved the way, with Ronika Stone tallying 16 kills with seven blocks and Willow Johnson recording 14 kills with six blocks. Stone finished her career with program records for hitting percentage (.336) and block assists (429), and Johnson's third kill Friday gave her 1,000 for her career.
The Ducks wrapped up a frustrating season overall, finishing 9-20 with a 5-15 Pac-12 record, but ended on the sweetest note possible: a Civil War victory in four sets.
"Like all the other senior nights we were like let's wait for the tournament, let's see if we're hosting, where are we going to go? This one everyone knew going in that it was the end,” said senior Ronika stone holding back tears. “But now it's new beginnings for that team. They're so young and I think it just showed how good they can be."
"The coaching staff is amazing. The people around me are amazing. My teammates are amazing. I'm just really sad I have to leave. It's been an amazing time and I wish I could do it all over again,” said Willow Johnson.
The Ducks will try to regroup and improve for the 2020 season. The Oregon State Beavers will also attempt to do the same. Although the Beavers lost in their last match of the year, there were some takeaways that can yield a positive frame of mind for the future.
OSU junior libero Grace Massey recorded 30 digs tonight and became the third Beaver player record 1,500 career digs. And junior outside hitter Maddie Goings racked up 19 kills, becoming the 16th player in Oregon State history to record 1,000 career kills.