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Ducks' winning streak snapped.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Boilermakers cooled off Oregon.

Purdue snapped the UO volleyball team's 10-match winning streak, handing the Ducks a 30-27, 18-30, 30-27, 30-28 nonconference defeat Friday at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge at St. John Arena.

Oregon (10-1) tied a school record with its 10 consecutive victories to open the season, matching a streak accomplished by last season's team and in 1984. The Ducks also set a school record by winning 30 consecutive games, a streak that ended in the first game against Purdue.

The Boilermakers (7-3), who reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 last season, won their fourth consecutive match.

"We didn't play well today," head coach Jim Moore said. "We have to work harder against teams that are as talented as Purdue. We learned that lesson today, and it was one that we needed to learn."

Oregon struggled on the attack Friday, hitting a season-low .171. Purdue hit .204, led by Stephanie Lynch's .417.

"We haven't had a bad loss yet this season, and this was one," Moore said. "We didn't work hard enough to execute and win the match."

Junior Gorana Maricic and sophomore Sonja Newcombe led the Ducks with 18 kills apiece. Newcombe hit a team-high .386 to go with six blocks and nine digs, and Maricic added 13 digs.

Junior Katie Swoboda led Oregon with 32 digs. Nevena Djordjevic had 29 assists, and freshman Rachel Morris added 18.

Oregon faces No. 20 Ohio State at 4 p.m. PDT today, and returns to McArthur Court for its Pac-10 Conference opener, Sept. 21 against Washington at 7 p.m.

Sweeney's assists help Ducks defeat Aggies

LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore Danielle Sweeney assisted on both of the Ducks' goals as Oregon defeated Utah State 2-1 in a nonconference women's soccer game.

The Ducks (4-1-0) rebounded after losing their first game of the season, 1-0 to Montana on Sunday.

Sweeney, who has a team-leading three assists this season, attempted a career-high seven shots as Oregon outshot the Aggies 18-10.

She found junior Darcie Gardner on a corner kick at the 55th minute, and Gardner, a defender, knocked in her first career goal to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Sweeney's second assist came on a heads-up play less than 10 minutes later. She missed an attempted penalty kick and the ball deflected back to her.

Because it is illegal for the player who kicked the ball to be the first to touch it after a missed penalty attempt, Sweeney hurdled the ball and cleared out of the way.

Midfielder Kirstie Kuhns then drilled home the deflected ball for the game-winner in the 63rd minute.

"That was a really intelligent play by Sweeney," Oregon coach Tara Erickson said. "Your natural reaction in that situation is to shoot the ball, but Sweeney knew the rule and knew (Kuhns) was right behind her and Kirstie stayed composed and put it in the open side of the net."

Serrrano replaces Horton at Cal State-Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. - UC Irvine coach Dave Serrano has been hired by Cal State-Fullerton to succeed George Horton as the Titans' baseball coach.

Horton, who earlier this month was hired away from Fullerton by Oregon to resurrect its baseball program after a 26-year hiatus, had Serrano as his pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 1997-2004. Serrano then compiled a 114-66-1 record in three years at Irvine and was named national coach of the year this spring by Baseball America.

Before Horton's hiring, Serrano was a candidate for the Oregon job, but he withdrew citing family reasons after questions arose about his bachelor's degree.

Ems' Kulbacki named player of the month

Kellen Kulbacki, an outfielder who batted .356 with five doubles, two triples, six home runs, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 25 games for the Eugene Emeralds in August, was named minor-league player of the month by the San Diego Padres. Kulbacki, a first-round draft pick out of James Madison University, finished the season batting .301 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 61 games for the Emeralds.

Wade LeBlanc, who went 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts for Double-A San Antonio, was named minor-league pitcher of the month by the Padres. LeBlanc appeared in seven games for the Emeralds in 2006.

Goodell's goal gives OSU win over Michigan

LOS ANGELES - Whitney Goodell's first goal of the season was a game-winner.

Goodell scored at the 74th minute, giving the Oregon State women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Michigan at the Culver City Classic.

The Beavers (4-1) face Lamar at 11 a.m. today in the tournament.

Goodell's shot, which was unassisted, found the top corner of the net from 25 yards out.

Michigan (1-2-1) outshot the Beavers 12-10 but could not get a shot past OSU goalkeeper Ashley Wood, who made four saves for her second shutout of the season.

Goodell and Jodie Taylor led the Beavers with four shots apiece. Both sent two shots on goal, with Goodell's second giving the Beavers the victory.

LCC women's soccer

team shuts out Bellevue

The Lane Community College women's soccer team rolled past visiting Bellevue on Friday, winning 12-0 behind a solid defense and goalkeeper Amanda Krumdieck's fourth consecutive shutout.

Krumdieck had three saves for the Titans, who improved to 4-0 in NWAACC Southern Division play and 5-1 overall.

Emily Wagner scored four goals for Lane, and Kori Wilgus had three goals and two assists. Heather Bishop and Kayla Stewart added two goals and one assist each for the Titans, who face Highland at noon today.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

Late goal lifts Oakland over Oregon State

CORVALLIS - Sebastian Harris' goal with about 16 minutes left to play gave Oakland a 1-0 victory over Oregon State's men's soccer team in the OSU Diadora Classic.

The Beavers, who fell to 2-3-0, face Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne tonight at 7:30.

LMU holds off Beavers

in five-game match

STOCKTON, Calif. - Loyola Marymount held off the Oregon State women's volleyball team 24-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 15-13 in the Asics Tournament.

Emily Day led the Lions with 28 kills and 17 digs, and Christianna Reneau had 16 kills and 33 digs.

Rachel Rourke had 24 kills and 12 digs for the Beavers, and Jill Sawatzky added 16 kills.

OIT defeats NCC 2-0

in women's soccer

Oregon Institute of Technology defeated Northwest Christian College 2-0 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference women's soccer game Friday.

Sharon Hernandez and Katie O'Brien scored for OIT (1-0 Cascade, 5-2-1 overall). The Beacons fell to 0-6-1 and 0-2 in conference.

Concordia sweeps

Beacons in volleyball

Concordia-Portland defeated the Northwest Christian College volleyball team 30-28, 30-13, 30-26 on Friday.

The Beacons fell to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.
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Date:Sep 15, 2007
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