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Florida hands Ducks their first loss.

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AUSTIN, Texas - The 11th-ranked Oregon volleyball team lost for the first time this season on Friday, as they fell 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 to No. 4 Florida at the Vert Challenge hosted by Texas.

Taylor Agost led the Ducks (5-1) with 12 kills - including eight in the third set - but Oregon was outhit .440-.273 and got off to slow starts to fall behind early on all three sets.

Martenne Bettendorf also had nine kills for the Ducks, Maggie Scott had 32 assists and Amanda Benson led with 14 digs.

The Gators had a blanaced attack with four players in double-digits for kills and hurt Oregon with a strong middle attack from Simone Antwi (13 kills) and Rhamat Alhassan (11 kills).

Next up for the Ducks is a match today against Nebraska, which is tied for fourth in the rankings with Florida.

Beavers fall to No. 23 San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Lisa Kramer had 16 kills and Canace Finley had 13 to lead No. 23 San Diego to a 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-13 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.

Mary-Kate Marshall had 19 kills for the Beavers, and Katelyn Driscoll added 10 kills. Dana Backlund had 33 assists for Oregon State.

Lauren Fuller had 10 kills and 10 digs for San Diego.

UO women's soccer shut out by NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. - Alexa Allen scored a pair of goals for North Carolina State in a 2-0 victory against Oregon in a nonleague women's soccer game on Friday.

The Ducks (1-4-0) outshot the Wolfpack (3-2-0) 15-9 but were shutout by North Carolina State goalkeeper Sydney Wootten, who made five saves.

Beavers improve to 3-0 in men's soccer

PORTLAND - James Jordan scored in the 25th minute and Oregon State held on to defeat Vermont 1-0 in a nonleague men's soccer game at Merlo Field on Friday.

Goalkeeper Nolan Wirth needed to make just one save for his third shutout of the season as the Beavers improved to 3-0-0.

OSU women's soccer stays undefeated

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Oregon State women's soccer team tied Missouri 0-0 on Friday and remained undefeated through the first four games of the season.

The Beavers were outshot 13-3 but goalie Bella Geist had three saves and recorded her second shutout of the season and the fifth of her career.

Oregon State (3-0-1) is off to its best start since the 2012 team won its first four games of the season. Their all-time best start was in 2010, when they won their first five games.

NCU volleyball drops first match of season

KLAMATH FALLS - The Northwest Christian University volleyball team lost for the first time this season, dropping a four-set decision to Oregon Tech, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14.

Cassidy Winters led the Beacons (7-1, 0-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference) with nine kills. Sydney Rothenbush also had 25 digs and Marsha Poischberg added 32 assists.

Top-ranked NCU women win opener

ALVADORE - The top-ranked Northwest Christian University women's cross country opened their season with an easy victory at the NCU Invitational on Friday.

The Beacons had the top-four finishers starting with winner Alyssa Harmon in 18 minutes, 4.42 seconds. Second was Sierra Brown in 18:05.4, followed by Shea Vallaire (18:08.5) and Michelle Fletcher (18:34.9). Rosa Schmidt was sixth in 18:50.4 to cap the Beacons' 16-point performance.

Beacon men's XC wins NCU Invitational

ALVADORE - Northwest Christian University placed six runners in the top-eight en route to a season-opening win for the men's cross-country team at the NCU Invitational.

Oregon Tech's Paul Adamas won the individual title with a finish in 25 minutes, 50.6 seconds. The Beacons followed with the next three finishers in Eli Shelby (26:03.4), Garrett Kraal (26:07.9) and Alek Angeli (26:10.8).

NCU scored 22 points overall to finish well ahead of No. 15 Oregon Tech (43) and Rogue Community College (72).
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup; This is a QuickRead, but now the rule is gone from up top Oregon never finds any traction in athree-set loss to the fourth-ranked Gators
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 5, 2015
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