No. 4-Ranked Stanford Sweeps Oregon Volleyball
Oct. 4, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - Despite 11 kills and a .643 hitting percentage from Stephanie Martin, the University of Oregon volleyball team lost 30-23, 30-22, 30-20 Thursday to No. 4 Stanford at Maples Pavilion.
The Ducks fall to 8-6 overall and 0-5 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal improve to 10-1,4-0.
'We came out and played with tremendous energy at the beginning, which wasencouraging,' second-year Oregon coach Carl Ferreira said. 'Our serve-and-passinggame was three execution plays away and that was the difference in the match.'
Martin, a junior middle blocker, had five kills in the first game as the Ducks trailed just22-19. However, Logan Tom and Stanford were too much as the Cardinal won eight ofthe next 11 points for the first-game win. Tom finished with match-highs of 14 kills and12 digs.
Oregon sophomore Lindsay Murphy also kept the Ducks competitive throughout thematch, leading the team with eight digs along with tallying two blocks.
'We played a lot better as a team tonight, even though it wasn't a win,' Murphy said.
In game three, Oregon found itself trailing 15-7 before winning six of the next sevenpoints to cut Stanford's lead to 16-13. The nationally-ranked Cardinal, however, provedtoo tough down the stretch.
'This team (Oregon) is full of resilience, and that's what I like about them,' Ferreirasaid. 'We knew we had to play with a lot of energy and we did that.'
Lindsay Closs also slammed 11 kills for the Ducks and hit .409 for the match.Meanwhile, Stanford's Sara McGee had a match-high five blocks along with eight kills.
'If we play tomorrow with the mentality we played with tonight, and cut down some ofour serve and passing mistakes, we'll do fine,' said Martin, who tied teammate SydneyChute with a match-best four blocks.
Oregon next plays Friday at California. The match begins at 7 p.m.