Oregon Volleyball Downs Portland, 3-1
Nov. 6, 2001
PORTLAND - Oregon middle blocker Lindsay Closs had a career-high 10 blocks and the Ducks outblocked Portland 17-6 to defeat the Pilots 31-33, 30-27, 30-24, 30-26 in front of 218 Chiles Center in Portland Tuesday evening. Oregon improves to 9-16 overall, 0-13 Pac-10 and the Pilots fall to 6-16 overall.
'We flat out dominated the net with blocking and that was huge,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We also scored a lot of points and minimized our errors and showed growth and maturity. We're coaching to play our best volleyball in November so I'm happy about this win.'
Closs' 10 blocks brings her season total to 109 and she added 14 kills and seven digs. Oregon senior Monique Tobbagi led the Ducks with 17 kills, 12 digs and six blocks.
'We were pretty confident we were going to walk away with a win,' said Tobbagi, who now has 1,112 career kills and seven double doubles on the season. 'Toward the end of game one we picked up our level and by game four everything was just clicking and we needed that momentum going into Friday's match against Oregon State.'
After missing Oregon's match against Stanford because of a knee injury, junior Stephanie Martin came back against the Pilots with 12 kills and four blocks. Martin now has 104 blocks on the season. The last time two Oregon players had 100+ blocks in a season was in 1993 and the last time Oregon had a single player with 100 blocks was in 1998.
Portland had a slim advantage in kills (63-62) and Oregon in digs (69-66), but according to Ferreira the difference was Oregon's play at the net and committing fewer errors than the Pilots.
'When you consider that our total blocks translate to points, that's huge. Amanda Porter and Alisa Nelson played huge from a blocking stand point and we've been needing people to add to Closs, Martin and Tobaggi.'
Porter had her best performance of the season, posting a career-high .636 hitting percentage (seven kills, zero errors, 11 attempts) and tied her career-high with six blocks. Defensively, sophomore Lindsay Murphy led Oregon with 16 digs.
Oregon hosts Oregon State Friday at 7 p.m.
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