USC Defeats Volleyball 3-1

Nov. 16, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After adjusting Oregon's line up on Thursday evening against UCLA and seeing little success, Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira kept with the game plan on Friday against No. 5 USC. And, on Friday, the new look showed glimpses of what Ferreira was looking for. The Ducks took game one from the Trojans, but eventually fell, 24-30, 30-15, 30-17, 30-18. It was the first time since 1997 that Oregon had gone beyond three games with USC.

'I'm happy with the way we played, but I'm not satisfied,' Ferreira said. 'USC is a final four caliber team and we proved that volleyball is a sport we can play at a high level. Our record is not reflective of our talent and we just need to continue to grow and develop.'

Oregon had three players in double figure kills, led by junior Lindsay Closs, who had 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Monique Tobbagi had her ninth double double of the season, finishing with 10 kills and 12 digs and Stephanie Martin added 10 kills and four blocks, including two solo. Senior Julie Gerlach had seven kills and committed zero errors to hit a team high .368.

Martin's serve - a soft touch that barely falls over the net - seemed to take Southern Calfornia out of its offensive system in game one. Martin served the Ducks to seven-straight points to give the Ducks a 13-4 lead. The rally included two block assists by outside hitter Heather Gilmore and Closs, while setter Julie Gerlach was successful on two dump attempts. The Trojans ended the rally with a kill by freshman Keao Burdine, but the Ducks used an 8-4 run to extend their lead to 21-10.

Burdine later served Southern California to six consecutive points to pull the Trojans within five points, 26-21. The Ducks held off the late rally and won the game on a block assist by freshman Lauren Westendorf and Martin. Oregon hit .238 in the first game and held the Trojans to a .067 hitting percentage. Closs had four kills and one error to hit .333 in game one and Gerlach and Tobbagi each added three kills.

Southern California rebounded in game two and had the late lead, 23-12. A kill each by Gilmore, Tobbagi and Martin accounted for Oregon's only other scoring and USC took game two easily after improving its hitting percentage to .452. USC outside hitter April Ross had six kills and no errors in game two to lead the Trojans.

Game three was tied early at 4, before the Trojans used a 12-4 run to take a 16-10 lead and eventually closed out the game with a 14-6 run and won on a service ace Nicole Davis. USC hit over .400 again in the third game and limited Oregon to a .053 hitting percentage. Ross had nine kills had just two errors to lead all players with a .472 hitting percentage.

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