No. 5 USC Defeats Volleyball 3-0
Nov. 21, 2001
EUGENE - In its final Pacific-10 conference match of the season, the University of Oregon volleyball team fell 30-20, 30-10, 30-20 in front of 423 fans at McArthur Court Wednesday evening. Oregon finished the season 9-20 overall, 0-18 Pac-10 while the Trojans closed the season with four straight wins to finish 22-3, 16-2.
'This was by far the best competition we had seen all season,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'They were extremely dominant.'
Southern California balanced a potent offense - led by Keao Burdine (20 kills) and April Ross (13 kills) - with an aggressive defense to shut down Oregon's offensive game plan. Defensively, three USC players had double digits in digs - Katie Olsovsky (12), Ross (11) and Tracy Lindquist (11). The Trojans also used a two-setter attack and outkilled Oregon 51-23 while posting a .315 hitting percentage.
The bulk of the Ducks' offense came from senior Monique Tobbagi, who had eight kills to finish her Oregon career with 1,174 kills. Tobbagi is just the fifth player in Oregon history to reach the 1,000 kill plateau. Senior setter Julie Gerlach had 18 assists and five digs in the final match of her career and now ranks third all-time at Oregon with 2,732 assists.
Tobbagi finished the season with a team-high 390 kills and led Oregon with 3.68 kpg. The San Jose, Calif., native also led the Ducks in digs (252) and digs per game (2.58).
Southern California will now look to the NCAA Tournament. The 64-team bracket announcement will take place at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 26.