Volleyball Sweeps Northridge To Win Fremont Loan and Investment Tournament

Aug. 31, 2002

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --

The University of Oregon volleyball team rallied to a 30-27, 30-21, 30-17, sweep over host school Northridge to win the Fremont Loan and Investment Tournament. It is the Ducks' third-consecutive season-opening tournament championship under head coach Carl Ferreira and improves the Ducks to 4-0.

Freshman middle blocker Kelly Russell continued to shine offensively and was named the tournament MVP. Russell had 10 kills in 13 attempts to hit .692 versus Northridge and finished the tournament with 42 kills (3.50 kpg), eight service aces and a .486 hitting percentage.

Named to the all-tournament team was senior Lindsay Closs, who is leading Oregon with an average of 4.46 kills per game. Closs led the Ducks in kills in three of four matches, including 13 against the Matadors. The Spokane, Wash., native also added six blocks in the championship match and as a team, the Ducks outblocked Northridge 11-6.

'I am very impressed with what we accomplished despite being without two of our potential starters,' Ferreira said. 'Jodi Bell and Kelly Russell are at their best in important situations and I think that showed tonight.'

Leading Oregon's offense to impressive numbers and also coming up with numerous defensive plays was setter Jodi Bell, who had 29 assists, four service aces, six digs and three block Saturday evening.

Oregon outside hitter Lindsay Murphy's jump serve kept the Matadors off-balance as the junior served the Ducks to 14-straight points in Game 2, including four service aces. Murphy added 12 digs to lead Oregon defensively and had three kills.

As a team, Oregon had 38 service aces over the four matches and held opponents to a .039 hitting percentage.

The Ducks return to action Monday when they host Idaho State at McArhtur Court beginning at 7 p.m.

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