Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision To Washington

Sept. 20, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. --

The University of Oregon volleyball team opened Pac-10 play Friday evening, falling 30-19, 30-27, 30-21, to the University of Washington in front of 641 fans at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. Oregon is 9-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-10 while the Huskies improve to 10-1, 2-0.

'We weren't able to control the match in terms of serving and passing,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We are a young team with tremendous talent and a great growth potential. We just need to keep improving and preparing for every match.'

Defensively, Oregon outdug the Huskies 45-36, led by junior Lindsay Murphy's 12 digs. Setter Jodi Bell and Lauren Westendorf added seven digs each. Offensively, Washington held the advantage, 44-35, in kills and had 10 service aces on the night.

Senior Lindsay Closs led the Ducks with 11 kills and three blocks while freshman Kelly Russell added nine kills and three digs. Freshman Dariam Acevedo, who had been playing with the Puerto Rican national team and missed the Ducks' preseason matches, finished her first match with six kills and three digs.

'We are a really young team and at times we had four freshman on the floor,' Russell said. 'But I think we're learning and growing with every match. We need to continue to prepare ourselves to come out and win when we play.'

The Ducks trailed early in Game 1, falling behind 13-7 after a kill by outside hitter Kaitlin Leck. Closs ended the Washington rally and Acevedo followed with her first kill at Oregon to make the score 13-9. The Huskies took their biggest lead15-21 before Oregon rallied to pull within four points, 22-18, after a solo block by Closs. But the Ducks never got any closer in the game and the Huskies used an 8-1 run to win 30-19.

In the second game it was Oregon that took the lead early going ahead 7-3 after a kill by Kelly Russell. Washington tied the game at nine after a kill by Leck and the teams traded points throughout. The match was tied at 26 after a kill by Acevedo, but Washington scored two consecutive points to go ahead 28-26. Acevedo pulled Oregon within a point with a kill on the next play, but a kill by Paige Benjamin and an attacking error by the Ducks gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the match heading into the third game.

After three consecutive service aces by Benjamin in the third game, Washington held an 8-4 advantage and later extended its lead to 21-12 after an ace by Kara Bjorklund. Oregon wasn't able to narrow the deficit and dropped the final game, 30-21.

The Ducks continue Pac-10 action tomorrow evening versus No. 20 Washington State.

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