Volleyball Goes South For Matches At No. 13 UCLA, No. 1 USC

Oct. 8, 2002

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THE SERIES The Bruins hold a 35-1 advantage over Oregon, defeating the Ducks in 28 straight meetings. Oregon's lone victory over UCLA was a 3-1 win at McArthur Court in 1987. Oregon have never defeated the Bruins in Los Angeles. USC is 29-6 against Oregon, winning 23 in a row. Oregon handed the Trojans a 3-2 loss in 1990 in Los Angeles.

RECENTLY The Ducks faced Oregon State in the first of two Civil War meetings this season with Oregon State claiming the 3-0 victory. Both teams were 0-4 heading into the match. Senior Lindsay Closs was the only Duck with 10 or more kills, finishing the match with 10 kills and three blocks. Freshmen Dariam Acevedo and Kelly Russell as well as sophomore Lauren Westendorf added nine kills each. Last Monday, Oregon took a two game lead over the Pilots before Portland came out and took game three. The Ducks picked up the victory after taking the fourth game. Three Oregon players -- Lindsay Closs (17), Kelly Russell (16) and Dariam Acevedo (15) -- had 15 or more kills while junior outside hitter Heather Gilmore added 13 kills and 13 digs for her first double double of the season.

A LOOK AT UCLA The Bruins split with the Bay Area schools last weekend, defeating California, 3-1, before falling 3-1 to Stanford. The loss to the Cardinal snapped a three-match win-streak for UCLA, which had opened the conference season 0-2 after losses to Arizona and Arizona State. Lauren Fendrick is leading the Bruin offense, averaging 3.51 kills per game and is also the team's dig leader (2.96 dpg).

A LOOK AT USC In what many considered to be the match between the nation's top two teams, the Trojans narrowly defeated defending national champion Stanford, 3-2, to remain perfect on the season. Game five was decided, 24-22, and six USC players recorded 10 or more kills on the evening. The following night, the Trojans were again tested, defeating California, 3-2. The Bears took games one and four, but couldn't fend off the USC offense, led by April Ross' 26 kills.

FRESHMAN CONTRIBUTIONS All four of Oregon's freshmen have played extensively this season, including starting middle blocker Kelly Russell, starting setter Jodi Bell and starting outside hitter Dariam Acevedo. The three, along with freshman outside hitter Jaclyn Jones, have accounted for 373 (38 percent) of Oregon's 974 kills this season. The foursome has also contributed 53 (40 percent) of Oregon's 132 service aces.

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