Volleyball Hits The Road To Face No. 6 Stanford, California
Oct. 23, 2002
OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks go back on the road for another difficult trip, facing No. 6 Stanford and California, which is also receiving votes. The Ducks are seeking their first conference win of the season and also looking to snap a five-match losing streak.
THE SERIES The Cardinal lead the series over Oregon 36-2 and defeated the Ducks, 3-0, earlier this season. The Ducks' last victory over Stanford was in California in 1989. The Bears lead Oregon 35-12 overall and took a 3-2 victory from Oregon Sept. 27 at McArthur Court. Oregon last beat California on the road in 1998.
RECENTLY Oregon nearly upset then-No. 21 Arizona State last Friday at McArthur Court a day after falling 3-0 to No. 19 Arizona. Freshman Dariam Acevedo had a career-high 23 kills and added 13 digs in the loss to the Sun Devils. Freshman setter Jodi Bell had a career-high 20 digs to go along with 36 assists while senior Lindsay Closs added 15 kills. The Ducks took a 2-1 lead in the match, but couldn't hold off the Sun Devils in Game 5, eventually falling 15-10.
A LOOK AT STANFORD Senior Logan Tom currently leads the Cardinal, averaging 4.74 kills per game. Sara McGee leads the conference with a .464 hitting percentage, Jennifer Harvey leads the conference, averaging 1.56 blocks per game and Ashley Ivy leads the league in service aces (0.67 sapg). As a team, the Cardinal are atop the league in hitting percentage (.319), opponent hitting percentage (.156) and blocks (3.72 bpg).
A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA The Bears have been on the rise all season and recently knocked off No. 20 Washington State, led by Mia Jerkov's 38 kills. Jerkov was named AVCA National Player of the Week as well as Pac-10 player of the week after tallying 77 kills (7.70 kpg) over two matches last weekend. The Bears have been swept in conference play just once this season and are 3-3 in five-game conference matches.