Volleyball Heads To Corvallis For Dodge Civil War Match Up

Oct. 29, 2002

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OREGON THIS WEEK After facing ranked opponents in six consecutive matches, the Ducks will go head to head with in-state rival Oregon State Friday night. The Beavers (7-13 overall, 2-9 Pac-10) are one of just four Pac-10 schools unranked in this weeks AVCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll.

THE SERIES Oregon State leads the series, 53-32-1, including defeating Oregon 3-0, Oct. 3 at McArthur Court. Oregon's last victory over the Beavers was a sweep at Gill Coliseum in 2000.

RECENTLY The Ducks had their second five-game match versus California this season last weekend in Berkeley. One night after falling 3-0 to No. 6 Stanford, Oregon went ahead 2-0 vs. the Golden Bears. But, California, which was receiving votes in the AVCA/USA Today Top 25 rallied to win the last three games and take the match. Senior Lindsay Closs had a career-high 22 kills in the match and finished with 29 points (22 kills, four service aces, six block assists). Dariam Acevedo added 20 kills in the match. On Friday, Oregon nearly took game two from the Cardinal, leading 29-28. The Ducks made a critical service error and Stanford scored on two consecutive possessions to take a 2-0 lead and eventually sweep Oregon.

A LOOK AT OREGON STATE After struggling to a 1-9 start in conference play, the Beavers came up with a huge win over California last weekend. Oregon State swept Cal to earn its second conference win of the season and gain momentum. On the following night, the Beavers nearly upset then-No. 6 Stanford, eventually falling 3-2, and forcing the Cardinal to just their third five-game match of the season. Laura Collins led Oregon State with 49 assists anda match-high 11 digs vs. the Bears, and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.

RANKING THE COMPETITION Oregon's last six opponents have been ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA/USA Today Top 25 poll, including No. 1 USC and No. 6 Stanford. The Ducks nearly upset then-No. 21 Arizona State at McArthur Court Oct. 18, but eventually fell, 3-2.

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 502 (41 percent) of Oregon's 1,228 kills this season. The foursome has also contributed 64 (42 percent) of Oregon's 154 service aces.

MORE YOUNG TALENT Sophomore Lauren Westendorf has also played a key role in Oregon's offense this season, playing in 78 of Oregon's 88 games. The sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif., is averaging 1.72 kills per game and 1.58 digs per game. She had back-to-back 10-dig performances vs. Arizona and Arizona State two weeks ago. Westendorf had a career-high 14 kills vs. California Sept. 27.

ON PACE As a team, the Ducks currently have 154 service aces, surpassing their total for all of 2002. Oregon is second in the conference, averaging 1.84 sapg. Closs leads the serving charge with 32 total aces, surpassing her 2001 total of 24. Freshman Jodi Bell is second on the team with 25 aces while Kelly Russell has 19 and junior Lindsay Murphy has16 aces thus far. Closs is also on pace to surpass her block total from a year ago (119) with 87 total blocks after 25 matches and Murphy is on her way to surpassing her dig total from 2001 (245) with 236 after 25 matches.

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