Volleyball Hosts No. 2 USC, No. 19 UCLA

Nov. 6, 2002

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OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks return home this weekend, hosting Southern California Friday and UCLA Saturday. Oregon's match vs. the Bruins is part of a doubleheader with the women's basketball team. Volleyball will play at 8 p.m. following the women's basketball exhibition.

THE SERIES USC holds a 30-6 advantage over Oregon and defeated the Ducks, 3-0, in Los Angeles Oct. 12. The Ducks last defeated the Trojans in 1990. The Bruins beat Oregon 3-0 earlier this season to take a 36-1 lead in the series. Oregon's lone win over UCLA was a 3-1 win at McArthur Court in 1987.

TEAMING UP For the second consecutive season, the Oregon volleyball team will double up with the women's basketball team. Following the women's basketball game on Nov. 22, the volleyball team will host Washington at 8 p.m. Last season, the Ducks hosted Stanford in the doublheader and 1,863 fans -- the sixth largest crowd in school history -- saw the match.

RECENTLY Oregon snapped a 32-match Pac-10 losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis last Friday night. Four Oregon players had 10 or more kills, led by Kelly Russell's 14 kills. Defensively, Dariam Acevedo led all players with 20 digs. Oregon had a 2-1 lead in the match and was leading 19-13 in the fourth game before the Beavers tied the game at 21. The game was tied at 29, 30 and 31, before a block assist by Russell and defensive specialist Diana Blank gave the Ducks the win.

A LOOK AT USC The Trojan's suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 3-2 to No. 6 Stanford last weekend. Prior to the loss, USC dominated California, winning 3-0 and holding the Bears to a .029 hitting percentage. Against Stanford, six USC player had 13 or more kills, led by Keao Burdine's 17 kills.

A LOOK AT UCLA The Bruins also split with the Bay Area schools this weekend, falling 3-0 to Stanford Friday before sweeping the Cardinal Saturday. Lauren Fendrick leads the team, averaging 3.56 kills per game. Fendrick led UCLA with 14 kills in the victory over California.

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