Volleyball Hosts No. 13 Washington State and Washington In Final Matches Of The Season

Nov. 19, 2002

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OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks host Northwest rivals Washington State and Washington in their final Pac-10 matches of the 2002 season. Oregon's match with Washington Friday is part of a double header with women's basketball and will start at 8 p.m.

NATIONAL RANKINGS After defeating then-No. 1 Stanford last weekend, Washington State has jumped to 13th on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll. Stanford had taken over the No. 1 spot after defeating then-No. 1 Hawaii two weeks ago. Washington dropped out of the Top-25 this week after losses to Stanford and California last weekend. The Huskies, however, are still receiving votes.

THE SERIES Washington State leads the overall series with Oregon, 30-26-2, most recently defeating Oregon, 3-0, Sept. 21. The Cougars have won the last 23 meeting and have lost just four times in Eugene. Washington has won the last three meetings with Oregon and holds a 41-19 series record over the Ducks. Oregon last won, 3-1, at McArthur Court in 2000.

RECENTLY After falling 3-0 to Arizona last Friday, Oregon came out strong against the Sun Devils, taking game one. The Ducks went ahead 22-19 in the second game, but Arizona State used an 11-1 rally to win the second game and eventually won the match, 3-1. Dariam Acevedo had her ninth double double of the season (18 kills, 11 digs) vs. Arizona State while senior Lindsay Closs added 13 kills and seven digs. Closs was also Oregon's kill leader vs. the Wildcats, finishing with 10 kills.

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.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE Senior LaToya Harris was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for guiding the Cougars to two victories last weekend. Harris had 40 kills vs. Stanford and California and is second on the team, averaging 3.42. With their two wins, the Cougars took over sole possession of fourth place in the conference.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON The Huskies have lost three-straight matches, including a five-game match loss to California last weekend. The Huskies are led by Paige Benjamin's 5.12 kills while defensively, Candace Lee leads the way, averaging, 3.48 digs per game.

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