Acevedo Earns Pac-10 All Freshman Volleyball Honors; Murphy First-Team All Academic

Nov. 26, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon freshman Dariam Acevedo became the first player since 1991 and the fifth freshman ever at Oregon to be named to the Pac-10 all-freshman team as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner announced today. Two other Oregon freshmen - setter Jodi Bell and middle blocker Kelly Russell - earned all-Pac-10 freshman honorable mention honors.

Acevedo, along with senior middle blocker Lindsay Closs, also earned all-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. The freshman from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, finished second on the team behind Closs, averaging 3.73 kills per game. She was also second in digs per game (2.76) and service aces per game (.35). Acevedo, who missed Oregon's entire preseason playing on the Puerto Rican national team, joined the Ducks at the beginning of the Pac-10 season and started immediately at outside hitter. She finished Pac-10 play with nine double-doubles, including a career-high 20 digs (vs. Oregon State and UCLA) and 23 kills (vs. Arizona State).

Closs led the Ducks in kills (3.73kpg), service aces (.37 sapg), blocks per game (1.01bpg) and points (4.71ppg). Her 4.71 points per game were good enough for sixth in the Pac-10. The Spokane, Wash., native finished the season with 407 kills, which brought her career total to 1,118 kills.

Russell finished third on the team, averaging 2.70 kills per game and was second with .61 blocks per game. Bell had a team-high 844 assists (8.19 apg) and was third in service aces per game (.25).

Oregon junior Lindsay Murphy earned first-team all-academic honors after posting a 3.86 grade point average. Murphy, an English major, was the Ducks' starting libero and put up impressive defensive numbers throughout the season. She posted 10 or more digs in 19 of the Ducks' matches, including double figure digs in all but four Pac-10 matches. The Spokane, Wash., native had a season-high 20 digs vs. California and with her senior season remaining is 314 digs shy of breaking into the top five all-time at Oregon.

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