Oregon Volleyball Falls, 3-1, To Washington

Oct. 13, 2000

The University of Oregon volleyball team fell, 15-6, 11-15, 15-13, in front of 695 fans at the Hec Edmundson addition Friday. Oregon (7-9, 0-8 Pac-10) is still searching for its first conference win, while the Huskies got their first to improve to 5-10, 1-7.

Oregon was led by Monique Tobbagi, who had a match high 18 kills. After substituting the new 4-2 Flex offense for a match against Arizona last week, Oregon went back to that system and setter Julie Gerlach had a career-high 13 kills, including six kills in Game 2. Gerlach committed only one error to post a career-high .480 hitting percentage.

'The 4-2 is what got us back in the match,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'But we missed some key scoring opportunities and that hurt us. But, I'm extremely proud of our four upperclassmen, who stepped it up tonight.'

As a team, Oregon hit .219 and tallied 61 kills. The Huskies had 74 kills and hit .266.

In Game 1 the Huskies took a 7-3 lead, but Oregon rallied back to pull within two points on a block by Lindsay Murphy and Halie Mazza as well as a service ace by Amy Banducci. But with Washington sophomore Gretchen Maurer serving, the Huskies went on a 6-0 run to go ahead 13- 5. Oregon got on the board once more with a kill by setter Julie Gerlach, but the Ducks couldn't make a run, eventually falling, 15-6.

In Game 2 the Huskies carried their momentum, taking a 3-0 lead on kills by Paige Benjamin and Lisa Underhill. Two kills by Mazza and one by Tobbagi started a 12-2 run by Oregon that gave it a 12-5 lead. The Huskies used their own 6-1 run to pull within two points, 13-11, but a kill by Oregon middle blocker Amanda Porter ended the run. Kristin Ferris put Washington away with a service ace that evened the match 1-1.

After hitting .108 in Game 1, Oregon committed just two errors in the second game and hit .426. The Ducks also doubled their kill total in Game 2, tallying 22 kills after putting up just 11in Game 1.

Oregon took control early in Game 3, jumping out to a 4-0 lead behind strong serving from setter Sydney Chute. The Ducks extended that lead to 7-3 before the Huskies rallied back to pull within a point, 7-6. The game was tied at 8, 9, 10 and 11 until Washington took a 12-11 lead on a kill by Paige Benjamin and eventually won on a kill by Underhill.

'We had the energy in Game 3, but they responded to it,' Ferreira said. 'We made some critical errors and they carried their momentum into Game 4.'

Oregon was unable to establish a run in Game 4, falling behind 9-2. The Ducks narrowed the gap, 10-5 on a kill by Tobbagi, but Washington held on to win, 15-6.

The Ducks face Washington State Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be rebroadcast on Fox at 1 p.m. Monday.

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