Oregon Volleyball Falls To No. 4 USC

Oct. 27, 2000

The University of Oregon volleyball lost a hard fought match to the No. 4 Trojans, 15-8, 15-9, 15-4, in front of 671 fans at McArthur Court Friday. Oregon is 9-11 overall, 1-10 Pac-10 and USC improves to 19-1, 12-1.

'This doesn't dampen our spirits,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'A high caliber team can put relentless pressure on you, but we stood tall against them. I liked the fact that we said, `hey, we're going to go toe to toe with you and you're going to be in a match tonight.'

The Ducks were led by senior Halie Mazza and Monique Tobbagi, who had 10 kills each. Tobbagi and senior Amy Banducci led Oregon defensively with seven kills each. Setter Sydney Chute added five kills, 20 assists and committed just one error in 13 attempts to post a .308 hitting percentage.

The Trojans were led by Jennifer Pahl and Katie Olsovsky, who had 12 and eight kills, respectively. Southern California outkilled (43-36), outdug (49-30) and outblocked (10-3) the Ducks and hit .260 for the night.

In Game 1, Oregon fell behind 3-0 on a kill by Janae Henry and two by Olsovsky. A block by Chute and Mazza ended the run and Banducci got the Ducks on the board with a service ace. An error by the Trojans put Oregon within a point, 3-2, but USC used a 7-1 run to widen the gap, 9-3. A kill by Amanda Porter put the Ducks within four points before USC scored five straight points to go ahead 14-5. Oregon was able to establish a rally late in the game on two kills by Tobbagi, but a kill by Pahl gave USC the win, 15-8.

Oregon had the momentum early in Game 2, jumping out to a 4-1 lead on a kill each by Mazza and Tobbagi as well as a service ace by Banducci. USC quickly called a time out and used a 4-1 run following the break to tie the game at five. Oregon took the lead 6-5 on a kill by Banducci and the Trojan's quickly tied the game with a kill by Lauren Killian. The game was never tied again as USC used a 9-3 run to eventually win.

'You have to be resilient for long periods of time against a top team,' Ferreira said. 'In Game 2 we had some execution opportunities, but they put some pressure on us. Our effort and our chemistry isn't a problem, but we can't blunder execution opportunities.'

USC took a 10-1 lead in Game 3 and the Ducks were unable to make a run until late in the game, eventually falling, 15-4.

Oregon hosts UCLA Saturday at McArthur Court. The match begins at 7:00 p.m.


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