Oregon Volleyball Defeats Washington 3-1

Nov. 9, 2000

The University of Oregon volleyball team defeated the Washington Huskies 11-15, 15-12, 16-14, 15-8 in front of 872 fans at McArthur Court Thursday. The Ducks improve to 10-14 overall, 2-13 Pac-10 and the Huskies are 6-17, 1-14. It was Oregon's first victory over Washington since 1995 when the Ducks swept the Huskies at McArthur Court.

'We've played better in the second half of the season in all aspects,' head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'I loved the way we handled the big moments to win. It showed great maturity.'

Oregon was led by Monique Tobbagi's career-high 28 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Tobbagi also tied a career-high with three service aces.

'We wanted to come out more competitive and put them away,' Tobbagi said. 'We knew we should have won when we played them at Washington [earlier this season] and we wanted to show that tonight.'

Senior Halie Mazza added 19 kills and had tied a career-high with seven blocks. Mazza committed just three errors in 38 attempts to post a .421 hitting percentage. Setter Sydney Chute was one dig away from her second triple-double (10 kills, 45 assists, nine digs) and had five blocks.

It was a big night for Oregon's freshman as well with Alisha Stevens tallying a career-high six blocks and adding seven kills. Stevens hit .308 and now has 38 blocks on the season. Lindsay Murphy had her first career block, a timely stuff against Washington's Lisa Underhill late in Game 4. Oregon kept the momentum following that play and a kill by Chute eventually won the match for the Ducks.

'I have friends on that team,' said Murphy, who is from Spokane, Wash. 'It was hard to hug them when we lost up there, but tonight was fun. We focused on being competitive all week and we knew we could put them away.'

As a team, Oregon hit .244, including .341 in Game 2 and .333 in Game 3. The Ducks had 14 blocks, the third-highest total this season. Although the Huskies outkilled (84-79) and outdug (81-69) the Ducks, Oregon was able to get the victory. Washington was led by Underhill's 26 kills and .595 hitting percentage.

Oregon looks for its second consecutive victory against Washington State Friday at 7 p.m.

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