Volleyball Falls to Oregon In Four Games

Nov. 9, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. - Monique Tobbagi had a career-best 28 kills to lead the host Oregon Ducks past the Washington Huskies Thursday, 11-15, 15-12, 16-14, 15-8, in Pac-10 volleyball action. The Huskies fell to 6-17 overall and 1-14 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks improved to 10-14 overall and 2-13 in conference play.

Despite the loss, junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) both posted career and team season highs on the night. Underhill paced the Huskies with 26 kills on .595 hitting, while Maurer had 25 digs, including 11 in Washington's game-one win. Junior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) also added 14 kills, and junior setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) playing in her hometown, recorded her sixth straight double-double with 68 assists and 18 digs.

In game one, the Ducks forged a pair of four-point leads at 6-2 and 9-5, but the Huskies caught up to even the score at 10-10 on a kill by Richardson. The two sides stayed close until a pair of Underhill kills broke an 11-11 tie to give the Huskies the lead at 13-11. Two Oregon hitting errors then allowed the UW to complete the comeback with a 15-11 game-one win.

Four seemed to be a reoccurring number as Oregon once again jumped out to a pair of early four-point leads at 4-0 and 8-4, before the Huskies tied the score at 9-9 and then took their first lead of the match at 10-9 on a Richardson kill. The UW lead proved short lived as a Richardson hitting error and an ace by Oregon setter Sydney Chute pushed the Ducks back on top at 11-10. A kill from Maurer equalized the game at 11-11 before Oregon pushed two on an ace and a kill from Tobbagi and never looked back, winning another tight game 15-12.

The match continued to be just competitive into game three, as there were six lead changes and eight ties until the Huskies earned a pair of game points at 14-12. After the two game points ended in service errors, the Ducks tallied two more to record the ninth tie score of the game at 14-14. A Tobbagi kill then game Oregon there own game point at 15-14, which they capitalized on to take a 2-1 lead with a 16-14 win.

Oregon continued its momentum into game four as the Ducks broke a 6-6 tie, scoring three unanswered points to push out to a 9-6 advantage. The Huskies made it interesting by coming as close as one at 8-9, before Oregon scored six unanswered points to take the final game, 15-8, and the match.

The Huskies continue their final road trip of the year as they take on Oregon State Friday in Corvallis. The match will be shown on a tape-delay basis on Fox Sports Northwest on November 13 at 1 p.m.

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