Mazza, Chute, Murphy Recognized At Volleyball Banquet
Jan. 20, 2001
EUGENE - Senior Halie Mazza, sophomore Sydney Chute and freshman Lindsay Murphy were all honored at the Oregon volleyball banquet held Saturday evening in the Pittman Room at the Len Casanova Athletic Center.
Mazza, a 6-foot middle blocker from Hood River, led Oregon with 92 blocks (.87 bpg) and a .293 hitting percentage. Mazza was named to the all-tournament team in both preseason tournaments after hitting .497 and .321 at the UTSA and Wahine Volleyball Challenge. She doubled her total blocks from a year ago (46) and finished her career with 233 blocks. Mazza finished the season as she started - leading the Ducks in tournament play. She had 15 kills, seven digs and seven blocks against New Mexico at the New Mexico State Tournament. In her final match as a Duck, Mazza had a double double (17 kills, 10 digs) and a team-high four blocks. Mazza played two seasons at the University of Texas-Arlington prior to transferring to Oregon.
Much of Mazza's success with her hitting percentage had to do with Oregon's 4-2 Flex offense. Setter Sydney Chute was one of two setters in the lineup at all times for Oregon - an offense unknown to Chute prior to the 2000 season. Chute was named Oregon's most improved player after a season of learning became a career year. Chute had her first two triple doubles in 2000 - 14 kills, 39 assists, 12 digs against California and 10 kills, 30 assists, 12 digs at New Mexico. The 5-foot-9 Santa Clara, Calif. native, had 168 kills in 2000 after tallying 39 in 1999. Chute led Oregon with 39 service aces (.38 sapg), which was fourth in the Pac-10.
Freshman Lindsay Murphy was recognized as the Ducks' Newcomer of the Year for her inaugural season at Oregon. Murphy had nine kills and 16 digs in her first collegiate start against Mississippi Sept. 2. In her first Pac-10 match, Murphy had five service aces and 17 digs.