Oregon Volleyball Hosts Washington, Washington State In First Conference Home Matches

Sept. 25, 2001

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Recently The Ducks lost 3-1 to No. 3 Arizona and 3-0 to Arizona State last weekend. The Wildcats, who had not lost a single game all season, lost Game 3 to Oregon, 33-31, before winning the match in Game 4. Middle Blocker Stephanie Martin paced the Ducks with 25 kills and three blocks on the weekend. Junior transfer Lindsay Closs had seven blocks against the Sun Devils, including a career-high three solo while Heather Gilmore had a career-high 13 kills againstArizona.

Head Coach Carl Ferreira Second year head coach Carl Ferreira (166-78 overall, 18-22 Oregon) led the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 last season. The Ducks are off to an 8-3 start under Ferreira this season and have recruited the 2000 National Junior College Player of the Year as well as the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year. Ferreira, a Hilo, Hawaii native, is joined by second-year assistants Anna Reznicek and Jared Sliger.

TV Time Two home matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports this season. Oregon's matches against Arizona State Oct. 18 and California Nov. 1 will both be rebroadcast.

That's just the way it is Things aren't the same in women's collegiate volleyball this season. The NCAA scoring committee adopted rally scoring for the 2001 season. The first four games will be played to 30 and a point will be scored everytime the ball is put into play, regardless of which team served. A fifth game, if necessary, will be played to 15 points. Let scoring was also adopted, meaning if the ball grazes the net on a serve but still goes over, it remains in play.

A look at Washington The Huskies split in the bay area last weekend, defeating California 3-0 before falling 3-1 to Stanford in a highly competitive match. Senior Lisa Underhill had 36 kills and hit .589 over the weekend and is currently fifth in the Pac-10 with a .411 hitting percentage. Underhill is also second in the conference in blocks (1.62 bgp) and Washington is off to its best start since 1996.

A look at Washington State At 1-1 in the conference and 6-3 overall, the Cougars are receiving votes in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 poll. They lead the conference in service aces (2.21 sapg) and digs (16.90 dpg). Junior Adrian Hankoff leads the conference, averaging 0.66 service aces per game, while LaToya Harris is sixth in digs (3.10 dpg).

The Series Washington holds a 38-19 all-time advantage over Oregon, although the Ducks defated the Huskies 3-1 at McArthur Court last season to snap a 10 match losing streak against Washington. The Ducks lead the series 32-24-1 against Washington State, but the Cougars have won 20 straight. Oregon's last victory was a 3-2 home win in 1990.

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