Final-Game Comeback Not Enough as Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match to Cal

Oct. 5, 2001

BERKELEY Calif. - A third-game comeback wasn't enough Friday as the University of Oregon volleyball team lost 30-23, 30-23, 32-30 to California at Haas Pavilion.

The Ducks fall to 8-7 overall and 0-6 in the Pac-10 while the Golden Bears improve to 5-5 and 1-3.

'The biggest challenge we've had to overcome once the Pac-10 has started is give the UO volleyball program a competitive identity, and I think we've done that,' second-year Oregon coach Carl Ferreira said. 'But I'm most disappointed about losing these key matches when you're trying to climb the Pac-10 ladder.'

Down 26-17 in game three, Oregon mounted an impressive comeback, winning 11 of the next 13 points behind the play of Stephanie Martin (11 kills, four blocks). But several Oregon unforced errors at the end helped California to the victory.

'Their service was better than our passing, which got us out of our rhythm,' Ferreira said. 'Our volleyball execution was good in the third game until the end of the match.'

The Bears had seven service aces, while the Ducks committed eight service errors.

California's Gabrielle Abernathy led all players with 12 kills to go along with eight digs. For the Ducks, Lindsay Murphy added a match-high 13 digs while Monique Tobbagi had eight kills and seven digs.

'We're going to be a better team in the second half of conference play,' Ferreira said. 'There's a tremendous amount of positive resiliency on this team.'

Oregon next competes Wednesday in the Civil War against Oregon State at Corvallis. The match begins at 7 p.m.

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