Oregon Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Oregon State

Oct. 10, 2001

CORVALLIS - Oregon junior Stephanie Martin had a career-high 15 kills and added a match-high seven blocks, but a streaking Oregon State team, which is off to its best start since 1993, fended off a pesky Duck team to win 30-25, 23-30, 30-18, 30-21 in front of 1,558 fans at Gill Coliseum Wednesday evening.

Oregon falls to 8-8 overall, 0-7 Pacific-10 Conference and the Beavers improve to 11-4, 5-2.

The Ducks avoided a sweep for the first time since opening the season at Arizona, winning game two to tie the match at one game apiece.

'We've been getting better each week,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'It's definitely frustrating, but there are two ways to look at it - either be disappointed or understand what allowed us to have success [in the second game] and focus on that.'

Junior Lindsay Closs has shown success in the middle for Oregon all season and finished the match with 11 kills, four blocks and three digs.

'It's frustrating to play well and not come out of it with a win,' Closs said. 'But we are making progress. It's nice to see that we're getting better and not going the other way.'

Oregon senior Monique Tobbagi provided a spark off the bench for Oregon, finishing with eight kills, seven digs and one service ace. Junior Amanda Porter added six kills and five blocks for the Ducks, while sophomore Lindsay Murphy led Oregon defensively for the third consecutive match with 11 digs.

The Beavers were led by outside hitter Gina Schmidt, who had 15 kills, 11 digs and two blocks.

Oregon takes a break from conference play when it travels to Pocatello, Idaho to play Idaho State Sunday at 2 p.m.

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