Oregon Volleyball Loses Close Five Game Match To Gonzaga

Oct. 23, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of Oregon volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit, winning games three and four, but it was the Gonzaga Bulldogs who prevailed in the fifth game, winning the match 30-26, 30-27, 28-30, 29-31, 15-12 in front of 405 fans at the Martin Center.

Oregon falls to 8-12 overall, 0-9 Pacific-10 Conference on the season while the Bulldogs improve to 7-11, 3-4 Western Athletic Conference.

Three Oregon players had 10 or more kills, led by junior Stephanie Martin and senior Monique Tobbagi, who had 17 and 18 kills, respectively. Junior Lindsay Closs, a Spokane native, had 14 kills and six blocks. Martin committed just six errors in 35 attempts to finish the match with a .314 hitting percentage.

Tobbagi, who became just the fifth player in Oregon history to put up 1,000 kills after a nine kill performance against Arizona State, now has 1,033 kills. She added 10 digs to notch her sixth double double of the season.

'Our three top hitters are continuing to lead us,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'Monique has begun to generate a rhythm, but I think we need to begin scoring points from other areas as well. I think when you're on the road and are able to recover from losing games one and two to win the next two, it's a positive thing.'

Senior setter Julie Gerlach came off the bench in game two and brought strong serving as well as a spark to Oregon's offense. Gerlach had a season-high four service aces along with six kills, 34 assists, seven digs and five blocks. With Oregon ahead 30-29 and Gonzaga pressing in the fourth game, Gerlach served her fourth ace of the match to push a fifth game.

'Julie hasn't played in a long time and I thought she came in and did an exceptional job,' Ferreira said. 'She was a major spark off the bench.'

Oregon sophomore Lindsay Murphy led the Ducks defensively with 13 digs and freshman Lauren Westendorf added a career high 10 digs.

The Ducks return to Pac-10 play against Washington State Friday at 7:30 p.m. The match will be telecast live on Fox Sports Net.

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