Oregon Volleyball Hangs Tough, Falls To Washington

Oct. 27, 2001

Despite its highest hitting percentage since the Pac-10 season opened, the University of Oregon volleyball team couldn't fend off a pesky Washington team as the Ducks fell, 30-28, 30-25, 30-26 in front of 468 fans at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. Oregon is 8-14 overall, 0-11 Pac-10 and the Huskies improve to 11-11, 4-9.

The Ducks were led by senior Monique Tobbagi's double double (15 kills, 10 digs) and junior Stephanie Martin's 15 kills and four blocks. Martin now has 97 blocks on the season. Martin had just two errors in the match to hit .520.

Sophomore Lindsay Murphy continued to lead Oregon's defensive game, finishing with 13 digs while adding one service ace and two assists. Junior Lindsay Closs added nine kills to the Ducks' offense to go along with four blocks.

As a team, Oregon hit .262 in the match and had eight blocks to Washington's five. Kills were nearly even, with the Huskies having a slight advantage, 55-51. The Ducks added seven service aces.

Oregon established momentum early in game one behind strong serving from Tobaggi and setter Sydney Chute. Chute served Oregon's first ace of the match to tie the game at 4 and the Ducks went ahead on the next play with a block by Lauren Westendorf and Closs. Tobbagi then served Oregon's second ace and two strong serves that set up two kills by Closs. After a Washington time out, the Huskies quickly tied the game at nine and it was tied five times before Washington used a 7-3 run late to break open the largest lead of the game, 22-18. The Ducks rallied with a kill each by Tobbagi, Martin and senior Julie Gerlach, to pull within a point, 22-21.

A kill by Gerlach eventually tied game one at 24, but the Huskies outscored Oregon 6-3 and won on a kill by Paige Benjamin. Closs led Oregon with six kills and two blocks and had zero hitting errors in the first game to finish with a .462 hitting percentage. As a team, Oregon had a season-low four errors in the first game and hit .340.

Washington led throughout the second game, its largest lead after block by outside hitter Kaitlin Leck and middle blocker Lisa Underhill, 24-16. The Ducks climbed within four points after a kill by Martin, but kills by Allison Richardson and Benjamin secured the win.

The Ducks had the early lead in the third game, taking an 11-8 lead after a block assist by Gerlach and Martin. Following a Washington time out, the teams battled with Oregon maintaining a three point advantage, its last edge coming at 18-17. The Huskies tied the game with an ace by Gretchen Maurer and took the lead when Oregon was called for being out of rotation. Washington then went on an 11-8 run to close out the game and match.

Oregon returns home next week, hosting California Thursday at 7 p.m. and Stanford Friday at 8:05 p.m.

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