Volleyball Heads South For Final Road Trip Of The Season

Nov. 12, 2001

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OREGON THIS WEEK Oregon (9-17 overall, 0-14 Pac-10) goes on its final road swing of the season, facing No. 12 UCLA and No. 5 USC. Both teams lost to Stanford last week and are looking to rebound against the Oregon schools. This will be the first meeting between Oregon and the Southern California schools as the Ducks' first meeting was postponed until next week.

HEAD COACH CARL FERREIRA Second year head coach Carl Ferreira (167-92 overall, 19-36 Oregon) led the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 last season. Ferreira 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.

BLOCK PARTY Junior transfers Stephanie Martin and Lindsay Closs are making their presence known in the middle. Martin has 107 blocks and Closs has 112. It is the first time since 1993 (Karissa Meith, 145, Angee Henderson, 110) that two Oregon players have surpassed the 100-block plateau. It's also the first time since 1996 (Alli White, 120) that any Oregon player has posted 100+ blocks. Martin's 10 block assists against UT Arlington already puts her tied for seventh all-time for block assists in a single match. Closs and Martin are currently tied for fifth in the Pac-10, averaging 1.22 bgp.

MONIQUE'S MILESTONE With her nine-kill performance at Arizona State, Tobbagi became just the fifth player in Oregon history to tally 1,000 career kills and now has 1,132. Monique was named to both preseason all-tournament teams after leading Oregon to a tournament championship at UT Arlington. At the Oregon Classic, Tobbagi had three double doubles and finished with 66 kills, 45 digs and a .288 hitting percentage. Tobbagi had a season-high 21 kills in Oregon's victory over Boise State, her first 20-kill match of the season, had her second 20-kill match against California Nov. 1 and her third against the Beavers Nov. 9.

A LOOK AT UCLA The Bruins (15-7, 9-5) are tied for fourth in the Pac-10. UCLA swept California before falling 3-0 to No. 3 Stanford. Lauren Fendrick leads the team with 3.94 kills per game and Ashley Bowles is UCLA's defensive leader, averaging 3.27 dpg.

A LOOK AT USC The Trojans are sitting in second place in the Pac-10 with an 18-3, 12-2 record. USC leads the conference in kills per game (17.60) and is second in blocks (2.96).

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