Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision To Miami

Sept. 6, 2002

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Oregon volleyball team suffered its first defeat at the University of Miami tournament, falling 30-27, 30-21, 39-37, to host Miami at the Knight Sports Complex in Coral Gables, Fla. With the loss, Oregon is 5-2 overall while Miami improves to 6-0.

'What hurt us was how we played in the first two games,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'Miami is a very good team and we competed very well in the third game, but down the stretch their experience is what won the match.'

Freshman middle blocker Kelly Russell led all attackers with 16 kills and added four blocks. Senior Lindsay Closs had 12 kills, seven blocks and hit .393 after committing just one error.

In Game 1, the teams traded points throughout the match and were last tied at 25 before Miami scored three-straight points, including a kill by Mallorey James and an ace by Elizabeth Tyson, to take a 28-25 lead. Tyson then served long to put the Ducks within two points, 28-26, but Miami held off Oregon to take a 1-0 lead heading into the second game.

Miami controlled Game 2, taking a 15-8 lead after an ace James and extended its lead to 20-9 after an ace by Marcela Gamarra. A kill by Jodi Bell and two blocks by Lindsay Closs pulled the Ducks within 26-17 late in the game, but the Hurricanes held on to go up 2-0.

Junior Diana Blank served five consecutive times early in the third game to give the Ducks a 7-1 lead. Miami ended the rally with a kill by Valeria Tipiani and later tied the match at 12 with another kill by Tipiani. Three kills by Russell and one by setter Jodi Bell gave Oregon a 16-12 lead, but late in the game, Miami rallied to tie the match at 23 after a ball handling error by the Ducks.

With Blank serving, Russell had two consecutive kills to give Oregon the lead again, 26-24. Miami tied the match again after an Oregon service error and a kill by middle blocker Karla Johnson. Behind Tipiani's serving, the Hurricane's got kills by Johnson and Tyson to go ahead 28-26 and again the Ducks rallied take the lead, 29-28 after a block by Closs.

The two teams traded points without committing an error to tie the score at 36. Miami went ahead after a ball handling error and won the match with a kill by Johnson.

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