Volleyball Dominates Howard, Finishes Miami Tournament 2-1

Sept. 7, 2002

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Oregon volleyball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a dominating win over Howard University, 30-15, 30-10, 30-23, in its final match at the University of Miami Tournament in Coral Gables, Fla. The Ducks finished the tournament 2-1 and will now face Florida State Tuesday before traveling to Chicago, Ill., for the DePaul Invitational.

'It was good for us to come out after a loss and establish some identity,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'This is how we needed to respond and the level we needed to play at.'

Oregon controlled the tempo of the match with its serving, tallying 11 service aces in the match, including seven in Game 1. The Ducks hit .429 in the first game and had a match-high 21 kills.

In Game 2, Oregon quickly took control, jumping out to a 14-1 lead after Lindsay Closs served the Ducks to 10 consecutive points. As a team, Oregon had just one attacking error in the second game to hit .708.

Howard fought back in the third game, taking a 17-11 lead after a service ace by Brittany Williams. The Ducks rallied late, tying the match at 20 after a kill by Sydney Chute and a block by Closs. Oregon went ahead 24-21 after an ace by Lindsay Murphy and never trailed again.

Middle blocker Lindsay Closs led all attackers with 15 kills and hit a career-high .565 while adding three service aces. Senior middle blocker Amanda Porter returned to action and had 14 kills, two service aces and hit .650 after committing just one hitting error.

As a team, Oregon outkilled (56-21) and outdug (41-31).

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