Volleyball Looks Ahead to Florida State

Sept. 9, 2002

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Oregon This Week
The Ducks are in the midst of an 11-day road trip in which they play in two tournaments and make a stop in Tallahasee for a match versus Florida State. Oregon's match versus the Seminoles Sept. 10 will be televised on Florida's Sunshine Network. The Ducks will then head straight to Chicago to face Wisconsin-Milwaukee, DePaul and UNLV at the DePaul Invitational.

What's Happened
In their first competition of the 2002 season, Oregon relied heavily on its young talent and came up with four victories to begin the season 4-0 at the Fremont Loan and Investment Tournament, hosted by Cal State Northridge. Oregon freshman Kelly Russell was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, finishing with 42 kills. Senior middle blocker Lindsay Closs was named to the all-tournament team after leading Oregon with an average of 4.47 kills per game.

Miami Tournament
Oregon went 2-1 at the University of Miami Tournament, defeating Howard and Fordham in three game sweeps, while falling to host Miami. The Ducks hit a season-high .402 against Howard, including a .708 in Game 2. Lindsay Closs set a new career-high in hitting percentage (.565, 15-2-23) and junior Erika Widmark had a career-high 10 digs. Oregon more than doubled Howard's kill total (56-21) to improve to 6-2 on the season.

What's New?
Ferreira has four incoming freshmen in 2002 -- middle blocker Kelly Russell (Vancouver, Wash./Prairie), outside hitters Jaclyn Jones (Fort St. John, B.C./Northpeace Secondary) and Dariam Acevedo (Trujillo Alto, P.R./St. Francis) and setter Jodi Bell (Boring/Sam Barlow). Acevedo will join the Ducks when she is finished competing with the Puerto Rican National team.

More New Faces
Ferreira will also be joined this season by first year assistants Keith Rubio and Rhonda Rust. Rubio spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Boise State, while Rust was the top assitant at Univesity of Texas-San Antonio.

Head Coach Carl Ferreira
Third year head coach Carl Ferreira (173-99) overall, 25-43 Oregon) continues his quest to elevate the Oregon volleyball progam and reach the NCAA Tournament. Ferreira guided the Ducks to their best overall finish since 1996 in his first season with the Ducks. In 2001, Ferreira brought in middle blockers Stephanie Martin and Lindsay Closs, who each surpassed 100 blocks, becoming the first tandem to do so since 1993. This year, the Hilo, Hawaii, native added his second Fab-50 athlete as well as Dariam Acevedo, who is a member of the Puerto Rican national team. Ferreira has coached in the postseason three times in his eight-year career, his highest finish coming in 1994 when Cal State Bakersfield finished second.

Three different Oregon players have played the libero position this season. Sophomore Katie O'Neil handled most of the duties early in the season before Diana Blank started versus Fordham. O'Neil returned as the starter against Miami and Erika Widmark was the starter in the Ducks' last match versus Howard.

Tough Serving
Oregon has been relying on some strong serving by its young players early in the season. The Ducks have 43 aces after five matches, including 11 by freshman Jodi Bell and nine by freshman Kelly Russell. The Ducks had 137 aces in 28 matches in 2001.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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