Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision To Florida State

Sept. 10, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In just the second meeting with the Florida State Seminoles in program history, the University of Oregon dropped a 30-22, 30-28, 30-28 decision in front of 436 fans at Tully Gym on the Florida State campus in Tallahasee, Fla. The series is now tied at one game apiece after the Ducks defeated the Seminoles back in 1974. With the loss, Oregon falls to 6-3 on the season, while Florida State improves to 3-2.

'I thought that we prepared well for this match,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We had a great practice earlier in the day, but I think we needed to find the balance between being too excited and being relaxed and confident in our system.'

Oregon middle blocker Lindsay Closs led the Ducks with 15 kills , three digs and three blocks. Closs led all attackers with a .560 hitting percentage and continues to be the Ducks' leader in kills per game (4.52) and blocks per game (1.34). The senior from Spokane, Wash., has led Oregon in kills in all but one match this season and is currently hitting .386.

Freshman Kelly Russell also continued to complement Closs in the middle, finishing the match with 10 kills, four digs and three blocks. Russell hit .381 in the match and is hitting .337 for the season. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Westendorf turned in her brightest performance of the season, tallying seven kills and a .308 hitting percentage.

The Seminoles had the early momentum in Game 1, taking an 18-12 lead after a kill by Alex Sevillano. Florida State never led by less than six points in the game and outscored the Ducks 12-10 to take the first game, 30-22.

Oregon responded in the second game by taking an early 3-1 lead after a kill each by Closs and outside hitter Heather Gilmore. Florida State rallied to tie the match with a kill by Kristin Frye and took the lead on the next play after a kill by Sevillano. The match was tied only once more at five and the Seminoles led throughout. Florida State seemed to have the game put away late with a 28-23 lead, but the Ducks scored five straight points behind strong serving from setter Sydney Chute to pull within a point, 29-28. Florida State scored the game winner on the next play with a kill by Erica Bunch to take a 2-0 advantage.

'I think that we were trying too hard in the first two games,' Closs said. 'We were trying to make everything too perfect and trying to show how good we can be. In the third game we just relaxed because we are a good team and we just needed to execute. I thought we made them start chasing us instead of us chasing them.'

After trailing early again in the third game, Closs tied the game at 14 with a kill down the line and Oregon took a 16-15 lead after a kill by Russell. The game was tied four times after the Ducks' lead, but Florida State outscored Oregon down the stretch to go ahead 27-23 after a kill by Frye. Oregon came within a point, 29-28, but wasn't able to pull of the comeback.

The Ducks continue their road swing at the DePaul Tournament Friday and Saturday.

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