Volleyball Defeats Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3-1

Sept. 13, 2002

CHICAGO, Ill. - The University of Oregon used a dominating performance in the third game of a four game match to take control and defeat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 30-25, 26-30, 30-18, 30-22, in the first match of the DePaul Invitational in Chicago, Ill. With the win, Oregon improves to 7-3 while the Panthers fall to 1-6.

As they have all season, Oregon got solid production in the middle from Lindsay Closs, who finished the match with a team-high 19 kills and five blocks. Senior Amanda Porter, who also started in the middle, finished with 12 kills and a match-high .435 hitting percentage. In addition to the strong play by the middle blockers, Oregon's outside hitters complemented the offense with freshman Kelly Russell tallying 14 kills and sophomore Lauren Westendorf adding seven kills, five digs and five blocks.

'We've realized that we needed to get more production from our pin players,' Westendorf said. 'Our system is dependent on a balanced offensive attack and now that we've put together strong matches we know we can't go backwards.'

Freshman Jaclyn Jones also saw time at the outside against the Panthers and had seven kills and a season-high .357 hitting percentage. Westendorf and Jones combined for seven blocks and as a team the Ducks outblocked the Panthers, 7.5 to one.

The Panthers had tied the match 1-1 after the second game and Oregon responded by dominating the third game and taking a 4-1 lead with Westendorf serving. The Ducks led by as many as 12 points and hit .343 in the game while holding Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a match-low .122 hitting percentage.

'I thought we did a good job of establishing an identity,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We talked about getting more out of our outside hitters and we did that which I thought was great. We also did a great job defensively and overall it was a good win for us.'

A kill by Porter late in the first game tied it up at 20 and Closs scored on the next play to give the Ducks the lead. Wisconsin-Milwaukee tied the game at 21, but a kill by Closs a service ace by outside hitter Lauren Westendorf put Oregon ahead 23-21 and it never trailed again. Russell put the Ducks up 29-25 with a kill down the line and an attacking error by Wisconsin-Milwaukee gave Oregon the game, 30-25.

The Panthers responded in the second game by taking an early 3-1 lead and later leading 17-14 after a kill by setter Lindsey Spoden. Porter ended the rally with a kill to pull the Ducks within two points. Oregon finally tied the game at 24 after a ball handling error by the Panthers, but Wisconsin-Milwaukee outscored Oregon down the stretch to tie the match 1-1 heading into the third game.

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