Volleyball Downs Portland, 3-1.

Sept. 30, 2002

EUGENE -- Three Oregon players had 15 or more kills as the Ducks defeated the University of Portland volleyball team 30-28, 35-33, 27-30, 30-27 in front of 473 fans at McArthur Court in a non-conference match Monday evening. Oregon improves to 10-8 overall, 0-4 Pac-10 and Portland falls to 10-4 overall, 0-0 WCC.

'We talk about taking each week separately and learning from each experience,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We learned a lot from last weekend with Stanford and California and I think it was very mature of our players to be in the right frame of mind tonight and I'm ecstatic that we walked away with the win.'

Freshman Kelly Russell was superior on the evening, coming up with big kills when Oregon needed them most. The freshman middle blocker had 16 kills, six blocks and hit .321 for the match. Fellow freshman Dariam Acevedo had 15 kills and six digs and senior Lindsay Closs led all players with 17 kills and four blocks. Outside hitter Heather Gilmore also provided solid offense for the Ducks, finishing the match with 13 kills and 13 digs to post her first double double of the season.

Defensively, Oregon was also balanced with Gilmore leading the way in digs and Jodi Bell and Lindsey Murphy each adding nine digs. Sophomore Lauren Westendorf added eight digs while Diana Blank notched six.

Portland was led by Michelle Oakland's 12 kills and nine blocks. Oakland also hit a match-high .526.

The Ducks return to Pac-10 action Thursday evening at 7 p.m., hosting Oregon State in the Dodge Civil War match up.

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