Volleyball Home To Host Arizona, Arizona State

Oct. 16, 2002

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OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks return home this weekend and continue to face the nation's top teams, hosting No. 17 Arizona Thursday before entertaining No. 24 Arizona State Friday.

THE SERIES Arizona holds a 27-8 all-time record over Oregon and has won the last seven meetings dating back to 1998. That year, the Ducks defeated Arizona 3-2 to end a 10-match win streak by the Wildcats. Arizona State leads the series 25-7 and has won nine consecutive matches. The Ducks last defeated Arizona State, 3-2, at McArthur Court in 1997.

RECENTLY Oregon faced No. 13 UCLA and No. 1 USC last weekend falling in three games to both schools. The Ducks played tough vs. the Bruins, tying game one at 28 before UCLA pulled away to win. Lindsay Closs led all players with 14 kills. Freshman Dariam Acevedo added eight kills and 10 digs. On Saturday, Oregon couldn't fend off the top-ranked Trojans. Freshman Jaclyn Jones did have a breakout performance, leading Oregon with eight kills and hitting a career-high .462.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA The Wildcats are coming off a weekend in which they upset No. 4 Stanford, 3-2, before falling to unranked California, 3-0, Saturday. Kim Glass was named Pac-10 player of the week after tallying 53 kills in eight games over the weekend (6.62 kpg). Glass had 28 kills vs. the Cardinal.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE The Sun Devils improved to 5-0 in five-game matches with a 3-2 victory over California last weekend. Arizona State had a season-high 20.5 blocks against the Bears.

FAMILIAR FACE When Arizona comes to McArhtur Court Thursday evening, Oregon assistant head coach Keith Rubio will see a familiar face. Rubio's brother, Dave, is the Wildcats' head coach.

FRESHMAN CONTRIBUTIONS All four of Oregon's freshmen have played extensively this season, including starting middle blocker Kelly Russell, starting setter Jodi Bell and starting outside hitter Dariam Acevedo. The three, along with freshman outside hitter Jaclyn Jones, have accounted for 402 (40 percent) of Oregon's 1,003 kills this season. The foursome has also contributed 56 (40 percent) of Oregon's 137 service aces.

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