No. 21 Arizona State Volleyball Narrowly Nips Oregon

Oct. 18, 2002

Eugene -- Freshman outside hitter Dariam Acevedo had a season-high 23 kills and freshman setterJodi Bell added a season-high 20 digs for Oregon's defense, but in the end, the 21st ranked ArizonaState Sun Devils held on to win in five games, 29-31, 31-29, 32-34, 30-28, 15-10, in front of 882 fansat McArthur Court Friday evening. With the win, Arizona State improves to 9-4 overall, 5-3 Pac-10 and Oregonfalls to 10-13, 0-9.

It was as balanced as Oregon has played all season, taking a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth game.Acevedo added 13 digs, one service ace and two blocks to finsih the match with 25.5 points. Senior LindsayCloss had 15 kills, three service aces and four blocks to total 21.5 points.

Oregon's freshman class was stellar again with outside hitter Jaclyn Jones finsihing with 17.5 points(14 kills, two service aces, two blocks), freshman Kelly Russell adding eight kills and a career-high six blocks andfreshman setter Jodi Bell turning in 36 assists to go with her first 20-dig performance of the season.

'When I have 14 players who are playing in the upper 90th percentile of their ability, there's nothingI can be disappointed about,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'The teams in the Pac-10 are not going to cometo us, we are going to have to come to them. And tonight we came to the 21st ranked team in the nation.'

The first three games were tight until the end and in the fourth game, Arizona State tied the match,2-2 after a kill by Juliana Escobar gave the Sun Devils a 30-28 victory.

Oregon never led in the fifth game and tralied by five points, 13-8 after a kill by Cheryl Anglin. The Ducks pulledwithin, 13-10 after an ASU error, but Julia Leddy scored on consecutive possessions to put the match away.

'We know how we're capable of playing,' Lauren Westendorf said. 'It felt great to be competing and to sustain the rallies.We just need to continue to work within our system and play like we have been. Things are going to fall into place.'

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