Cal Volleyball Holds Off Ducks, wins 3-2

Oct. 26, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of Oregon volleyball team took a 2-0 lead over the California Golden Bears and three players had 15 or more kills, but the Bears won the final three games of the match to take the victory, 28-30, 24-30, 30-23, 30-26, 15-10 and improve to 15-6 overall, 0-11 Pacific-10 Conference. Oregon is now 10-15, 0-11 on the season.

'The bottom line is that we put ourselves in a position to win and didn't put them away,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We kind of got away from our system and what we were doing in the first two games and that allowed them to start gaining confidence.'

Oregon senior middle blocker Lindsay Closs had a career-high 22 kills in the match and played solid all around, adding four service aces, eight digs and six blocks to finish the match with 29 points. Freshman Dariam Acevedo had a career-high 20 kills and added 10 digs while freshman Kelly Russell had 15 kills and a team-high .303 hitting percentage.

Defensively, the Ducks were led by junior libero Lindsay Murphy's 15 digs. As a team, the Ducks hit .239 - their highest hitting percentage in a Pac-10 match this season. Oregon hit above .300 in the first two games (.348, .375) and held the overall advantage in kills (80-70) and service aces (7-3).

California was led by Jenna Brown and Leah Young, who had 22 kills each.

The Ducks face Oregon State in Corvallis next Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be rebroadcast on Fox Sports Net.

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