No. 2 USC Defeats Oregon Volleyball

Nov. 8, 2002

Oregon senior Lindsay Closs had her 24th 10-kill match and hit .500 versus No. 2 Southern California Friday evening, but the Trojans defeated Oregon 30-20, 30-21, 30-23, in front of 715 fans at McArthur Court to improve to 20-1 overall, 13-1 Pacific-10 Conference. Oregon is 11-16, 1-12 after the loss.

'I really felt like we executed much better tonight than the last time we played them,' Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. 'We weren't reacting to things on the court, we were just executing and I'm very pleased with our character.'

Oregon faced the Trojan's one week after defeating Oregon State to win their first Pac-10 match in 32 attempts, while USC had suffered their first loss of the season to No. 6 Stanford last weekend.

'We had some momentum coming into the match and even though we didn't win, we were playing at a different level,' said Oregon sophomore Lauren Westendorf, who had two kills, two digs and one block in the match. 'We have confidence in our system and we're starting to execute so we're going into matches expecting to win.'

USC middle blocker Katie Olsovsky led all attackers with 12 kills while April Ross added 10 kills and four digs.

Oregon freshman Dariam Acevedo finished with eight kills and seven digs while libero Katie O'Neil led Oregon with 11 digs.

The Ducks return to action Saturday evening, hosting No. 19 UCLA.

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