Escobar's 23 Kills Leads Devils To 3-1 Win Over Oregon On Senior Night

Nov. 16, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Junior outside hitter JulianaEscobar led four Sun Devils with 10 or more kills with a match-high 23 asthe Arizona State Sun Devils completed a weekend sweep with a three-gamevictory over the Oregon Ducks Saturday night in Pac-10 Volleyball action atWells Fargo Arena. Game scores were 28-30, 30-23, 30-17, 30-27 in favor ofthe Sun Devils.

The win improved the Sun Devils to 12-9 overall and evened their Pac-10record at 8-8 with two conference matches remaining in 2002. The Ducks fellto 11-19 overall and 1-15 in Pac-10 play.

In addition to Escobar's big night, senior Julia Leddy had 12 kills on a.310 hitting percentage highlight her final home match as a Sun Devil.ASU's two other seniors also had good performances, with libero BrittanyArnett leading all players with 20 digs and setter Fernanda Habigerrecording three blocks and 21 assists.

With her 23 kills and 15 digs, Escobar notched her 14th double-double ofthe year. The junior outside hitter from Brasilia, Brazil is now averaging4.39 kpg and with two more service aces tonight vs. Oregon has 45 on theseason. Escobar also contributed a career-high three solo blocks in thevictory for a match-high 27.5 total points.

Junior outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn (Tempe) had 11 kills in the victory on a.226 hitting percentage, while junior Courtney Blocher added a spark offthe bench with a career-high four service aces.

The Ducks were led by the 18 kills and 11 digs from freshman outside hitterDariam Acevedo. Lindsay Closs added 13 kills in the loss.

The Sun Devils stumbled in game one by hitting only .100, but had theirchance to win the game slip away when Oregon pulled away with a 30-28victory. Escobar hit .500 in the opening frame with seven kills to leadASU. Blocher came off the bench to add a spark with three service aces.

Arizona State was in jeopardy of falling behind 2-0 to the Ducks when theywere down 22-19. From there the Sun Devils put together a 11-1 run to eventhe match at 1-1 with a 30-23 victory. Smith had five kills in game two tolead the Devils. After a dominating 30-17 showing in game three, the Devilspulled through with the victory with a 30-27 in the third fourth game toseal the win.

With a plethora of ceremonies before, during and after the match, the 2002Senior Night was also highlighted by the unveiling of the Arizona State30th Anniversary Team and a special post-match ceremony honoring the finalhome match for 14-year head coach Patti Snyder-Park.

Arizona State will conclude the conference portion of its Pac-10 seasonnext weekend with matches at UCLA (Nov. 21) and at No. 2 USC (Nov. 22)

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