Volleyball Sneaks By Oregon State In Five Games

Nov. 10, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington Huskies outlasted the host Oregon State Beavers Friday in five games at Gill Coliseum to capture their second Pac-10 match of the season, 15-11, 12-15, 15-5, 7-15, 15-12. With the win, the Huskies improved to 7-17 overall and 2-14 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fell to 15-12 overall and 5-10 in conference play.

UW junior quick hitter Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) led in Huskies for the second straight night with 19 kills, followed closely behind by classmate Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.), who dominated the fifth game, finishing with 18 kills. Sophomore Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) posted her second straight double-double (14 kills, 13 digs), while junior setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) tallied her seventh straight double-double with 66 assists and 14 digs and had a career-high four aces.

UW got off to a bad start, falling behind 9-1 before outscoring the Beavers 7-1 and coming to within two points at 8-10 going into an Oregon State timeout. The Huskies continued to drive, scoring three more points on an Underhill kill and a pair of Beaver hitting errors to take their first lead at 11-10. Two straight Beaver hitting errors gave the UW a three-point cushion at 13-10 heading into a second OSU timeout. The Beaver timeout didn't seem to break the Huskies' momentum as a block by Richardson and freshman Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and then a Churnside ace for game point, allowed Washington to climb all the way back with a 15-11 game one win.

In game two, it was just the opposite story as the Huskies led early with a 6-1 lead before the Beavers rallied to tie the score at 6-6 and then took the lead on a hitting error and a kill from setter Brandi Bonnarens at 8-6. Following an Oregon State ace, the UW finally broke the Beavers' nine-point run on a kill in transition from Richardson. With both sides continuing to trade-off points, the Beavers pulled out from a 13-12 lead, scoring the game's final two points on a pair of kills, despite being outhit .245 to .260.

Washington came out early again in game three, scoring four points on all on Richardson's serve. The Huskies extended their lead up to nine points at 13-4 following an ace by sophomore Elissa Ross (Spokane, Wash.) and an OSU hitting error. Another Beaver hitting error gave the Huskies their first of five game points, before senior Emily Seacat (Ridgefield, Wash.) finally tallied the game's final kill at 15-5 to take a 2-1 lead.

Oregon State put itself into position to force a game five, returning the favor and dominating game three with a 15-7 win.

Entering game five with a 1-1 record in 2000 in five-game matches, the Huskies never lost the lead as Richardson ignited Washington with two of the team's four-point run before the side change, 8-4. A kill from OSU's Joscelyn Hannaford broke the Husky run at 8-5, but Richardson picked up where she left off, tallying back-to-back kills to increase the advantage to 10-5 in favor of the UW. Hannaford was at it again for the Beavers' starting a three-point run to get her team to within two at 10-8 before a Washington timeout. The two schools' continued to rally as Oregon State came to within one at 13-12 on a kill from Gina Schmidt. Following a timeout, an Underhill kill following a key dig from junior Malena Thompson (Santa Fe, N.M.) gave the Huskies their first game point at 14-12. Washington then converted on its first game point on a hitting error to win the game and match with a 15-12 win.

The Huskies return home for a three-match home stand beginning Friday, Nov. 17, against UCLA, followed by a Saturday match versus USC and the season finale Sunday with non-conference foe Gonzaga.

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