Volleyball Snaps Losing Streak With 3-2 Win Over Cal
Nov. 16, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - Five Beavers finished with 10 more kills as the Oregon State volleyball team put together a solid all-around effort to defeat California, 3-2, Thursday evening. Game scores were 15-13, 9-15, 15-12, 11-15 and 15-11.
The win snapped a six-match losing streak for Oregon State and guaranteed the Beavers their first non-losing season since 1996. The Beavers improve to 16-13 overall and 6-11 in Pac-10 play with three matches remaining in the regular season. Cal dropped to 10-15 and 5-12.
'We've just been telling the team to keep believing and go hard, and they did that tonight,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'After game four, that belief really came through. After letting Cal get back in it, we wiped the slate clean for game five. We've told them that by doing everything in terms of effort and attitude, the wins will come, and tonight it did.'
Oregon State hit .264 on the night, with four players hitting .343 or better. The Beavers got a career-high 19 kills out of Michele Solomon (whose previous high, incidentally, was 17 in the first meeting between these two teams this year), who hit .353 for the night. Gina Schmidt and Brandi Bonnarens each hit .368, with Schmidt picking up a team-high 19 kills and Bonnarens notching a career-best nine kills. Angie Shirley added a .343 mark with 17 kills.
The Beavers, who have been without starting outside hitter Lori Daedelow and backup outside hitter Katrina Nelson due to injuries, adjusted by altering their lineup somewhat. OSU ran a six-two offense for the first time this season, with Bonnarens and Laura Collins sharing the setting duties. Bonnarens dished out 55 assists, while Collins had a career-high 26. Collins also recorded her first collegiate double-double, adding a career-high 10 kills on the night.
'Running the six-two offense and having three attackers up front really opened things up for our middles, which we've needed to do,' Somera said.
The Beavers came back from a significant deficit in game one, when they trailed by nine points early on. After dropping game two, the Beavers found themselves down, 12-10, in game three before rattling off five unanswered points for the win. OSU took a 7-1 lead in game four, but Cal responded with a 13-1 run of its own to eventually send the match into a decisive fifth game. OSU had a 14-9 advantage, but missed a match-point opportunity to let Cal back in it. After the Bears scored twice, the Beavers regained the serve and put it away on Joscelyn Hannaford's 16th kill of the night.
With the 55 assists, Bonnarens moved into second place on the single-season assists chart. She now has 1,480 assists this year, just 29 away from the school record. She's also just 46 assists from reaching 4,000 for her career.
Schmidt also reached another milestone in Thursday's match. With 17 kills, she has 511 for the season. That makes her just the third Beaver to record 500-plus kills in one season, and she's the first to do so since 1995. Additionally, she led the Beavers with 19 digs for the night, which gives her 375 for the year to rank eighth all-time on the OSU season charts.
Shirley led the Beavers with seven blocks, giving her 477 for her career to move into a tie for third place on OSU's career list for total blocks.
OSU wraps up the Pac-10 portion of its schedule with a 7:30 p.m. match at No. 21 Stanford on Friday, November 17, 2000. The match will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.
Oregon State (16-13, 6-11 Pac-10) 15 9 15 11 15California (10-15, 5-12 Pac-10) 13 15 12 15 11