Hannaford Leads Beavers To Three-Game Win Over Portland

Sept. 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team took to the court for the first time in 10 days Tuesday night, and the result was what coach Nancy Somera called the team's best match of the year. OSU defeated Portland in three games, 30-16, 30-15 and 30-25.

'This was probably our best match of the year. All parts of our game were there - passing, serving, blocking, defense. It wasn't just a couple areas,' she said. 'We were really able to stay on top of Portland in all areas, and if we can do that consistently with the rally scoring format, we have the capability of upsetting some highly ranked teams in the Pac-10.'

The Beavers (6-2) were supposed to play two matches last week, but those were postponed in the wake of last week's tragic events on the East Coast.

The time off gave OSU some time to work on some things in practice, and perhaps the most noticeable improvement came at the net, where the Beavers outblocked Portland, 11-7. OSU had been averaging just 2.02 blocks per game prior to the Portland match.

'One of the plus sides to having the matches called off last week was that it gave us some time to work on some things that needed fixing,' Somera said. 'Blocking was one of them. We took a lot of reps in practice, making blocking a priority.'

Katrina Nelson led the way for the Beavers with a career-high six blocks, while Gina Schmidt added five and Joscelyn Hannaford three.

On the offensive side of things, Hannaford led the way with a season-high 16 kills to go along with a .577 hitting percentage.

'It was a great performance by Joscelyn tonight,' Somera said. 'She really got it going. She loosened up and played really well. That was good for her.'

Nelson also had a solid offensive performance, hitting .667 with eight kills, while Michele Solomon added 12 kills on the night.

Schmidt's streak of having a double-double in every match this year came to an end as she finished with nine kills and 11 digs.

Lori Daedelow also chipped in 11 digs, and Nikki Neuburger added nine as the Beavers outdug Portland, 54-38.

OSU's strong performance also allowed true freshman Allison Lawrence the chance to make her first appearance in a college match. She played one game and had a kill and a dig.

Portland (2-5) was led by Bridget DeChant, who had nine kills, and Bridget Beschen, who had seven kills and a match-high 12 digs.

The Beavers will travel to Arizona to face the No. 3 Wildcats at 7 p.m., Friday, September 21. Somera expects the match against Portland to help in preparing for this weekend's competition after having last week off.

'The team was eager to get back out there,' Somera said. 'I'm glad we had this mid-week match against Portland as a tune-up, because you can only practice for so many days.'

Match Results

Portland (2-5)		16  15  25Oregon State (6-2)	30  30  30
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