Beavers Swept By No. 3 Arizona In Pac-10 Volleyball Opener

Sept. 21, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oregon State volleyball team dropped its Pacific-10 Conference opener at the hands of No. 3 Arizona on Friday night. The Wildcats defeated the Beavers, 30-25, 30-13 and 30-20, in OSU's first three-game loss of the season.

The Beavers (6-3, 0-1) hit just .147 on the night, compared with Arizona's solid .436 effort. The Wildcats (7-0, 1-0) dominated OSU in every category, most notably in the defensive column. Arizona outdug the Beavers by a resounding 46-29 margin, the first time - win or loss - that the Beavers had been outdug this season. The Wildcats also outblocked OSU, 7.5-1 and had 54 kills to OSU's 35.

'Our defense kind of failed us tonight. It got too easy for them. They could hit, they could tip, and they'd score. We couldn't retaliate,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We didn't get anything out of our upperclassmen - our seniors and our leaders. There were too many people who just were not on their game.'

Katrina Nelson was the only Beaver to register double-figure kills, finishing with a team-best 10 while hitting .563 on the night. Michele Solomon had six kills, but no other Beavers tallied more than five for the match.

'Katrina was great, and Michele did some good things, but we weren't very good tonight,' Somera said. 'We didn't do a good job of slowing down their big guns. Part of our game strategy was to serve tough, but Arizona passed the ball very well and was able to run their offense.'

Lisa Rutledge topped UA with 13 kills and a .545 hitting percentage, while Stefani Saragosa added 10 kills and hit .529 for the Wildcats.

Jill Talbot was the only player from either team to register double-figure digs, finishing with 11 digs to go along nine kills and five blocks and a .571 hitting percentage.Gina Schmidt led the Beavers with seven digs, marking the first time this season no OSU players finished a match with double-figures defensively. Lori Daedelow had five digs, but no other Beavers had more than three digs.

The Beavers will try to regroup from Friday's loss when they face Arizona State at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 22 in Tempe. The Sun Devils (5-3, 1-0) defeated Oregon in three games Friday night.

'(Saturday) is a test of how resilient we can be. Can we bounce back from a poor performance?' Somera asked.

Match Results

Oregon State (6-3, 0-1)	  25  13  20No. 3 Arizona (7-0, 0-1)  30  30  30
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