Beavers Fall To No. 4 Stanford

Oct. 5, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Oregon State volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak come to an end Friday when the Beavers lost in three games at No. 4 Stanford. Game scores were 34-32, 30-17 and 30-24.

After losing a close first game, coach Nancy Somera said the Beavers (9-4, 3-2 Pac-10) lost some momentum heading into the rest of the match.

'It was pretty even the whole way in game one. We may have even been up by a point near the end, but the only disappointing thing was that we got aced for the game. We didn't even have a chance to rally,' said Somera. 'In game two, we were still frustrated we let game one get away from us, and we didn't play well. By game three we had regrouped and kept it close.'

Katrina Nelson had another strong night for OSU, leading the way with 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage. Gina Schmidt had 10 kills on the night to move into fifth place in the OSU record books for career kills with 1,176. Lori Daedelow also had a solid outing, finishing with nine kills and eight digs.

The Beavers, the top-ranked team in the Pac-10 for digs, outdug the Cardinal, 47-41, led by Nikki Neuburger's match-high 11. However, OSU couldn't get past Stanford's powerful blockers. The league's No. 1 team for blocking finished the evening with 18 blocks, while the Beavers had just four.

'Their block is huge, and they ended up getting us in a one option situation. All in all, though, we played well,' Somera said. 'We weren't as sharp in some areas, but a lot of that came from frustration. We'll learn from it. I'm happy with the way we've been playing.'

Stanford (12-1, 5-0) was led by Ogonna Nnamani, who hit .414 with a match-high 14 kills. Ashley Ivy hit .455 with 10 kills and eight blocks for the Cardinal.

Match Results

Oregon State (9-4, 3-2)		32  17  24No. 4 Stanford (12-1, 5-0)	34  30  30
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