Volleyball Falls To No. 7 Arizona
Oct. 20, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three Arizona players tallied double-figure kills while no Beavers managed more than six as the 7th-ranked Wildcats shut down the Oregon State volleyball team in three games at Gill Coliseum on Saturday night. Game scores were 30-21, 30-22 and 30-22.
The Wildcats (13-3, 8-3 Pacific-10) were paced by Lisa Rutledge, who hit .375 with a match-high 16 kills, while Jill Talbot (12) and Shannon Torregrosa (10) also had double-figure kills for UA, which hit .336 as a team.
Gina Schmidt and Laura Collins led OSU (13-5, 6-3) with six kills apiece, as the Beavers failed to have a player with double-figure kills for the first time all season. OSU hit just .083 on the night, although three players did hit .333 or better. Collins hit .357, while Katrina Nelson hit .333 with four kills and Amanda Eggert came off the bench to hit .571 with four kills and no errors in seven tries.
'This was not one of our better competitive efforts. It was a pretty anemic offense all-around. You know you're in trouble when your setter (Collins) is your kill leader,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'One of the bright spots was Amanda (Eggert), who did a nice job hitting balls with some heat. We needed that from more players, not just one.'
Collins also led the Beavers with eight digs, while Schmidt tacked on seven. Talbot led all players with 10 digs, as the Wildcats outdug OSU, 49-37. It was just the second time all season the Beavers had fewer digs than their opponent and also the second time this season no Beaver players reached double-digits in the digs column. Incidentally, the only other time the Beavers had fewer digs than their opponent this season was in a match at Arizona last month. That was also the only other time this year that no Beaver players have reached double figures for digs.
'We played a tough, physical, ranked team, and I don't think this will affect the team's confidence. We're still playing good volleyball, but these games go to 30, not 19,' Somera said. 'That's what was frustrating. We showed that we can play with them, but we've got to finish it and that didn't happen. Some of that was Arizona raising their level of play at the end, but we made it too easy for them.'
No. 7 Arizona (13-3, 8-3) 30 30 30Oregon State (13-5, 6-3) 21 22 20