Hannaford Leads Beavers To Five-Game Win At Washington

Oct. 26, 2001

SEATTLE - Joscelyn Hannaford hit .463 with a career-high 21 kills to lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a five-game win over Washington on Friday. Game scores were 27-30, 36-34, 30-22, 20-30 and 15-11.

'It's that time of year. It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to win. A split on the road in this conference at this time of the year is pretty good,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'Washington played really well, and their defense has improved a lot.'

Hannaford was one of four players to finish with double-figure kills for the Beavers (14-6, 7-4 Pacific-10), who combined for a season-high 91 kills while hitting .279 on the night.

Gina Schmidt had 19 kills, while Michele Solomon hit .333 with 16 kills. Katrina Nelson tacked on 11 kills to round out the Beavers in double-figures.

Schmidt picked up her 13th double-double of the season with a season-high 22 digs. Lori Daedelow and Jesssica Papell each had 15 and Nikki Neuburger had 12 as the Beavers narrowly edged the Huskies, 83-82, in the digs column.

It was a fairly evenly-matched contest in all areas. Washington's .306 hitting percentage was better than OSU's, but the Beavers had three more kills (91-88) than the Huskies. Both teams had 11 blocks and six service errors, while OSU served five aces to UW's three.

'Game five was the difference. We were up big early on, and there was never a question of who was going to win that game,' said Somera. 'After Washington's offensive performance in game four (when they hit .553), we knew we couldn't allow them to carry that momentum into game five. We jumped out to a 4-1 lead and halted their momentum. We were able to maintain the lead the rest of the game.'

Laura Collins had a career-high 75 assists for the Beavers, with that total ranking as the sixth-best single match total by an individual in OSU history. Collins had a solid all-around match, hitting .250 and tying her season-high with seven kills to go along with seven digs, three blocks and two aces.

The Huskies (10-11, 3-9) were paced by Allison Richardson, who had a match-high 27 kills while hitting .333, and Lisa Underhill, who added 22 kills and a .514 hitting percentage.

OSU's seven conference wins ties the second highest number of Pacific-10 wins in school history, the Beavers also won seven Pac-10 matches in 1993. The win over Washington also ensures the Beavers of a non-losing season for the second consecutive season. One more victory will give OSU its first winning regular season since 1996.

Match Results

Oregon State (14-6, 7-4)    27  36  30  20  15Washington (10-11, 3-9)	    30  34  22  30  11
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