Volleyball Edged By Oregon State In Five Games

Oct. 26, 2001

SEATTLE - Washington senior Allison Richardson's (Hemet, Calif.) career-best 27 kills proved to be not enough, as the Huskies fell to Oregon State, (3-2), 27-30, 36-34, 30-22, 20-30, 15-11, Friday at Bank of America Arena. With the loss, the UW fell to 10-11 overall and 3-9 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play.

'We won this match in virtually every category,' UW head coach Jim McLaughlin said. 'We stayed with our game plan for much of the match, although we need to work on getting tips and pursuing touches off blocks, which we will improve on in the future. Overall, the girls played well against a good Oregon State team.'

Richardson was one of two Huskies to reach the 20-kill plateau, as classmate Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) tallied a season-best 22 kills and junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) added 16. Three UW players had double-doubles, including Richardson, who added 12 digs, Benjamin, who tallied a season-high 13 digs, and setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.), who finished with a career-best 68 assists and 13 digs.

Oregon State started the match with a pair of four-point advantages, before the UW rebounded with a four-point scoring run to tie the match at 11-11. The Huskies took the lead at 13-12 on a hitting error by Beaver outside hitter Gina Schmidt, but OSU answered back by breaking a 14-14 tie on a Husky hitting error and a blocking error. The lead changed hands four more times as the UW took a one-point advantage at 28-27, following a block from sophomore Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and Benjamin. Bjorklund then came up big on the next two plays, smashing a kill off an overpass and then converting a dig by sophomore Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) to give the Huskies a 30-27 win.

The second game proved just as competitive as Washington held the lead for most of the way, before OSU vaulted into the lead on a kill, an ace and a Husky hitting error at 19-16. The UW caught up at 22-22, taking a two-point lead into a Beaver timeout after a block by freshman Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) and Bjorklund. Just as in the first game, the winner was not determined until the final moments as Oregon State finally converted its sixth game point to tie the match with a 36-34 win.

The Beavers kept their momentum into game three, shooting out to a nine-point lead at 19-10, and never looking back, winning, 22-30.

The early part of game four returned to the competitive nature that was indicative of the match, as the two schools were tied seven times. With the score tied 8-8, the Huskies then took a commanding lead with a nine-point scoring run, tying the match at two games apiece with a 30-20 win.

In the short game five, Oregon State jumped out a 4-1 advantage on three straight kills and a block before a UW timeout. The Huskies got back to within two at 2-4 and 3-5, but the Beavers rebuilt to a five point lead, ending up with their first game point at 8-14. The UW, however, stuck around, recording three straight points on a OSU service error and two consecutive block solos. The Beavers finally converted their fourth game point, winning 15-11 on a Hannaford kill.

Despite the loss, Washington finished the match with a .306 hitting percentage to the Beavers' .279 mark.

The Washington volleyball team continues its two-match home slate with another Pac-10 Conference match Saturday versus Oregon at 7 p.m., in the Bank of America Arena.

Washington vs. Oregon State - Seattle, Wash. (Oct. 26, 2001)
Oregon State (14-6, 7-4) def. Washington (10-11, 3-9), 27-30, 36-34, 30-22, 20-30, 15-11.

Kills: UW 88 (Richardson 21), OSU 91 (Hannaford 21), Hitting Pct: UW (.306), OSU (.279), Assists: UW 79 (Maurer 68), OSU 86 (Collins 75), Digs: UW 82 (Churnside 17), OSU 83 (Schmidt 22), Aces: UW 3, OSU 5 (Collins 2), Blocks: UW (11.0), OSU (11.0).

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