Beavers Secure Winning Season With Three-Game Win Over Cal
Nov. 2, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Amanda Eggert had only one kill, but it was the one that mattered the most as the redshirt freshman slammed down the match-winning kill to give the Oregon State volleyball team a 3-0 win over California on Friday night.
It also secured OSU's first winning season in five years as the Beavers won, 30-21, 30-22, 30-28.
'It really hasn't sunk in yet. Maybe in an hour or so it'll hit me,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'But, you know, there never really was any doubt in my mind that we'd have a winning season. After last year, though, when we were so close, one win away, it was nice to get the win tonight.'
Somera said Eggert's one kill was the most important one of the night. The Beavers had been up, 27-20, in game three, but the Golden Bears picked up a couple kills and benefitted from some OSU errors to cut the lead to one at 28-27. Eggert then came on the court for the first time all night, and the teams traded points to make it 29-28, in favor of OSU. Cal had control of the serve with the match on the line for the Beavers when Eggert slammed down the match-winning kill to put the contest in the books.
'The most important stat of the night was Amanda Eggert, 1-for-1, 1.000 hitting percentage. It's only one kill, but we really needed that. That's not an easy situation to go in like that, and she rose to the occasion to get the match-ending kill,' Somera said.
Gina Schmidt led the Beavers with 13 kills, hitting .407 for the match, and added a season-high 22 digs to lead OSU (15-6, 8-4 Pacific-10) in that category as well.
'Gina had a great match both offensively and defensively. Twenty-two digs in a three-game match is pretty impressive,' Somera said.
Joining Schmidt with double-figures in the kills column were Joscelyn Hannaford, who hit .320 with 12 kills, and Michele Solomon and Allison Lawrence, who had 11 apiece. Laura Collins dished out 50 assists as the Beavers hit .277 for the match.
OSU also outdug Cal, 56-46, and had six blocks to Cal's five.
'Our defense was key tonight. We only blocked six balls, but we really touched and controlled their hitters,' Somera said. 'Leah Young and Gabrielle Abernathy have been very hot lately, and we really neutralized them. Together, they only had 13 kills and they had nine errors, so we really controlled them.'
Reena Pardiwala led Cal (8-13, 3-10) with eight kills, while Young added seven for the Golden Bears. Jenna Grigsby had a team-high eight digs for Cal.
California (8-13, 3-10) 21 22 28Oregon State (15-6, 8-4) 30 30 30