Beavers Sweep Ducks In Civil War Volleyball
Nov. 9, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Gina Schmidt had a team-high 15 kills to lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Oregon at McArthur Court on Friday night. Game scores were 31-29, 30-22 and 30-27.
Schmidt hit .289 for the match and also added a team-best 11 digs to move up the OSU record books for both career kills and digs. She took over the No. 3 spot for kills and now has 1,307 for her career. She also moved up to eighth for career digs, with 1,082 after the match against the Ducks.
OSU's other two seniors, Lori Daedelow and Jessica Papell, had solid defensive nights as well. Papell tied Schmidt for the team lead with 11 digs and added two aces, while Daedelow had 10 digs and an ace on Oregon's Senior Night.
'It was their Senior Night, but I have to say our three seniors played a great last match at McArthur Court. I know these seniors will remember their final match against their rival,' Somera said. 'I'm happy for them. They deserve that memory.'
OSU (16-7, 9-5 Pacific-10) also got strong play from middle blockers Katrina Nelson and Michele Solomon. Nelson hit .320 with 12 kills, good for her eighth double-figure effort of the season, while Solomon hit .600 with seven kills. Nelson had four blocks, while Solomon chipped in three.
The Beavers fought back from a 7-2 deficit early in game one to overtake the Ducks, 31-29. OSU came within two points a couple times in the first game but didn't take the lead until the end of the game. A kill from Allison Lawrence tied things up, 27-27, and Solomon's block on the next play gave OSU its first lead of the match. The game would be tied two other times until the Beavers got back-to-points off another Lawrence kill and an ace from Daedelow to wrap up the come-from-behind win.
'(During an early timeout) I told them to settle down and find their rhythm. We made a couple adjustments and I knew we'd find our game and make our way back into it,' Somera said.
It was Oregon's turn to try the comeback in game two, as OSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Ducks couldn't overtake the Beavers. UO (9-17, 0-14) edged within three at the 10-7 mark but would come no closer. Nelson and Schmidt combined for 12 of OSU's 17 kills to lift the Beavers to the game two win.
OSU needed another comeback in game three, and the Beavers proved up to the challenge. After falling behind, 10-5, OSU slowly made its way back into the game, eventually tying it up at 17-17. A kill by Lawrence gave the Beavers the lead, but the game was tied two other times before OSU took the lead for good after an Oregon service error made it 20-19. OSU led by as many as five before putting the match away on a kill from Schmidt.
'The whole match we showed a lot of patience. We had some comebacks, and we held off an Oregon comeback. This is a big win for that reason, and that shows that a team is mentally tough,' said Somera.
The Beavers, who defeated Oregon in Corvallis last month, swept the annual series with the Ducks for the first time since 1997. The teams had split the series the last three seasons.
Oregon State (16-7, 9-5) 31 30 30Oregon (9-17, 0-14) 29 22 27