Volleyball Upsets No. 11 UCLA In Four Games
Nov. 19, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Joscelyn Hannaford hit .378 with a match-high 17 kills to lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a 3-1 win over No. 11 UCLA at Gill Coliseum on Monday night. Game scores were 25-30, 30-14, 30-22 and 30-27.
OSU's win is just the second ever against the Bruins in volleyball, and the first in Corvallis. It also helped OSU (17-9, 10-7 Pacific-10) accomplish two of the goals it set at the beginning of the season.
'This was a huge win for the program. We met two - and I really believe probably even three - of our goals tonight,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We got our 17th win, and we beat a ranked opponent, but I also believe that this win will make us nationally ranked and bump us into the top 25.'
After losing to UCLA (17-8, 11-6) in three games in Los Angeles on Friday, Somera said she knew her team needed to make adjustments in order for the Beavers to beat the Bruins the second time around.
'This was outstanding execution all around by us tonight. We made some adjustments in our block, and we knew that would force UCLA into our defense,' Somera said. 'We were quicker in all aspects. We had quicker vision and quicker feet.'
The Beavers, who had just two blocks against the Bruins on Friday, responded with 12 blocks Monday, including seven from Michele Solomon.
'Michele had an unbelievable blocking night. She absolutely controlled the net,' Somera said. 'There wasn't a ball that she didn't block or touch.'
Three Beavers finished the night with double-figure kills after no OSU players had more than eight Friday. Hannaford led the way with 17, while Gina Schmidt added 14 and Lori Daedelow hit .297 with 13 kills for OSU. Ashley Bowles led the Bruins with 17.
OSU continued its strong defense, holding even with the Bruins as both teams came up with 75 digs. Daedelow, Schmidt and Hannaford all posted double-figures to finish the night with double-doubles. Daedelow had a match-high 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the year, while Hannaford finished with 14 digs for her third double-double of the season. Schmidt, who had 11 digs, picked up her 17th double-double. OSU also got double-figure digs from Nikki Neuburger (12) and Jessica Papell (10).
The Beavers served eight aces on the night, tying their season-high. Six Beavers had at least one ace, with Daedelow and Papell serving two apiece.
OSU led by as many as seven (12-5) in game one, but the Bruins rallied to tie things up at 13-13. The game was tied two other times before a kill by Lauren Fendrick gave UCLA a 17-16 lead, which the Bruins never relinquished.
After hitting .245 in the opening game, the Bruin offense faltered in game two. OSU held UCLA to a -.171 mark with 16 errors and just nine kills. UCLA's 14 points in that game were the fewest for a Pac-10 opponent in a game against OSU this season.
The Bruins scored the first point of game three off an OSU ball-handling error, but that would be their only lead of the game as OSU scored five consecutive points - two off Daedelow kills and three off UCLA hitting errors - to take control of the game. The Bruins got within a point on four occasions later in the game but could never regain the lead.
Game four was a seesaw battle with several ties and lead changes. After being tied 22-22, the Bruins went up by two and the Beavers called timeout.
'We were down 24-22, and I called a timeout to tell the team to get the sideout and come back and win this game. They did it,' Somera said. 'That's so key heading into the NCAA tournament in terms of confidence.'
OSU got the sideout and had the game tied up four other times, the last at 27-27, before scoring three points off a kill from Schmidt and a block and a kill from Katrina Nelson to close out the game and give the Beavers the win.
No. 11 UCLA (17-8, 11-6) 30 14 22 27Oregon State (17-9, 10-7) 25 30 30 30