Volleyball Drops Four-Game Match To No. 10 Colorado State

Nov. 24, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four Beavers finished with double-figure kills but the Oregon State volleyball team couldn't hold off No. 10 Colorado State as the Rams defeated OSU in four games Saturday night. Game scores were 30-23, 30-17, 27-30 and 30-25.

The Beavers (17-11) are only the fourth team this season to force a game four in a match that Colorado State (27-3) has won. Until tonight, all but three of CSU's wins had come in three games.

Lori Daedelow and Allison Lawrence posted double-doubles for the Beavers, with each picking up 12 kills and 10 digs. Both marks were career-bests for Lawrence.

'This was a great night for Lori Daedelow. She carried the team on her shoulders tonight,' said coach Nancy Somera.

Michele Solomon hit .346 with a team-high 13 kills, while Joscelyn Hannaford added 10 kills to round out the Beavers in double figures.

Joining Daedelow and Lawrence with double-digit digs was Jessica Papell, who had a team-high 12 digs as the Beavers outdug the Rams, 66-55.

Soraya Santos hit .483 and had a match-high 16 kills to lead CSU, while Angela Knopf added 15 kills and 10 digs for the Rams.

After hitting just .137 and struggling in games one and two, the Beavers picked things up in game three to hit .261 and force a game four. OSU actually trailed by as many as six in game three (18-12), but the Beavers inched their way back in. Later down 24-21, OSU went on a four-point run to take a 25-24 lead. The game would be tied three times before the Beavers closed out a 27-27 contest with three straight points on a CSU error and kills from Solomon and Megan McMillan.

OSU nearly made a similar comeback in game four. After finding themselves down by nine points at 18-9, the Beavers went on a six-point run to close within three points of the Rams. OSU came within two points on four different occasions but CSU never lost its lead.

'I like the way we turned it around in games three and four,' Somera said. 'We had some nice comebacks, and that showed we'll hang tough no matter what happens.'

The Beavers were without Gina Schmidt, who sat out the match with a midfoot sprain. Schmidt, who played just one game against USC on Tuesday, is expected to be available for next week's NCAA Tournament should the Beavers receive an at-large bid.

'The team did a much better job without Gina tonight (than on Tuesday). Other people found a way to contribute in areas that Gina does for us,' Somera said.

Saturday's match against Colorado State wraps up the regular season for both teams. OSU now awaits the NCAA Selection Show, which will air at 12 p.m. PST on Monday, November 26. The Beavers hope to receive one of 33 at-large bids to the tournament. Fans are invited to watch the selection show with the team at the weekly Beaver Huddle, which is held in the third floor of the Valley Football Center.

Match Results

No. 10 Colorado State (27-3)	30  30  27  30Oregon State (17-11)		23  17  30  25
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