Beavers Win OSU Volleyball Showcase After Defeating Missouri, 3-1

Aug. 31, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Joscelyn Hannaford's career-high 24 kills helped lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Missouri to give the Beavers the tournament title at the annual OSU Volleyball Showcase on Saturday night. OSU won, 29-31, 30-21, 30-26, 30-27.

Hannaford, who hit .327 and had a team-high-tying 17 digs in the win over Mizzou, earned a spot on the seven-member All-Tournament Team. Teammate Laura Collins, who had 64 assists and eight digs against the Tigers, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Allison Lawrence also represented the Beavers on the team. Missouri's Christi Meyers and Shen Danru, along with Idaho's Anna-Marie Hammond and Brooke Haeberle, rounded out the team.

'This is a big win for us. Missouri was picked third in the Big 12 Conference, so this is a good win,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'It's a pretty significant win for our conference, when the team that's picked sixth in the Pac-10 knocks off the team that's picked third in the Big 12.'

OSU improves to 3-0, while Missouri suffered its first loss of the year. Mizzou took the early lead in the match, however, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in game one to force a Beaver timeout. OSU climbed back in and tied things up at 12-12, but the Tigers held on for the 31-29 win.

'After we were down 5-0, I told the team we needed to do a little more than just make them serve the ball. We found our groove by the end of the game and almost won,' coach Nancy Somera said. '(In game two) we just needed to keep doing what we were doing.'

The Beavers used a total team effort to defeat the Tigers. Three Beavers had double-figure kills, and three had double-figure digs. Joining Hannaford with a double-double was Megan McMillan, who had a career-high 17 kills to go along with 16 digs. Katrina Nelson added 10 kills, and Nikki Neuburger matched Hannaford's team-best 17 digs.

OSU outdug the Tigers 82-78, and the Beavers hit .266 on the night, with 75 kills to Missouri's 65. Somera credited Collins for OSU's well-rounded offensive attack.

'Laura played really well tonight. She did a great job adjusting her play calling to exploit their weaknesses and she made the right choices. It was an MVP effort, but we had so many people contribute tonight,' Somera said. 'Nikki did an outstanding job. I felt like she could have been an all-tournament selection as a libero.'

Idaho knocked off Idaho State in four games (30-24, 25-30, 30-28, 34-32) in Saturday evening's other match to give the Vandals a third-place finish in the tournament.

OSU VolleyballMissouri (2-1)		31  21  26  27Oregon State (3-0)	29  30  30  30
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