Beavers Lose Pacific-10 Volleyball Opener

Sept. 19, 2002

SEATTLE - Washington's Paige Benjamin hit .486 with a match-high 19 kills to lead the Huskies to a 3-0 sweep over the Oregon State volleyball team in the Pacific-10 opener for both teams Thursday night. Game scores were 30-21, 30-28 and 30-26.

The Beavers (5-4, 0-1 Pac-10) let leads slip away in the first two games, seeing five-point leads disappear both times as the Huskies (9-1, 1-0) rallied back. In game three, Washington broke away from a 24-24 tie to score six of the final eight points and win the match.

'They were close games, but we're missing a little bit of a beat,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We got it going and got leads, but we gave it away. We're not finishing. We need to do a better job of playing the end of games like we're playing at the beginning. We're giving our opponents too many chances.'

Megan McMillan turned in her sixth double-double of the season, posting 10 kills and 15 digs to lead OSU in both categories. Joscelyn Hannaford added nine kills and 13 digs, and Katrina Nelson hit .375 with seven kills and four blocks for the Beavers.

Benjamin was the only UW player with double-figure kills; Sanja Tomasevic had nine, second best on the team. Candace Lee led the Huskies with 13 digs.

The Huskies hit .262 with 47 kills, compared to OSU's 41 kills and .177 attack percentage. The Beavers did outdig UW, 51-48.

Match ResultsOregon State (5-4, 0-1)	21  28  26Washington (9-1, 1-0)	30  30  30
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