Beavers Swept By No. 19 Arizona

Oct. 18, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Megan McMillan had a match-high 14 kills, but the Oregon State volleyball team lost to No. 19 Arizona, 30-21, 30-27, 30-19, Friday night. The loss was OSU's fourth straight setback, with all four losses coming against top 25 opponents.

The Beavers (6-11, 1-7 Pac-10) played in spurts, putting together several solid runs but not managing to sustain them long enough to overtake the Wildcats (10-7, 5-4).

'We were playing hot and cold tonight. Our serving started cold, but then when we picked it up, our hitting got cold. We were constantly trying to battle our way back in,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'We did some good things. There were chunks of points where we were playing very well, but then we'd follow up by allowing a run by our opponent.'

OSU's best chance for a victory came in game two, despite being down by nine points with the game nearly over. UA led 28-21, but a 6-1 Beaver run sparked by two kills apiece from McMillan and Karah Rhoades put OSU within two points at 29-27. The comeback ended when OSU gave the Wildcats the game point on a service error.

The Beavers trailed by four early in game three but rallied to tie things up at 14-14, but Arizona responded with a 6-0 run and held the lead for the remainder of the match.

McMillan's 14 kills led all players, and Rhoades chipped in 10 for OSU. Arizona had four players in double figures, with Kim Glass leading the team with 12. Bre Ladd hit .500 with a 11 kills for the Wildcats, who finished the night with 52 kills on a .285 hitting percentage. The Beavers hit .152 with 42 kills.

Nikki Neuburger led the Beaver defense for the fourth match in a row, this time finishing with a match-high 14 digs. No other OSU players had double figures, but K.C. Frederic, Laura Collins and Allison Lawrence all had seven as the Beavers picked up 45 digs. Arizona had 52, led by Laurie Gardner and Shannon Torregrosa each with 11.

Arizona dominated at the net, outblocking the Beavers 11-3. Angie Ayers had a hand in seven blocks for the Wildcats, while no Beaver had more than one.

The tough competition continues Saturday, when OSU hosts No. 21 Arizona State in what will be OSU's fifth straight match against a ranked opponent. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Match ResultsNo. 19 Arizona (10-7, 5-4)	30  30  30Oregon State (6-11, 1-7)	21  27  19

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