Beavers Narrowly Lose To No. 21 Arizona State In Four Games
Oct. 19, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Allison Lawrence and Karah Rhoades combined for 40 kills, but Oregon State couldn't pull off the upset over No. 21 Arizona State as the Sun Devils beat the Beavers in four games Saturday.
OSU (6-12, 1-8) actually scored more points than ASU (10-4, 6-3), but the Sun Devils got key points at crucial moments to earn the 31-29, 30-28, 21-30, 30-28 victory.
'It was a good effort by us. We played well, but we just couldn't put it away,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'It's tough when you lose close ones, but everybody played hard.'
Lawrence finished the night with 22 kills, and Rhoades hit .306 with a career-high 18 kills. ASU's Julia Leddy hit .471 with 18 kills to lead the Sun Devils.
Lawrence also added 10 digs for her third double-double of the year, and Megan McMillan (13 kills/13 digs) also had a double-double. K.C. Frederic matched her season-best with 11 digs, and Nikki Neuburger had 10. ASU's Juliana Escobar and Courtney Blocher led all players with 18.
OSU was without starting middle blocker Michele Solomon, who suffered a concussion in Friday's match with Arizona. Katelyn Healy made her first career start in Solomon's place, and she finished with career-highs of eight kills, six digs, four blocks and two aces.
Down by six at 19-13 in game one, the Beavers scored three straight points and then put together a couple more two-point runs and didn't allow ASU to score back-to-back points as OSU edged to within one at 22-21. ASU built its lead back up to three, but the Beavers eventually tied it up at 28-28 and again at 29-29 before ASU closed the game on a kill from Escobar and a block by Leddy and Cheryl Anglin.
Game two was another close contest, with the teams tied 17 times throughout the game. ASU broke away from a 28-28 tie on a McMillan error and a kill from Natalie Harris to come away with the win.
ASU opened game three with a 5-0 run, but the Beavers called timeout and responded with a kill from Lawrence that started an 8-0 OSU run that gave the Beavers the lead for the duration of the game.
OSU trailed 28-24 late in game four, but the Beavers scored three straight on a kill from Rhoades and two ASU errors to close within a point. ASU's Jodi Smith picked up a kill to keep the Sun Devils ahead before McMillan's kill made it 29-28, but ASU closed out the match on a block by Smith and Anglin.
Match ResultsNo. 21 Arizona State (10-4, 6-3) 31 30 21 30Oregon State (6-12, 1-8) 29 28 39 28