Karah Rhoades' 16 Kills Leads OSU In 3-0 Win At Cal

Oct. 25, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Karah Rhoades hit .367 with a match-high 16 kills as the Oregon State volleyball team swept California on Friday to end a five-match losing skid. OSU (7-12, 2-8 Pacific-10) defeated the Golden Bears, 30-24, 30-26, 33-31, to start the second half of Pac-10 play with a win.

'We were very consistent tonight. That's kind of been our theme the past week,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'I've got to credit the team for persevering. We reset some goals on Monday, and we played well tonight.'

Rhoades led the Beavers in kills for the first time this season, and Allison Lawrence added 15 kills on .263 hitting. Katelyn Healy came in off the bench to hit a perfect 1.000 with eight kills and no errors on eight swings, and Megan McMillan added nine kills.

Leah Young led Cal (14-6, 4-6) with 13 kills, but no other Cal players reached double figures. The Beavers limited Cal standout Mia Jerkov to nine kills just one week after she combined for 77 kills in two matches.

'We did a pretty nice job. We shut down Mia, and they took her out in game three. Leah Young got hot in game two, but Karah did a nice job shutting her down with some spectacular blocks in game three,' Somera said.

Laura Collins had 49 assists to set up a Beaver offense that hit .296, OSU's best mark against a Pac-10 team this season. Collins also led OSU with 11 digs, including a key one to end the match. With OSU up 32-31 in game three, Young went for a kill to tie the game, but Collins came up with the dig. McMillan set the ball to defensive specialist K.C. Frederic, who was in the front row after OSU ran out of subs. Frederic's only attack of the night ended up being the match-winning kill.

Nikki Neuburger had eight digs to move into 10th place on OSU's career digs list. The senior now has 927, surpassing Pia Ahlengard (924, 1995-97) for the 10th spot.

Friday's match also saw the return of two sidelined Beavers. Joscelyn Hannaford, who had missed the last six matches, saw limited action in two games. She had one kills and one dig. Michele Solomon, who missed last week's match with Arizona State, played all three games and had five kills and a team-high four blocks.

Match ResultsOregon State (7-12, 2-8)  30  30  33California (14-6, 4-6)	  24  26  31
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