Volleyball Swept At Arizona State

Nov. 15, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Michele Solomon hit a career-high .786 with 11 kills but the Oregon State volleyball team lost to Arizona State, 30-28, 31-29, 30-25, on Friday. ASU (11-9, 7-8 Pacific-10) ended a five-match losing streak, while the Beavers (7-17, 2-13) extended their own skid to five matches.

Solomon led the OSU offense for the second time this season, helping the Beavers to a .288 hitting percentage as a team - their third-best mark in a Pac-10 contest this year. Karah Rhoades was the only other OSU player with double-figures; she finished with 10 for her 10th double-figure performance in OSU's last 12 matches. ASU hit .369 and had three players in double-digits, including Juliana Escobar and Julia Leddy with 14 apiece.

Rhoades led the defensive effort with a team-best nine digs, and Allison Lawrence and Laura Collins added eight each. The Beavers finished with 41 digs to ASU's 38. Escobar had a match-high 10.

OSU had leads in both the first and second games, but both times ASU came back. The Beavers led 17-14 in game one when ASU strung together a three-point rally to tie the game. ASU eventually took a 24-23 lead and never trailed for the duration of the match. Lawrence had a key kill on ASU's first game-point opportunity to put the Beavers back within a point at 29-28, but she then had a service error to give the game to the Sun Devils.

In game two, OSU led by as many as five on several occasions, but the Beavers saw their 22-17 lead start to slip away after three consecutive hitting errors cut the lead to two. OSU had a game-point opportunity, leading 29-26, but an attack error from Rhoades started a 5-0 ASU run that would give the Sun Devils the come-from-behind win. Escobar had three kills during that run, with ASU scoring its other two points off Beavers hitting errors.

Match ResultsOregon State (7-17, 2-13)	28  29  25Arizona State (11-9, 7-8)	30  31  30
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