Beavers Snap Losing Streak With 3-0 Sweep Of Portland

Sept. 30, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team swept Portland, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27, on Tuesday night, ending OSU's four-match losing streak and putting a halt to the Pilots' five-match winning streak.

The Beavers (10-6) put together a solid all-around match, and aside from some serving problems, coach Nancy Somera was pleased with the effort OSU put forth to end its losing streak.

'We had way too many service errors. Twelve errors and no aces was what kept this match close. We've got to get better at that,' she said. 'Other than that, I liked our fortitude. We had to come from behind in games two and three, and I liked that we were on top of things in system. That's how you win close games.'

The Pilots (10-4) led by as many as five in game two, and the lead changed six times throughout the course of the game before OSU finally claimed the lead for good when a Portland service error made it 26-25 late in the game. Game three was even closer, with 14 ties and six lead changes. OSU broke away from a 22-22 tie with a kill from Amanda Eggert that gave the Beavers a lead they held on to for the remainder of the match.

Karah Rhoades led the Beavers (10-6) for the third straight match, this time hitting .344 with a match-high 16 kills. OSU had 59 kills while hitting .257, with Allison Lawrence (14) and Katelyn Healy (10) joining Rhoades in double-figures. Portland's Sara Vercruyssen had 12 kills to lead a Pilot team that hit .140 with 36 kills.

OSU's defense came through with 59 digs, with Portland picking up 51. K.C. Frederic led the Beavers with 14, and three other OSU players finished with double-digits. Lawrence had 11 and Rhoades added 10 as the two outside hitters posted double-doubles, and setter Laura Collins also finished with a double-double after picking up 11 digs and 42 assists. Portland's Laura Pappas led all players with 15 digs.

The Pilots did win the battle at the net, outblocking the Beavers 9-5. Liz Lord led UP with five blocks, while Brittany Cahoon had four for OSU.

Portland served five aces, while the Beavers failed to serve an ace for the first time this season. Both teams missed 12 serves.

Oregon State will host Oregon at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 2 in the second match of a four-match homestand for the Beavers.

Match Results

Portland (10-4)	       26  26  27Oregon State (10-6)      30  30  30
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