Beavers Defeat Oregon In Civil War Volleyball

Oct. 30, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. -

Four Beavers finished with double-figure kills as Oregon State defeated Oregon 3-1 in Civil War volleyball action at McArthur Court on Thursday night. Game scores were 30-23, 27-30, 31-29, and 30-24.

The win snapped OSU's five-match losing streak as the Beavers improved to 13-11 and 3-9 in Pacific-10 play. Oregon dropped to 3-18 and 0-12 after the Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers.

'It always feels good to win. This was a good Civil War match,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'Both teams had smart attacking, but our defense might have been just a little better. This match was huge.'

Karah Rhoades hit .310 with 16 kills, 14 digs and four aces, and her biggest kill was the one that secured OSU's game three comeback.

The Beavers trailed 23-15 in that third game, but OSU strung together nine consecutive points - including two off aces from Rhoades - to jump ahead 24-23. The Ducks tied the game at 24-24, and the game was tied five other times before OSU got back-to-back kills from Anne Watts-Roberts and Rhoades to close out the comeback victory.

'In one of the timeouts, I told them that getting frustrated doesn't help at all. All that does is help the other team,' Somera said. 'If anything, don't give the other team any more confidence.'

It was the second time the Beavers overcame a significant deficit against the Ducks this year; OSU came back from a 15-4 deficit against the Ducks in game three of the first Civil War meeting this year.

Allison Lawrence also had 16 kills, and Anne Watts-Roberts added 14 for the Beavers. Amanda Eggert hit .462 with 13 kills to round out the Beavers in double figures. OSU finished with 72 kills and hit .300, its second best hitting percentage in Pac-10 action this season. Oregon hit .315 with 61 kills, with Sarah Mason leading the Ducks with a match-high 17 kills.

The Beavers also outdug the Ducks, 59-34. K.C. Frederic tied Rhoades with 14 digs as the duo led all players defensively. Lawrence picked up 12 digs to finish with a double-doubleas well.

Serving also was a key factor in the match. OSU served nine aces with seven errors, while the Ducks had seven aces but gave up 16 points on service errors.

Match Results

Oregon State (13-11, 3-9)	     30  27  31  30Oregon (3-18, 0-12) 	     23  30  29  24
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