Beavers Hit .311 To Sweep Arizona State
Nov. 13, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team used a well-balanced offensive attack to sweep Arizona State, 30-27, 30-16, and 30-23, on Thursday night.
The Beavers improved to 15-12 overall and 5-10 in Pacific-10 play as OSU kept its postseason hopes alive with five matches remaining in regular season play. OSU needs to win at least two of those matches to be considered for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
'They came out hungry for a win. They knew the importance of this match, and they were ready to go,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'I'm really proud of their ability to stay focused on the task at hand and not look ahead. They got down to business tonight.'
Laura Collins dished out 43 assists as she set up a Beaver offense that hit .311, good for OSU's best hitting percentage against a Pac-10 team this season. Anne Watts-Roberts hit .407 with 12 kills, and Karah Rhoades hit .310 with 12 kills of her own. Amanda Eggert chipped in nine kills on .389 hitting, and Abby Windell hit .400 with seven kills. ASU (8-16, 3-12) hit .214, with Natalie Harris leading the team with 10 kills.
'We played well, and we served tough,' Somera said. 'ASU could not get the offense that they wanted, and we had a real balanced attack out there. Laura set a really nice match.'
The Beavers served nine aces, including three from Collins during a key Beaver rally in game two. OSU led 10-8 in that game when ASU's Nicole Morton's service error made it 11-8 and gave the serve to Collins. She served the next 10 plays and picked up three aces during that stretch as the Beavers got their lead up to 20-8 before a kill from Harris ended the OSU run.
Meanwhile, the Sun Devils served no aces and had 12 service errors despite entering the week leading the Pac-10 in aces per game.
Both teams finished with 54 digs, with three Beavers finishing in double figures. K.C. Frederic led the team with 11, and Watts-Roberts and Allison Lawrence each had 10. ASU's Courtney Blocher led all players with 18.
The Beavers will host Arizona, which swept Oregon on Thursday, on Friday in what will be the final home match for Collins and Frederic - the two seniors on the OSU roster.
Arizona State (8-16, 3-12) 27 16 23Oregon State (15-12, 5-10) 30 30 30
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