Beavers Swept At No. 7 Stanford
Nov. 21, 2003
Stanford improved to 21-6 overall and 14-4 in Pacific-10 play, while the Beavers evened their record at 15-15 and 5-13.
The loss puts OSU in a must-win situation next weekend, as the Beavers need to win two matches to be considered for a possible at-large berth to NCAA Tournament. OSU will play Pittsburgh and either Pacific or Alabama-Birmingham at the Bankers Classic in Stockton, Calif.
'Tournament time for us starts now, because it's do or die,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'But I'm very encouraged by how we're playing, and we can make this happen. We're going to keep going at it.'
OSU stayed competitive with the No. 7 Cardinal throughout the first two games, and that has Somera optimistic heading into next week's crucial matchups.
'We played really well. It was a good offensive match with some big digs,' Somera said. 'Their block got to us, but I'm pretty pleased with .235 (hitting percentage) against Stanford in terms of attacking. We served tough and got them out of system a little. We did some really nice things.'
Ogonna Nnamani led all players with 18 kills on .410 hitting as Stanford finished with 56 kills and a .310 hitting percentage.
The Cardinal narrowly outdug the Beavers, 46-43, with Kristin Richards leading all players with 15 digs for Stanford. K.C. Frederic led OSU with 11, and Collins just missed double-figures with nine.
Stanford, which ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks, had 11 blocks to OSU's two. Jennifer Harvey, the league leader individually, had a match-high six blocks. Abby Windell had a hand in both of OSU's blocks.
Oregon State (15-15, 5-13) 27 26 21No. 7 Stanford (21-6, 14-4) 30 30 30