Beavers Defeat Oral Roberts 3-1

Sept. 10, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brittany Cahoon hit .556 with a career-high 17 kills to help lead the Oregon State volleyball team (2-2) to a 3-1 win over Oral Roberts (2-3) in the first match of the Salbasgeon Suites Inviational at Gill Coliseum on Friday. Game scores were 27-30, 31-29, 30-19 and 30-23.

'This was a good win for us. Everybody filled their roles and did whatever they could to help the team,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'We held steady and took care of business.'

Allison Lawrence had 12 kills, and three other Beavers had eight apiece, including Taylor Studzinski, who came off the bench to hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games.

But it was OSU's defense that had Somera especially pleased.'We worked really hard in the practice gym this week to improve our blocking and our defense,' Somera said. 'We averaged 18.5 digs per game and had 17 total blocks, so it was really nice to see those efforts carry over to the match.'

Five Beavers finished with 10 or more digs, highlighted by Nina Baltimore's career-high 19 and Lawrence's 15. Desma Stovall, who also had 48 assists, had a career-high 13 digs. Karah Rhoades had 12 digs, and Katelyn Healy added 10.

Abby Windell had a career-high nine blocks, and Cahoon and Stovall each had a career-high seven blocks. Amanda Eggert, who hit .389 with eight kills, chipped in six blocks as well.

Ori Zuzic led Oral Roberts with 16 kills, and ORU libero had a match-high 35 digs.

In Friday's other tournament match, Saint Mary's defeated Auburn 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-23). Cassandra Kolkka hit .440 with a match-high 14 kills to lead the Gaels.

Tournament action continues Saturday, beginning with a 10 a.m. match between Auburn and Oregon State. Oral Roberts and Saint Mary's play at noon, followed by Auburn and Oral Roberts at 5:30 p.m., and Saint Mary's and Oregon State at 7:30 p.m.

Salbasgeon Suites Invitational ResultsMatch OneOral Roberts (2-3)	30  29  19  23Oregon State (2-2)	27  31  30  30

Match TwoAuburn (3-2) 18 22 23Saint Mary's (5-0) 30 30 30

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