Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker To No. 12 UCLA, 3-2
Oct. 22, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A balanced Oregon State attack saw four players reach double figures in kills, but No. 12 ranked UCLA rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 23-30, 30-25, 27-30, 30-24, 15-7, victory in Friday night's Pacific-10 Conference volleyball showdown.
After winning two of the first three games, OSU (8-10; 2-7) appeared to have most of the momentum heading into game four, but the Bruins (13-5; 6-3) rallied back behind the serve of Becky Green.
With the score knotted at 19 in game four, Green served seven straight points for UCLA to put the game out of reach. Bruin middle blocker Nana Meriwether helped the cause with four blocks in the stretch.
'I thought we played great and it really came down to Becky Green,' said Oregon State head coach Nancy Somera. 'Green had a great serve going tonight, but pretty much in my opinion in game four and game five, and she did a great job. Other than that it was all there, all the pieces were there to win that match.'
Green's serve once again hurt the Beavers in the final game, as UCLA took a 7-0 lead out of the blocks.
Oregon State junior Katelyn Healy recorded a career-high 16 kills and freshman Kristin Murray finished with a career-best 12 kills on the night. Senior Allison Lawrence added a team-best 18 kills and season-high 23 digs, while fellow senior Amanda Eggert had a season-best 13 kills and a .400 hitting percentage.
'Everybody played great,' said Somera. 'It was a great team effort.'
Setter Desma Stovall had an all-around night for OSU, matching her career-best with six kills, while adding 60 assists and 17 digs.
UCLA had four players reach double figures in kills, led by Brynn Murphy's 21.
The Bruins held a slim .232 to .205 hitting advantage on the night.
Oregon State returns to action on Thursday when the Beavers host top-ranked and undefeated University of Washington. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.