Despite A Career-High 24 Kills From Katelyn Healy, Volleyball Falls To No. 14 Cal, 3-1
Nov. 12, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior outside hitter Katelyn Healy finished with a career-high 24 kills and a .478 hitting percentage to lead Oregon State, but it wasn't enough as No. 14 ranked California recorded the 30-24, 28-30, 30-28, 30-23 victory in Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference volleyball action.
The loss drops the Beavers to 10-13 on the season and 4-10 in Pac-10 action, while Cal improves to 13-9 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
'I thought we did really well and executed our game plan,' said OSU head coach Nancy Somera. 'We just didn't have enough people firing on all cylinders - but those who were, did a great job.'
Healy sparked the Beavers from the start, recording seven of her 24 kills in the opening game, but the Bears held a .231 to .111 hitting advantage en route to the six point victory (30-24).
OSU responded in the back-and-forth second game. With the score knotted at 28, Beaver junior setter Desma Stovall had a quick kill off a serve reception by Allison Lawrence and junior hitter Karah Rhoades followed with a kill of her own to give Oregon State the game.
Game three was also a back-and-forth battle, but this time with the score knotted at 28, the Beavers committed a pair of hitting errors allowing the Bears to come out on top.
Cal used their best hitting on the night (.350) in the final game to pull away and end the match.
Lawrence finished with her 14th double-double of the year, tallying 13 kills and 10 digs, while Stovall added seven kills, 10 digs and 51 assists.
California had three players reach double figures in kills and four reach double figures in digs. Angie Pressey led the Bears with 21 kills to go along with 10 digs.
'I'm not displeased, but I wish we had executed a few things better down the stretch,' said Somera. 'But we gave ourselves an opportunity to win - and we just didn't do it.'
Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers host No. 11 ranked Stanford University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
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