Volleyball Falls in Four to No. 5 Stanford
Oct. 16, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) and junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) combined for 38 of the team’s 55 total kills, but the Oregon State volleyball team fell to No. 5 Stanford in four on Friday evening.
Set scores were 25-22, 21-25, 23-25, 19-25.
“I thought the turnout tonight was great,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “And I think that if we had hung in the second and fourth sets it would have been a whole different battle. We need to work on attacking the ball better.”
Sawatzky terminated a match-high tying 20 kills, while Rourke added 18. Sophomore Betsy Devich (Kirkland, Wash.) dug a career-high 21 balls to lead the defense in the backcourt. At the net, junior Kiersten Sambrailo (Watsonville, Calif.) and senior Bree Knitter (Fallbrook, Calif.) both had six block assists, while Sawatzky earned three solo blocks and three block assists, to tie her career best.
The Beavers fell behind quickly in the opening set with the Cardinal reaching the 20-point mark with a nine point lead. But that was before Rourke stepped up to the line to serve with five straight points behind her tough jumps serve, the team got back into the game but still trailed until the two teams were tied at 22 all after three straight kills by Sawatzky. Two more kills by Sawatzky and a service ace from Devich put the set away in favor of the Beavers.
Oregon State threatened in the following three sets, tying the third set at 20-20 before taking a small lead at 21-20. A service error, followed by back-to-back hitting errors helped the Cardinal to a 2-1 lead. Stanford took the early lead in the fourth set, holding on to take the final set and match.
Stanford’s Alix Klineman led the team’s offense with 20 kills, while libero Gabi Ailes had a match-high 32 digs.
Oregon State is now 11-7, 2-4 Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 12-4, 5-1 Pac-10.
Oregon State hosts No. 14 California next on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State Notes – Oregon State earned its first set win over the Cardinal since October 15, 2004 in Stanford, Calif. … Senior Rachel Rourke has 1,696 career kills, 67 away from the school record … Junior Jill Sawatzky recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 20 kills and 15 digs … Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy earned her 11th double-double of the season with 42 assists and 13 digs … Freshman Alyssa O’Neil tallied a career-best tying three service aces … Oregon State is now 2-2 in four set matches, 0-1 in Pac-10 matches … The crowd of 2,928 ranks third all-time in legendary Gill Coliseum; Oregon State is averaging 1,625 per match.
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