Volleyball Falls in Four to No. 12 California
Nov. 13, 2009
Berkeley, Calif. – The Oregon State volleyball team outblocked No. 12 California 13.0-8.0, but fell in four (14-25, 25-23, 17-25, 20-25) on Friday evening in Haas Pavilion.
“What really held up tonight was our blocking,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “But our defense and blocking never worked together. I thought we let Cal off the hook in set three when we led 16-13 and then it was 16-19. We had 13 missed serves – that’s the biggest stat.”
Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) killed a team-high 16 balls, adding eight digs. And junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) struggled early but came on strong in the final set, recording four of her six kills.
Defensively, Sawatzky led all blockers with five, including a pair of solos, followed closely behind by senior Lexie Rathgeber (White Rock British Columbia) and freshman Ashley Eneliko (Seattle, Wash.) with four each. In the backcourt, sophomore Betsy Devich (Kirkland, Wash.) had 14 digs.
Freshman setter Megan McBride (Auburn, Wash.) earned her first career double-double with 16 assists and 10 digs.
Oregon State took the first point of the second set after falling behind by a set on a McBride kill. The two teams traded points until the Beavers took the lead at 4-3, holding on to a small lead. Sitting at 23-18, Cal battled back to tie the score at 23 all. But a big Rourke kill and a block by Sawatzky and Eneliko against the Bears’ Hana Cutura tied the match up with both teams holding a set win.
California’s Tarrah Murray posted a match-high 18 kills, while libero Kirsten Kathan had 22 digs.
Oregon State is now 12-13, 3-10 Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improve to 16-8, 9-5 Pac-10.
The Beavers wrap up business in the Bay Area against No. 7 Stanford on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon State Notes – Freshman Megan McBride recorded her first double-double with 16 assists and 10 digs.
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