Rourke Kills 19, but Volleyball Falls to No. 4 Washington

Nov. 25, 2009

Seattle, Wash. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) killed a match-high 19 balls, but the Oregon State volleyball team fell to No. 4 Washington in three (21-25, 23-25, 16-25) on Wednesday evening.


“We had a pretty good distribution particularly with Lexie [Rathgeber], Bree [Knitter] and Ashley [Eneliko],” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “Rachel had her good moments of scoring a lot of points, but she just ran into too many errors in set two or three. We needed to block better, particularly on the outside and the angle shots. And we needed to pass the ball better, especially with Jill Collymore’s six aces. That’s a real key to the match.”


Rourke added seven digs, an ace and a block. Junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) tallied seven kills, while senior Lexie Rathgeber (White Rock, British Columbia) had six.


Defensively, sophomore Betsy Devich (Kirkland, Wash.) dug a team-high nine balls, and freshman Ashley Eneliko (Seattle, Wash.) and senior Bree Knitter (Fallbrook, Calif.) both had a pair of blocks.


Washington’s Carlson paced the Huskies’ offense with 14 kills, while Airial Salvo had a match-high 10 digs.


Oregon State is now 12-17, 3-14 Pac-10, while Washington improves to 23-4, 13-4 Pac-10.


Oregon State concludes the 2009 season at Washington State on Friday at 7:00 p.m.


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