Beavers Drop Civil War Volleyball Match

Oct. 20, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team dropped a 3-0 contest to Oregon in the second Civil War match-up of the year, with the Ducks coming away with a 15-10, 15-13, 15-3 win in front of a season-high 1387 fans at Gill Coliseum.

The win snapped a six-match losing skid for Oregon, which improved to 8-10 overall and 1-9 in league play. The Beavers fell to 14-7 overall and 5-5 in Pac-10 play.

'Oregon came out sharper in every aspect of the game, and when a team does that, they're probably going to get a 3-0 victory,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'I really appreciate all the fan support, and I'm disappointed for the fans who came out to watch what has been a better team. That team did not show up tonight.'

Monique Tobbagi led the Ducks with a match-high 17 kills to go along with a .368 hitting percentage. The Beavers had two players with double-digit kills. Gina Schmidt led the team with 15 kills, while Angie Shirley chipped in 12.Schmidt also registered a match-high 17 digs, while UO's Amy Banducci (16) and Kristin Ferris (11) also reached double figures.

The Beavers hit just .123 for the night, including a .020 effort in game three with 14 kills and 13 errors for the final game. Meanwhile, the Ducks hit .254 for the match, including an impressive .405 mark (17-2-37) in the third game.

'We lost this match well before tonight. We didn't have a very good week of preparation. We didn't have a good match against Portland on Tuesday, and we had a flat practice yesterday,' Somera said. 'When you've got a test that you need to study 14 hours for and you only study for seven, you're going to flunk. We only put in seven hours and we flunked our test. What I hope is that this group learns that preparation builds confidence. They need to be committed to getting the `A' at the end of the term.'

UO broke away from a 9-9 tie in game one to score three straight points - including two off back-to-back kills from Banducci. After three sideouts, the Beavers managed to get a point to make it 12-10, but after three more sideouts, the Ducks closed things out for good. Tobbagi slammed down a kill to make it 13-10, and Sydney Chute served back-to-back aces to end the game.

Game two was tied at 12-12, and Banducci then picked up a kill to give UO a one-point lead. A Beaver hitting error later made it 14-12, but the Beavers got back-to-back kills from Shirley for a sideout and a point to stay alive at 14-13. Another hitting error by Schmidt gave the Ducks a sideout, and they put the game in the books with a kill from Chute.

The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third game and eventually built it to a 10-2 advantage. The Beavers got on the board after an Oregon hitting error but couldn't keep things going. Jessica Papell's service error gave control back to the Ducks, who scored three consecutive points off a kill from Amanda Porter and two errors by OSU's Michele Solomon. After four sideouts, the Ducks scored their final two points off two more Beaver hitting errors.

OSU looks to regroup with a non-conference match with UC Riverside at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Match Results

Oregon (8-10, 1-9)	    15  15  15Oregon State (14-7, 5-5)    10  13   3
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