Volleyball Swept By No. 4 Southern California

Oct. 26, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Gina Schmidt turned in team-highs of 11 kills and 14 digs but the Oregon State volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Southern California on Thursday night. The Women of Troy hit .405 en route to the 15-7, 15-5, 15-1 victory over the Beavers.

Still, coach Nancy Somera was pleased with her team's effort and said the scores didn't reflect how competitive the match really was or how her team played.

'I don't care what the score shows or what the outcome was. I asked the team to come out and play with heart, quickness and competitiveness, and they did that,' Somera said. 'We needed to play like that to get back on track. It's been a few weeks since we've played that hard, and I'm proud of their effort tonight.'

The Beavers (15-8, 5-6 Pacific-10) hit .109 for the night but stayed in the match with strong defense, ball control and passing. USC had been averaging 1.60 aces per game, but the Women of Troy (18-1, 11-1) had just two for the entire match Thursday. OSU also had 42 digs on the night, just one fewer than USC did.

'What the scores don't tell is that it was a well-played volleyball match where both sides had to work hard to do things well on their side. USC just did things a little better, and they're supposed to - they're the No. 4 team in the country,' Somera said.

Schmidt was the only Beaver to reach double-digits in kills and digs. Michele Solomon finished second on the team with eight kills, and Nikki Neuburger was second with seven digs.

USC's Janae Henry also posted a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs. USC also got double-figure kills from Katie Olsovsky (12) and Jennifer Pahl (10).

The Women of Troy dominated at the net, with 15 blocks to OSU's five. Olsovsky had seven blocks, while Pahl added six. Solomon led OSU with three.

Match Results

No. 4 USC (18-1, 11-1)	    15  15  15Oregon State (15-8, 5-6)     7   5   1
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