Volleyball Falls To Washington State In Four Games

Nov. 11, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four Oregon State players finished with double-digit kills, but the Washington State volleyball team came away with a 3-1 win over the Beavers at Gill Coliseum on Saturday night. Game scores were 13-15, 15-9, 15-12 and 15-4.

The loss puts Oregon State at 15-13 overall and 5-11 in Pacific-10 play. OSU has lost six straight matches, its longest losing streak of the season.

'We've got to keep believing. We've got four more matches, and we can go 4-0 and have a great season,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We can't lose sight of our dream, but it gets more difficult with each loss.'

Gina Schmidt and Joscelyn Hannaford posted double-doubles for the Beavers. Schmidt tallied a team-high 17 kills and added 14 digs. She now has 494 kills on the season, which ties her for third in the record books for kills in a season. Hannaford posted 14 kills and 10 digs for her eighth double-double of the year.

Michele Solomon also had a strong offensive outing for OSU, hitting .333 with 14 kills. Angie Shirley rounded out the Beavers with double-digit kills, as she hit .300 with 11 kills in her final match at Gill Coliseum. Shirley went out strong at the net as well, picking up a match-high eight blocks.

Brandi Bonnarens, OSU's other senior playing in her final home match, dished out 53 assists and had eight digs, two kills, three blocks and an ace.

Jessica Papell continued her streak of hot serving with two aces. She's served at least one ace in OSU's last seven matches and now has 24 for the year. Papell also posted a team-best 16 digs, marking the third consecutive match she's led the team in digs. The Beavers also got double-digit digs out of Nikki Neuburger (10).

'Last spring this team committed to learning about perseverance, and they're getting tested right now. As their coach, I think they're doing a pretty darn good job. We just aren't getting the wins to give us the proof,' Somera said.

The Cougars were led by LaToya Harris, who had a match-high 18 kills. The Cougars also had three players with 12 kills apiece, including Chelsie Schafer, who also had a match-high 20 digs.

The Cougars (17-8, 8-8) topped the Beavers in nearly every statistical category. WSU had more kills (74-64), more digs (76-68) and more aces (12-6), although OSU did win the blocking battle (11-9).

Match Results

Washington State (17-8, 8-8)	13  15  15  15Oregon State (15-13, 5-11)	15   9  12   4
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