Bonnarens Has Record-Setting Night In Loss To No. 16 Long Beach State
Nov. 24, 2000
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Brandi Bonnarens had a record-setting performance against No. 16 Long Beach State on Friday, but the 49er volleyball team defeated Oregon State in four games. Scores were 14-16, 15-5, 15-8 and 15-9.
'It was a good competitive effort. We just didn't have an answer for their two big hitters - Tayyiba Haneef, who's 6-7, and Cheryl Weaver, who's 6-3,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We made adjustments towards the latter part of the match, but we just couldn't find an answer and that was the difference in the match.'
Hayyiba hit .553 with 24 kills, while Weaver hit .519 with 31 kills. The rest of the 49er squad (21-7) combined for 31 kills and a .130 hitting percentage.
Meanwhile, Oregon State (16-15) put up some of its best offensive numbers in recent weeks. Gina Schmidt led OSU with 24 kills while hitting .353, and Joscelyn Hannaford tacked on 18 kills and a .364 percentage. OSU also got 11 kills from Angie Shirley and had three other players with eight kills apiece.
But it was Bonnarens who shined for the Beavers on Friday night. In addition to hitting .667 with eight kills, Bonnarens dished out 63 assists, enough to reach two major milestones before the evening was over. With her eighth assist, the senior setter broke OSU's single-season assists record previously held by Miya Malauulu, who had 1,508 in 1995. Bonnarens' 25th assist of the night was the 4,000th of her career, joining Malauulu as the only other Beaver to reach that mark. Bonnarens now has 1,564 assists for the year and 4,038 for her career.
'There's no surprise there. Brandi is one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached,' Somera said. 'I can't think of a better kid to hold that record. She's done everything we've asked and more as a setter.'
OSU finished the night with 81 kills and a .272 hitting percentage, while the 49ers hit .321 with 86 kills. Long Beach State barely outdug the Beavers, 64-64, and the 49ers had a 14-10 advantage in blocks. The biggest statistical difference, however, was in serving. The Beach served 14 aces, while OSU had just three.
The Beavers continue action at the LBSU Thanksgiving Tournament with a 5 p.m. match against Cal Poly on Saturday. OSU needs a win to pick up a winning season and become eligible for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cal Poly lost to No. 2 Hawaii in four games in the tournament's other match Friday. Hawaii and Long Beach State will play following OSU's match on Saturday.
Oregon State (16-15) 16 5 8 9No. 16 Long Beach State (21-7) 14 15 15 15