Volleyball Falls To San Jose State In Season Opener

Aug. 31, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - San Jose State rallied, literally, to a four-game win over Oregon State in the season opener for both teams at the OSU Volleyball Showcase on Friday night.

It was the first match played by either team with the new rally scoring rules taking effect.

The Beavers jumped out to a one-game lead with a 30-24 victory in the opener, but the Spartans came back to post 30-25, 30-24 and 30-16 wins to close out the match.

Under the new rules, all games are played with rally scoring to 30 points. If a fifth game is needed, that game will go to 15 points.

The Beavers jumped out to a strong start by hitting .333 with 21 kills compared with the Spartans' 16 kills and .224 attack percentage in the first game.

The teams played fairly even in the first part of game two, with the Spartans holding a narrow 10-9 lead until going on a four-point run. It was more of the same in game three, when SJSU broke away from a 16-16 tie to score three straight.

The Spartans also relied heavily on the serving of Kimberly Noble, who picked up all seven of her aces in the second and third games.

'Their jump server got hot, and we can't let a server do that, especially now with the rally scoring format,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'It's hard to make up a lot of points before the game ends. By the time you hit 15, you can't be down by five points, especially if the other team is siding out at a high effeciency.'

Despite the loss, Somera was pleased with the competitive effort her team showed in its first match of the year. Twelve of the 17 players on the roster saw action in at least one game, and that's what she was anticipating.

'Nobody wants to start the season off with a loss, but the competitive effort was there. There were positive contributions from everyone who played, and a lot of players played,' Somera said. 'This was not a six of seven player effort, and I've told this team that it will be an11 or 12 or 13 player effort all year long, whether we win or lose.'

Gina Schmidt led the Beavers with 17 kills, which moved her into ninth on OSU's career kills chart. She now has 998 career kills, just two away from joining eight other Beavers with 1,000 career kills. Schmidt also led the Beavers with 19 digs against the Spartans.

Lori Daedelow turned in OSU's other double-double, posting 15 kills and 12 digs on the night, while four other Beavers came through with double-figures in the dig column. Jessica Papell had 16 digs, and Joscelyn Hannaford added 13. Megan McMillan and Nikki Neuburger each finished with 12 as the Beavers outdug the Spartans, 92-89.

OSU also got a look at both its setters, Laura Collins and Monica Meihack. Collins, who saw limited action as a backup last year, had a career-high 38 assists to go along with six kills and four digs, while true freshman Meihack had 13 assists.

SJSU's Brianna Blair led all players with 20 kills, hitting .297 on the night, while Noble chipped in 18 kills for the Spartans. Jeanine Haldi posted a match-high 21 digs and led four Spartans with double-figure digs.

The Beavers will look to pick up their first win of the season at 12 p.m. Saturday against Southern Illinois in the final day of the Volleyball Showcase. Sacramento State, which defeated SIU in three games Friday, will take on San Jose State at 10 a.m. Saturday. Other Saturday matches pit SJSU against SIU at 5:30 p.m. and OSU against Sacramento State at 7:30 p.m.

'Like I said earlier, nobody wants to start the season off with a loss, but it also wasn't one of our goals to go undefeated this year,' Somera said. 'So, we'll work to get victory number one against Southern Illinois (Saturday) morning, and try to finish 2-1 on the weekend.'

OSU Volleyball Showcase Results

Match OneSouthern Illinois 	15  32  20Sacramento State	30  34  30

Match TwoSan Jose State 24 30 30 30Oregon State 30 25 24 16

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