Oregon State Outlasts Washington State Volleyball, 3-1

Sept. 28, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State defeated the Washington State volleyball team for the first time since 1999 Friday night at Gill Coliseum, 30-23, 30-26, 27-30, 33-31.

WSU drops to 6-4 overall, 1-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play while Oregon State moves to 9-3 overall, 3-1 in league action.

OSU's Gina Schmidt had 19 kills and 20 digs, Megan McMillan had 24 digs, and setter Laura Collins had 60 assists.

WSU was led by the 23 kills of LaToya Harris while Kali Surplus had 59 assists and 26 digs. Zanda Bautre added 16 kills and 23 digs.

Oregon State out-dug the Cougs 110 to 106 but WSU claimed the blocking advantage 8 to 4.

OSU put together four four-point scoring runs in game one, while the Cougars could only manage two three-point runs. WSU spent much of the time beating themselves, hitting only .140 to Oregon State's .298, as OSU won 30-23. Gina Schmidt and Michele Solomon combined for nine Beaver points, committing no errors in this game.

WSU jumped out to a 7-2 lead but again committed defensive errors and allowed OSU to have a four-point run, including two ace serves by Jessica Papell, and tie it up at 10. The teams stayed within a point of each other through the 20-all score. Back-to-back hitting errors by Cougars gave the Beavs a two-point lead. LaToya Harris tagged a kill but OSU came back with three straight. LaToya Harris' again came up with a point to narrow OSU's lead to three, 25-22. But the Beavers had the momentum and outside hitter Lori Daedelow tagged three of their final five points with WSU could only chase the home-court team. OSU wins game two 30-26.

Needing to shake up the routine of the first two games, Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick started Chelsie Schafer in place of Adrian Hankoff on the outside, and freshman Victoria Prince in the middle for Melissa Boyle. And the changes shook up Oregon State enough as WSU held on to win 30-27. The Cougars only gave up one five-point run to OSU and it was early in the game. Tied at 24, the Cougs gained three points but OSU came off their own time out to gain two points off WSU hitting errors. Up 27-26, Schafer tallied a kill and Daedelow's hitting error put WSU at game point. OSU's Joscelyn Hannaford's kill only temporarily stopped WSU as Schafer's kill give the Cougs the 30-27 win. Schafer had four kills, one ace, one block, and 14 digs while Prince added two kills and a block in the game.

Game four proved to be a nail-biter with WSU fighting back from a Beaver 27-23 lead to tie it up at 28 on a play where Surplus moved to the outside and Schafer stepped in with a setter's dump. Holly Harris was called in the net and OSU went up 29-28. Zanda Bautre's cross court kill denied OSU the third game win and Laura Collins hitting error put the Cougs in the driver's seat. Schafer committed a hitting error to tied it at 30 but Bautre again stepped up and put WSU up 31-30. Daedelow scored a kill followed by Schafer's hit going long. OSU's Solomon slammed home the final kill, giving the home court Beavs a 33-31 win and the match.

Washington State plays at Oregon Saturday night.

Washington State (6-4, 1-2)	23	26	30	31
Oregon State (9-3, 3-1) 30 30 27 33
STATISTICS:KILLS - OSU 78 (Schmidt 19), WSU 77 (L. Harris 23).ASSISTS - OSU 72 (Collins 60), WSU 70 (Surplus 59).DIGS - OSU 110 (McMillan 24), WSU 106 (Surplus 26).BLOCKS - OSU 4 (Solomon 4), WSU 8 (H. Harris 3, L. Harris 3).SERVICE ACES - OSU 7 (Daedelow 3), WSU 3 (Bautre 2).Attendance - 1,307.

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