Volleyball Defeats Washington State In Four Games

Sept. 28, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Five Beavers had double-figure digs as the Oregon State volleyball team defeated Washington State, 3-1, in a defensive match-up on Friday to complete the weekend sweep of the Washington schools. Game scores were 30-23, 30-26, 27-30 and 33-31.

The Beavers (9-3, 3-1) played with intensity and enthusiasm all night, and coach Nancy Somera attributed that to the efforts of the season-high crowd of 1,307.

'The gym environment created that enthusiasm. The crowd was great. The fans were yelling and screaming, and that's what college athletics is all about,' Somera said. 'It was awesome. I'm just so fired up that we were able to give the crowd the win. Either team could've won this match.'

As expected, the match was a defensive contest between the Pacific-10's top two teams for digs. The Beavers, ranked a close second behind WSU (6-4, 1-2) at the start of the week, outdug the Cougars, 110-106. The totals were season-highs for both teams and are also the top two single-match totals in the Pac-10 this season.

Megan McMillan led the way with 24 digs for the Beavers, good for her second 20+ dig match of the year, while Gina Schmidt chipped in 20 for OSU. Lori Daedelow (18), Nikki Neuburger (17) and Laura Collins (12) also added double-figures. The Cougars had four players with double-figures, including Kali Surplus with a match-high 26.

Schmidt nearly recorded her first 20-20 match of the season as she led the Beavers with 19 kills for her ninth double-double of the year. Katrina Nelson and Michele Solomon added 13, and Daedelow turned in her third consecutive double-double with 10 kills for the second match in a row.

Collins also had her third double-double of the year, dishing out 60 assists to go along with her career-high 12 digs.

But it was the bench play that had Somera talking after the match. Amanda Eggert and Allison Lawrence played two games apiece and combined for seven kills and a .583 hitting percentage.

'We had great bench play tonight. Everybody who came in off the bench contributed in a big way,' Somera said. 'Amanda only had three kills, but they were key kills at key moments. Allison had four kills and five digs and played a nice match.'

After Thursday's win over Washington and Friday's win over the Cougars, the Beavers completed their first weekend sweep of the Washington schools since 1993. It was their first weekend sweep of any Pac-10 duo since 1996, when OSU beat both Arizona and Arizona State in the same weekend.

'I am so proud of this team. They wanted the sweep so bad, and they got it. It's the first time they've done that since I've been here,' Somera said.

Match Results

Washington State (6-4, 1-2)	23  26  30  31Oregon State (9-3, 3-1)		30  30  27  33
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