Volleyball Swept At No. 12 UCLA
Nov. 16, 2001
LOS ANGELES - No Oregon State players had more than eight kills as the Beaver volleyball team was handed a three-game loss at No. 12 UCLA on Friday night. Game scores were 30-18, 30-25 and 30-22.
Gina Schmidt and Michele Solomon each posted eight kills for the Beavers (16-9, 9-7 Pacific-10), with Solomon hitting for an impressive .368 percentage, but no other OSU players had more than five for the match. UCLA was led by Ashley Bowles' match-high 15 kills, and Lauren Fendrick added another 12 as the Bruins (17-7, 11-5) outkilled the Beavers, 53-35.
'We weren't very sharp. UCLA played really well, and a lot of breaks went their way, but we just didn't come ready to play,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We weren't quick. We weren't explosive. We got outplayed tonight.'
Laura Collins had a strong defensive night, finished with a match-high 12 digs as the only player for either team with double-digit digs. Collins also added 26 assists and hit .333 with four kills for the match.
UCLA held a big advantage in serving, scoring 11 points off aces and picking up another nine points off OSU service errors. OSU served four aces, with Jessica Papell serving two of them.
The teams were tied, 9-9, early in game one before the Bruins rattled off six straight points - including three off back-to-back-to-back kills from Bowles - to give UCLA a 15-9 lead. Schmidt's kill ended the rally, but the Bruins quickly rallied back and scored another four consecutive points to end OSU's hopes of a comeback.
OSU started strong in game two and held a five-point lead (17-12) halfway through the game, but Bruins sparked a comeback and tied things up at 20-20. After two more ties, UCLA scored three points off two kills and an ace to claim the lead for good. OSU got within apoint but was never able to regain the lead.
Game three was another close contest, with 10 ties until UCLA broke through by capitalizing on several OSU errors. With the game tied, 17-17, the Bruins scored four consecutive points - two on OSU hitting errors, one on an OSU ball-handling error and another on a UCLA ace - and kept the lead for the rest of the game.
The teams will meet again in three days, with OSU hosting the Bruins at 7 p.m., Monday, November 19.
'We'll see this team again Monday. We've had a look at them, and the coaching staff will have to sit down and come up with a better game plan to get this team prepared to find a way to beat them,' Somera said.
Oregon State (16-9, 9-7) 18 25 22No. 12 UCLA (17-7, 11-5) 30 30 30