Beavers Sweep Oregon In Civil War Volleyball Action

Oct. 3, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team snapped a seven-match losing streak and picked up its first Pacific-10 win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Oregon in the Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers, on Thursday. The Beavers won 30-22, 30-25, 30-25.

Allison Lawrence led OSU (6-7, 1-4) with 14 kills, and Karah Rhoades and Michele Solomon had 10 kills apiece. Lindsay Closs had 10 kills to lead the Ducks (10-9, 0-5).

'It feels good. The team did a really nice job making adjustments,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'This was anyone's match to take. Oregon did some nice things.'

Rhoades and Lawrence combined for nine of OSU's 17 kills in game one, with Rhoades putting down the final two to give the Beavers the early lead.

OSU rallied from an early four-point deficit in game two and eventually tied the game at 17-17. An Oregon error gave the Beavers their first lead of the game, but the Ducks tied it again on the next play. However, OSU scored six straight points for a 24-18 advantage. OSU eventually led 28-20, but the Ducks started a rally of their own to keep the game going. UO scored five of the final seven points before Amanda Eggert's kill put the game in the books.

The Beavers broke away from a 20-20 tie in game three with a 6-1 rally that included two kills and a block by Lawrence to go up 26-21. Rhoades slammed down the match-winning kill, which ended up being her 10th of the match to give the rookie her first double-figure performance.

OSU hit .289 for the night, its best performance in a Pac-10 match this year. The Beavers had 52 kills, while UO hit .114 with 41 kills.

The Beavers outdug the Ducks, 61-52, with three OSU players finishing in double figures. Megan McMillan had a match-high 14 digs, with Nikki Neuburger and Lianne Dela Cruz adding 11 apiece. It was Dela Cruz' first double-figure performance of her career. Dariam Acevedo had 11 digs for the Ducks.

The Beavers were without starters Katrina Nelson and Joscelyn Hannaford, who were out with injuries. Nelson is expected to miss four weeks with a fractured thumb, while Hannaford is out for two weeks after having her knee scoped.

Match ResultsOregon State  (6-7, 1-4)	30  30  30Oregon (10-9, 0-5)         	22  25  25
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