Washington Picks Up 3-1 Win Over Beavers

Nov. 21, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Paige Benjamin had a match-high 27 kills - nearly twice as many as any other player - to lead Washington to a 3-1 win over Oregon State on Thursday night. Game scores were 21-30, 30-20, 30-16 and 30-21.

Benjamin hit .390 to help the Huskies (16-10, 8-9 Pacific-10) snap a three-match losing streak, while the Beavers (7-19, 2-15) dropped their sixth straight. OSU's victory in game one did end a 14-game losing skid, however.

'We played like we were waiting for Washington to make a mistake, but if you wait for a team to make a mistake to get a point or a sideout, then you're not competing very well,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'You have to want the ball in critical situations, and we need some players to step up and become those go-to players for us.'

Allison Lawrence hit .344 with a team-best 13 kills for the Beavers, and Karah Rhoades chipped in 12. Katelyn Healy had a solid outing, hitting .438 with seven kills, just one shy of a career-high. Healy also led the Beaver blockers with four, which tied her personal best.

Rhoades picked up the second double-double of her career with a match-high 16 digs, a career best mark for the freshman. Megan McMillan (12) and Nikki Neuburger (10) also added double-figure digs for the Beavers, who outdug the Huskies 50-49. UW's Sanja Tomasevic had a team-best 15 digs to go along with 14 kills.

OSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game one, scoring its first three points off Washington hitting errors. The Huskies edged to within three points on a couple occasions, but the Beavers led the entire contest.

Washington turned the tables in game two, when it opened with a 7-0 lead. After hitting just .119 in game one, the Huskies countered with a .429 mark in the second game. Meanwhile, the Beavers hit .172 after hitting .286 in the opener.

The Huskies started strong in game three as well, this time opening with a 6-0 run, including three consecutive kills from Benjamin to start the game. The Huskies also capitalized on several Beaver hitting errors, with OSU turning in a .075 mark on 11 kills and eight errors in the third game.

The Beaver offense returned in the final game, hitting .313 for their best performance of the night. However, Washington's offense stepped up even more, posting a .625 hitting percentage on 22 kills and just two errors.

Match ResultsWashington (16-10, 8-9)	     21  30  30  30Oregon State (7-19, 2-15)    30  20  16  21
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