Volleyball Wins Third Straight After Beating Washington State

Oct. 10, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Behind a season-high 98 digs, the Oregon State volleyball team defeated Washington State, 3-1, to extend OSU's win streak to three matches. The Beavers (12-6, 2-4 Pac-10) beat the Cougars 30-24, 30-21, 25-30, 30-21.

'Our defense won this match. We had a really good transition game, which we needed because we didn't pass all that well,' said coach Nancy Somera. 'We won the passing and serving battle, but just barely. Our hitting was a little sporadic.'

The defense shattered OSU's previous high of 81 digs, which the Beavers had in a four-game win at Charlotte on September 13. Laura Collins led OSU with a career-high 22 digs, while K.C. Frederic picked up 20 for her first 20-dig effort of the season. Allison Lawrence just missed the 20-dig mark, finishing with 19 for the Beavers. Karah Rhoades rounded out the double-figure numbers with 12 digs. WSU (6-11, 2-5) finished with 72 digs, led by Megan Camp's17.

Offensively, Lawrence led the Beavers with 18 kills on .275 hitting, while Anne Watts-Roberts added double-figures in her first match in nearly a month. She had missed the last eight matches because of an injury but came back strong with 13 kills in what was her Pac-10 debut.

With Watts-Roberts back in the lineup, the Beavers ran a 6-2 offense, with Collins picking up seven kills to go along with 37 assists. Desma Stovall had 12 assists and eightdigs.

WSU won the battle at the net, with 14 blocks to OSU's 10. WSU's Jen Barcus had a match-high 10 blocks, while Collins and Amanda Eggert had four apiece for OSU.

The Beavers got some key performances off the bench as well. Michelle Franz served three of OSU's 12 aces, and she started game four in the middle after playing as a defensive specialist in the first three games. She added five digs, three kills and two blocks. Katelyn Healy played the final two games as an outside hitter, starting in game four. She picked up three kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace.

'We had a nice effort from our bench. Michelle did a good job serving, and she made some good plays. Katelyn had some key blocks and really improved our passing,' said Somera.

The Beavers host No. 13 Washington at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 11 in Gill Coliseum.

Match Results

Washington State (6-11, 2-5)	24  21  30  21Oregon State (12-6, 2-4)	          30  30  25  30
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