Beavers Come From Behind To Defeat Washington State In Pullman
Nov. 6, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Anne Watts-Roberts picked up her 1000th career kill, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Oregon State volleyball team came from behind to defeat Washington State 3-2 at Bohler Gym on Thursday night, and the final kill of the match was the 1000th kill of Watts-Roberts' career. The Beavers won the match 23-30, 28-30, 30-20, 30-20 and 15-3.
Watts-Roberts, who had 813 kills in two seasons at Montana State before transferring to OSU, hit .343 with 15 kills to help lead the Beavers (14-11, 4-9 Pacific-10) to a rare win in the Palouse. In fact, her 1000th kill gave OSU its first win at WSU since 1990. OSU, which beat WSU in Corvallis last month, swept the season series for the first time since 1985.
'We just weren't clicking on all cylinders early on, and I gave them an inspirational speech at the break. I told them that I wasn't going to watch us throw away this match and throw away our season because we didn't want to get out there and want this more than them,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'I told them to get out there and fight, play defense, play with your heart, go down fighting. They came out and played a whole different way, and we pulled it out. It was a great win for us to keep our postseason hopes alive.'
Hitting errors cost the Beavers in those first two games, but the offense turned it around after the break. OSU hit just .171 in games one and two, but rebounded to hit .393 in the final three games. The Beavers hit .545 in the decisive fifth game, while WSU had just one kill and hit -.231 in that game. For the match, OSU hit .273 to WSU's .223 mark.
Three other Beavers joined Watts-Roberts in double-figures. Amanda Eggert hit .306 and tied Allison Lawrence with a team-best 17 kills, while Karah Rhoades chipped in 15 kills. WSU (7-18, 3-10) was led by Zanda Bautre, who had a match-high 22 kills.
Watts-Roberts also led the Beaver defense, which outdug WSU 79-59. Watts-Roberts picked up a season-high 21 digs, while Rhoades had 16. K.C. Frederic had 14, and Lawrence added 13.
Eggert and Watts-Roberts each had a hand in four of OSU's nine total blocks, and Rhoades and Lawrence had two aces apiece.
Oregon State (14-11, 4-9) 23 28 30 30 15Washington State (7-18, 3-10) 30 30 20 20 1
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