Beavers Fall To Saint Mary's In Five

Sept. 11, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brittany Cahoon was named the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Most Valuable Player, but her match-high 19 kills weren't enough to lead Oregon State to a win over Saint Mary's on Saturday night. The Gaels came through with a 3-2 win (30-27, 32-34, 25-30, 30-24, 17-15) over the Beavers to claim the tournament title.

Cahoon hit .472 against the Gaels. Teammate Allison Lawrence also earned all-tournament team honors with a 26-kill, 17-dig performance against Saint Mary's (7-0).

Also earning all-tournament honors were Saint Mary's Mandy Bible and Lindsey Bogason, Auburn's Bailey Veit, and Oral Roberts' Ori Zuzic. ORU's Becky Dreher was named Most Valuable Libero.

'This was a great match. We played really hard,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'Desma (Stovall) set an awesome match, and it was great to see Brittany get the MVP. It was a nice all-around match, but we just didn't get the win.'

OSU (3-3) hit .304 and had 90 kills against the Gaels, with five Beavers finishing in double figures. Joining Cahoon and Lawrence with 10 or more kills were Abby Windell (14), Kristin Murray (11) and Katelyn Healy (10). SMC hit .296 with 86, led by Kaui Salzman with 19.

The Beavers also outdug the Gaels, 83-79. Lawrence's 17 led four OSU players in double digits. Nina Baltimore had 15, and Murray and Desma Stovall had 14 apiece. Salzman led all players with 21.

While the teams were fairly evenly matched in most statistical categories, the Gaels benefited from OSU's serving. The Beavers gave Saint Mary's 16 points off service errors, while the Gaels missed just five serves. Both teams served five aces.

Auburn defeated Oral Roberts 3-0 (30-23, 30-27, 30-27) in the other tournament match Saturday evening. Ashlee Johns hit .385 with 14 kills for the Tigers.

Match ResultsSaint Mary's (7-0)	30  32  25  30  17Oregon State (3-3)	27  34  30  24  15

2004 Salbasgeon Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player - Brittany Cahoon, Oregon State

Most Valuable Libero - Becky Dreher, Oral Roberts

All-Tournament TeamMandy Bible - Saint Mary'sLindsay Bogason - Saint Mary'sAllison Lawrence - Oregon StateBailey Veit -- AuburnOri Zuzic - Oral Roberts

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