Volleyball Nearly Upsets Top-Ranked Washington Before Falling, 3-2

Oct. 29, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's volleyball team came close to recording one of the largest upsets in program history, taking the first two games from top-ranked University of Washington, before the Huskies rallied back for a 20-30, 37-39, 30-16, 30-27, 15-10 victory in front of 1,717 fans in Gill Coliseum on Thursday night.

'I am just extremely proud of our team,' said OSU head coach Nancy Somera. 'I am continuously amazed at the character and the courage that they have every night to get up there and lay it on the line and it isn't easy when you're losing to keep finding it within yourself to give that kind of competitive effort. It was the first match of the second round and we just took the number one team in the country - who's undefeated - we took them to the very end and we're going to win if we keep playing like that.'

Oregon State (8-11; 2-8 Pac-10) was on fire from the start, with the Beavers hitting .333 in game one and following it with a .271 performance during the marathon second game.

The undefeated Huskies (18-0; 10-0 Pac-10) began to find their groove in game three and regained focus to take the match.

The Beavers are one of just two teams (No. 5 ranked USC is the other) to take the Huskies to five games on the season.

OSU junior hitter Katelyn Healy amassed a career-high 20 kills to go along with 10 digs and seven blocks to lead the Beavers. Allison Lawrence added 14 kills and a season-best 24 digs for her 12th double-double of the season, while Abby Windell chipped in 13 kills and eight blocks. Desma Stovall was the third Beaver player to record a double-double with 56 assists and 20 digs.

'Katelyn Healy did a great job and Allison Lawrence had another outstanding defensive effort,' said Somera. 'Everyone on the team just played their hearts out.'

Four Husky players reached double figures in kills with Kaitlin Leck leading all players with 27, while hitting .319.

Oregon State held a 16-11 advantage in blocks on the night.

OSU returns to the court on Friday when the Beavers host Washington State University at 7 p.m.