Beavers Complete Civil War Sweep

Nov. 26, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State completed a sweep of its volleyball season series with Oregon on Friday night, beating the Ducks 30-23, 30-18, 30-25 in a Pacific-10 match at Gill Coliseum. Kristin Murray had 13 kills for the Beavers (11-16 overall, 5-13 Pac-10), while Brittany Cahoon added 11 kills and Katelyn Healy 10.

The match was also part of the first round of the Oregon State Showcase tournament and advanced the Beavers to Saturday's 7 p.m. championship match against the winner of Friday's late match between Portland and Portland State. Oregon (9-19, 1-17) will play the loser of Friday's late match for third place on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Friday's win was Oregon State's fourth in a row against Oregon and the Beavers' seventh victory in the last eight Civil Wars. OSU built 10-point leads in each game.

'I thought we executed very well and really took care of the little details that probably the average fan wouldn't know was going on out there,' OSU head coach Nancy Somera said. 'I think our defense was very solid, on top of things, and really frustrated their hitters.'

OSU limited Oregon to an attack percentage of just .187 for the match while the Beavers had a percentage of .354. Cahoon had her 11 kills with no errors in 18 attacks, while Murray's 13 kills came on 18 attacks while committing three errors.

'Any time you have somebody hit with no errors and hitting .600 (as Cahoon did at .611), that's pretty good,' Somera said. 'And I like the way Kristin Murray attacked (hitting .556). Katelyn, the beginning of the match, kind of got into their hitters' heads with her blocking, and those blocks came kind of early in the match. But I think she got the hitters trying to go away from her, forcing errors and forcing the ball into our defense.'

Desma Stovall keyed OSU's attack with 44 assists and also had eight digs.

'I knew Desma was ready for a good match,' Somera said. 'She prepared really well all week, and really was on it and earned us some real key points. For everyone all around, it was a great team effort.'

The first game was tight most of the way until Oregon State ran off a string of points for a 29-19 lead. The Beavers rolled in the second game, building early leads of 16-6 and 26-12 before cruising to the win. OSU rolled to a 14-4 lead in the first game, but Oregon closed within 25-23 before the Beavers put it away.