Volleyball Sweeps Competition at Spring Tourney

April 11, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) and junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) combined for 39 kills in the Oregon State volleyball team’s three best-of-three spring matches on Saturday in legendary Gill Coliseum.


Oregon State defeated Seattle Pacific, 25-12, 25-18; Western Oregon, 25-19, 25-15; and Western Washington, 25-22, 25-5.


Rourke racked up 20, while Sawatzky added 19, and seniors Lexie Rathgeber (White Rock, British Columbia) and Camilla Ah-Hoy (Laie, Hawai’i) had 14 and 10, respectively. The Beavers hit .349 on the day, hitting a day hit of .530 against Western Oregon.


Other highlights of the day included a total 14 service aces by the Beavers, led by Rourke’s six, and senior Bree Knitter’s (Fallbrook, Calif.) four. Knitter served nine straight points in set one of the match against Western Oregon.


Junior Kiersten Sambrailo (Watsonville, Calif.) led the defensive efforts at the net with five solo blocks of the team’s 15 total.


Oregon State will continue its spring schedule at Oregon on Tuesday, May 5, before hosting Western Oregon on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Willamette Classic.


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