Volleyball Falls in Five-Set Heartbreaker to Wisconsin

Sept. 6, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. – Junior outside hitter Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) hit a career-high 26 kills, hitting .328, but it wasn’t enough as the Oregon State volleyball team (4-2) fell in a five-set heartbreaker to Wisconsin (3-3) Sunday evening, 2-3, in the Active Ankle Challenge.


Set scores were 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 23-25, 13-15.


Unforced errors plagued the Beavers late in the match with six blocking errors and 11 service errors. But despite that, Oregon State gathered a season-high 61 kills and 57 assists.


“We just fell short and let go of that fourth set,” head coach Taras Liskevych. “We sided out poorly. Our passing and defense were below par. Wisconsin used our block, and we didn’t dig enough balls. But I thought Jill hit the ball well, but overall we fell a little short.”


Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) found the floor 18 times to add to Sawatzky’s numbers. And freshman Alyssa O’Neil (West Linn, Ore.) posted a new career-best with 15 digs. Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy (Laie, Hawai’i) earned her third double-double of the season with 48 assists and 10 digs.


Oregon State started off strong, tallying 19 kills in the first set behind Sawatzky’s set-high seven. Oregon State easily cruised to a victory to jump out to a 1-0 lead. But Wisconsin returned the favor in the second set, capitalizing on six Beaver errors with its 15 kills, hitting .303.


Coming out of the break, Oregon State returned to its fashion in the first set, taking the third set with 13 kills, capitalizing on seven Badger errors. Despite taking a sizeable early lead in the fourth set, Oregon State was unable to finish, falling by a pair of points, and tying the match up at two sets each.


Wisconsin got off to a quick start, holding a two-point lead throughout most of the fifth set with the Beavers never being able to regain the lead. A deep kill by Caity DuPont closed out the match in favor of Wisconsin.


The Badgers were paced by Brittany Dolgner with 22 kills and 13 kills. Elle Ohlander led the defense at the net with five blocks.


Oregon State finishes play in the Active Ankle Challenge facing Cal State Fullerton on Monday at 12:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Fans that bring their ticket stub from the Portland State football game to any session of the tournament will receive $2 admission.


Oregon State Notes – Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy recorded her third double-double of the season; set a new career best for kills with five; new career-high for points with 8.0 … Junior Jill Sawatzky racked up a career-high 26 kills … Freshman Alyssa O’Neil dug a new best 15 balls … Junior Kiersten Sambrailo tied her career best for blocks with seven total … Oregon State hit a season-high 61 kills and set 57 assists.


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