Volleyball Falls in Tough Five-Set Battle at No. 22 Arizona

Oct. 9, 2009

Box Score

Tucson, Ariz. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) tied her season-high 29 kills, adding a double-double with 10 digs, but the Oregon State volleyball team fell to No. 22 Arizona in five (27-25, 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 6-15) on Friday evening.


“We just made too many untimely errors particularly missed serves after timeouts, lack of good coverage and mishandled the ball too often on our side of the court,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We needed to find a way to win the second or third set and that would have changed the tide of the whole match, both of those were there for the winning.”


Rourke had another solid all-around match with three blocks, while junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) also chalked up a double-double with 16 kills and digs.


Defensively, sophomore Betsy Devich (Kirkland, Wash.) dug 20 balls for the second straight match, third time on the season, to tie her career best, while freshman Alyssa O’Neil (West Linn, Ore.) posted a new career-best 16 digs.


The Beavers took the first point of the first set behind a kill from junior Kiersten Sambrailo (Watsonville, Calif.), but quickly trailed the Wildcats by as many as four, battling back to within one, but then falling behind again by multiple points. Arizona led at the 22-18 mark before a Sawatzky kill brought the Beavers back to within three. Behind the strong serving of O’Neil and big kills by Sawatzky and Rourke, the Beavers tied things up at 24 all, despite the Wildcats sitting at set point at 24-22. Oregon State led 26-25 after a kill by Rourke with a back row kill from Sawatzky putting the set away, giving Oregon State the 1-0 lead.


Oregon State came out flat in the second set, trailing 3-0 quickly before falling behind by as many as eight at the 9-17 mark. But the Beavers battled back late within one point at 20-19, but Arizona rallied to take the second set to tie the match up at one set each.


Arizona took the 2-1 lead, taking the early lead and holding on despite Rourke’s eight kills in the third set alone.


Set four looked to follow in similar fashion to the two previous with Oregon State trailing by as many as four at 7-11, but slowly the Beavers came back tying the set at 15 all before again at 17 all before taking a slim lead that never was more than a pair of points. Arizona held Oregon State at set point for back-to-back rallies, tying the set for the seventh time at 24 all. But a crucial blocking error, giving Rourke the kill followed by another Rourke kill put the set away in favor of the Beavers, tying things up at two each.


In the deciding set, the Beavers were unable to stop the Wildcat offense, while also committing x unforced errors, falling behind quickly. Arizona rode the momentum, taking the final set and match.


Arizona’s Tiffany Owens paced the Wildcat offense with 18 kills, adding a match-high 23 digs.


Oregon State is now 10-6, 1-3 Pac-10, while Arizona is 13-3, 2-3 Pac-10.


Oregon State wraps up play in the desert against Arizona State on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.


Oregon State Notes – Senior Rachel Rourke has 1,655 career kills, 108 away from the school record … Junior Jill Sawatzky tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 16 kills and a season-high 16 digs … Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 52 assists and 10 digs … Senior Rachel Rourke earned her third double-double of the season with a season-high tying 29 kills and 10 digs … Freshman Alyssa O’Neil collected a career-best 16 digs … Oregon State’s 83 digs and 66 kills are new season bests … Oregon State is 6-1 in extra point sets this season.


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