Rourke Sets School Record in Civil War Loss to No. 15 Oregon
Oct. 30, 2009
Eugene, Ore. – The moment Beaver Nation has been waiting for all volleyball season has happened. Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) broke the 15-year-old school record for kills with a dominating 36 kills in Friday evening’s four-set loss (37-39, 25-21, 22-25, 21-25) to No. 15 Oregon
“I thought we played hard, and winning that first set would have been critical,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “I’m very proud of Rachel [Rourke] and her performance. And I also was proud of the players coming off of the bench especially Kaitlan [Locke] and her serving and Megan [McBride} bringing us back in the fourth set. And Lexie [Rathgeber] had a great match.”
Rourke not only broke the school record, but also reset her career-high number for kills, which was previously 34, set at USC last season. Her 38.0 points also reset her previous best of 34.0. Senior Lexie Rathgeber (White Rock, British Columbia) had a solid all-around match for the Beavers with 10 kills, five digs and six blocks.
Defensively, junior Kiersten Sambrailo (Watsonville, Calif.) posted a match-high nine blocks, to lead the team to a season-best 17.0 blocks. Junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) tied her career best six blocks, adding nine kills and eight digs. Freshman Alyssa O’Neil (West Linn, Ore.) controlled the backcourt defense with a match-high tying 18 digs.
Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy (Laie, Hawai’i) earned her 12th double-double of the season with 59 assists and 17 digs, adding three blocks and three kills.
Oregon State built as much as a four-point lead in the first set at 16-12 behind solid defense both in the backcourt and at the net. Oregon came back to take a slim one-point lead at 17-18, but a kill by Rourke and Rathgeber plus a hitting error by the Ducks brought the Beavers back into the match, reaching 20 first at 20-19. Oregon State held a 24-21 lead before the marathon began, culminating with Oregon taking the early 1-0 lead, despite Rourke’s 15 kills and the team’s eight blocks, led by Rathgeber with four. The two teams exchanged 10 lead changes and had 21 ties.
The Beavers scored first in the second set, but the two teams traded sideout points early in the match before Oregon took the lead at 8-7. The Ducks held the lead through most of the set, reaching 20 first. But Oregon State battled back from behind to tie things at 20 all behind a Rourke kill. A Rathgeber kill gave the Beavers the eventual lead with Rourke adding another kill and a huge block to tie the match up at one set each.
Coming out of the break, the Beavers fell behind early but rallied to take the lead mid-way through the third set, causing the Ducks to burn their first timeout at 13-9. Oregon came back to tie things up with the teams not more than four points apart from each other until Oregon took the lead at 18-17. The Beavers rallied to within two at 22-24, but a kill by Sonja Newcombe put the set away, giving the Ducks the 2-1 lead.
The two teams battled back and forth in the deciding fourth set with the Beavers coming back from a 15-19 deficit to tie things up at 19 all behind the serving of freshman Megan McBride (Auburn, Wash.) and more Rourke kills. But untimely errors swung the momentum in favor of the Ducks to close out the match.
Oregon’s Newcombe posted 29 kills, while libero Kellie Kawasaki had a match-high tying 18 digs.
Oregon State is now 11-11, 2-8 Pac-10, while Oregon is now 15-5, 5-5 Pac-10.
The Beavers return home to legendary Gill Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 6, to host Arizona State at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon State Notes – Senior Rachel Rourke has 1,773 career kills, resetting the 15-year-old school record set by Shelly Smith from 1991-94; Rourke also set a new career-best for kills with 36, also good for the season-high in the conference; Rourke also set the new career points record with 2,255.5, also taking the record from Smith … Freshman Alyssa O’Neil set a new career-best for digs with 18 … Junior Kiersten Sambrailo set a new career-high for blocks with nine … Senior Camilla Ah-Hoy earned her 12th double-double of the season with 59 assists and 17 digs; Ah-Hoy moves into No. 4 all-time for career assists with 2,872 … The Civil War Series is now 3-2 in favor of Oregon State … Oregon State set a new season-best with 17.0 team blocks.
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