Volleyball Falls in Four to Arizona State

Nov. 6, 2009

Box Score

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team battled but fell in four to Arizona State (16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-25) on Friday evening in legendary Gill Coliseum.


“This was a tough loss because this was supposed to be a team that we should have beat,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “Out of all the teams that we are playing they are only going to get stronger. We just need to keep clawing away, and its going to get tougher mathematically. The girls just need to play some volleyball.


Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) had a team-high 17 kills, while junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) posted her eighth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs.


Defensively, freshman Alyssa O’Neil (West Linn, Ore.) dug a career-high tying 18 balls. And freshman Ashley Eneliko (Seattle, Wash.) had a team-high six blocks.


After falling in the first set, the Beavers took the early lead in the second set, able to effectively hit around the block with 14 team kills and capitalizing on seven Sun Devil unforced errors. Arizona State threatened late, coming back to within one at 24-23, but a hitting error by Sofie Schlagintweit finished the set, tying things at one each.


Arizona State’s Sarah Reaves had a match-high 20 kills, adding 20 digs. Libero Sarah Johnson dug a match-high 21 balls.


Oregon State is now 11-12, 2-9 Pac-10, while Arizona State improves to 13-11, 3-9 Pac-10.


The Beavers host No. 18 Arizona next on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.


Oregon State Notes – Junior Jill Sawatzky recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs … Senior Rachel Rourke has 1,790 career kills.


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