Volleyball Rebounds with Upset over No. 18 Arizona
Nov. 7, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) hit .373 with 31 kills to lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a four-set upset over No. 18 Arizona (30-28, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22) on Saturday evening in legendary Gill Coliseum.
“Rachel [Rourke] for a while didn’t even have an error in the match, and I think she really played well,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “The freshmen that played tonight did a great job. Megan [McBride] also did a great job at setting. We had four freshman right there on the floor, which will build great things. We hit better, we sided out better. The only negative thing was we missed too many serves. But we persevered, which was the main thing of the night.”
Oregon State (12-12, 3-9) hit .299, nearly a season-best, while holding the Wildcats (17-7, 6-7) to .156. And the Beavers outblocked Arizona 14.0 to 4.0.
Rourke recorded her fifth double-double of the season, adding a career-high tying 12 digs and three blocks. Freshman Megan McBride (Auburn, Wash.) posted a number of career bests, playing in all four sets, with seven kills, 38 assists, six digs and four blocks.
Defensively, sophomore Betsy Devich (Kirkland, Wash.) dug a match-high 19 balls with junior Jill Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba) and freshman Alyssa O’Neil (West Linn, Ore.) adding 15 each. Senior Lexie Rathgeber (White Rock, British Columbia) set a new season-best with eight blocks.
Leading 24-21, the Beavers looked to have locked down the first set, holding the lead from the first rally. But Arizona came back to tie things at 24, pushing the set into extra points, reminiscent of the first meeting in Tucson. Tied at 28-28, Rourke recorded her 10th kill of the match, followed by McBride’s first to close out the set with the Beavers holding a 1-0 edge.
Arizona held on for the second set win to tie the match at one set each, but coming out of the break the Beavers regained the lead in set three. The two teams exchanged sideout points before Oregon State took the definitive lead at 6-5, led by Rourke’s nine kills.
In the deciding set, the two teams tied things six times before Oregon State took the one lead change at 6-5, again, behind a Rathgeber and McBride block. The Beavers led by as many as four at 20-16, but Arizona continued to battle, tying things at 21 all. But A pair of unforced Wildcat errors, coupled with kills by Rourke and Sawatzky put the match away.
Arizona’s Tiffany Owens paced the Wildcat offense with17 kills, while libero Alanna Resch had a team-high 18 digs.
The Beavers head to No. 13 California next Friday at 7:00 p.m. before facing No. 5 Stanford on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon State Notes – Freshman Megan McBride set new career bests for kills (7), digs (6) and assists (38) … Senior Rachel Rourke recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 31 kills and 12 digs; Rourke joins the 30-kill club for the second time this season, third in her career; Rourke tied her career-best for digs ... Senior Lexie Rathgeber set a new season-best for blocks with eight … Freshman Camille Saxton tied her career-best for kills with seven … Arizona is the fourth ranked team Oregon State has defeated this year … Oregon State is now 13-36 all-time against the Wildcats, winning three of the last six, all at home.
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