Nov. 14, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Washington State volleyball team showed some spunk but No. 8 Oregon held strong to win in three sets Friday evening with scores of 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 before 3,169 fans in the opening act of a double-header with men's basketball at McArthur Court.
WSU falls to 7-18 overall and 0-14 in the Pacific-10 action while Oregon advances to a 21-5 overall record, 9-4 in conference play.
Oregon's Gorana Maricic led all players with 16 kills (.333) and Neticia Enesi added another 13 kills, hitting .545 for the match. Nevena Djordjevic had 40 assists and three aces and Katie Swoboda a match-high 16 digs. Kristen Forristall had three blocks.
Brittany Johnson and Brittany Tillman each had eight kills to lead the Cougs. Johnson hit .304 and Tillman hit .333 for the match. Emily Rooney led all players with five blocks. Meagan Ganzer added six kills while Jackie Albright had six kills and a team-high 12 digs. Renee Bordelon had 29 assists. Kelly Hyder added eight digs and Bree Flach had seven digs in just the the third set.
Oregon scored eight-consecutive points to end the first set with a 25-15 win. Enesi had eight kills and Djordjevic had three aces.
Washington State opened the second set with a 13-4 lead. The Cougs went ahead 18-12 when the Pac-10 leading libero, UO's Katie Swoboda, left the match with a cut chin and action on the court did not resume until after a lengthy delay. Swoboda's injury spurred on the Ducks as they laced together five straight points to come within one. After Tillman landed a kill she teamed with Johnson on a block and WSU was up 20-17. But Oregon out-scored WSU 8 to 3 in the final action and the home team took a 25-23 win.
The Cougs hung with the Ducks in the opening third of the third set, down by only two points, 14-12. But Oregon had another strong finish and ran to the 25-18 win. Swoboda returned to action in the third set. UO hit .486 in this set and WSU hit. 235.
"That interruption in the middle of the second set I was really upset with the referees about how they handled that whole situation but you know we can't use that as an excuse," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "We had a good lead and were doing some nice things and when it got a little tight, some of the things we've been struggling with came back again. We became outside heavy and that is not one of our strengths. Our passes started getting about 10-15 feet off the net and that put us in a tough situation. Oregon was able to take advantage of that, setting up their block on our outsides."
Washington State travels to Corvallis for a Sunday 1 p.m. match at Oregon State (14-11, 3-9 pending 11/14 match vs. No. 5 Washington).