Nov. 25, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Heather Meyers and Sonja Newcombe combined for 35 kills to lead the No. 18 Oregon volleyball team (18-9, 8-9) to a 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20 win over Washington State (17-12, 5-12) Wednesday night at Bohler Gym.
Oregon's Neticia Enesi added 13 more kills, hit .611, and nine blocks to the Ducks' totals. Five players had double-digit digs for Oregon with Kellie Kawasaki's 17 leading the way. Nevena Djordjevic had 50 assists and four blocks while Newcombe contributed five blocks. The Ducks hit .240 for the match and had 12 team blocks compated to WSU's seven blocks.
Washington State sophomore Meagan Ganzer equaled her career high of 20 kills and Brittany Tillman had 10 kills and hit .381 on the night. Cassie Robbins had nine kills and four blocks. Freshman libero Oceana Bush led the match with 28 digs. Renee Bordelon had 42 assists and 13 digs. The Cougars hit .127 for the match.
"Offensively we did not terminate balls. Out of our five players, four hit under .150, only Tilly hit .381," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "Our outsides were not able to terminate balls consistently and Heather and Sonja did a good job and Neticia always does a good job in the middle. They beat us with three players. Oregon came in ready to play and they are playing for the tournament. We have to come out (Friday) and just play. It is about the execution for us right now. Everyone is playing one part of the game but not the whole part."
The Ducks raced out to a commanding 12-4 lead in the first set. The Cougs battled back behind Ganzer's four kills but Meyers' six kills and Oregon's five team blocks led the Ducks to a 25-16 win. The Cougs hit .000 for the set while Oregon hit .333.
The second set was close early with the Ducks up 10-9 before scoring five unanswered points. Down 16-10, WSU tallied five of the next seven points to come within three at 18-15. Oregon would not be denied, going ahead 24-18. A Tillman kill and an ace from Faith Hutcherson stopped the Ducks twice at set point but Newcombe landed her eighth kill of the set with a soft tip over the net for the 25-20 winning score. Oregon hit .239 for the set while WSU hit .065.
Washington State took a 15-11 lead in the third set and Oregon took a timeout. The Cougars took four of the next seven points and the Ducks used their second timeout. Oregon landed an attack but Ganzer countered and Robbins landed an ace to take a 21-15 lead. The Ducks scored a trio points, two from Cougar errors and a tip by Enesi. WSU called a timeout and Gazner's tip put the Cougs up 22-18. The teams traded points followed by Tillman's slam to put WSU ahead 23-19. On the ensuing pllay, Ganzer's attack went long but that was the final Duck point.WSU's Rachel Todorovich's attack put WSU at set point. Oregon was called out of rotation to give WSU the 25-20 set win. WSU hit .263 and UO hit .257 in this set.
Down 15-9 in the fourth, WSU battled back to close the gap to three, down 17-14, and was still in contention but down 21-18. Robbins provided two points for the Cougs but her serve into the net game the Ducks a point. Newcombe scored on three attacks and Oregon took the set 25-20.
WSU ends the regular season Friday, Nov. 27, in a 7 p.m. match against Oregon State (12-17, 3-14) in Bohler Gym. The four Cougar seniors, Jackie Albright, Renee Bordelon, Kelly Hyder and Cassie Robbins, will be honored before the match.