Oct. 19, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team fell to No. 6 Oregon Sunday afternoon with set scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-12, at Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym.
Washington State drops to 7-12 overall and 0-8 in Pacific-10 matches while Oregon advances to 15-4 overall, 4-3 in league play.
Oregon's Neticia Enesi and Gorana Maricic combined for 23 kills as Enesi hit an outstanding .786 for the match (12 kills, 1 error, 14 attacks). Katie Swoboda led the match with 13 digs while Enesi also contributed four blocks. Nevena Djordjevic had 33 assists. Swoboda and Marija Milosevic each had a pair of aces.
WSU was led by Cassie Robbins' eight kills and .400 hitting percentage. Emily Rooney, Brittany Tillman and Meagan Ganzer each contributed six kills. Renee Bordelon had 30 assists and Bree Flach led the Cougs in digs with six. WSU had seven service errors and Breann Nesselhuf was the lone Cougar to land an ace.
The Ducks took a commanding 10-2 lead to open the first set and stretched it to a 25-17 win. WSU scored four of the last five points in the set with two from on kills from Rooney and Robbins and two from attack errors by Maricic. UO's Enesi had seven kills in seven attacks (1.000) as the visitors hit .400 as a team. WSU hit .207 in this set.
WSU coach Andrew Palileo changed up the lineup for the second set, sitting usually starters Brittany Johnson, Jackie Albright and Kelly Hyder, and having a younger Cougar team hit the floor. The Cougar reserves responded and took the lead in the second set, going ahead 7-3 after scoring six straight points. Oregon charged back, scoring four straight to go ahead 11-10. The teams tied again at 13 when the Ducks laced another four together and did not look back. From this juncture in the set, both teams scored seven points, giving Oregon the 25-20 win.
UO led the third set from start to finish, hitting .500 for the set in route to a 25-12 win.
"Coach is doing everything he needs to do, it's just a matter of us believing it and trusting it and doing it," Cougar sophomore MB Brittany Tillman said. "We're trying to get to that level where it's consistent and we can feel good about the whole entire thing. Practice is harder than the games. Coach is making sure that the game should be easy by the end of the week. We go hard all week long. (We) work on what we need to work on and by the time we get to the game it should be like a piece of cake: effortless."
Washington State takes to the road for the next three matches beginning with No. 7 Washington (15-3, 6-2) Friday, Oct. 24, in Seattle.
"This will be my first match against UW and I know the rivalry is there from the standpoint of the player," Palileo said. "We need to get fired up for it. I want to be fired up for the game which puts us in a better position to try to win a match."