Oregon State Defeats Cougar Volleyball 3-1
Oct. 2, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Oregon State took a 27-30, 30-18, 30-27, 35-33 volleyball win over host Washington State in Pacific-10 Conference action Friday night at Bohler Gym.
OSU advances to a record of 8-3 overall, 2-0 in Pac-10 while WSU falls to 3-12 overall, 0-3 in conference.
The Beavers were led by the 19 kills (.209) and 17 digs of Allison Lawrence while Abby Windell and Karah Rhoades each added 14 kills. Libero Nina Baltimore had a match-high 24 digs. Windell led OSU in blocks with five and setter Desma Stovall put up 56 assists.
WSU only had the services of freshman setter Nicole Martin for the first game, which the Cougars won. Senior Alison Billingsley stepped into the setter's position, after not playing setter since her junior season at Walla Walla High, for the last three games and had 29 assists.
"We were told this afternoon before the serve and pass practice that Nicole would, at the most, be able to play one game tonight, and regardless of outcome and how she's feeling, that was all she was going to get, actually for the weekend," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Dr. Ed Tingstad (WSU team doctor) has a suspicion that she's has a torn rotator cuff in her left shoulder. Once she gets warmed up I think she's okay but her range of motion with her left hand going above 90 degrees is very limited. It's the warm up process that's really touch-and-go for her. Alison said she set in high school, but that's as close as we come to a back-up setter right now."
In the first game, with Martin at the setter's spot, the Cougars never relinquished the lead but Oregon State did knot the game up six times, including at 25-all. Jen Barcus and Kelly Rosin put the Cougs at game point when OSU's Amanda Eggert's kill went astray.
The Beavers captured the second game with not problem as the Cougars were trying to settle into a routine with Billingsley calling the sets. Things settled down in the third game as WSU kept the score close but could not piece a win together.
The fourth game was a thriller as the Cougs raced out to a 16-10 lead and still had a six-point advantage at 26-20. But a more experienced Oregon State team battled back to tie it up at 28-all and take the lead 29-28 after Jessie Camp could not connect on an attack. WSU was serving for the game at 30-29 when Windell landed a kill to tie it again. OSU struggled to close the game and match, needed five attempts at game point before Rhoades landed a kill for the 35-33 win.
"Alison Billingsley and the job that she did as a setter; the team could have folded without Nicole, but we just found a way to keep battling and Alison did a great job of distributing the ball," Heffernan said. "Our hitters, especially the middle, Jen Todd hit .379 and Jen Barcus hit .296. Those are great numbers especially considering the fact that Alison hasn't been setting this season.
"The other group of people I want to recognize is our passing/serve-receivers. We have been right around 12 to 16 receiving errors per game and tonight they came with a lot of focus. I felt like we did a much better job of receiving the ball.
"I want to recognize Kelly Rosin. She was taking swings from the back row that we have implemented into the offense for her. They had match point on us at 31-30 and she went up by the back row and just hammered a ball that they dug into the stands. She was able to play in the moment and take an aggressive swing and score a point for us to tie it up at 31."
WSU host Oregon Saturday in a 7 p.m. contest at Bohler Gym.
Washington State (3-12, 0-3) 30 18 27 33 Oregon State (8-3, 2-0) 27 30 30 35 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 53 (Rosin 18), OSU 75 (Lawrence 19) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .166, OSU .234 ASSISTS - WSU 48 (Billingsley 29), OSU 73 (Stovall 56) DIGS - WSU 46 (Rosin 11), OSU 70 (Baltimore 24) BLOCKS - WSU 11 (Todd 7), OSU 8 (Windell 5) SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Todd 4), OSU 6 (Mortensen 3) Attendance: 789.
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