Oregon Sweeps Cougar Volleyball
Oct. 2, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Oregon volleyball team stopped two 26-match losing streaks Saturday night with a 30-20, 30-23, 30-27 win over host Washington State at Bohler Gym.
The Ducks won their first Pacific-10 Conference match since Nov. 1, 2002, when Oregon defeated Oregon State 3-1 in Corvallis. This win also marks the first over WSU since Nov. 9, 1990, when Oregon won 3-2 in Eugene.
Oregon moves to an overall record of 9-4, 1-2 in Pac-10 matches while Washington State, under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, falls to 3-13 overall, 0-4 in conference contests.
The Ducks' Sarah Mason led all players with 19 kills (.326) and added three blocks. Katie O'Neil and Erin Little combined for 26 digs while Kim McNally added four service aces and three blocks. Heather Madison had 33 assists. Oregon lost their leading hitter, Lauren Westendorf (5.03 kills per game), for the rest of the season when she suffered a torn ACL in the Ducks 3-1 loss at Oregon State Sept. 24.
The Cougars were led by Jennifer Todd's 12 kills (.114) and four blocks. Kelly Rosin and Stacey Holbrook combined for 22 digs while Jen Barcus and Kristin Kelley each had three blocks. Alison Billingsley, in her second night as a part-time setter, had 25 assists, and Jessie Camp added nine more. WSU's freshman setter, Nicole Martin, struggling with an injured left shoulder, only played in one game Friday night. Her condition will be re-evaluated this week.
"Alison Billingsley did a great job," Heffernan said. "She given us all she can. Alison is not a setter who is going to be able to go and take a ball over the net because she's smaller and last night our passing did a good job of keeping her off the net. Tonight they kept her pretty tight and created some real challenges for her at the net."
Billingsley, a 5-3 senior, has played libero and defensive specialist for the Cougars until her debut Friday night in the match against Oregon State. Saturday, Camp, a 6-0 sophomore outside hitter coming off a knee injury, practiced setting for a half-hour prior to the match.
"I was very pleased with Jessie Camp's performance tonight," Heffenan said. "She was asked to do something that she's rarely asked to do in terms of being a setter, passer, and hitter. She hit .208 but she was pretty low in the error category and she dug some balls out there. I thought she put forth a really strong effort in terms of what we were asking her to do out there on the floor."
WSU was ahead 26-21 in the third game when the teams traded scores. The Ducks then tallied the next eight consecutive points for the 30-27 win.
"The difference was our serving game," Heffernan commented about the WSU lead for most of the last game. "We told our athletes to go back and start bombing the serve from deep and the Oregon passing broke down a little bit there. They had been in system all night and they had been dealing with our serve fairly affectively, but I think in game three we stepped back and started serving more aggressively and that caused them some problems."
WSU travels to No. 2 Washington (12-0, 4-0) Friday night for a 7 p.m. match.
Washington State (3-13, 0-4) 20 23 27 Oregon (9-4, 1-2) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 40 (Todd 12), UO 51 (Mason 19) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .119, UO .242 ASSISTS - WSU 36 (Billingsley 25), UO 42 (Madison 33) DIGS - WSU 48 (Rosin 12), UO 51 (O'Neil 14) BLOCKS - WSU 7 (Todd 4), UO 6.5 (McNally, Mason 3 each) SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Holbrook 2), UO 7 (McNally 4) Attendance: 623.
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