Volleyball Drops First Match of the Year, 0-3 to Beavers
Sept. 7, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State's Rachel Rourke had 13 kills in the Beavers' 3-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton Monday afternoon, snapping the Titans' six-game winning streak to conclude the Active Ankle Challenge at Gil Coliseum.
With the 20-25, 19-25, 14-25 loss, Fullerton drops to 6-1 on the year while Oregon State boosts its record to 5-2.
Fullerton could only muster an .047 attack percentage as a team against a strong Oregon State defense that produced 48 digs and 13.5 team blocks. Four Beavers had five-or-more blocks led by Lexie Rathberger who stopped six Titan attacks by herself. Betsie Devich had 19 digs to lead all players.
Bree Knitter (.513) and Kiersten Sambrailo (.467) each had eight kills apiece in support of Rourke's numbers, lifting the Beavers' overall attack percentage to .190.
The Big West Conference's kill leader, Erin Saddler, was held to just 13 kills on the afternoon and was the only Titan with more than 4 kills in the match. Saddler also had four digs, an ace and three block assists, good for 15.5 total points. She, along with Cami Croteau, were named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team. It is the second All-tournament team for Saddler this year.
Cal State Fullerton will next hit the floor next on Sept. 11-12, as they travel to Albuquerque for the Comcast Challenge featuring New Mexico, Pittsburgh, and Baylor.
FINAL TEAM RESULTS
1. Oregon State
2. Cal State Fullerton
Jill Sawatzky, Oregon State (MVP)
Rachel Rourke, Oregon State
Kiersten Sambrailo, Oregon State
Erin Saddler, Cal State Fullerton
Cami Croteau, Cal State Fullerton
Brittany Dolgner, Wisconsin
Cristin Richards, Seattle