Volleyball Edged By Miami
Aug. 31, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Arica Nassar set a career-high with 18 kills and Camille Saxton posted a season-best 17 but they and the Oregon State volleyball team came up just short in a four-set loss (23-25, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25) loss to Miami Friday afternoon in the opening match of the Redbird Classic.
"They came out tipping against us," head coach Taras Liskeych said. "They put us on our heels a bit. We just played a team that has been to the NCAA Tournament recently and is 5-0. We now need to just get after it the rest of this weekend."
Nassar surpassed her previous best of 16 kills against California last season. She finished with a .387 hitting percentage in 30 attempts. The reigning Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, she also tied her season-high with six blocks, including a 2012-best three solo.
Saxton, meanwhile, topped her 16-kill performance in the season opener against Oakland with 17 in 64 attempts (.109) against Miami on Friday. The senior also had eight digs and five blocks in the loss.
"Arica had a great match; she hit .387," Liskevych said. "And Camille had 17 kills. A lot of it is that we are riding Camille and Arica but we have to do that."
Tayla Woods also shined for the Beavers, finishing with 34 assists and 12 digs for her second double-double of the 2012 campaign.
Taylor Hollins led Miami (5-0) with 20 kills while Nrithya Sundaraman posted 50 assists.
Oregon State hit .107 for the match with 13 blocks while the Hurricanes posted a .141 percentage and 11 blocks. Miami, however, did not record one solo block while Nassar was joined by Saxton, Woods and Ashley Eneliko, who all had one solo block apiece.
Miami edged the Beavers in the first set, 25-23, The Beavers held a 17-16 lead but the Hurricanes managed to retake the lead later for a 21-20 advantage. OSU was unable to match the score the rest of the set. Saxton led the Beavers with five kills in the first set.
Set two was much the same. Neither team could get more than a few points ahead throughout the set and it was tied at 20 late. The Beavers had set point at 24-22 but the Hurricanes rallied for four consecutive points for the win. Nassar's seven kills led OSU.
The Beavers led 10-9 in the third set en route to a 25-19 win. Oregon State led by as much as six, 20-14, before trading points with the Hurricanes. Nassar, again, had a big set for the Beavers with five kills while Woods posted 10 assists.
In the fourth and final set - and third lost by the Beavers by just two points - the Hurricanes managed to get out to a 13-8 lead and held a four-to-five point lead for most of the set. OSU tied the fourth set at 21, and later at 23, but Miami scored the final two points for the set and match win.
Oregon State takes on Presbyterian at 10 a.m. PT and host Illinois State at 5 p.m. Saturday to conclude the Redbird Classic. Live stats will be provided for both matches. The matchupj with Illinois State, meanwhile, is slated to have live video.
Visit osubeavers.com for live stats for the matcesh and a full recap and box score afterwards.
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