TEMPE, Ariz. – The Oregon State volleyball team, one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 Conference, defeated knocked off Arizona State in an intense five-set match Saturday night. The Beavers’ win over the Sun Devils completed OSU’s first road sweep in the desert since 1993 and marks the first time OSU has gone 4-0 against the Arizona schools in a season since 1990.
The Beavers, who improved to 19-9 and 9-7 in the Pac-12, have won eight of their last 10 matches. Saturday’s set scores were 19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-19 and 15-11.
“I was very concerned about this match-up,” head coach Mark Barnard said. “They are a scrappy team and they’ve been playing well plus they had the emotion of senior night. That was a gutsy win for us. We didn’t play our best tonight and still came away with the win.”
Senior Mary-Kate Marshall, who has led the Beavers in kills in 25 out of 28 matches in 2017, once again led the squad with 21 kills. Maddie Goingsadded 17 kills and Kory Cheshire posted nine. Grace Massey tallied a team-leading 18 digs while Serena Bruin came off the bench to post a season-high seven blocks to go with a season-best seven kills.
Arizona State, which held senior night festivities prior to the match, came out on fire in the first set. The Sun Devils ran a highly efficient offense in the opening set terminating at a .353 attack percentage to take the set 25-19.
The Beavers settled in for the second set making the Sun Devils work harder. The squads kept the score close with OSU ahead throughout until the Beavers were finally able to use a 3-0 run to open the lead to 17-12. Goings heated up in the second period recording six kills and the Beavers won the set 25-17 to make the match even at intermission.
ASU returned from the break and quickly got to work taking a 14-5 lead. Still trailing 17-10, the Beavers began a comeback behind Kylee McLaughlin‘s serving. OSU went on a 6-0 run that included four blocks including three by Bruin to close the gap to 17-15. After a string of sideouts, the Beavers again pressed forward with Goings recording back-to-back kills to tie the score at 20-20. The score remained tied at 24 until ASU scored the final two points to steal the set 26-24.
Once again trailing early in the set, the Beavers had to fight back from a 10-6 deficit to stay alive in the match. Four kills by Marshall sandwiched around a Bruin kill brought the Orange and Black back to tie it up at 13-13. OSU took a lead for the final time at 19-18 on a kill by Haylie Bennettand the Beavers didn’t look back from there winning the set 25-19 and sending the match to a fifth set.
“Winning the fourth set was vital, obviously, but I knew then that we could pull out the win,” Barnard said. “I knew that if we could come back and get that set that we would have the momentum to pull through.”
Oregon State took command of the final set from the outset. Bennett recorded her first of three blocks in the short set to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead and Bruin followed with back-to-back kills. OSU used a 5-0 burst to take a 10-4 lead. The Sun Devils continued to force the Beavers to earn every point, but four kills in the set by Bruin helped OSU to advance the lead to 14-8. ASU fought off three match points before McLaughlin went on the attack to record the final kill to give OSU the set, 15-11.
Game Notes: With road wins at Tucson and Tempe this weekend, it is the first road sweep for the Beavers in the state of Arizona since 1993 … Oregon State won all four matches with the Arizona schools this year for the first time since 1990 … Mary-Kate Marshall finished with a team-leading 21 kills. She has now led the Beavers in kills in 25 out of 28 matches … four OSU players accumulated double-digit digs – Grace Massey(18), Kylee McLaughlin (14), Kayla Ellis (14) and Maddie Goings (11) … two Beavers posted double-doubles –Goings (17 kills, 11 digs) and McLaughlin (47 assists, 14 digs) … Marshall recorded the 1,000th dig of her career on Saturday night. She is the sixth player in OSU history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
Next Up: Oregon State has completed its road slate for the year. The Beavers are back at Gill Coliseum this week to face Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, and they meet Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 19.
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