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Veterans Pace Volleyball In Scrimmage

Aug 21, 2013

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kelsey Zimmerman, Sara Almen and Laura Schaudt all had nine kills to highlight the Oregon State volleyball’s scrimmage Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum. The Black squad was victorious, 2-1, taking the final two sets after dropping the first.

Final set scores were 25-16 in favor of the Orange squad in set one and 30-28 and 15-8 by the Black team in sets two and three.

“I thought we served very well (tonight),” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “I think our serving is going to be a very big factor for us this season. We just have to find the right combination of who’s going to be on the court, especially outside hitters. As a team, we still need to minimize attack errors. We are a better scrambling team and we’ll be a better passing team as well as a better serving team.”

Oregon State finished the match with five service aces – Becky Defoe, Rachel Buehner, Amanda Brown, Amy Sorensen and Arica Nassar all tallied one apiece.

Zimmerman, Almen and Schaudt’s nights all led the team offensively. Zimmerman, who did not play last season, had just three errors to her nine kills while Almen recorded one and finished with a .348 hitting percentage.

Defensively, the teams combined for 76 digs with Becky Defoe’s 15 leading the way. She was followed closely by freshman Sydney Francis, who had 10, and sophomore Darby Reeder, who pitched in with nine.

Other notables include Nassar’s five kills and a block, Tayla Woods’ four kills and a block and Buehner’s six digs. Amanda Brown was the lone Oregon State player with more than one block, totaling two, as the team combined for seven over the three sets.

The scrimmage was the first opportunity for Oregon State fans to catch the team this season while it served as match simulation for the team, which has a little more than a week left before the 2013 season opener in Michigan.

Where does the team go from here?

“We’re going to look to solidify our starting lineup and then really siding out and terminating the ball one-on-one,” Liskevych said. “We really have to terminate the ball one-on-one. And on bad sets, we just have to keep the ball in play.”

The Beavers open the 2013 regular season Aug. 30 in Rochester, Mich., when taking on Villanova in the first of three matches at a tournament hosted by Oakland.

Oregon State’s first home match takes place Wednesday, Sept. 25 against Oregon in the Civil War presented by Pacific Source, Your Local Ford Stores, Wells Fargo and McDonald's. The match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Season tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale via, 1-800-GOBEAVS and in person at Gill Coliseum.

Season tickets are good for 10 Pac-12 Conference matches this season, all at Gill Coliseum. Tickets are $56 for adult general admission and $40 for seniors/youth.

Fans can purchase tickets online, over the phone, or at the ticket office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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