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Volleyball Sweeps Central Michigan

Aug 31, 2013

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ROCHESTER, Mich. – It’s just two matches into the 2013 season and the Oregon State volleyball team has already seen a number of players step up to pace the club to a 2-0 record.

On Saturday morning, it was Amanda Brown and Lila Toner. The duo combined to tally 20 kills as the Beavers swept Central Michigan at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational, hosted by Oakland. Set scores were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-18.

“The key to this victory was coming back to win the first set,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We weren’t playing very well and were down 20-15 and came back to win.

“We had good attacking efficiency this match and our blockers have done a good job getting teams to try and avoid them. We beat a competitive team today that hails from a good league.

“Tonight, we need to focus on playing hard and contesting every point against Oakland.”

Brown surpassed her previous career high, which was six against Arizona last season. On Saturday morning, the junior posted 14 attacks and recorded 10 kills to help guide the team offensively. She was charged with two attack errors and had a .571 hitting percentage.

Amanda Brown is really attacking the ball well,” Liskevych said. “She has worked very hard to become a very good attacker.”

Toner, meanwhile, threw in 10 kills of her own in just her second career collegiate match. The freshman did so with 20 attacks and posted a .450 hitting percentage.

Arica Nassar had seven kills and Sara Almen pitched in with five of her own. Tayla Woods picked up 34 assists to give her 78 on the year.

The Beavers dominated Central Michigan (1-1 overall) offensively, accumulating a .287 hitting percentage to CMU’s .198. A large part of that came on the defensive end as OSU accumulated seven blocks – Nassar had four total, including two solo. Brown and Almen had three assisted blocks as well.

Darby Reeder led the Beavers with a career-best 11 digs.

OSU trailed for most of the first set but tied the score at 21 late before scoring four of the last five points for the 25-22 win. Neither team excelled offensively during the set, with OSU hitting .094 to CMU’s .143.

Much like Friday’s win over Villanova, the Beavers dominated in later sets. On Saturday, OSU took set two, 25-21, where the score only changed hands once. Set three was a similar where the lead changed hands twice en route to the Beavers’ 25-18 victory.

The Beavers wrap up play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational later Saturday at 4 p.m. PT against host Oakland. Live stats will be available by visiting osubeavers.com.

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