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OSU Improves to 8-1, Downs Fresno State 3-0

Sep 19, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Oregon State volleyball team started the Roadrunner Classic with an impressive win Friday evening, defeating Fresno State (5-8) in straight sets, 25-13, 25-7, 25-15.

“One thing that we’ve been working on is playing well on our side of the net no matter what the other team does,” said Associate head coach Mark Barnard. “Tonight I think we did a really good job at that. We hit very well, we blocked well and we were able to play almost everyone so it was a good night overall.”

OSU finished the match with 17 team blocks, the most for the Beavers since Oct. 22, 2011 when they defeated Washington State 3-2. The blocks are the most in a three-set match in the modern era, with the school record of 26.5 being set in 1991.

“Our blocking was great tonight,” Barnard said. “We had a good idea about what some of their hitters liked to do and Amanda Brown was all over them early. I think from that point the general confidence grew and the whole team really got into it.”

The Beavers ran away with the first set, hitting .320 and getting a side-out on 11 of 14 opportunities. Brown had one solo block along with two block assists with Tayla Woods early in the first set. The finished the first set with 7.5 team blocks, including three solo blocks, with Brown, Mary-Kate Marshall and Arica Nassar each getting one. Nassar eventually finished off the set with her third kill of the night, giving the Beavers a 25-13 start to the match.

The Beavers continued to roll in the second set, starting with a 5-0 run and continued to widen the lead, pushing the score to 11-2 and taking the set 25-7. The team had four aces in the set with two from Marshall. Lila Toner and Laura Schaudt led the offense in the set with four kills apiece with Schaudt going a perfect 4-for-4.  The Beavers hit .688 in the set, putting down 12 kills on 16 swings.

Sophomore transfer Emilie Wilmes led the Beaver offense during the third set, downing six kills with 11 swings and not having a hitting error. Haley Clarke controlled the net during the final set, earning five block assists on her way to eight on the night. The Beavers went onto take the set 25-15, securing their eighth win of the year and sixth sweep.

OSU hit .419 while Fresno State was held to a -.102 hitting percentage. The offense was spread out with no one in double digit kills, the first time the Beavers have finished a match without someone at that mark. Wilmes and Laura Schaudt led the team with six kills apiece, while 11 of the 13 players to see action put down at least one kill. Toner downed five kills on just seven swings and was one of five Beavers to have at least seven swings and hit over .400 on the night.

Wilmes set a season high with six kills. The St. Paul, Ore. native spent her freshman year with Saturday opponent Long Beach State before transferring to Oregon State.

“I was feeling really confident during the third set,” said Wilmes. “I’m really excited to play against them tomorrow; I have a number of friends still on the team so it will be fun.”

Clark led the team with eight blocks, a season best effort. She was followed by Schaudt and Brown with four apiece. Eight Beavers got at least one block on the night while six finished with at least three.

The Beavers will return to the court at 11 a.m. Saturday morning to face the host the Bakersfield Roadrunners (3-7) before finishing the tournament against Long Beach State (9-3). Bakersfield and Long Beach will face each other Friday evening.