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Oregon State Drops Four Set Battle to Buffs

Jan 24, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. – The Oregon State volleyball team battled to four sets against Colorado on Sunday morning in the CU Events Center, ultimately falling 3-1
The Beavers dropped set one 25-15 and set two 25-22, but battled back to claim set three 25-22. Colorado went on to take set four 25-16 for the match win.
OSU came out battling to remain within three of the Buffs through the first 19 points with an 11-8 CU lead. Following an Oregon State timeout with Colorado ahead 15-9, the Buffs went on a 5-1 run as they held on for the first set victory.
Colorado took seven of the first eight points in set two to force an Oregon State timeout. The two teams traded points before a block from the freshman duo of Aliyah McDonald and Anastasija Svetnik tied the game at 12-12. The Buffs regained the lead after the teams went back and forth. Lindsey Schell knotted the game at 17-17 with a kill but CU jumped back out in front and never looked back on the way to a second set win.
After Colorado took the first point in set three and Oregon State tied the game on the next play, the Beavers went on to only trail once more in the set on the way to the win. Senior Maddie Goings put the Beavers up by three, its largest lead of the match at the time, to force a CU timeout ahead 10-7.
The Buffs regained the lead after a Beaver hitting error to make the game 14-13 in their favor. McDonald responded with a kill that was followed by a Schell kill, putting OSU back on top 15-14. Colorado drew even on the next rally, but freshman Kateryna Tckachenko gave the Beavers the 16-15 lead as they never fell behind again in set three for the 25-22 win.
McDonald registered back-to-back kills to open set four and put OSU on top early. Both teams saw two lead changes and seven ties through the first 17 points of set four as Colorado took an early 9-8 lead. The Beavers came within three of CU on two separate occasions but it was not enough as the Buffs took set four and the match.
Match Notes:

  • Freshman Aliyah McDonald posted a match-high 17 kills with a team-best .367 hitting percentage.
  • Maddie Goings posted her first double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. She moved into a tie for 14th on the career kills list in program history with 1,041.
  • Senior Grace Massey finished with a game-high 20 digs.
  • Freshman Izzi Szulczewski registered a game-best 38 assists.
  • The Beavers recorded 52 kills compared to 47 by Colorado.
  • OSU recorded seven more digs than the Buffs, 49-42.
  • Oregon State led the match in digs, 65-56.

Next Up: Oregon State will make its home debut on Jan. 29 at 6 pm (PT) against USC in Gill Coliseum. The second game of the series will be at noon on Jan. 31.
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