Beavers Split Weekend Series with USC
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team split its weekend series with USC after falling in a hard-fought four set match, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon in Gill Coliseum.
USC opened the match by taking the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-12. The Beavers responded in a grueling third set that they won 31-29 before the Women of Troy narrowly finished the match in the fourth set, 25-23.
Oregon State opened the match on a 5-1 run with the help of back-to-back service aces from freshman setter Izzi Szulczewski to force USC to use its first timeout. An 8-4 run by the Women of Troy following the timeout led to a 9-9 game. USC broke the tie to go ahead 10-9, holding on to take the first set 25-18.
Set two flipped the opening script of the first set as USC took the 5-1 run to open the set. The Beavers drew within six points of the Women of Troy, but it was not enough as they took set two 25-12.
The third set was a different story than the first two as the teams traded points throughout, seeing 14 ties. The Beavers went on two early 3-0 runs to take a 9-6 lead. USC answered with a 3-0 run of its own to tie the game at 9-9.
Following a Szulcewski kill, the women of Troy jumped out to a 15-11 lead off a 4-0 run to force an OSU timeout. The Beavers came out of the timeout with a 3-0 run that was sparked off an Anastasija Svetnik kill, cutting USC's lead to one at 15-14.
USC quickly forced another Beaver timeout after a 4-1 run to take a 19-15 advantage. Once again, OSU took the first three points out of the timeout which was capped off by a Lindsey Schell and Maddie Goings block and forced a USC timeout with the Women of Troy ahead 19-18.
Both teams proceeded to trade the next 10 points before Oregon State took back-to-back points to tie the game at 24-24, causing a USC timeout. The teams went back and forth again, trading the next 11 points, before OSU got set point again off a USC service error. Svetnik and Aliyah McDonald sealed the set for the Beavers at 31-29 with a block.
Oregon State quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in set four, but USC came back with its own 3-0 run to tie the game early at 3-3. After being tied 6-6, the Women of Troy took an 11-7 lead off a 5-1 run, leading to a Beaver timeout.
USC held a 21-15 lead that was cut into by a McDonald kill, igniting a Beaver 4-0 run that included back-to-back kills from Goings and Schell to make it a 21-19 game. Despite a late 3-0 run from Oregon State to make USC's lead 23-22, the Women of Troy held on for the 25-23 set win.
- Freshman Aliyah McDonald posted a game-high 13 kills with a team-high .409 attacking percentage.
- Freshman Izzi Szulczewski posted her third double-double in as many games with a team-high 26 assists and 12 digs.
- Senior Grace Massey finished with a game-high 16 digs.
- Oregon State finished with 55 digs compared to USC's 48.
Next Up: Oregon State will be back on the road against Washington on Feb. 4 at 6 pm (PT) and Feb. 6 at 3 pm.
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