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Beavers Sweep ASU Series After Five Set Nail-Biter

Feb 12, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team completed the weekend sweep of Arizona State with a 3-2 nail-biting win on Friday afternoon inside Gill Coliseum.
This is the program's first sweep of the Sun Devils since the 2017 season. Oregon State improved to 3-5 on the year.
Similar to Thursday's match, Arizona State took the first set with a 25-18 score. The Beavers went on to take the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-20. ASU responded in the fourth set with a 25-21 win. Ultimately it was OSU leaving with the five set win in a deciding fifth set they claimed 21-19.
The game opened with the teams splitting the first 10 points before Arizona State went on an 8-0 run to open the game up with a 13-5 lead. Following an ASU timeout and the sun Devils up 17-11, the Beavers closed the gap to two with a 4-0 run started off a Mychael Vernon kill.
OSU came within two, 20-18, but ASU closed the opening set on a 5-0 run for the 25-18 victory.
Once again, the teams competed and battled to an early 8-8 tie. Anastasija Svetnik began a 5-0 OSU run with a kill as they jumped in front 13-8.  The Sun Devils answered with a 7-1 run to regain the lead at 15-14 and forcing an Oregon State timeout.
Back-to-back aces from Ellie Turner gave the Beavers an 18-15 lead off a 4-0 run which caused ASU to call a timeout. The teams went on to trade points before Svetnik evened the match at 1-1 with a kill to give OSU the 25-23 set win.
Oregon State controlled the third set from the start with a 13-7 lead, forcing ASU to call its first timeout. The sun Devils closed their deficit to two with a 4-0 run out of the timeout. Two Kateryna Tkachenko kills during a 3-0 Beaver run extended their lead to 17-13 as Arizona State was forced to call its second timeout.
After ASU fought off back-to-back set points, an attacking error gave the Beavers the 25-20 set win and 2-1 lead in the match.
Early kills from McDonald and Maddie Goings helped put OSU out in front 4-1 early in the fourth set. ASU was able to tie the game at four apiece following a 3-0 run. Oregon State had to take its first timeout of the set after The Sun Devils opened up to a 14-10 advantage.
The Beavers were never able to regain the lead in set four, coming as close as three, as ASU tied the match at two sets apiece after winning the set 25-21.
A quick 5-1 lead from Oregon State to open the deciding set forced Arizona State to use its first timeout. ASU jumped out in front 10-8 off a 3-0 run, causing OSU to call a timeout.  The Beavers battled past six ASU match points before a McDonald and Vernon block secured the match win for OSU.
Match Notes:

  • Freshman Mychael Vernon recorded her second straight double-double with a team-high 18 kills and 12 digs.
  • Freshman Izzi Szulczewski posted her sixth double-double of the season with a game-high 43 assists and 17 digs.
  • Senior Grace Massey notched season and game-highs of 27 digs and four service aces. She moved to second in program history with 1,631 career digs.
  • Freshman Anastasija Svetnik posted a career-high 10 kills, while Aliyah McDonald recorded double-digit kills with 15.
  • Oregon State led the match in digs (77-70) and blocks with a season-high 14 compared to ASU's 11.

Next Up: Oregon State travels to Tucson, Arizona for a 6:30 p.m. (PT) matchup against Arizona on Feb. 19 inside the McKale Memorial Center.
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