OSU Earns Match and Series Sweep at Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. – It was a hot hitting day for the Oregon State volleyball team as it hit a season-high .322 en route to a match and series sweep of California on Sunday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.
Oregon State earned its first match sweep of the season against California with set scores of 25-23, 25-13, and 25-20.
It was a hot start for the Beavers, registering 18 kills with a .333 attacking percentage in the opening set. After the teams traded points early, leading to a 7-4 Cal lead, Oregon State went on a 10-3 run that forced the Golden Bears to burn its first timeout.
OSU never surrendered its lead following the timeout despite a 5-2 Cal run that made the score 16-15 in favor of the Beavers. Back-to-back Bear kills cut the OSU deficit to one, 19-18, before the teams traded the final 11 points of the set as Anastasija Svetnik and Aliyah McDonald locked in the 25-23 set one victory for Oregon State.
Set two was déjà vu of Friday afternoon, 25-13, as Oregon State once again controlled the set while remaining hot and hitting .400 in the set. After the Beavers took a 10-6 lead to open the set, California used a timeout.
Svetnik and Lindsey Schell each recorded kills to open the OSU lead at 14-8 before back-to-back kills from Mychael Vernon and McDonald put them up 16-9. The Bears made it a five point game, 17-12, with a 3-1 run.
Four straight points from Oregon State, including back-to-back Svetnik aces and a Kateryna Tkachenko kill, forced Cal to call its final timeout with OSU holding a 21-12 advantage. The Beavers went on to close the set with a 4-1 run out of the timeout to secure the 25-13 set win and take a 2-0 match lead.
The Golden Bears took an early 5-3 lead in the third set as a Svetnik kill and McDonald and Svetnik block tied the set at 5-5. Oregon State regained the advantage, 7-6, after yet another block from the duo of Svetnik and McDonald.
A 5-2 run from Cal put the team in front 11-9. Oregon State responded with a 6-0 run of its own to go on top 15-11. Despite the Bears drawing to within one following a 3-0 run, making the score 15-14, OSU pulled in front 18-15 to make Cal use its final timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Golden Bears knotted the game at 18 all after a 3-0 run to force Oregon State to call a timeout.
It was a 7-2 run to close out the match for the Beavers as kills from Tkachenko and Schell secured the 25-20 set three win and sweep of the match.
- Freshman Mychael Vernon led the Beavers with 13 kills, while adding seven digs, two blocks, and a pair of assists.
- Freshman Izzi Szulczewski posted a game-high 38 assists.
- Senior Grace Massey recorded a game-best of 15 digs.
- Junior Lindsey Schell tallied 10 kills off 16 attacks to hit .500 on the afternoon.
- Freshman Anastasija Svetnik had nine kills, five service aces, and four blocks in the match. Svetnik's five aces is an individual match-high for a Beaver.
- Oregon State our performed Cal in kills (44-34), attacking percentage (.322-.189), assists (43-32), aces (8-3), digs (40-26), and blocks (5-4).
- The Beaver's held California to an opponent match-lows with three service aces and 26 digs.
Next Up: Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum on Mar. 12 and 14 against Washington State. The first game of the series will begin at 6 pm (PT) and game two will be at noon.
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