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Oregon State Falls in Series Opener to 17th-Ranked UCLA

Mar 26, 2021

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon State women's volleyball team fell in the series opener in three-straight sets to No. 17 UCLA on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion.
 
The Bruins took the first set 25-15, set two 25-22, and third set 25-16.
 
An early 7-1 lead for UCLA forced a timeout by the Beavers. Oregon State drew to within five, 8-3, taking two of the next three points out of the timeout. Behind a 6-1 run, the Bruins opened their lead up to 14-4 and forced OSU to use its second timeout of the set.
 
Mychael Vernon registered a kill out of the timeout to ignite a 3-1 Beaver run and make the score 15-7 in favor of UCLA. A block by Aliyah McDonald and Anastasija Svetnik began a 4-0 Oregon State run, drawing them within seven, 18-11. UCLA was able to hang on to get the 25-15 opening set win.
 
It was a fight in set two that began with an early shootout with the teams drawing even at 8-8 before UCLA called its first timeout following a 4-0 OSU run that was capped by a Vernon kill.
 
The Bruins responded with a 4-1 run after the timeout, tying the game at 12 all. Once again, points were traded back-and-forth as the Beavers took a 17-16 lead after a Kateryna Tkachenko kill and solo Lindsey Schell block.
 
As Oregon State led 21-19 late, UCLA closed the set on a 6-1 run to go up 2-0 in the match after claiming the 25-22 set two victory.
 
Set three saw blows being traded early on as the Bruins opened the set with an 8-5 advantage. Off a 3-0 run, OSU tied the set at 8-8. After UCLA went ahead 10-9, the next eight points were split before the Beavers called a timeout while trailing 16-13.
 
The Bruins grew their lead with a 3-0 run out of the timeout and eventually went on for the 25-16 win and match sweep.
 
Match Notes:

  • Freshman Izzi Szulczewski posted a game-high 26 assists and team-high nine digs.
  • Freshman Kateryna Tkachenko tallied a game-best 14 kills.
  • Freshman Mychael Vernon notched double-digit kills with 10.

Next Up: Oregon State will face No. 17 UCLA on Sunday at 12 pm (PT) in Pauley Pavilion for its final road game of the season.
 
Oregon State volleyball fans are encouraged to join Off the Bench, the program's new donor club. Click here for more information or call Alyssa Whitney at 541-231-4351 or email Rebecca McCaulley at rebecca.mccaulley@osufoundation.org.
 
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