Beavers Host Orange and Black Scrimmage Saturday
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State fans will get their first look at the 2021 volleyball team Saturday evening at Gill Coliseum at the annual Orange and Black Scrimmage. This will be the first Orange and Black Scrimmage since 2019 due to COVID-19 last season.
The exhibition is free to the public and begins at 6 p.m. The State of Oregon indoor mask requirement will continue to apply in all indoor event space.
The Orange and Black Scrimmage is the Beavers' only public scrimmage as they prepare to kick off the 2021 season. It also marks the only time fans can see the team inside Gill until October, as OSU hits the road for the first six weeks of the season.
The Beavers open the season next week in Norman, Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Invitational on Aug. 27-28 against Oklahoma and Houston. OSU's remaining preseason tournament slate includes the Penn State Classic (LSU, Penn State and Iowa State), a tournament at Colorado State (UAB, Colorado State and SUIE) and the Boise State Classic (Santa Clara and Boise State).
OSU opens conference play on Sept. 22 with the Rivalry Series at Oregon on the Pac-12 Network. The Beavers stay on the road for the next three games (Arizona, Utah and Colorado) before opening the home slate when Oregon State hosts Stanford, Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
Sixth-year head coach Mark Barnard seeks to lead his team to success after the 2020-21 COVID season. He'll lead an experienced squad that includes 11 returners from last season, including five starters – MB Lindsey Schell, MB Aliyah McDonald, DS Ellie Turner, S Izzi Szulczewski and OH Kateryna Tkachenko plus libero Grace Massey.
Other returners include Nya Buckner (right side), Mychael Vernon (outside hitter), Mary Kate Lopez (setter) and Maddie Goings (outside hitter/right side). Emma Villaluz (defensive specialist/libero/setter) also returns from last season's roster after missing 2020-21 due to injury.
The Beavers have added seven newcomers to the roster that includes Emily Bourne (outside hitter/opposite), Ashlyn Beaver (setter), Ryan White (defensive specialist/libero), Vivian Light (outside hitter), DiLara Unal (middle blocker), Iris Coba (defensive specialist/libero) and Madison Kelly (outside hitter/right side). All are freshman.
Season tickets for the 2021 Oregon State volleyball season are now available for purchase via BeaverTickets.com/Volleyball and 1-800-GO-BEAVS.
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