Bears Fall To Beavers
CORVALLIS, Ore. – California volleyball fell in straight sets to Oregon State, 23-25, 15-25, 18-25 on Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
Leah Schmidt had a team-high nine kills on .412 hitting for the Bears (7-10, 0-6 Pac-12).
Kateryna Tkachenko tallied a match best 16 kills for Oregon State (3-13, 1-5 Pac-12).
How It Happened:
Cal took an early lead in the first before four straight Beaver points made the score 8-6 in favor of the home team and they extended it to 12-8, forcing the first Cal timeout. The Bears answered by scoring six of the next eight points, propelled by two Sydney Lilomaiava kills and a solo block from Ellie Hamm to tie the set at 18 points apiece. OSU scored four consecutive to reach set point, 24-21, before Cal got a Hamm kill along with a Smoot block, but the Beavers finished with a kill to take the opening set, 25-23.
Oregon State jumped out 6-1 in the second as the Bears used a timeout. It was 14-7, Beavers, after a Mima Mirkovic kill and another Hamm block, but Cal wasn't able to get closer than seven as OSU took a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Beavers jumped out to an early lead again in the third, going up 8-3, until a 4-0 Cal run made it 15-all. Five straight OSU points made it 21-16, Beavers, as they closed out the match.
Up Next: The Bears return to Haas Pavilion for a 7 p.m. first serve against Colorado on Friday, Oct. 15.
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