Beavers Travel to LA for Two Matches
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State volleyball hits the road traveling to Los Angeles for matches against USC and UCLA after spending the previous two weekends in Gill Coliseum.
• Oregon State (3-15, 1-7 Pac-12) is back on the road traveling to Los Angeles to take on USC and No. 17 UCLA.
• Friday's match at USC will be on Pac-12 Oregon beginning at 7 p.m. The Beavers wrap-up weekend action at UCLA on Sunday at 12 p.m.
• OSU is coming off its first two weekends at home during the 2021 season hosting Stanford and Cal two weeks ago and both Washington schools this past weekend. Oregon State was the last Power Five school to host a home competition after having the tournament scheduled for the second week of preseason cancelled to force OSU on the road to Penn State.
• Prior to OSU's two home weekends, OSU was coming off a 14-match road stretch to begin the 2021 season that includes four tournaments and the first two weeks of the Pac-12 schedule. During this stretch, OSU traveled more than 18,400 miles.
• Injuries and other outside factors have once again plagued to Beavers this season as multiple key returners have missed matches at some point this season including: Nya Buckner, Aliyah McDonald, Mychael Vernon, Grace Massey, Mary Kate Lopez, Ellie Turner, Maddie Goings and Kateryna Tkachenko.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
• Friday's match will be available on to watch on Pac-12 Oregon with Camryn Irwin on the call. Sunday's match can be watch on UCLA's Live Stream. Live stats are also available.
• To access live stats and the link to watch the matches via your computer, smartphone or tablet, visit osubeavers.com.
• Fans are encouraged to follow the Oregon State volleyball program via social media. There are several platforms to follow the team including:
• Twitter: @BeaverVBall
• Instagram: @BeaverVBall
• Facebook: /BeaverVBall
• Season and single game tickets are available by visiting BeaverTickets.com/volleyball or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS.
AGAINST THE FIELD
• The Beavers taking on USC in Los Angeles for the first time since 2019. The Beavers hosted USC last season on January 29 and 31 during the where the two programs split action. OSU captured the win on the 29th behind a 15-kill performance from Kateryna Tkachenko. Aliyah McDonald, Lindsey Schell, Maddie Goings and Izzi Szulczewski also tabbed to help propel the Beavers.
• Last season against the Bruins, Oregon State dropped both matches in LA. OSU took one set from UCLA that weekend. Returning from last season, Tkachenko led OSU with 25 kills between the two matches. Mychael Vernon also had a strong performance with 18 kills.
• Oregon State 2020-21 roster is highlight by the return of senior Grace Massey for a fifth season.
• With this, Massey has the ability to claim the top spot on Oregon State's career digs list. The top spot is currently held by Becky Defoe (2010-13) with 2,029. After the Washington match, Massey (1,991) is 38 digs away from tying the record and 39 from claiming the top spot outright.
• So far in 2021, Massey has 213 digs. In her first three season in the Orange and Black, Massey finished in the top-10 for each grade (Freshman: 2nd with 433; Sophomore: 1st with 560; Junior: 3rd with 524). As a sophomore and junior, Massey's numbers rank her third and fifth, respectively, on OSU's single-season digs record list. Massey also holds a top-10 spot on digs per set each year she has been a Beaver.
• Against Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Massey set the three-set match record for digs in a set with 33 - tying a career-high that was previously set against Arizona on Nov. 17, 2019.
• Currently, Massey sits fourth in the Pac-12 for digs per set (4.35) and eighth for total digs. She is also 26th in the NCAA for career digs amongst active players.
• On top of her success on the court, Massey was also selected as one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
• Maddie Goings made her 2021 debut vs LSU and recorded a team-high 19 kills. After the Oregon match, she has 1,198 career kills to sit 10th all-time at OSU and has 3,699 career attacks to sit sixth.
• Junior Lindsey Schell returns for another season in the Orange and Black. This season, the Temecila, Calif. native has 162 kills off 391 attacks, along with 51 blocks to average 0.85 per set.
• Szulczewski has been a crucial part of OSU's team with 501 assists on the season to lead OSU. She has posted seven double-doubles this season to sit with 17 on her career. On the year, she has 51 kills, nine aces, 39 blocks and 154 digs.
• Tkachenko made her debut vs LSU. She has recorded double-digit kills in eight of the 15 matches she has seen time in this season, including a career-high 17 at Colorado State. On the year, she has 158 kills, 46 digs, five aces and nine blocks.
• Vernon made her 2021 debut at the Colorado State Tournament starting against UAB. During her debut, she recorded 14 kills to lead OSU. She posted 17 kills at Colorado State to finish the weekend with 40 kills, nine digs and five blocks. At the Boise State Classic, she finished with 17 kills and 12 digs. Most recently, she posted seven digs at Oregon but has missed every match since due to injury.
• The freshman class has hit the ground running since joining the squad.
• All-seven true freshman have seen time in at least seven sets this season, and six have made appearances in the starting lineup (Emily Bourne, Iris Coba, Madison Kelly, Vivian Light, DiLara Unal and Ryan White).
• Light attacked opening weekend starting her career in the Orange and Black by leading the Beavers with 16 kills against Oklahoma. She has 73 kills, 14 blocks and 13 digs on the year.
• Bourne and Kelly made an impact in their roles this season, including starting in both games at the Oklahoma Classic. On the year, Kelly has 27 kills, 19 blocks, 12 digs and six aces. Bourne has 31 kills, 11 digs and 16 blocks through the first 16 matches of the season.
• Unal made her first appearances in 2021 against Penn State. Unal has started 11 matches and has 28 blocks. She also has four aces, seven assists, nine kills and 12 digs on the season.
• White has appeared in 18 matches and every set this season, seeing time as both a defensive specialist and libero. The Richland, Wash. native has 108 digs and five aces on the season.
LAST TIME OUT
• Oregon State dropped both matches last weekend to No. 25 Washington State and No. 10 Washington in Gill Coliseum.
• The Beavers battled the Cougars for three sets on Friday night, but weren't able to sneak away with a set win. On Sunday, Oregon State kept it close in the first set, but eventually fell to the Huskies in three sets.
• Following this weekend, Oregon State returns home on Oct. 29 hosting Colorado at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. Weekend action will conclude on Oct. 31 as OSU hosts Utah at 11 a.m.
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