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Beavers Silenced at No. 17 UCLA

Oct 24, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The Oregon State volleyball team was taken down in straight sets by No. 17 UCLA in Pac-12 play Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24, inside Pauley Pavilion. The Beavers fell by set scores of 18-25, 23-25, and 19-25 as their record drops to 3-17 overall and 1-9 in conference competition. UCLA improves to 15-3 overall and 8-2 in league play while staying undefeated at home this year.

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Senior Maddie Goings topped the Beavers with 12 kills, her fifth straight game in double figures, while Kateryna Tkachenko added 10 on a .400 attacking percentage. Freshman Izzi Szulczewski dished out a team-high 31 assists with two errors on the afternoon.

Both Goings and junior Lindsey Schell led the Beavers at the net with three blocks. Szulczewski record a team-high nine digs while senior Grace Massey collected eight and needs just 12 more to surpass all-time Beaver digs record holder Becky Defoe.

Schell's first of five kills of the game snapped the early UCLA five-point run but the nationally-ranked Bruins took the early 8-4 lead in the first set. UCLA grabbed its largest lead late of eight to close out the 25-18 frame. Three different Beavers added three kills including Schell, Goings and Tkachenko in the set.

The Beavers attacked at their best in the second frame at .310 off 12 kills and a set-low three errors. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage but the remainder of the set went back-and-forth. The nationally-ranked Bruins pulled ahead late, forcing an OSU timeout, and three straight UCLA points ended the second set at 25-23.

The third set was all UCLA, holding the advantage in almost every category. Late in the set, the Bruins led 23-15 until two kills from Goings and a Szulczewski kill helped OSU pull within five, 23-18. However, UCLA earned match point off an OSU error and eventually took the game off a Bruin kill.  

Oregon State returns to its home court next weekend, hosting Colorado on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. before welcoming Utah on Sunday, Oct. 31 with first serve slated for 11:00 a.m. inside Gill Coliseum.
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