Beavers Fall 3-1 to Colorado, Massey Breaks OSU All-Time Digs Record
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team dropped a home decision Friday night to Pac-12 foe Colorado, falling (25-22, 18-25, 24-26, 19-25) inside Gill Coliseum but not before senior Grace Massey became the Beaver all-time digs record holder. With the result, OSU falls to 3-18 overall and 1-10 during conference play this season.
Prior to the match, Massey needed 12 to surpass the previous record of 2,029 that was set by Becky Defoe in 2013 as the Beaver, Ore. native registered 16 on the night in front of Beaver Nation.
Junior Lindsey Schell and freshman Vivian Light paced Oregon State with 13 kills and three blocks apiece. Freshman Izzi Szulczewski collected her eighth double-double of the season off 43 assists and 18 digs all while-tying a career-high six kills on .429 hitting.
Senior Maddie Goings was one kill shy of her second double-double of the year with nine kills to go along with 15 digs.
In the opening set, the Beavers came out hitting .250, keeping Colorado to a .244 clip. OSU took an early 12-9 and a 6-2 Orange & Black run pushed the lead to 18-11. The Buffs surged late with a 6-2 run of their own but Schell sealed the first frame with her fourth kill of the set to help the Beavers win, 25-22.
Colorado flipped the switch in the second, hitting .207 as a team with five errors compared to OSU's .057 attacking percentage with seven errors. After trailing 6-0 to start, the Beavers never led in the second frame as Colorado evened the match with two blocks and an ace to win the set at 25-18.
Oregon State assumed a 12-7 lead to start game three, but Colorado took the lead with an 11-2 run. The Beavers forced a Buff error late into the set to even the set at 24-24 but an OSU service error followed by a Colorado kill claimed the 26-24 nail-biting frame.
Back-to-back OSU kills from Schell brought the fourth frame to a 16-16 lock but Colorado responded with a 6-1 run. Madison Kelly's third kill of the set kept the game alive but Colorado had the final kill of the night to close it for the Buffs, 25-19.
As a team, the Beavers attacked at a .146 rate while the Buffs used a .217 hitting percentage in four sets. Colorado held the advantage in aces, 9-4, blocks, 11-8, assists, 50-48, and digs, 89-78 while OSU held the slight 54-53 kill advantage.
The Beavers remain home Sunday, Oct. 31, hosting No. 19 Utah at 11 a.m. inside Gill Coliseum.
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