Late Rally Not Enough Against OSU
BERKELEY – California volleyball battled to the end, fighting off five match points before falling 20-25, 19-25, 25-27 to Oregon State Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Katie Smoot led the Bears with nine kills and Leah Schmidt added eight for California (7-17, 0-13 Pac-12).
The Bears had 55 digs to the Beavers' 52.
Lindsey Schell had a match-high 11 kills for Oregon State (4-19, 2-11 Pac-12).
How It Happened:
OSU jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, but Cal was able to close within 16-14 on a run of four straight points as the Beavers used a timeout. Oregon State scored four of the next five points on the way to a 25-20 first set win.
The second set was back-and-forth with neither side taking more than a three-point lead until OSU scored four straight to go up 22-16, forcing a Cal timeout. The Bears got a pair of kills from Bella Bergmark and Ellie Hamm out of the timeout, but came up short, 25-19 as the Beavers went up 2-0 in the match.
Cal started the third scoring the first six points, forcing the Beavs to take an early timeout. OSU didn't go away, taking eight of 10 points to tie the score at 11-all. The Bears fought off five Beaver match points, tying the score at 25 and 27, but Oregon State scored two straight to end the match.
Up Next: The Bears are back in Haas Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 7 for a 12 noon first serve against No. 18 Oregon.