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Oregon State Comes up Short at No. 19 Stanford

Nov 7, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – Oregon State volleyball fell at No. 19 Stanford in four sets (19-25, 25-19, 19-25, 19-25) in a Pac-12 matchup on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers dropped to 4-20 overall and 2-12 in conference play to conclude the Bay Area road trip.

For the second consecutive match, OSU had three different players connect on double-digit kills that was highlighted by freshman Kateryna Tkachenko's career-high and match-high 17 kills. Senior Maddie Goings followed behind with 14 kills, eight digs and two blocks. Junior Lindsey Schell chipped in 11 with an impressive .400 hitting percentage to go along with four rejections.

Defensively, senior Grace Massey grabbed a team-high 18 digs while Nya Buckner and DiLara Unal led at the net with five blocks each.  

For the match, OSU connected on 54 kills off 141 attempts (.206) compared to the Cardinal .313 attacking clip with 57 kills off 134 attempts. Stanford held the slight advantage in digs (52-51), assists (54-51) and service aces (3-2) while both teams rejected nine on the day.

Tkachenko led the offense with five kills while the Beavers attacked at .188 in the opening set. Oregon State trailed by as many as eight, 22-14, but used a late 5-1 surge to make the score 23-19. The Cardinal sealed the 25-19 frame with two straight kills.

For the first time since the 2018 campaign, the Beavers took a set from the Cardinal after flipping the switch in the second frame, 25-19. The Black & Orange forced nationally-ranked Stanford to call a timeout after connecting on four straight points at 12-9 halfway through the frame. The Beavers led by as many as five, 18-13, until Stanford went on a 4-1 run but kills from Goings and Schell sealed the victory. OSU added a set-high 16 kills off 40 attempts (.300) while the defense came up big with 18 digs and six blocks.

In the ultra-competitive third set, both teams traded points up until Stanford rattled off five straight to earn the 17-12 advantage. Late kills from Schell and Tkachenko pulled Oregon State within two, 20-18, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinal ran way with the 25-19 third. For the set, Stanford used a .576 hitting percentage while the Beavers attacked with a .290 clip.

After trailing by three early in the fourth set, Mychael Vernon pulled the Beavers within one, 6-5, off a kill from the left side. Stanford turned it on midway through, hitting .556 to ultimately end the match 25-19. The Beavers had their lowest hitting percentage of the matching, hitting .053 in the final set.

The Beavers return home next weekend, hosting UCLA on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. before concluding the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 21 against USC. First serve against the Trojans is slated for noon inside Gill Coliseum.  
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