Volleyball Set for Final Road Trip to No. 12 Washington, No. 22 Washington State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team is set for its final weekend road trip of the season at No. 12 Washington on Friday, Nov. 19 before facing No. 22 Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 21. Both matches will be available on the Pac-12 Network with first serves slated for 7 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.
• Oregon State (4-22, 2-14 Pac-12) hits the road one last time this season, travelling to nationally-ranked Washington schools on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21.
• First serve in Seattle against No. 12 Washington is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday before the Beavers wrap-up weekend action at No. 22 Washington State on Sunday at 12 p.m. Both matches will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.
• The Beavers are no stranger to the road as OSU has played 18 of its 26 matches in unfamiliar territory this season.
• The Orange & Black hosted No. 12 UCLA and USC last weekend for games seven and eight inside Gill Coliseum during the 2021 campaign. 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.
• Before hosting Stanford on Oct. 8, OSU came off a 14-match road stretch to begin the 2021 season that included 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 to watch on Pac-12 Oregon with A.J. Kanell on the call. While Sunday's contest can be watched on Pac-12 with Greg Talbott. Live stats will also be 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, 1-17 in Seattle, look to earn their first win over the Huskies since Nov. 17, 2017 after OSU defeated Washington in five sets in Corvallis. Earlier this season, Oregon State dropped a three-set match in Corvallis to No. 10 Washington. Senior Maddie Goings led OSU with 12 kills and finished with five digs. Junior Lindsey Schell was the other Beaver in double-figures with 10 kills while leading the team with three rejections. Freshman Izzi Szulczewski added four kills, 32 assists and five digs.
• The head-to-head matchup with the Cougars is 18-16, in favor of Washing State. As of late, WSU has owned the clash taking the last six including this year's earlier matchup inside Gill Coliseum. Oregon State hung in on every set, but 25-ranked Washington State took the match 25-21, 25-19, 25-18. The last time the Beavers won in Pullman was back on Dec. 15, 2017 by a score of 3-2.
• Oregon State 2020-21 roster is highlight by the return of senior Grace Massey for a fifth season.
• Massey became the OSU's all-time digs record holder against Colorado on Friday, Oct. 29, surpassing the previous record of 2,029 that was set by Becky Defoe in 2013. The Beaverton, Ore. native needed 12 against the Buffs and collected 16 that night in front of Beaver Nation and now has 2,103 digs and counting.
• So far in 2021, Massey has 325 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 (4.22) 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 1,285 career kills to sit eighth all-time at OSU and has 3,933 career attacks to sit sixth. Goings also needs just seven digs to surpass the 1,000th dig mark in her career. The senior didn't occur in either match last weekend due to injury.
• Junior Lindsey Schell returns for another season in the Orange and Black. This season, the Temecula, Calif. native has 231 kills off 561 attacks, along with 80 blocks to average 0.91 per set.
• Szulczewski has been a crucial part of OSU's team with 741 assists on the season to lead OSU. She has posted nine double-doubles this season to sit with 19 on her career. On the year, she has 65 kills, 17 aces, 50 blocks and 225 digs.
• Tkachenko made her debut vs LSU. She has recorded double-digit kills in 12 of the 23 matches she has seen time in this season, including tying a career-high 17 at No. 19 Stanford last time out. On the year, she has 239 kills, 64 digs, seven aces and 15 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 returned to the court at Cal and at No. 19 Stanford after missing matches dating back to Sept. 9 due to an injury. Vernon entered the starting lineup against No. 12 UCLA last Friday night and led the Beavers with nine kills.
• 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 112 kills, 24 blocks and 21 digs on the year but hasn't played as of late due to an injury.
• 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 36 kills, 26 blocks, 15 digs and six aces. Bourne has 36 kills, 12 digs and 20 blocks through 26 matches this season.
• Unal made her first appearances in 2021 against Penn State. Unal has started 17 matches and has 49 blocks, including a career-high seven at California (11/5). She also has seven aces, eight assists, 19 kills and 19 digs on the season.
• White has appeared in 26 matches and every set this season, seeing time as both a defensive specialist and libero. With 10 starts under her belt, the Richland, Wash. native has 144 digs and five aces on the season.
LAST TIME OUT
• Oregon State dropped both its matches at home last weekend, falling in straight sets to No. 12 UCLA on Friday night and USC on Saturday afternoon in front of Beaver Nation.
• Freshman outside hitter Mychael Vernon led the offense against UCLA with nine kills while Grace Massey led all players with 14 digs. Lindsey Schell was dominate at the net, rejecting seven to go along with four kills. Against the Trojans, freshman Kateryna Tkachenko's nine kills led the offense as the outside hitter has now led OSU nine different times this season in kills. Schell added a game-high five blocks while Vernone chipped in eight kills.
• Following this weekend, Oregon State concludes the 2021 season at home next week around Thanksgiving. The Beavers host Arizona State on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. before welcoming Oregon for Senior Night on Friday, Nov. 26. Prior to Friday's first serve, the Beavers will honor and recognize its three seniors in Maddie Goings, Grace Massey and Lindsey Schell. Single game tickets are available by visiting BeaverTickets.com/volleyball or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS.streamed by the home institutions.