Goings Reaches 1,000 Career Digs in Loss at No. 22 Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Oregon State volleyball team fell in three sets (24-26, 16-25, 21-25) at No. 22 Washington State on Sunday afternoon. Senior Maddie Goings reached the 1,000 career dig mark in the third set, making her the 17th Beaver to reach the milestone in program history.
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Lindsey Schell paced the offense with 10 kills, her 15th double-digit kill game, followed by Kateryna Tkachenko's eight-kill match while Mychael Vernon and Goings each added seven. Grace Massey led the defense with a match-high 19 digs while Schell added two solo blocks at the net. Izzi Szulczewski dished out a game-high 31 assists to go along with five digs and three kills.
The Cougars hit .211 compared to the Beavers' .125 attacking clip. Both teams added 34 assists, but OSU led the advantage in digs, 53-42. Washington State held the slight lead in kills, 39-38, but controlled the game with its aces, 8-0, and blocks, 14-8.
Oregon State jumped out to an early 4-2 lead in the opening set, but the Cougars used a four-point surge to even the score at 6-6. The Beavers put together a 6-2 rally after trailing by one to pull ahead 14-12 but WSU answered and scored on the next three as the 15-14 set went into the media timeout inside Bohler. As the Cougars held set point at 24-23, Schell delivered a crucial kill to the back line evening things up but two straight WSU kills sealed the 26-24 set. OSU attacked at its best in the set at .200 with 15 kills while keeping Washing State to a .164 clip and 16 kills.
The beginning of the second set was all Cougars, jumping out to a 8-3 advantage. Back-to-back Beaver points pulled the Orange & Black within three at 12-9 but were forced to call their first timeout of the frame after WSU delivered three straight kills and a block. The nationally-ranked Cougars kept the Beavers from striking distance, winning the second 25-16.
In the third, the Beavers jumped out to a 13-9 lead after a Vernon kill. Washington State evened the frame at 14-14 but OSU forced a Cougar timeout after delivering four straight points. Three Beaver errors and a WSU kill once again evened the set, 18-18, forcing the Orange & Black to call their first timeout. At the 24-21 Cougar match point, WSU handed the Beavers the loss in the next play, 25-21.
Oregon State returns home for its final regular-season matches on Nov. 24 & 26 with Senior Night slated for that Friday against the Oregon Ducks at 5 p.m. Prior to the match, the Orange & Black will honor its three seniors in Maddie Goings, Grace Massey and Lindsey Schell.
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