Volleyball Sees Season Come to an End on Senior Night
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball program concluded its 2021 campaign on Friday evening in front of Beaver Nation, falling to No. 19 Oregon in straight sets.
Before the match, Oregon State honored its three seniors in Maddie Goings, Grace Massey, and Lindsey Schell for their historical and unforgettable careers as Beavers. All three of them have etched their names in the record books and will forever be remembered.
The OSU all-time digs record holder, Massey, finished the night with 16 digs and ends her career totaling 2,174 donning the Orange & Black. Coming off a double-double with a season-high 21 kills and a career-high 25 digs against Arizona State, Goings finished the match with seven kills and six digs. Goings finishes with a total of 1,299 career kills, moving into seventh in the record books. Schell's night was highlighted by four blocks as the Temecula, Calif. native concludes her lustrous Beaver career with 331 total blocks, good for 12th amongst all Beavers.
Freshman Kateryna Tkachenko led the offense against the Ducks with eight kills while her freshman counterpart Vivian Light added six. Freshman Izzi Szulczewski dished out 24 assists to go along with three blocks and three digs. DiLara Unal also added three block assists to help the defense.
Five different Beavers served up aces, including Ellie Turner who led OSU with a pair.
The Ducks jumped out to a 14-9 lead, forcing the Beavers to call their first timeout of the opening frame. Out of the break, Oregon continued its momentum winning five of the next eight plays. Light made the score 21-15, in favor of the nationally-ranked Ducks after sending a ball to the back-left corner but Oregon eventually took the 25-16 set. Light had five of her six kills in the frame to propel the Beavers.
Oregon State responded right out of gate in the second, taking an early 7-0 lead. Oregon put together a seven-point rally of its own, evening the score and forcing the Orange & Black to call a timeout. The Ducks took the lead in the frame, winning the next five of the six points and forcing another Beaver timeout at 16-10. Off the Oregon set point, Tkachenko forced another play by adding a kill from the left side that went off the Duck blockers. Oregon eventually won the frame, 25-16, the following play.
Schell's kill pulled the Beavers within one in the third, but Oregon rallied to win the next three. Blocks from Szulczewski and Schell made the score 8-5, in favor of Oregon but another two straight points forced OSU to call a timeout. Tkachenko's team-leading seventh kill stopped the 6-0 Duck rally at 14-6 but another Oregon rallied made the score 17-6. The Beavers battled back with a late three-point run, forcing the Ducks to call their first timeout at 23-18. At the Ducks match point, 24-19, the win was sealed off a kill.
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