Beavers Open 2022 Season in the Rose City
CORVALLIS – The Oregon State volleyball team opens its 2022 season this weekend at the Rose City Invitational, hosted by Portland State.
The Beavers start the season against Long Beach State on Friday, August 26 at 11 a.m. before taking on the hosting Vikings the following day at 6 p.m.
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Three Beavers return to Corvallis after starting at least half of the team's matches in 2021: Izzy Szulczewski (30 starts), DiLara Unal (21) and Kateryna Tkachenko (18). In total, eight Beavs return after playing in at least 15 matches last season
NEW FACES IN ORANGE AND BLACK
Oregon State welcomes six new players to the program, five true freshman and one graduate transfer. The freshmen upgrade OSU's depth primarily at outside hitter and middle blocker while the lone transfer, Inna Balyko, is a setter who gives coach Mark Bernard the option to run either a 5-1 or a 6-2 system.
Oregon State often opens the season on the right note as the Beavs have a record of 35-11 in season-opening matches. Under head coach Mark Bernard, OSU is 5-1 in the first game of the year with the only loss coming in the 2021 spring season at Colorado.
IZZY DOES IT ALL
A two-year starter at Oregon State, Izzi Szulczewski contributes on both the attacking and defensive sides of the court. The sophomore was one of three Pac-12 players last season to rack up at least 8.50 assists per set and 2.50 digs per set, ranking in the top-20 in both categories.
B1G TIME EXPERIENCE
Thanks to the extra year of eligibility due to Covid-19, Oregon State's roster is berift of returning juniors and seniors, though they do have multiple players with two seasons under their belt. The Beavs looked for more experience in the transfer portal and added their lone senior, Inna Balyko. The setter has a long resume that includes 3,432 assists (8.84 per set) over three years at Rutgers. Balyko was twice named the Big Ten Setter of the Week during the 2020-21 spring season and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2019, 2020)
GUESS WHO'S BACK? BACK AGAIN.
The Beavs will have a big boost in the middle with the return of middle blocker Aliyah McDonald from a season-long injury. The sophomore posted 1.98 kills and 0.62 blocks per set in her freshman campaign (which was played against only Pac-12 opponents in the spring of 2021). McDonald also kept opposing middle blockers honest with a .239 hitting percentage, the ninth best for a freshman in program history.
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