Beavers Head to Bayou State for Tulane Invitational
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team travels 2,620 miles to New Orleans, La. to face a pair of teams under first-year head coaches in LSU and Tulane on Friday and Saturday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.
In the first ever trip to Louisiana for the program, the Beavers face the Tigers on Friday at 5 p.m. before taking on the hosting Green Wave the following day at 9 a.m. PST.
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IZZI, IZZI, IZZI
A two-year starter at Oregon State, Izzi Szulczewski contributes on both the attacking and defensive sides of the court. The sophomore recorded Oregon State's first triple-double in five years, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Szulczewski racked up 22 digs to go with 12 assists and 11 kills for the triple-double and averaged 6.13 digs per set over the weekend, 1.13 more than any other Pac-12 player. She played both setter and outside hitter for the Beavs, competing in all six rotations and totaling double-digit digs in all three matches.
In 2021, the Beavers finished fourth in the Pac-12 with 14.20 digs per set, led by then-senior Grace Massey (4.40 d/set). With Massey lost to graduation, OSU has looked towards Ryan White (2.68 d/set), Emma Villaluz (2.54 d/set) on the back row. Both players have starts at libero this season and have played in every match. The Beavers currently ranks second in the Pac-12 with nearly 15 digs per set.
More than a third of Oregon State's roster came to Corvallis from outside the United States, including two of OSU's five freshmen and transfer setter Inna Balyko. The Beavs are one of just four Pac-12 teams with multiple international student-athletes.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).