Oregon State Falls in Tulane Invite Opener
NEW ORLEANS – Izzi Szulczewski lead the Beaver volleyball squad with a double-double performance, but it was not enough as Oregon State was defeated in straight sets (25-18, 27-25, 25-22) by LSU on Friday night at Fogelman Arena.
Szulczewski lead the way both offensively and defensive for the Beavers with 14 digs to go along 11 kills on a night where OSU struggled offensively, hitting just .173 in the defeat. Inna Balyko dished out 26 assists in the match, while Ryan White joined Szulczewski in double-figures with 13 digs.
The Beavers got out to a quick 3-1 start in the opening set behind a service ace from White, but the offense stalled for OSU, as the Tigers went on an 8-0 run midway through the first stanza to capture momentum and take the set 25-18.
Oregon State took control of the second set early with a pair of kills from Mychael Vernon pushing the Beaver advantage to as many as four, but errors took their toll, as seven in the set and a key service mistake late saw the Beavers set-point disappear and the Tigers take a 2-0 lead in the match.
OSU refused to go down without a fight, climbing back from a 16-10 deficit in the final set to tie the match at 19-all, however LSU took advantage of a pair of kills from Alia Williams to close the match.
The Beavers return to action tomorrow closing nonconference play against tournament host Tulane at 9 a.m. PST. The match will be streamed on ESPN+ and can be found by clicking here.
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