Scott Posts Career Night Against Beavs
CORVALLIS, ORE. – Coming off a solid showing against No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday, California volleyball (7-5, 0-2 Pac-12) headed to Gill Coliseum on Friday evening ready to go toe-to-toe with a solid Oregon State squad, which had just taken No. 21 Oregon to four sets. The Beavers (6-6, 1-1 Pac-12) were held to just .188 on the night due to several outstanding efforts across the Bears' roster; however, the home team ultimately prevailed in five sets, 3-2.
Sophie Scott, one of the nation's top-blocking freshmen and a Portland native, posted season-highs in both blocks and kills as she recorded nine apiece. Sophomore Annalea Maeder (50 assists, 14 digs) and junior Leah Schmidt (19 kills, 13 digs) both recorded double-doubles on the night, with the former crossing the 400-assist mark on the season. Meanwhile, junior Sam Taumoepeau matched her career high with 14 kills, while classmate Tara DeSa posted 27 digs – just one off her own career high.
Cal scored first off a block from Scott and junior Lydia Grote, but quickly found itself in a hole after the Beavers posted a 6-0 run. After Oregon State jumped out to a 12-4 lead, the Bears put together perhaps their gutsiest single-set performance of the 2022 season – a kill from Maeder sparked a massive 21-11 scoring run that included service aces from Schmidt, freshman Peyton DeJardin and freshman Mikayla Hayden, respectively. It was Grote who slammed home the final kill of the set, finalizing the score at 25-23.
Schmidt kicked off the second set with two kills in the Bears' first three points, but the Beavers were determined not to get too far behind. There were no fewer than eight ties during the set (including one at 23-23) despite stellar performances from Schmidt and Taumoepeau, who combined for 10 kills and a service ace (Schmidt). Eventually, Oregon State pulled out the set win, mirroring the Bears' first-set result with a score of 25-23.
Once again, Cal scored first in the third set off a kill from Grote, but once again, the two teams showed a penchant for ties, recording a total of 12 in this go-around. Cal put together a 5-0 run to make the score 15-11, but Oregon State immediately responded with its own 5-0 run; it took a late 4-0 Cal run, capped off with a Maeder service ace, to close out the set with a score of 25-19. Besides Maeder's, the Bears also recorded aces from Grote, DeSa, and DeJardin in the third set of play.
Grote scored first again for Cal in the fourth set, followed shortly afterward with a block from her and Scott in addition to yet another service ace to jump out to a 6-4 lead. Several points later, Scott recorded her seventh block of the match – tying her then-career high – to bring the score to 15-11 in favor of the Bears. A furious Beavers attack forced a tie at 19 apiece, then at 24, despite Schmidt reaching her 18th kill and Scott her 8th block. Two more points from Oregon State ended the set, 26-24, and forced the tiebreaker.
The Bears continued their trend of scoring first, with Taumoepeau starting off the fifth set with a kill; however, an inspired Oregon State scored three quick points to put Cal at a disadvantage. Scott took it upon herself to bring the Bears back to life, recording her ninth block as well as her seventh, eighth and ninth kills to put Cal in the lead at 10-9. Ultimately, the Bears fell just short, never leading by more than one as the Gill Coliseum crowd spurred the Beavers to an eventual 15-13 win.
Cal returns to Haas Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 30, to host the visiting Washington State Cougars (8-4, 0-1 Pac-12).
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