Beavers Battle Sun Devils In Five-Set Heartbreaker
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State volleyball fought hard for five-sets, but ultimately dropped a 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 17-25, 25-22, 12-15) nailbiter to Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
Matching her career high with 13 kills, Nursena Ballioglu led the offensive attack for the Beavers and was joined in double-figures by Mychael Vernon with 12 kills.
Three different student-athletes finished with 10 or more digs, led by libero Ryan White, who finished the match with 17, while Izzi Szulczewski compiled six blocks at the net for OSU.
To open the match, Oregon State (6-8, 1-3 PAC-12) jumped out to a 3-1 lead off a pair of service miscues by the Sun Devils (8-8, 2-2 PAC-12). Neither team took control of the opening stanza with the opponent remaining within two points nearly the whole way, until a 3-0 run, highlighted by a Szulczewski service ace, gave the Beavers the push they needed to jump out to a 17-14 lead in the set and take control of the match 1-0.
Knotted at 16 in the second, Arizona State used a 9-2 run to close the frame and even the match at one set apiece. The Beavs were limited to just six kills in the stanza, as ASU shut down the offense, allowing Oregon State to hit just .077 in the second set.
The offensive woes continued for the Beavers in set three, as 12 attack errors by OSU saw the team hold a negative hitting percentage, guiding the Sun Devils to a 2-1 lead in the match.
However, the Beavs rallied, collecting 15 kills from seven different Beavers in the four set, to bring the match back to even at two sets aside. Trailing 18-15, Oregon State forced ASU into five attack errors over the final 14 points of the set to force the decisive fifth frame.
Oregon State looked like destined to complete the comeback jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the final set, but as per much of the match, neither team refused to go down without a fight. The Sun Devils responded with a 5-0 run to regain the lead, which they wouldn't surrender, going on to take the final set 15-12.
Completing a four-game homestand, the Beavers are now on the road for the next four matches beginning with Washington on Friday night. First serve from Seattle is set for 8 p.m. PT
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