Beavers Fall In Straight Sets To Washington State
PULLMAN, WASH. – The Oregon State volleyball team dropped a PAC-12 road contest to Washington State in straight sets (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) on Sunday afternoon at Bohler Gym.
For the ninth time this season, Mychael Vernon led the Beavers (6-10, 1-5 PAC-12) in kills, finishing the match as the only Beaver in double figures with 10 kills.
A block by Inna Balyko and Kinley Swan gave the Beavs the first point of the match, however the Cougs (12-5, 4-2 PAC-12) rattled off nine of the next 11 points to take control of the set. Oregon State got within three after a WSU attack error, but a 7-1 run to end the set guided the Cougars to a 25-14 victory in set one.
Trailing 3-0 in the second, the Beavs continued to fight back in the set, eventually taking a 10-9 lead off an Izzi Szulczewski kill. With the set tied at 16 all, the Beavs made a 3-0 run off a pair of kills from Vernon and another from Szulczewski to take a 19-16 advantage. Out of a timeout, Wazzu rattled off seven straight points to retake the lead. Pia Timmer's closed the set with the Cougars six ace of the match to take a 2-0 set advantage.
An 8-0 run towards the start of set three was all the Cougars needed to complete the sweep, as the Beavs were only able to get it within three points the remainder of the final frame.
Oregon State returns to action on Friday against UCLA. First serve from Los Angeles is set for 7 p.m. PT.
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