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Volleyball Falters In Four Sets On The Road At USC

Oct 16, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Taking the first set from USC, Oregon State was unable to sustain the momentum, falling in four sets (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 12-25) to the Women of Troy on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center.

Offensively, the Beavs (6-12, 1-7 Pac-12) saw two student-athletes finish in double figures, with Mychael Vernon leading the way with 12 kills, while Nursena Ballioglu added 10 of her own. Izzi Szulczewski added 13 digs to lead OSU defensively.
The Oregon State offense struggled in the early going of set one, as the Beavers found themselves trailing by as many as six to start the match. USC (15-4, 7-1 Pac-12) took advantage of a trio of runs, using a 5-0 push and pair of 3-0 sprints to hold a 15-9 advantage at the first media timeout. Out of the break in action, the Oregon State offense came alive, using an 82 run, including kills from four different student-athletes to tie the match at 17-all. Trailing by one, at 20-19, the Orange and Black closed the opening stanza on a 6-1 push to take the first set with Vernon's third kill of the frame sealing it for the Beavs.
USC jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in set two off three aces from Emilia Weske. However, much like the first set, Oregon State fought back with a 5-0 dash of their own to recapture the early advantage. The Trojans took the upper hand off Beaver miscues to hold a 15-12 lead at the media and stretched their lead to as many as five at 20-15. A trio of USC errors brought the Beavs back within a pair, but the Women of Troy answered to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 victory in set two.
The Beavs offense was slowed in the third, as USC collected 15 digs in the frame and held OSU to an attack percentage of .152 in set three. Exchanging points for much of the early going in the third, USC took advantage off five kills in a pair of 3-0 pushes to take a four-point edge into the media timeout. Six kills from Pac-12 Player of the Week Skylar Fields and five different 3-0 runs in the set helped guide the Trojans to a 2-1 lead in the match.
USC went right back to Fields in the fourth, as the transfer had five kills to guide the Trojans to a 9-3 lead and force Oregon State into the early timeout. The Trojans used a .500 hitting percentage in the fourth to finish out the match, while holding the Beavs to an .038 attack in the final set.
After four-straight on the road, Oregon State returns to historic Gill Coliseum on Friday, Oct. 21. First serve against Colorado is set for 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Mountain.OUR MISSION 
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