Arizona Schools Await Beavs Volleyball As Pac-12 Play Continues
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team returns to the road with a pair of matches against Arizona State and Arizona on Friday and Sunday. First serve against the Sun Devils is set for 7 p.m. PT, while Sunday's contest with the Wildcats will begin at noon.
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On a night where she needed just 30 assists to reach the 4,000 career assist milestone, graduate transfer Inna Balyko, matched an Oregon State high, dished out the third-most assists in a match in her career and distributed 50 or more assists for the seventh time in her career, finishing the victory with 53 helpers to guide Oregon State to a season-best matching 69 kills in the win over Colorado. She also set a season-high in digs with 15 to record her fifth double-double of the season and anchor the OSU defense that out-dug the Buffaloes 57-38 in the match.
Mychael Vernon has finished in double figures for kills in 15 of her 18 matches played so far this season. She recorded a career-high 22 kills in the win over the Buffs, swinging .333 in the process. Of the 18 matches, Vernon has been the top attacker for the Beavs in 11, including seven of the Beavs Pac-12 matches. She leads the Beavs with 231 kills on the season.
IZZI, IZZI, IZZI
A two-year starter at Oregon State, Izzi Szulczewski recorded Oregon State's first triple-double in five years against Portland, and is one of just two PAC-12 athletes with a triple-double this season. She is the only PAC-12 athlete with multiple triple-doubles this season and one of just 13 in the country.
Freshman Kinley Swan has made just 11 errors to go along with 56 kills on 113 attempts through 10 matches of PAC-12 play. Swan is third in the conference with a .398 hitting percentage through the first 10 matches of league play.
Oregon State had three or more attackers in double figures for the first time since the five-set win over Cal on Sept. 23 at Gill, in the win over Colorado last Friday. Mychael Vernon (22) and Izzi Szulczewski (15) both sets career-highs in kills for the pair of sophomore attackers, as Kateryna Tkachenko also got in on the fun for the Beavs with 11 kills of her own. The trio finished with just 13 errors to help guide the Beavs to a season-high .398 attacking percentage as a team.
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