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Volleyball Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker At Arizona

Oct 30, 2022

Tucson, Ariz. – The Oregon State volleyball team pushed Arizona to the limit on their home court, but ultimately fell in five sets (16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 10-15) on Sunday afternoon at the McKale Center.

The Beavs had three different student-athletes finish with 10 or more kills, led by Mychael Vernon's 20, while Izzi Szulczewski finished with 14 and Kateryna Tkanchenko had 12 of her own.

Libero Ryan White finished with 22 digs. Szulczewski recorded another double-double with 14 digs and was joined by setter Inna Balyko with 48 assists and 11 digs.

Freshman Kinley Sawn recorded the 100th kill of her freshman campaign in the early going of set one. However, Arizona started fast, using a 5-1 push, to grab a quick 7-3 lead in the opening set. Behind a strong attack and serve, hitting .500 in the first frame and recording four aces, the Wildcats took a 25-16 victory from the Beavs to start the match.

The Orange and Black responded in set two using aces by Emma Villaluz and White to take a 5-1 lead. After the Wildcats fought to tie the match at 10 each side, the Beavs took advantage of a trio of Arizona errors to make a 7-2 dash and take control of the set at 17-12. Vernon record back-to-back kills to secure the set for the Beavs, 25-21, and even the match at a set apiece.

Vernon stayed hot in the third, recording three-straight kills to push OSU out to a 6-2 lead. The Wildcats fought back with their own run to tie the match at 6-6 using a pair of Beaver errors to draw even. Trailing by three at 14-11, the Beavs answered with seven of the next nine points to jump back in front and a pair of kills by Swan stretched the OSU advantage to four. However, Arizona closed the set on a 7-1 run to grab a 2-1 lead in the match.

Inna Balyko pushed the Beavs ahead by four with her fourth kill, overpowering the Arizona block at the net, to stretch the Beaver lead to 13-9 in the fourth set. Oregon State put together its best attacking set of the match, swinging at a .343 clip to extend the match to a decisive fifth and final set.

The offense went cold for the Beavs in the fifth, as Arizona held OSU to an .045 hitting percentage and took the final set, 15-10.

Oregon State returns home to face Washington State on Friday, Nov. 4. First serve from Gill Coliseum is set for 6 p.m. PT.

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