Attacking Struggles Cost Beavs At Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. – Hitting .000 in the match, the Oregon State volleyball team was unable to overcome costly offensive errors, falling in straight sets (25-12, 25-17, 25-13) to Colorado on Saturday evening at the CU Events Center.
Inna Balyko was the only Beaver (7-19, 2-14 Pac-12) student-athlete in double figures, dishing out 20 assists on the night.
Errors by the Beavs and kills on six of the first 10 swings by Colorado (17-9, 9-7 Pac-12) saw the Buffs race out to 13-4 lead in the opening set. The offensive woes continued in set one for OSU, as the Beavs hit negative at -.053, and Colorado grabbed a 25-12 victory to start the match.
A trio of kills by Nursena Ballioglu kept the Beavs close in the early going of the second set. Tied at 11, Colorado took advantage of more OSU errors, as the Orange & Black had five miscues in a 7-0 push by the Buffs to take control of the set. A 5-1 run by the Buffaloes to close the second set saw CU take a two-set lead behind a 25-17 win in set two.
After the Buffs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, the Beavs tried battling back, drawing within two on multiple occasions. Oregon State was forced into its first timeout of the set after another error drew the Colorado lead back out to four at 12-8. Five-straight out of the break in action for the Buffaloes was too much for OSU to overcome as Colorado took the final set, 25-13.
Oregon State returns home for their final two home matches of the season on Friday against USC at 6 p.m PT, before facing UCLA on Sunday in the home finale at noon.
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