A Balanced Offense Leads Oregon To Five-Setter Over Oregon State

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 25th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12

Match Results

  • #22 Oregon def. Oregon State 3-2, (25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9)
  • Oregon improves to 17-11, 10-10 Pac-12, Oregon State falls to 21-11, 11-9 Pac-12
  • Corvallis, Oregon
  • Attendance: 2,293
  • Match Stats

The Oregon Ducks snapped a four-match losing streak with a five-set thriller over in-state opponent Oregon State. Both the Ducks and Beavers will await their NCAA Tournament fates at the NCAA Selection Show this Sunday evening.

Both teams committed a number of errors throughout the match, with Oregon even committing more than the Beavers, but they had the resilience to finish the match and not commit them in crucial moments.

The Ducks had four players record double-doubles – Taylor Agost (12 kills, 11 digs), Lindsey Vander Weide (11 kills, 16 digs), August Raskie (29 assists, 14 digs) and Maggie Scott (24 assists, 13 digs). Three other Ducks posted double-digit kills – Willow Johnson (11), Ronika Stone (14) and Jolie Rasmussen (10) while Ales Hojnar picked up 21 digs).

Vander Weide’s 11 kills propelled her over the 1,000 kill mark as she sits at 1,006 following the match.

For Oregon State, three players picked up double-doubles – Mary-Kate Marshall (19 kills, 15 digs), Maddie Goings (14 kills, 14 digs) and Kylee McLaughlin (49 assists, 21 digs). Kory Cheshire and Haylie Bennett also recorded double-digit kills with 11 and 13, respectively, while Grace Massey and Kayle Ellis picked up 30 and 13 digs, respectively.

Press Release

Courtesy of Oregon Athletics

The 24th-ranked Oregon volleyball team snapped a four-match losing streak and closed out the regular season with a win in the Civil War on Friday night, beating Oregon State in a five-set thriller, 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9, in front of 2,293 fans in Gil Coliseum.

The Ducks finish the regular season at 17-11 overall and 10-10 in Pac-12 play, and now wait to learn their fate in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

“This was a big win and a win that we really needed,” said head coach Matt Ulmer. “It’s really about fight for us. We have the talent and we have every part of the game, it’s just a matter of us having confidence and just going for it and risking more. Tonight, other than the second set, I thought we were really aggressive and really pushed it, and when we’re aggressive we are pretty special.”

How it Happened: Oregon State (21-11, 11-9 Pac-12) trailed 11-9 in the first set before scoring five straight to take the lead, but the Ducks were able to play their way back to a 21-21 tie. The Beavers called a timeout to try and slow Oregon’s momentum after the Ducks scored five out of seven, but the Ducks put down four kills in the final five points to take the opening set, 25-22.

Aside from an early 3-3 tie, Oregon State led the entire second set as the Beavers won 25-16 to pull the match even at intermission. OSU used a 13-3 run in the middle of the set to open up a 21-9 lead, holding the Ducks to .018 hitting. Oregon was able to mount a 7-2 lead late in the set to close the gap a bit and gain some momentum back going into the locker room.

Trailing 7-4 in the third, Oregon ripped off five straight points to ignite a 12-3 scoring run and take a 16-10 lead. OSU pulled within 20-17 before a Taylor Agost kill and a Beaver error pushed the Ducks’ lead back to five, and Lindsey Vander Weide capped a great set by scoring Oregon’s final three points of the frame to secure a 25-21 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Oregon led 4-1 to start the fourth set, but Oregon State responded with a pair of 4-0 runs to take the lead. The Ducks trailed 12-8 before scoring five straight to move ahead, 13-12, but OSU answered again, playing to a 19-15 lead. Oregon then scored four out of five to get within a point, 20-19, but the Beavers scored four straight of their own and five of the final six points of the set to win, 25-21, and force a decisive fifth frame.

Tied 4-4 in the fifth, the Ducks scored five out of seven to take a 9-6 lead and force an OSU timeout. The Beavers fought back within one, 10-9, but Oregon scored the final five points of the match, capped with a block by Ronika Stone and Willow Johnson on OSU star Mary-Kate Marshall, to win the match and end the regular season with some momentum.

Who Stood Out: Five players finished with double-digit kills, led by Stone’s 14 on .417 hitting. Agost finished with 12 kills, Johnson and Vander Weide each had 11 and Jolie Rasmussen put down 10. Agost (11) and Vander Weide (16) each finished with double-digit digs to record double-doubles, and setters August Raskie (29 assists, 14 digs) and Maggie Scott (24 assists, 13 digs) also finished with double-doubles. Senior libero Alex Hojnar also enjoyed a good match with a team-high 21 digs, and Lauren Page factored in on seven blocks.

What it Means: Entering the match on a four-match losing streak, the Ducks got a much-needed win to close out the regular season on a high note and finish the year at .500 in conference play. Oregon began to regain its form from earlier in the season and got a good breakout performance from Vander Weide, and the Ducks earned some important momentum with the NCAA Tournament looming.

Quotable: Matt Ulmer, Head Coach
On Vander Weide’s play…
“Lindsey was the game-changer after the second set. I couldn’t be more proud of her response, and really in every area she stepped up. How clutch was she at the end serving, and she was so tough putting the ball exactly where I wanted it time and time again. Just really proud of her. She really needed this and our team really needed this. It’s an exciting way to go into the postseason.”

Notable: Oregon has now won the last six Civil War matchups … The Ducks improve to 15-0 this season when holding their opponent to under .200 hitting (.182) … Vander Weide earned her team-best ninth double-double, Scott recorded her eighth and Agost and Raskie each tallied their sixth.

Up Next: The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

Press Release

Courtesy of Oregon State

Mary-Kate Marshall recorded 19 kills in the final home match of her career, but the Oregon State volleyball team came up short falling to No. 24 Oregon in five sets Friday night at Gill Coliseum.

The match was is part of the Civil War series, brought to you by Pacific Source Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons and your local Toyota dealers. Set scores were 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 9-15.

The Oregon State volleyball program honored three student-athletes participating in their final home match including Marshall, McKenna Hollingsworth and Lanesha Reagan. Marshall tallied 19 kills on 55 attacks and registered 15 digs, to record her 12th double-double of the season, and a block. Hollingsworth and Reagan have missed the vast majority of the season due to injury.

The five-set match was played closely throughout the evening. OSU led the first set at 21-19 until Oregon was able to string together five point in a row to secure the set 25-22.

Oregon State came back in the second set taking a commanding 21-9 lead behind a strong defense by the Beavers. OSU posted seven blocks in the second set alone and Marshall registered five kills in the stanza holding on to take the set 25-16.

With the match even at intermission, the Ducks took an early lead in the third at 8-7 extending it to 16-10. The Beavers battled to stay within striking distance as Kory Cheshire tallied four kills and a pair of blocks and Marshall added six kills in the period. Oregon won the set 25-21.

Needing to win the fourth set to stay alive in the match, Oregon State rose to the occasion taking an early lead 9-6. However, Oregon battled back to take the lead at 13-12 and again at 14-13. However, the Beavers received a pair of kills each from Marshall and Maddie Goingsand three blocks by Maddy Gravley to extend the match with a Set 4 win, 25-21.

The Beavers led the fifth set 3-1 but couldn’t hold on dropping the set 15-9.

Grace Massey led five Beavers in double-digits with 30 digs. She is the first OSU player with 30 digs since Darby Reeder in 2014. Gravley recorded a team-high and career-best nine blocks.

Game Notes: Mary-Kate Marshall led the Beavers with 19 kills. It is the 28th time in 32 matches she has led the Beavers in kills. Marshall now has 1,896 career kills and needs 24 to tie the school record … Grace Massey set a career-high with 30 digs. She is the first OSU player to record 30 digs in a match since Darby Reeder in the 2014 NCAA Tournament … three Beavers registered double-doubles including Marshall (19 kills, 15 digs), Maddie Goings (14 kills, 14 digs), Kylee McLaughlin (49 assists, 21 digs) … McLaughlin set a career-high with 21 digs … Maddy Gravley had a career-match with nine blocks … Haylie Bennett tied her career-best with 13 kills.

Next Up: The Beavers now awaits their postseason fate. Oregon State volleyball is holding an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party Sunday in the Loge Level of Reser Stadium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show scheduled to state at 6 p.m. Fans who cannot attend can watch the show on ESPNU.

Oregon State volleyball fans are encouraged to join Off the Bench, the program’s new donor club. Click here for more information or call Skylar Erhardt in Our Beaver Nation at 541-737-2370.

For more information on the Oregon State volleyball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverVBall, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateVolleyball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverVBall.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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