- #3 Stanford at Oregon State
- Corvallis, Oregon (Pac-12 Match)
- Stanford improves to 13-2 (6-0 Pac-12); Oregon State drops to 11-7 (1-5 Pac-12)
- Match Stats
It took six match points in the third set, but the visiting Stanford Cardinal were finally able to finish off the sweep of the Oregon State Beavers. Set scores were 25-15, 25-18, and 29-27.
With the win, the third ranked Cardinal continued their dominance over their Pac-12 rival, as they improved to 65-0 all time against the Beavers. Stanford improved to 13-2 (6-0 Pac-12) and will return to action on Friday, October 13th when they travel to Los Angeles to face #18 UCLA.
Setter Jenna Gray led the offense to a .308 hitting percentage, dishing out 44 assists to go along with 5 digs. Kathryn Plummer led a balanced offensive attack with 17 kills and 11 digs, but four other players chipped in at least 6 kills for the Cardinal. Merete Lutz collected 10 kills, Audriana Fitzmorris totaled 9, and Tami Alade had 6 (.455). Freshman outside hitter Meghan McClure had a big match with 7 kills on 18 errorless swings, while collected 12 digs and serving up the match winning ace to end it. Morgan Hentz led the defense with 18 digs.
After getting off to a strong start to open their season, Oregon State has come upon hard times in conference play, falling to 11-7 overall (1-5 Pac-12). In this match, Mary-Kate Marshall led the offense with 12 kills while Haylie Bennett and Maddie Goings chipped in 6 and 5 respectively. Kylee McLaughlin dished out 25 assists while Kayla Ellis collected 13 digs. The Beavers will return to action on Friday, October 13th when they travel to Seattle to take on #8 Washington.
Courtesy of Oregon State Athletics
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team scrapped and fended off four match-points in the final set but ultimately fell to No. 2 Stanford in three sets Sunday afternoon. It was the fourth time in six Pac-12 matches, the Beavers have faced a ranked team.
The Beavers fell to 11-7 overall, and 1-5 in Pac-12 play, with the loss to the second-ranked Cardinal, which improved to 13-2, 6-0. Set scores were 25-15, 25-18, and 29-27.
Trailing 2-0 at the intermission, Oregon State came back from the locker room looking to turn around the match. The Beavers seized a 13-9 lead forcing a rare Cardinal timeout. Stanford slowly closed the gap and finally caught OSU at 16-16. From there the teams traded sideouts from all the way to 22-22 with neither able to generate any momentum. Stanford took a 24-22 lead and the Beavers faced their first match-point. Kills from Mary-Kate Marshall, Kylee McLaughlin and Haylie Bennett kept forcing extra play as the Beavers could not gain the lead until Stanford put the match away 29-27. In all there were 18 ties and seven lead changes in the third set.
“We keep finding ourselves at a stage where we’re very close but just make too many mistakes at the end,” head coach Mark Barnard said. “We need to focus on being aggressive in those situations and if we make mistakes at least we’re swinging away, but becoming passive just won’t work. We, as coaches, need to find a way to put more pressure on in practice and relieve pressure in games.”
Marshall led the Beavers’ offense with 12 kills. It is the 16th time in 18 matches, Marshall has led the team in kills. Kayla Ellis led the back-row defense with 13 digs and Maddie Goings just missed her career-high with four blocks.
“Haylie Bennett played well today and Maddie (Goings) was going well early and Mary-Kate (Marshall) came on late in the match. We did some good things today. I liked how our middles played. I’m pleased with how we fought hard up to the end.”
Game Notes: Maddie Goings served a pair of aces tying her career-mark … Kayla Ellis recorded 13 digs giving her 1,042 in her career. She passed Darby Reeder (2012-15) and Nikki Neuburger (1999-2002) to move into 12th place on OSU’s all-time digs list.
Next Up: The Beavers return to the road to play at Washington in Seattle next Friday, Oct. 13 and are at Washington State in Pullman on Sunday, Oct. 15.
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Courtesy of Stanford Athletics
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kathryn Plummer recorded 17 kills as No. 2 Stanford swept Oregon State, Sunday, at Gill Coliseum.
Stanford (13-2, 6-0 Pac-12), which hit .308, is now 65-0 all-time against the Beavers (11-7, 1-5 Pac-12). The Cardinal racked up 55 digs as a team, its most in a three-set match this season.
Plummer also notched 11 digs to pick up her team-best fifth double-double of the season. Redshirt senior opposite Merete Lutz recorded 10 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris finished with nine kills on .333 hitting.
Sophomore setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with 44 assists, her most in a three-set match this year. She also tallied five digs and a crucial ace late in the third set. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz had a match-high 18 digs, while freshman defensive specialist added five digs and two aces.
Stanford set the tone early, tallying 18 kills on .394 hitting in the opening set, while Oregon State managed just six kills in the opening frame.
Freshman Meghan McClure turned in seven kills on .389 hitting to go with 12 digs and two aces and two blocks. Junior middle blocker Tami Alade, the only player in the conference hitting over .400 on the season, posted six kills and three blocks.
The Beavers challenged the Cardinal in the third, pulling ahead 15-10. Stanford used a 6-1 run to close the gap and spark a come-from-behind win to close out the match.
Senior Mary-Kate Marshall led Oregon State with 12 kills, while freshman Maddie Goings added five kills, eight digs and four blocks for the Beavers.
Stanford remains on the road next week, travelling to Los Angeles to face No. 13 UCLA on Friday and No. 15 USC on Sunday. Both matches will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.