Oregon State volleyball’s sophomore outside hitter Haylie Bennett left Thursday’s Pac-12 opener with an apparent knee injury.
Bennett left the match in the 3rd set at 9-8, with each team having won a set at that point. She appeared to step on the toe of Oregon State star outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide while attempting a solo block on her shot.
Bennett did not return to the court, though she did make an appearance on the bench with crutches.
After she left, Oregon outscored Oregon State 16-6 in the set, and 41-21 overall, in what had been a competitive match largely thanks in part to Bennett’s play. She had 4 kills and 1 block assist in just over 2 sets of play, and in the 2nd set she scored 3 of the team’s last 5 points, and assisted on another.
#16 Oregon wound up winning the match over #24 Oregon State 3-1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15). The school says that Bennett will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Corvallis. Oregon State next plays against #14 Washington at home on Sunday.
Bennett has started all 13 matches at outside hitter this season (although in 5 of those cases, libero Kayla Ellis held her spot on the floor in the official starting lineup). Bennett has scored 122.5 points, which ranks her 3rd on the team, including 2.04 kills/set.
Bennett remained positive on Thursday after the injury, responding to a concerned Tweet that she would “be back soon.”