(RV) Oregon State Hits .423 in Straight-Set Victory Over Cal

  0 Bill Stadick | November 05th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12


The Oregon State Beavers (RV) defeated the Cal Bears in straight sets on Sunday afternoon behind efficient .423 hitting.

Oregon State was led offensively by senior outside Mary-Kate Marshall, who notched 15 kills and served three aces. Junior middle Kory Cheshire added another 10 kills, while freshman setter Kylie McLaughlin paced the offense by dishing out 39 assists, and freshman libero Grace Massey led the back-row defense with 14 digs.

For the Bears, senior outside Antzela Dempi recorded 12 kills and freshman outside Mima Mirkovic added another 11. Freshman setter Isabel Potter registered 31 assists, and senior libero Christine Alftin tallied a season-high 16 digs.

In the first set, Oregon State led by a narrow 14-12 margin before going on a 9-1 run, eventually winning the frame 25-14 on a successful attack by McLaughlin. The second frame was all Oregon State as well, ending 25-21, again on a McLaughlin kill. After the intermission, the Beavers held off a late Cal charge to win 25-23.

“I thought we really controlled the game in the first and second sets,” Oregon State head coach Mark Barnard said. “But we need to maintain our level of play though, from set to set and match to match.”

Next up, Oregon State travels to Arizona to face the Wildcats on Thursday, while Cal goes on the road to play #8 Washington, also on Thursday.


Courtesy: Oregon State Athletics

Beavers Sweep Bears in Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Oregon State volleyball team dominated California through two sets before hanging on to secure the sweep Sunday afternoon. The win marks the seventh straight win for the Beavers over the Bears.

With the victory, OSU advances its record to 17-9 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-12. Cal falls to 13-12, 4-10. The Beavers defeated the Golden Bears by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23.

It was a close game through the mid-point of the first set with the Beavers leading 14-12. However, a 9-1 run behind the serving of Kayla Ellis and Maddie Goings put the opening set out of reach of the Bears.

In the second set, the Beavers took an early 10-5 lead before Cal stormed back with a four-point run to close the gap to 16-14. Following an OSU timeout, Kory Cheshire recorded back-to-back kills to open the lead to 19-16. The rest of the way, the Beavers registered five kills from five different attackers to secure the set 25-21.

“I thought we really controlled the game in the first and second sets,” head coach Mark Barnard said. “But we need to maintain our level of play though, from set to set and match to match.”

Cal came out of the intermission firing away taking a 5-1 lead to start the third set. The Beavers worked their way back to tie things at 8-8 after a four-point run. The teams traded sideouts for several points before OSU used another four-point run to open a 21-16 lead that the Beavers would not relinquish.

Mary-Kate Marshall led the Beavers with 15 kills and three aces while Cheshire recorded 10 kills and a team-leading four blocks. Overall, the Beavers recorded a hitting percentage of 42-percent, their best outing since early September.

“Our best area of play tonight was in our attack efficiency. We had very good distribution by Kylee (McLaughlin) on offense.”

Game Notes: Sunday’s victory marks the Beavers’ seventh consecutive win over California … Mary-Kate Marshall recorded 15 kills to lead the Beavers for the 24th time in 26 matches.

Next Up: Oregon State returns to action next week when the Beavers travel to the desert to face Arizona on Thursday and Arizona  State on Saturday. The match on Thursday will be televised on Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Arizona.

Courtesy: Cal Athletics

Bears Bested By Beavers

BERKELEY – Senior Antzela Dempi had 12 kills and moved into the Top 10 in Cal’s single-season ace list, but it was not enough as the Cal volleyball team fell to Oregon State 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

A senior from Thessaloniki, Greece, Dempi had team-high three aces on the afternoon, pushing her season total to 43, tied with Brooke Coulter and Lisa Arce for 10th on Cal’s single-season ace list.

Freshman Mima Mirkovic added 11 kills for the Golden Bears (13-12, 4-10 Pac-12), while freshman setter Isabel Potter had 31 assists, her third game this season with 30 or more assists and four shy of her career best.

Senior Christine Alftin had a season-high 16 digs while playing in just her third match of the season as Cal’s libero.

Dempi also recorded her 40th ace of the season, putting her just three short of Cal’s all-time top-10 for single season aces.

The Bears will be back in action on Thursday, November 9, visiting Washington at 7 p.m. PT. The match against the Huskies will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

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