OSU Volleyball falls to Utah in close match

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Junior outside hitter Amy Underdown, senior middle blocker Maddy Gravley and freshman setter Maddie Sheehan all start walking to the huddle after Utah gains a point.

Jarred Bierbrauer, OMN Sports Chief

In their military appreciation match, Oregon State Volleyball took a tough loss to the Utah Utes Friday evening at Gill Coliseum with a final set score of 2-3.

The Beavers pulled off wins in the second and fourth sets, both ending 25-22. In the fifth set however, Utah took the lead early off of a couple OSU errors, taking the final set 15-10.

OSU senior defensive specialist Kayla Ellis had a career night against the Utes as she put up 21 digs, three points and one kill, all personal records.

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“I feel like we came out with a fight, but not enough fight,” Ellis said. “We really fought towards the end and there were points and time where we weren’t fighting enough when we should’ve been giving it our all.”

In addition to personal records, junior outside hitter Any Underdown also had a career night as she tallied 26.5 points off of 26 kills and one assist.

“I felt good,” Underdown said. “Our servercy was solid, much better than last weeks. But it’s also that setter connection, we finally nailed it and we took the time in practice.”

Mark Barnard, OSU Volleyball head coach, said Ellis and Underdown did a fantastic job. Additionally, Barnard added that the mistakes late in the game is what stuck in his mind the most.

“As indicated by the set score, we were very up and down. In the fifth set, I was just disappointed by how quickly we let one or two mistakes completely ruin the ruin the night.” Barnard said.

The Beavers will be hosting the Colorado Buffaloes this weekend on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. in Gill Coliseum.