Weekend Sports Update

The OSU volleyball team in a pre-game huddle in an earlier match up against rival University of Oregon. OSU has won their past four conference match ups. 

The Baro Staff

Volleyball

The Oregon State volleyball team defeated Arizona State in a five-set match Saturday night. This win completed OSU’s first road sweep against both Arizona and Arizona State since 1993 and marks the first time the Beavers have gone 4-0 against the Arizona schools in a season since 1990.

The Beavers, who moved to 19-9 overall and 9-7 in the Pac-12, have won eight of their last 10 matches.

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“I was very concerned about this match-up,” head coach Mark Barnard said. “They are a scrappy team and they’ve been playing well plus they had the emotion of senior night. That was a gutsy win for us. We didn’t play our best tonight and still came away with the win.”

Senior outside hitter Mary-Kate Marshall, who has led the Beavers in kills in 25 out of 28 matches in 2017, once again led the squad with 21 kills. Maddie Goings added 17 kills and Kory Cheshire posted nine. Grace Massey tallied a team-leading 18 digs while Serena Bruin came off the bench to post a season-high seven blocks to go with a

season-best seven kills.

Arizona State won the first set 25-19, but the Beavers were able to pull out a win in the second set 25-17.

ASU took a 14-5 lead in the third. Trailing 17-10, the Beavers began a comeback behind Kylee McLaughlin’s serving. OSU went on a 6-0 run that included four blocks including three by Bruin to close the gap to 17-15. After a string of sideouts, the Beavers again pressed forward with Goings recording back-to-back kills to tie the score at 20-20. The score remained tied at 24 until ASU scored the final two points to take

the set 26-24.

The Sun Devils took a 10-6 lead to stay in the fourth set, but four kills by Marshall sandwiched around a Bruin kill brought the Beavers back even at 13-13. OSU took a lead for the final time at 19-18 on a kill by Haylie Bennett and OSU went on to win the set 25-19.

“Winning the fourth set was vital, obviously, but I knew then that we could pull out the win,” Barnard said. “I knew that if we could come back and get that set that we would have the momentum to pull through.”

Oregon State came out strong in the beginning of the fifth set with Bennett recorded her first of three blocks in the short set to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead. OSU eventually took a 14-8 lead, but ASU fought off three match points before McLaughlin went on the attack to record the final kill to give OSU the set, 15-11.

Oregon State has completed its road matches for the year. The Beavers will be back in Gill Coliseum this week to face Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, and Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Men’s Soccer

Going down by two goals at halftime against No. 20 Washington, the Beavers’ hopes of winning their final game of the season were looking slim. 

Then, following three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Beavers were able to pull off the comeback and hold on to win 4-3.

“We had to do some makeup work after going down by two,” said head coach Steve Simmons. “Which the guys did. We challenged them at halftime, they came out and went right after it. We knew Washington was going to come right back so I’m glad we got the insurance goal.”

The Beavers finish the season with an overall record of 7-11-0, and a conference record of 4-6-0.

Andre Earthy-Find opened the scoring for the Beavers from the left edge of the keeper’s box in the 50th minute. Earthy-Find took the one-timer that managed its way through the keeper. OSU scored again in the 54th minute after a corner from freshman Joe Hafferty was deflected to the far post and got corralled by senior Jalen Markey who placed the shot between the legs of the keeper.

Jordan Jones took command shortly after, taking a feed from sophomore Loke Strenov on the right wing and slipping his shot past a diving Kerawala in the 56th minute for a 3-2 Beaver lead.

Jones put away the game-winner in 77th minute after a pass from Washington was intercepted by sophomore transfer Michael Swift. Jones took a pass in stride and put the shot in off the left post from 15 yards out for a 4-2 lead.

Washington had the quick response twenty seconds later after Kyle Coffee headed home a finisher from Justin Fiddes, but the defense went on lockdown in the final 15 minutes to preserve the 4-3 decision. Goalkeeper Ryan Vincent took the win for OSU after making six saves.