Volleyball continues hot streak; takes down Washington and Washington State

Senior Outside Hitter Mary-Kate Marshall spikes the ball against the Washington State Cougars in Sunday’s match.

Jarred Bierbrauer, Sports Contributor

After winning three of their last four away games, the Beavers were finally back at home this weekend to take on the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars.

The last time OSU faced Washington on Oct. 13, the Beavers were No. 11 in Pac 12 and had zero wins on the road. When asked about the upcoming match, head coach Mark Barnard said the team is resilient, following a tough loss to Stanford. Oregon State won that match against Washington 3-2 the following night.

In Friday’s game against the Huskies, Oregon State started out strong, taking the first two sets 26-24 and 25-20. Washington’s defense stiffened however, allowing their team to win the next two sets 21-25 and 19-25. In the fifth round, Oregon State was able to get the final push and earn the win in Gill Coliseum 15-13.

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The win prepped the team to succeed again next week, according to Marshall.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Marshall said. “To be able to beat a Washington team at home in front of beaver nation, it’s an amazing feeling and we’re ready to get another win next Sunday.”

Marshall lead the team in kills with 15, but it was a shared among the team as well, seeing Maddie Goings, Maddy Gravley, and Cory Cheshire all reach double digits in kills as well. Goings also lead the team in digs with 24 on that night, marking a career high for her in that category.

Washington’s defense put up record breaking numbers, with 14 blocks and 112 digs. OSU outside hitter Mary Kate-Marshall was held to an average of just three kills per set. Oregon State was able to consistently stay with the Huskies in points throughout the match however, grasping them the win.

According to freshman setter Kylee McLoughlin after the University of Washington game, the team was preparing to face Washington State.

“We have one day to practice, so we’ll use that,” McLoughlin said. “[We’ll] just keep what we’ve been doing, and come out like we did this game.”

Earlier in the season, Oregon State swept through Washington, securing wins against both the Huskies and the Sundevils. Both matches ended on the fifth set, highlighting OSU’s ability to consistently close matches.

In Sunday’s game against Washington State, things looked very similar to the game on Friday. Oregon State took the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-21. The Cougars rebelled however, dominating the third set 6-25. In the fourth, it was a battle until the end, but the Beavers took it 25-23. This marks OSU’s 11th win in Pac 12 play, ranking them No. 6 in the league.

The final set of the match consisted of five different lead changes and eight ties. The Beavers trailed 20-21 late in the fourth, but were able to rip off four consecutive points to set up Maddie Goings for the final kill. Goings lead the team in kills with 15 and also tacked on 13 digs. OSU has now won five games in a row for the second time this season.

According to OSU head coach Mark Barnard, the team’s perseverance allowed them to be successful.

“Resiliency leads to consistency,” Barnard said. “We’ve lost sets and then we’ve come back and won sets. I think from that, you just slowly gain confidence, and confidence then mixes in with being consistent because you know you can perform a certain skill.”

The Beavers play UCLA this Wednesday at 1 P.M. in Corvallis. the game can be viewed on Oregon State Live Stream-2.