OSU volleyball wins four straight

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. 

Jarred Bierbrauer, Sports Contributor

An upset in Seattle last Friday is all it took for the Oregon State volleyball team to go red-hot.

After beating Washington, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State all in the past week, OSU is riding a four game winning streak for the first time since 1990.

The Beavers (5-5 in conference play) are now No. 8 in the Pac-12 conference. Before defeating Washington last weekend, OSU ranked 11th with a 1-5 record.

In the game against Arizona State on Friday, the Beavers started out slow, but were able to close when needed. Mary-Kate Marshall, Kory Cheshire and Maddy Gravley all put up double-digit kills while the team also outscored the Sun Devils 9-0 in aces. With an even winning percentage and another half of the season ahead, playoff hopes are high for the players, coaches and fans in Corvallis.

Maddy Gravley, a homegrown middle blocker, said the team played well for

the entire match.

“I thought it was a great win,” Gravley said. “I think the biggest contributor to that was we were pretty consistent through the whole match, and even though we lost the first set we didn’t let that affect us.”

Head coach Mark Barnard said this performance will set the Beavers up for success going into their next game.

“With every match that you win there’s this kind of pressure that maybe you put on yourself to win the next one, and I think in this case we got a little ahead of ourselves tonight,” Barnard said. “That’ll be something for next week for when we go for win number five and six.”

Freshman setter Kylee McLaughlin from Carrollton, Texas, is already looking ahead to the team’s next match against Utah.

“I think we’re going to be coming back with a bit of an edge,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve been on a really good win streak and we have a lot going good right now, so I think we need to prepare well and study on them. At that point, I think we’ll be a pretty good match up to them.”

Oregon State will play Utah next Friday, followed by Colorado on Saturday. Both matches will be in Gill Coliseum at 6 p.m. and viewable on Oregon State Live Stream.

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