Beaver volleyball looks to bounce back in Washington

Mary-Kate Marshall (second from the left), a fourth-year outside hitter on the OSU volleyball team, spikes the ball past two defenders in the Orange & Black OSU volleyball exhibition on August 18. Marshall was recently named to the preseason All-Pac-12 team.

Jarred Bierbrauer, Sports Contributor

Following a tough loss to No. 2 Stanford University last Sunday, the Oregon State volleyball team is looking to turn things around by heading up I-5 to take on the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Friday. With five days of practice after the loss at home, the team’s had lots of time to correct their mistakes coming up to Friday’s match up. The Beavers, ranked 11th in the Pac-12, need this win to keep them in the playoff picture.

Washington has what Oregon State needs—conference wins. Although the Beavers are 11-7 overall, the team has just one win out of six games in Pac-12 play this season. However, with over half the season still to be played, there is still plenty of time for OSU to turn things around. The team is ready to take on the Huskies and start their rally to the playoffs.

Starting outside hitter and team captain Mary-Kate Marshall, said she and her team are more than excited for Friday night.

“We’re ready,” Marshall said. “We had practice today, we watched film on them. We have a long car ride today. We’re prepared and we’re ready to go.”

Kory Cheshire, a junior from Alberta, Canada, is confident in the team and their performance this season so far.

“The team’s performance this season has been excellent I think,” Cheshire said. “We’ve got a good record and a good ranking—the RPI—so overall I think we’re doing a great job but there’s still room for us to grow and improve.”

Head coach Mark Barnard said his team will overcome the loss from Stanford and bounce back against the Huskies.

“I think we’ll bounce back very well. We’re resilient,” Barnard said. “We played very well in the last set, which is some consolation for the match itself, but we know it’s very tough and we know that week in and week out we have to keep bouncing back.”

The game can be watched through Washington Stream Live on Friday at 7 p.m. and will be played at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. The Beavers will also take on Washington State in Pullman on Sunday. That game will begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcasted on Pac-12 Networks.