ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Laura Schaudt finished with 14 kills and Becky Defoe tallied 20 digs but the Oregon State volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to No. 7 Michigan Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena.
Set scores were 18-25, 14-25, 25-22 and 13-25.
“They’re a very good team,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We did have our chances but couldn’t capitalize. They got us into trouble with their serving and we just made too many unforced errors.”
Schaudt finished in double figures for the third consecutive match and fourth time this season. The junior tallied 31 attempts on Friday and finished with a .355 hitting percentage to lead the Beavers (4-1 overall), who hit .173 as a team compared to .341 for Michigan (4-0).
Defoe, meanwhile, led the Beavers in digs for the fourth time this season and inched closer to the school record for a career. She now needs 21 to become the all-time leader in the category.
Outside of hitting percentage, the teams were relatively balanced on the night. OSU managed 44 assists to 53 for Michigan, with Tayla Woods’ 37 leading the way for the Beavers. Oregon State also managed seven kills to 11 for the Wolverines. Arica Nassar picked up two solo blocks with Brown tallying one.
Abby Cole led Michigan with 16 kills. Lexi Erwin tallied 13, and Cole finished with nine blocks, all assisted.
Michigan jumped out to the lead 1-0 with the set one victory by a 7-point advantage – 25-18. The Wolverines hit .500 to the Beavers .286 and pushed the lead after the Beavers were down by just two at 13-11.
The Wolverines held an early lead in the second set and led by the most in the frame when winning it 25-14. Michigan hit .409 and limited the Beavers to a .118 hitting percentage.
The Beavers extended the match with a third-set victory, 25-22. Michigan led as late as 21-20, but OSU scored five of the set’s last six points to claim the win. The Beavers hit .267 but more importantly held Michigan to .139.
Oregon State trailed 15-13 midway through the fourth set but the Wolverines took the match by scoring the frame’s final 10 points.
The Beavers finish their nearly two-week long trip Saturday when visiting Michigan State in East Lansing. First serve is slated for 4 p.m. PT.
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