PORTLAND – Arica Nassar and Tayla Woods each recorded double doubles as the Oregon State volleyball team outlasted UC Davis in five sets Saturday morning at the Chiles Center. Set scores were 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25 and 15-12.
Nassar tied a career-best with 11 blocks and she tied for the team lead with 12 kills for her first double double of the season. Woods, meanwhile, recorded 44 assists and 16 digs for her fourth double double of the year and second in as many matches.
“This was a good win,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We kept them off balance with our serving; we had eight to seven misses, which is really good. That was really the key to the match.”
The Beavers (6-2 overall) claimed the match with a 15-12 fifth-set victory in which Oregon State hit .143 to UC Davis’ minus-.043. Lila Toner, whose 11 kills were one shy of the team lead, gave the club the win with her final one of the night. That held off a late Aggie charge, which saw UC Davis come back from a 14-10 disadvantage.
The match was defensive in nature as the Beavers finished with a .133 hitting percentage compared to the Aggies’ .082 mark.
That defense extended to the net as Oregon State recorded a season-best 15, nearly doubling the previous high of eight. Nassar’s 11 were tops amongst individual players while Woods had five and Sara Almen pitched in with four.
UC Davis (5-5), meanwhile, tallied 78 digs to the Beavers’ 86 and had 10 ½ total blocks.
Offensively, Nassar and Toner tied for the team lead with 12 kills apiece. Almen totaled 11 and Laura Schaudt pitched in with 10. Amy Sorensen, who had two kills on the year coming into the match, finished with eight in Saturday’s win.
Defoe tied a career-best with four service aces while Toner had three. The Beavers finished with eight to five for the Aggies.
Oregon State utilized an 8-2 run to gain separation in the first set, one the Beavers ultimately won 25-18. Sara Almen led the Beavers with five kills in the frame, while Defoe had nine digs, including four in one rally alone. The Beavers limited UC Davis to an .095 hitting percentage; OSU hit .158.
UC Davis took the second set, 25-23, battling back after the Beavers opened the frame with a 4-0 lead. The Aggies hit .143 to the Beavers’ .106 mark.
Oregon State jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the third set, forcing UC Davis into a timeout. The Aggies, however, scored the next three points and pulled to within four at 22-18 before the Beavers managed to score three of the last four points for the 25-19 win. OSU hit .146 in the set compared to .050 for UC Davis.
Down early, the Beavers battled back in the fourth set and went on a 7-0 run to take the lead and go up 13-9. UC Davis, however, took a late lead at 23-22 and won the fourth set with consecutive aces.
Oregon State concludes its trip to the North Harbour Marriott Challenge Saturday night with a 7 p.m. PT match against host Portland. Live stats and live video can be found on osubeavers.com as well as a full recap and box score after the match.
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