LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Oregon State volleyball team defeated Prairie View A&M in three sets Friday afternoon, sending head coach Taras Liskevych to the top of the record books in the process.
Liskevych became the school’s leader in wins with 97, surpassing Jeff Mozzochi (1993-98). The win was the team’s eighth of the year as OSU improved to 8-2; Prairie View A&M dropped to 2-13.
“This was a good match for us,” Liskevych said. “We were able to rest Lila (Toner) and get Carlotta (Oggioni) some action and come away with a win. We’ll take it and get ready for Long Beach State tonight.”
Liskevych, who has guided Oregon State to at least one win over a top 10 team in six of his eight years entering the season, saw his Beavers get ahead early in both of the first two sets Friday before coming-from-behind in set three. OSU was down early, 11-8, but fought back to tie the score at 11 before running away with the third-set victory. The Beavers scored 17 of the last 23 points in the final set for the win.
Laura Schaudt led the Beavers with 11 kills as Oregon State tallied a .281 hitting percentage. Prairie View A&M, meanwhile, hit at a minus-.051 hitting percentage. It’s the fourth consecutive match the Beavers have held their opponent to a percentage less than .100.
Sara Almen had nine kills and Arica Nassar pitched in to help guide the Beavers to their fourth consecutive win, tied for the longest win streak of the season.
Defensively, Oregon State was led by Amanda Brown, who had four blocks, including two solo. As a team, OSU tallied eight compared to five for Prairie View A&M.
Becky Defoe was the team’s leader with nine digs; it’s the ninth time in 10 matches this senior has led the team but the first time in single figures. Tayla Woods had seven digs to go along with 17 assists. Oggioni, seeing her first extended action of the season, recorded 16 assists.
The Beavers conclude their trip to Southern California Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT against Long Beach State.
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