LONG BEACH, Calif. – Laura Schaudt set a career-high with 19 kills and Becky Defoe reached the 30-dig plateau for the fourth time to help lead the Oregon State volleyball team to a five-set win over Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid Friday night.
Tied at 18 in the fifth and final set, the Beavers hit match point on a Lila Toner kill. She watched as Arica Nassar gave the Beavers the win with her 14th kill of the night. Nassar was one of five Beavers in double figures, joining Toner (15), Sara Almen (14) and Amanda Brown (13).
Set scores were 25-22, 19-25, 26-28, 25-20 and 20-18.
Schaudt set her career high, surpassing her previous best of 16 against Eastern Michigan earlier this season. The junior did so on 41 attempts and committed just three errors, giving her a .390 hitting percentage.
As a team, the Beavers hit .280 compared to .223 for Long Beach State. The Beavers played stellar defense, led by Defoe, whose 35 digs not only set a career-best but also now ranks in a tie for the fourth-most ever by an OSU player in a single match. She’s tied with Tricia Becker, who had 35 against Oregon during the 1988 season.
Tayla Woods also set a career-best in the win, tallying 61 assists. Her previous best with 57 earlier this year against Eastern Michigan. She ended the night with an additional 12 digs for her fifth double double of the season.
The match concluded non-conference play during the regular season for the Beavers, and OSU takes a 9-2 record into Wednesday’s Pac-12 Conference opener against Oregon. Long Beach State, meanwhile, fell to 6-6 on the year with the loss.
The Beavers rallied back from a four-point deficit to take set one, 25-22. The Beavers found themselves down 20-16, and scored nine of the final 11 points of the frame to claim the victory. Defoe’s service ace ended the set.
The 49ers took set two, 25-19, on the strength of a .333 hitting percentage while the Beavers were limited to a .167 clip. The Beavers never managed to lead during the set.
Set three also belonged to the 49ers. In a back-and-forth frame, it was LBSU which won 28-26 after overcoming an Oregon State lead at 18-15. The Beavers out-hit LBSU, .222 to .130 during the set, but the 49ers’ late charge was enough for the victory.
Oregon State, in a must win situation, did just that in set four, 25-20. Woods punctuated the set with her third kill of the night. The Beavers never trailed in set four and led by as much as seven at 18-11.
Oregon State returns to Corvallis Wednesday for the Beavers’ first home match of the 2013 season. OSU takes on Oregon in the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores.
The match is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, visiting BeaverTickets.com or in person at the Gill Coliseum ticket office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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