YPSILANTI, Mich. – Tayla Woods and Lila Toner both recorded double doubles and three Beavers set career records for kills as the Oregon State volleyball team outlasted Eastern Michigan in five sets Wednesday night.
Set scores were 27-29, 25-21, 25-17, 24-26 and 15-10.
"This was the first time Eastern Michigan hosted either a Pac-12 team," Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. "They were up to play us and it was a good match. The big thing is we dug the ball very well - we had 25 more than they had and that was a deciding factor."
Woods posted her second double double of the season and set a couple career records along the way. The redshirt junior posted 57 assists and 17 digs, both career bests.
Toner, meanwhile, impressed for the second consecutive match, tallying 17 kills and 20 digs. The Turkish native has 48 kills over her last three matches and added 20 digs after posting just five in her first three career matches.
The Beavers were led offensively by Amanda Brown, who set a career-best with 18 kills, surpassing her previous best of 10. Laura Schaudt recorded 16 – also a career high – and gave the Beavers the win with her final attack of the match. Last, but certainly not the least, was Kelsey Zimmerman, whose 12 kills surpassed her previous best of 11 set in the season opener against Villanova.
Oregon State was opportunistic and hit .255 on the night, with Brown posting a .469 percentage. Schaudt was at .316 and Zimmerman hit .242.
Oregon State was able to be opportunistic due to a strong defense that featured double figure digs for four players. Becky Defoe, as seemingly always, led the team with 27 digs, bringing her to within 41 of setting the school record for a career. She was backed by Sydney Francis, who had 21, along with Toner’s 20 and Woods’ 17.
Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, hit .145 with just 82 digs to the Beavers’ 107. The Eagles out-blocked Oregon State, 11-7, becoming the first team to best the Beavers in either kills, digs, blocks or service aces this season.
Eastern Michigan also had nine service aces to the Beavers’ three.
Oregon State improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2008 season while the Eagles dropped to 2-2.
The Beavers claimed the match with a strong fifth set, outlasting two lead changes and three ties. OSU took the lead for good at 4-3 and managed to hold off the Eagles, who pulled to within one at 9-8.
Eastern Michigan took the first set, 29-27, after the Beavers held a late lead at 23-22. Oregon State also had set point at 25-24 but could not capitalize, ceding the frame to the Eagles.
Set two looked like it may unfold similarly as set one, but the Beavers battled back after being down early. Eastern Michigan held an 18-12 lead only to watch the Beavers overtake the advantage by scoring eight consecutive points. OSU scored 13 of the last 16 points of the set to win it 25-21.
Set three was virtually in the Beavers’ favor the entire way and Oregon State claimed a 25-17 victory.
The Beavers fought back after trailing for most of set four and found themselves tied with the Eagles at 24. Eastern Michigan, however, scored the set’s final two points to force the deciding frame.
The Beavers next compete Friday at No. 7 Michigan in a match that is slated to start at 4 p.m. PT. Live stats and live video can be found by visiting osubeavers.com. A full recap with stats will be available online after the match is completed.
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