PORTLAND – Becky Defoe made sure her record-breaking dig counted during the Oregon State volleyball team’s win over Toledo Friday night at the Chiles Center.
Oregon State’s libero set the school record for career digs on her seventh of the night as the Beavers closed out the first set. The senior dug a ball that ended up as a kill by sophomore Sara Almen, sending the Beavers to a 25-14 victory.
That set the tone for the Beavers’ three-set win, which saw OSU take set two, 25-19, and set three, 25-16.
“I’m mostly really excited because my family got to see it,” Defoe said. “We were in Michigan for six matches and it was getting close. It’s great that my family got to be able to see it in Portland. And the fact we had such a good match makes it so much better.”
“She has been an unbelievable player for this program,” head coach Taras Liskevych said. “She has a tremendous work ethic and is someone who strives to get better every day. And that’s really all you can ask for. She’s just a great player to coach.”
Defoe, who finished with 21 digs Friday night, surpassed Rachel Hochgesang, who had 1,621 digs from 1993-96.
It’s not the first time Defoe has surpassed Hochgesang. In 2011, Defoe gathered 555 digs, topping Hochgesang’s 484 in 1993. Defoe then broke her own school record last season with 591.
Defoe, who came into the season averaging 4.23 digs per set over her career, now needs 364 digs to hit the 2,000-mark for her career, which would make her just the ninth player in Pac-12 Conference history to reach that plateau.
Sara Almen, who also had four kills, topped the Beavers (5-2 overall) with five blocks. OSU ended the match with eight; Toledo (5-4) had three.
“It was a good win,” Liskevych said. “We had a great night serving. We set a good pace with our serves and really kept them out of their offense. Sara did a great job in the middle and Arica was on fire early on. She had some good hitting numbers.”
Oregon State went on a 10-1 run to end the first set, winning it 25-14. The Beavers found themselves up 15-13 midway through the set but went on an 8-0 run for separation.
The teams battled back and forth for most of the second set, but like the first frame, OSU utilized a late run to pull ahead for good. OSU and Toledo were tied at 19. The Beavers went on a two-point run to go up 21-19, forcing the Rockets into a timeout. That mattered little, however, as OSU scored the set’s final four points for the 25-19 win.
The Beavers claimed the third and final set, 25-16, by hitting .452 to the Rockets’ .029.
The Beavers continue their trip North Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. PT match against UC Davis at the Chiles Center. Live stats, live video and a full box score and recap are available on osubeavers.com.
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