CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kelsey Zimmerman set a career-high with 17 kills and Tayla Woods and Arica Nassar registered double doubles but the Oregon State volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Arizona State Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.
Set scores were 21-25, 25-23, 20-25 and 20-25.
“We sided out very well but just didn’t score a lot of points,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “They did a very good job at digging. We missed some timely serves and that’s a focus thing. That being said, we fought hard tonight.”
The teams combined for 29.5 blocks, with the Beavers leading the way at 16.5. Nassar led the Beavers with a season-best 12, including two solo. She earned the double double by finishing with 11 kills in 31 chances.
Laura Schaudt, who had 10 kills, also totaled seven blocks for the Beavers (9-13 overall, 0-11 Pac-12 Conference).
Zimmerman surpassed her previous career-best of 14 set against Cal on Sunday. She finished with a .302 hitting percentage, totaling four errors in a team-leading 43 chances. The redshirt junior added four assisted blocks and two digs in the loss.
Woods, meanwhile, pitched in with 44 assists and 13 digs, which placed her second on the team. Woods now has seven double doubles on the year.
Title of digs leader went to Becky Defoe, who posted 31, which was four shy of her career-high 35 against Long Beach State earlier this season. She now has five 30-plus dig efforts in her career.
The 31 digs also pushes Defoe to 1,888 for her career. She needs 112 to become the 10th player in Pac-12 history with 2,000 or more for a career.
Arizona State (15-9, 4-8) was led offensively by Macey Gardiner, who pitched in with 17 kills. Shannan McCready led the team with 49 assists while Whitney Follette and Mercedes Binns shared the team lead with six blocks apiece.
Stephanie Preach had 23 digs to pace the Sun Devils.
The match was close throughout but saw very leads exchange hands, with it happening just four times. The teams saw a tie score 11 times, including five times in set three and four in set four.
Oregon State returns to the court Sunday for a 3 p.m. PT match with Arizona. It will air live on the Pac-12 Networks while live stats available by visiting osubeavers.com.
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