LOS ANGELES – The Oregon State volleyball team lost in three sets to fourth-ranked USC Sunday at the Galen Center. Set scores were 21-25, 11-25 and 12-25.
“We started out well in the first game but couldn’t sustain it,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We touched the ball well at the net and dug the ball well in that first set. But they’re a good team and couldn’t sustain momentum against them in the second and third sets.”
The Beavers (9-16 overall, 0-14 Pac-12 Conference) held a lead in the first set as late as 17-16 but USC managed to score nine of the set’s final 13 points for the win. The teams combined for 57 digs in the frame, and the Beavers hit .208 in the set while USC hit .275.
The Women of Troy (22-3, 12-2) improved in the next two sets, hitting .409 and .355, respectively, while the Beavers were held to minus-.111 and minus-.100.
Oregon State hit .045 overall while USC finished at .327.
Kelsey Zimmerman led the Beavers with nine kills, followed closely by Arica Nassar’s seven. USC, meanwhile, was led offensively by Ebony Nwanebu’s 13 kills.
The Beavers tallied 44 digs to 55 for USC. Becky Defoe and Darby Reeder each finished with 10 to lead OSU while Natalie Hagglund topped USC with 18.
USC also held the advantage at the net, collecting 10 blocks to the Beavers’ five. Nassar had four to lead Oregon State.
Oregon State returns home for its last two matches of the year at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers host California Thursday at 7 p.m. and Stanford, on Senior Night, Saturday at 7 p.m. Neither match will be televised.
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