SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Oregon State senior Becky Defoe became the 10th player in Pac-12 Conference history with 2,000 or more digs when she finished with 27 in the Beavers’ loss to Utah Sunday.
Set scores were 25-23, 18-25, 17-25 and 24-26.
“It was another close one,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “It was really another outstanding performance by Amy Sorensen, who played a substitute role in sets two, three and four. She had great numbers – she hit .462 and had eight kills.
“Becky had an outstanding digging match. She had as good a match as you can.”
Defoe came into the match needing 27 to equal 2,000 and the Bend native got just that. She racked up the final two on the second-to-last play of the match and joined USC’s Natalie Hagglund as Pac-12 players to hit the milestone this season.
It’s the first time in league history that two active players have 2,000 or more digs in the same season.
Defoe also has 482 digs this season, which places her just shy of third. She needs three to have Oregon State’s top three totals after finishing with 555 in 2011 and 591 in 2012.
Defoe led a strong defense that also saw Tayla Woods (18) and Lila Toner (12) finish in double figures. Both tallied double doubles as Woods added 44 assists and Toner posted a team-best 13 kills. Overall, OSU (9-20 overall, 0-18 Pac-12 Conference) finished with 85 digs to 74 for Utah (19-11, 8-10).
The teams were active at the net, combining for 24 total blocks. The Beavers had 10 with Arica Nassar and Haley Clarke tying with four apiece. Utah’s 14 came on the strength of nine by Erin Redd-Brandon.
Neither team finished with particularly strong offensive numbers. The Beavers hit at a .101 percentage on the day while the Utes finished at .216.
Nassar and Kelsey Zimmerman each had eight kills to tie Sorensen for second on the team. Chelsey Schofield led Utah with 13 while Shelby Dalton had 10.
“I’m proud of our team,” Liskevych said. “They’re still fighting. This is one of those matches that could have gone either way.”
The Beavers hit the floor again Wednesday in a match against Washington in Seattle. It begins at 6 p.m. PT and will have free live video available on osubeavers.com.
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