SEATTLE – Arica Nassar tallied nine kills to lead the Oregon State volleyball team Wednesday night, but the Beavers dropped a four-set match to No. 5 Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Set scores were 17-25, 11-25, 26-24 and 10-25.
“We played really well at the end of the third set,” Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych said. “We just could not sustain it in the fourth set. They’re a very good team. They served well. Washington won the serving and passing battle.
Oregon State (9-21 overall, 0-19 Pac-12 Conference) won the third set after coming back from an early 12-9 deficit. The Beavers tied the score at 14, then matched the Huskies point for point until tying the score again at 20. UW managed to go up 22-20, but the Beavers gained control and 23-22 and held off a Washington match point at 24-23.
Amy Sorensen, who finished with seven kills, tallied one to end the third set, giving the Beavers the victory.
Nassar’s nine kills led the Beavers, who finished with 40 as a team and hit .107. Washington, meanwhile, was led offensively by Krista Vansant’s 15 kills. The Huskies (25-2, 17-2) tallied 53 kills overall and a .289 hitting percentage.
Kelsey Zimmerman also pitched in with seven kills and Tayla Woods, who was named to the Pac-12’s All-Academic First Team early Wednesday, assisted on 35 of the team’s 40 kills.
The Huskies narrowly edged the Beavers in digs, 55-to-53, as Becky Defoe paced OSU with 20. Jenna Orlandini led UW with 19.
Washington also narrowly out-blocked OSU, 11.5 to nine, with Nassar tallying a team-leading five. Clarke and Laura Schaudt each had four.
Oregon State finishes its season Friday night at Oregon in the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores.
The match begins at 8 p.m. PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.
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