STANFORD, Calif. — Mary-Kate Marshall knocked down a match-high 12 kills but it wasn’t enough for Oregon State, as the Beavers fell to No. 2 Stanford in three sets.
The Beavers dropped to 16-9 overall and 6-7 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal raised their record to 20-2, 13-0. Set scores were 25-18, 25-14, 25-16.
“We played well at the beginning of the first and third sets,” head coach Mark Barnard said. “Stanford is big and they’re good. They are the defending national champions and it showed tonight. Basically we played as well as they allowed us.”
Despite trailing two sets to none at intermission, Oregon State continued to fight in the third, keeping things close to the midway point. Back-to-back-to-back kills from Marshall, then Haylie Bennett and Marshall again tied the set at 13-13. But Stanford used a five-point run to pull away from the Beavers and eventually take the match.
Bennett tallied nine kills without an error to help the offense and middle blocker Kory Cheshire was also errorless in the match, producing four kills. Grace Massey led the Beavers with nine digs and Kayla Ellis added seven.
“Haylie Bennett and Kory (Cheshire) were our two standouts today. They both had stretches where they really helped us and we need those two playing well for us to be at our best,” Barnard said.
With her game-high 12 kills, it was the 23rd match out of 25 that Marshall has led the team in that category.
The Beavers are back in action Sunday afternoon at California beginning at 1 p.m.
BERKELEY, Calif. — The Oregon State swimming program got another strong performance from sophomore Felicia Anderson in Friday’s dual against Cal at the Legends Aquatic Center, but the Beavers fell to the Bears in the matchup, 164-85.
“I thought we swam well,” said head coach Jennifer Buffin. “The freshmen stepped up over the two days of competition and it will set them up going into the next two meets.
“The veterans all showed great leadership, both in how they prepared for this meet and moving through a very tough two-day stretch against the top two teams in the Pac-12.”
Anderson led wire-to-wire in the 100 back and touched the wall with a time of 56.17 for a new season best. Anderson’s time was the eighth-fastest in school history in the event.
The product of Portland's Central Catholic High also posted a time of 2:03.69 in the 200 back for a second-place finish.
Senior captain Noemie Midrez set three season-best times in the dual.
Freshman Callan Jackman, junior Arianna Letrari and freshman Fernanda Rodriguez all performed well.
The Beavers will head back out on the road next week with a dual against Seattle on Saturday. The first event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.