SAN DIEGO, Calif. — For the second time this season, the Oregon State volleyball team defeated a Top 25 team, this time taking down No. 23 San Diego on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers, who went 3-0 at the SDSU/USD Challenge, won the match in five sets with scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 18-25 and 15-12.
It is the second time OSU has defeated a ranked team in five sets this season. The Beavers knocked off then-No. 21 Iowa State in Ames at the Iowa State Challenge during the season’s opening weekend.
“It was a great defensive effort today,” OSU coach Mark Barnard said. “We had some unbelievable rallies that went our way. But that was a product of really solid play at the net and as well as in the back row. Grace (Massey) was fantastic on defense.”
Oregon State had 22 blocks, the most since a five-set win against Long Beach State in 2014, with Maddy Gravley rejecting a career-high 12 USD attacks. Serena Bruin and Haylie Bennett each added eight blocks.
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“Our blocking really stepped up and adjusted to what San Diego was doing and really got going," Barnard said. "Maddy Gravley had a great game on offense as well as on defense.”
Underdown paced the Beavers offense with a 17 kills, while Gravley chipped in 10 for the first double-double of her career.
“We really made an effort today to score in the middle to free up our outside hitters. That made a noticeable difference for us. Offensively, Amy (Underdown) was our most steady attacker and Haylie Bennett was a difference-maker too.”
Underdown was named as the SDSU/USD Challenge tournament MVP and Maddy Gravley was selected to the all-tournament team.