BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Oregon State's volleyball team split two matches at the Hoosier Invite on Friday.
The Beavers (3-2) lost to Indiana and then took a win against Yale.
Cecilee Max-Brown recorded a career-best 21 kills and led four Beavers in double figures in the 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 win over Yale.
The opening set was tightly contested early on with the Beavers holding a 9-8 lead as Max-Brown along with Maddie Goings got their offense going early. Yale used a 6-0 run to force an Oregon State timeout trailing 14-9. The Beavers turned the tables though with a 12-4 spurt of their own to pull ahead 22-20. A block by Serena Bruin and a kill by Goings put the set away for the Beavers.
Oregon State was a little quicker out of the gate in the second set using a 4-1 run to go ahead 8-6. The teams traded sideouts until OSU scored four in a row to make it 21-15 following a Bruin kill. Bennett knocked down a kill to finish the set, 25-20, putting the Beavers ahead two sets to none at the break.
The Beavers got to a fast start in the third scoring the first five points of the set. However, Yale refused to quit and used a 6-1 run to take the lead at 12-10. The Bulldogs continued to gain momentum with a couple more 3-0 bursts to force a fourth set.
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Oregon State responded in the fourth set zipping out to an 11-3 lead as Bennett and Cheshire each recorded multiple kills; Cheshire was in on three blocks during the outburst. The Beavers continued to press the attack leading 20-10 as Max-Brown padded her line with four more kills.
“We passed a lot better tonight that in our other two matches,” coach Mark Barnard said. “We’ve been playing with a sick setter (Maddie Sheehan) and it was a struggle to chase down bad passes. But tonight we were much better. Passing well takes so much pressure off of everybody, and we could run the offense we wanted to run and do what we needed to do.”
Goings led the Beavers with 15 kills in the loss to Indiana. Set scores were 25-15, 25-17, 25-18.
The opening set was close through the midpoint with the Beavers holding the lead at 13-12. But the Hoosiers found a burst of life late in the set going on an 11-1 run to secure the opener 25-15.
The second set went much the same with eight ties in the early going. Knotted at 10-10, Indiana used a 4-1 run to gain a lead it wouldn’t surrender. The Hoosiers went on to push a 7-2 run to finish the set.
Indiana took a slight lead early in the third set before the Beavers went on a 5-1 run that included four kills by Goings to tie the game at 12-12. However, the Hoosiers answered a bit later with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 18-13.