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The Oregon State volleyball team swept past Kansas State in three sets to win the Beaver State Classic on Saturday evening at Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers, who are now 3-0 for the first time since 2014, bested the Wildcats (2-1) by set scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20.

"I thought we did a good job tonight," coach Mark Barnard said. "This is one of the most complete games we've played in a long time."

For the third straight match to begin the season, the Beavers' offense was led by senior Mary-Kate Marshall, who posted 19 kills. However, the impressive offensive performance was balanced by Kory Cheshire's 10 kills, Maddie Goings' nine putaways and Haylie Bennett's eight.

"Our attack efficiency went up throughout which is a great indicator of how well we were playing despite getting blocked a lot," Barnard said.

It wasn't just the flashy offense on display Friday night. The Beavers' defense played tremendously with freshman Grace Massey and junior Kayla Ellis hustling in the back row, recording 15 and 14 digs, respectively. Freshman setter Kylee McLaughlin added a dozen digs to go with her 41 assists.

"Our defense was really good," Barnard said. "The way they were playing it was very hard to get the ball on the floor against us tonight."

OSU's Marshall was named as the tournament MVP and redshirt freshman Bennett was also recognized as part of the Beaver State Classic All-Tournament team.

The Beavers return to action on Friday when they take on Alabama State to begin the North Harbour Marriott Invitational hosted by the University of Portland. OSU will also face Fresno State and Portland on Saturday.


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