LOS ANGELES — Mary-Kate Marshall recorded 19 kills and Maddie Goings had the best match of her career but the Oregon State volleyball team fell to No. 21 USC in four sets Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center.
Set scores were 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 27-25.
OSU (10-4, 0-2) forced extra play in two out of four sets, stealing the second set after recovering from a 24-23 deficit in the late going. A kill by Goings evened the score at 24-24, before a kill and a big block by Cheshire sent the Beavers to the intermission even at 1-1.
Oregon State took an early lead in the fourth set at 10-5 and 13-8 before USC began to sneak back into the game tying the score at 17-17. From there, it was a back-and-forth contest with OSU eventually serving for the set at 24-23. However, the Beavers could not hold on dropping the set 27-25.
“We had opportunities to take it to a fifth set but just didn’t take advantage,” coach Mark Barnard said. “We kept hanging in there and mostly did a good job and played well.”
Oregon State, which features and undersized lineup, was active at the net out-blocking USC 13-4. Kory Cheshire equaled her season-high with seven blocks, including three solos, and Maddy Gravley turned away USC attackers on five occasions to lead the Beavers.
Goings, a true freshman, registered the first double-double of her career with career-highs in kills (17) and digs (14) and added a pair of blocks.
Marshall recorded a team-high 19 kills while Kayla Ellis led the Beavers with 17 digs.
The Beavers are back on the road next weekend to play the mountain schools beginning with Colorado on Friday and Utah on Saturday. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.