Beavers Top Yale to Close Out Hoosier Invite


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Cecilee Max-Brown recorded a career-best 21 kills and led four Beavers in double figures in Oregon State’s four-set win over Yale Friday evening.

For the Beavers, who improved to 3-2, it was a largely dominant performance against Yale, which moved to 0-2 with the loss. Set scores were 25-22, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-17.

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, 25-22.

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 win the set 25-22, forcing 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 and 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. The Bulldogs fought to the end before succumbing by a score of 25-17, giving the match to the Beavers.

“We passed a lot better tonight that in our other two matches,” head 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.”

Game Notes: This afternoon’s match was the first meeting between Oregon State and Yale … Freshman Cecilee Max-Brown erupted for a career-best 21 kills and added 11 digs for the first double-double of her career … Haylie Bennett just missed her career-high in kills (19) come through with 18 in her second start of the season … Maddie Goings continued her stellar play through the weekend with 15 kills and 19 digs giving her 56 kills (4.67 k/s) on the weekend … senior Montanna Gubrud connected with her hitters for a career-best 33 assists against Yale … freshmen Mary Kate Lopez and Taylor Quinn each saw the first action of their careers in the fourth set.

Next Up: OSU returns to Corvallis to re-group before traveling north to play at the Redhawk Invitational. The Beavers will meet New Mexico on Friday before taking on Gonzaga and Seattle on Saturday.