Oregon State Volleyball Travels East for Penn State Classic

CORVALLIS – The Oregon State volleyball team travels to the East Coast for the second tournament of the preseason.

Oregon State (1-1) will be at the Penn State Classic Sept. 3-4 at University Park, Penn. for three matches with all three being broadcast on the Big 10 Network. The Beavers will face three opponents over the course of two days, beginning with LSU on Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.

OSU continues action on Saturday, Sept. 4 taking on host, No. 17 Penn State, at 8 a.m. PT before facing Iowa State at 2 p.m. The Beavers continue their road stretch for the second-straight week this weekend.

The Beavers are on the road for the first weeks (12 matches) of the 2021 season. This includes four tournaments and the first two weeks of the Pac-12 schedule. The three weekend matches can be streamed on Big 10 Network+. The match against Penn State will have broadcasters, while the two neutral site matches will only have a stream. A subscription is required to watch.

Oregon State has a 2-2 overall record against this weekend’s opponents. This will be the first meeting between the Beavers and LSU Tigers in program history. Against No. 17 Penn State, OSU is 1-1 with the Beavers winning the last meeting between the two programs on Sept. 8, 2012 at the Chicago Classic in Chicago, Ill. It was an upset victory for the Beavers as OSU won, 3-2, after taking sets 2, 4 and 5 over No. 2 Penn State. This match still marks the last time OSU beat a top 10 team on the road.

Against the Cyclones, OSU is 1-1 with the Beavers taking the last meeting, 3-2, in Ames, Iowa on Aug. 25, 2018. This victory was also an upset win for Oregon State, as the Beavers took sets 1, 2 and 5 from No. 21 Iowa State.

The Beavers have three returners from the 2018 match on the 2021 squad. Maddie Goings leads returners with 25 kills, 58 total attacks, one serving ace, three blocks (two block assists and one block solo), 17 digs and 28 points. Lindsey Schell finished with 10 kills off 24 attacks, five block assists and 12.5 points. Grace Massey also tabbed two assists and 15 digs against the Cyclones.

Oregon State returns 11 from the 2020-21 roster, highlighted by the return of Grace Massey and Maddie Goings for a fifth year. Massey (1,808 career digs) returns for her final season 221 digs behind the top spot on OSU’s career dig list. Becky Defoe (2010-13) holds the top spot with 2,029 digs. She started the season on the right foot recording 17 digs at Oklahoma and 13 against Houston.

Massey earned All-Conference accolades following the 2020-21 season. Goings returns for the 2021 season sitting 11th on OSU’s career attack list with 3,352. She also has 1,080 career kills to be 14th all-time. Junior Lindsey Schell returns for another season in the Orange and Black after leading the Beavers last season with 62 blocks, which ranked 11th in the Pac-12. This season, the Temecila, Calif. native has 24 kills off 54 attacks with three kills through the first two games. She also leads OSU with 12 blocks (all block assists) to average 1.33 per set. Nya Buckner makes her return to the squad and started both matches at the Oklahoma Invitational. She finished with 12 kills, two digs and is currently second on the team with 10 blocks (one block solo and nine block assists).

The freshmen from the 2020-21 season will remain listed as freshmen for the 2021 fall season and includes: Aliyah McDonald, Izzi Szulczewski, Kateryna Tkachenko, Ellie Turner, Mychael Vernon and redshirt freshman Emma Villaluz. Szulczewski, Turner and Villaluz played in every set at the Oklahoma Invitational with Szulczewski and Villaluz starting both matches. Szulczewski recorded the first double-double of the year with 34 assists and 19 digs at Oklahoma. She finished the weekend with 70 assists, 25 digs, nine kills, five blocks and one service ace. Villaluz competed for the Orange and Black for the first time last weekend after missing 2020-21 due to injury. Through the first two games, she finished with three assists and 16 digs.

Turner was the last player to see time during opening weekend. She leads the Beavers with five service aces, including four at Oklahoma. The Austin, Texas native also added one assist and 17 digs. Mary Kate Lopez, Goings, McDonald, Tkachenko and Vernon are returners that did not see any time during opening weekend.
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The freshman class has hit the ground running since joining the squad with two newcomers (Emily Bourne and Madison Kelly) starting both matches at the Oklahoma Invitational, while Vivian Light and Ryan White saw action in every set over the weekend.

Light attacked opening weekend starting her career in the Orange and Black by leading the Beavers with 16 kills against Oklahoma. She finished the weekend with a team-high 25 kills off 80 attacks. The Sloughhouse, Calif. native also leads OSU with four solo blocks.

Bourne and Kelly made an impact in their starting roles with Bourne tallying 14 kills and Kelly adding 16 through the first two games. Bourne finished the weekend with five digs and three blocks (one solo, two combined). Kelly tabbed four assists, two service aces, six digs and seven blocks (one solo, six combined).

White was the final newcomer to see time in the first weekend. The Richland, Wash. native finished with 13 digs and two service aces against OU and Houston.

Other newcomers to the program include Ashlyn Beaver (S – Murrieta, Calif.), Iris Coba (DS/L – Lodi, Italy) and DiLara Unal (MD – Ankara, Turkey).

The Beavers opened the 2021 season at the Oklahoma Invitational last weekend with matches against OU and Houston. OSU split action after taking the opening game over Oklahoma before dropping the final game to Houston.

Oregon State defeated the Sooners, 3-2, on Friday night after taking sets 1, 3 and 5. Three Beavers finished with double-digit kills including Light (16), Schell (14) and Kelly (10). Szulczewski tabbed a double-double for the Beavers with 34 assists and 19 digs. Massey added 17 digs, while Turner had four service aces. The win on Aug. 27 marked the first time OSU had defeated OU since 1991.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Oregon State dropped the match to Houston, 3-1. Schell and Bourne each recorded 10 kills to lead OSU. Szulczewski tabbed 36 assists, while Massey led OSU with 13 digs. Both Schell and Buckner also recorded seven total blocks while Light had two solo blocks.