CORVALLIS, Ore. – Closing out the longest home stretch of the season, Oregon State will welcome the Bay Area opponents to Gill Coliseum this weekend. Coach Lindsey Behonick’s squad is coming off a two-win weekend – both going five sets – that saw the Beavers stun then-No. 19 Arizona State before coming back to take down Arizona.
After a 2-0 weekend versus the Arizona schools, Oregon State closes out the four-match homestand with tests against third-ranked Stanford and California this weekend.
The Beavers will look to take down their second ranked opponent in as many weeks on Friday night when they matchup with the Cardinal. A season ago, Stanford took the lone meeting in four on the Farm.
Oregon State took a 3-2 win over the Golden Bears in their only matchup in 2022. The Beavs rallied and took the last two sets as Mychael Vernon had 17 kills and Ryan White had 18 digs to lead.
Behind an undefeated mark after a pair of five-set matches, Oregon State swept the Pac-12’s Players of the Week as White (defensive) and Vernon (offensive) were honored on Monday. Both of them also find themselves in the Pac-12’s top 13 in digs, with White in sixth with 246 and Vernon’s 179 good for 13th.
In the Pac-12, Vernon sits in the top-15 in six statistical categories, including four inside the top-9.
• 243 kills (6th)
• 3.47 k/s (8th)
• 277.5 points (7th)
• 4.0 pts/s (9th)
• 179 digs (13th)
• 2.56 d/s (15th)
On the way to the Player of the Week nod, she turned in a pair of double-doubles that included a combined 38 kills (19, 19) and 34 digs (13, 21).
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Helping the Beaver offense in big ways recently is newcomer Amanda Burns. The LMU transfer has tallied double-digits in assists in each of the last four matches, including back-to-back times with 23 against the Arizona schools after totaling 32 in the five-set heartbreaker to Colorado. She even put up a double-double in Sunday’s five-set thriller over Arizona with 23 assists and 10 kills.
In just her first season with the Beavs, Rumel has made an instant impact. The Tucson, Arizona, native has registered a near-.300 hitting percentage, which paces the Beavs and sits 21st in the Pac-12. She’s accounted for 113 kills to just 30 errors on 296 total attempts this season.
OH, WE DIG THAT
White’s 246 digs lead the Beavs and is good for sixth in the league. The libero has notched double-digits in six, including a career-best of 24, set in the five-set win over Nevada back on Sept. 8 in Riverside, Calif. Her 3.51 digs/set place her in seventh in the Pac-12. She’s had seven matches with double-figures in the category. In her last two matches, she’s tallied 20 and 23, respectively, helping secure the Player of the Week honor.
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