Oregon State University has defeated their second top 25 ranked opponent of the season. On Saturday, the Beavers took down the University of San Diego in 5 sets. The Toreros were ranked 23rd in the country at the time.
San Diego took the first set 21-25, but the Beavers bounced back and won the next two, 25-19 and 25-18. The Torreros bounced back in the fourth set, winning 25-18.
In the final set, the Beavers jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The Torreros fought back, at one point cutting the OSU lead to one point, but could never get the lead. A Maddie Goings kill sealed the victory, 15-12 in the last set.
The win takes the Beavers to 9-2, with one game left before they begin conference play. They’ll take on Seattle on Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30 PM PT in Gill Coliseum.
San Diego is the second top 25 ranked opponent the Beavers have defeated this year. Earlier in the season, Oregon State knocked off Iowa State in five sets. The Cyclones were ranked 21st at the time.
The Beavers have now won four games in a row, and this week jumped from receiving 5 points worth of votes to receiving 30, though they still haven’t cracked the top 25 yet. Following Tuesday’s game against Seattle, they’ll begin their Pac-12 schedule.
The Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation. 7 Pac-12 teams are currently ranked in the top 25. That includes #2 Stanford, #12 Oregon, #13 Washington, #14 USC, #17 UCLA, #22 Washington State, and #23 Utah.
First up for the Beavers Pac-12 schedule is a road game against #12 Oregon, following that, they’ll return to Gill Coliseum to take on #13 Washington. We’ll find out if Oregon State is ready to compete with the best in the nation very soon, so stick around for more Volleyball coverage at Building the Dam.