No. 4 Cal drops Oregon State
Murrey posted a double-double to help the Golden Bears win
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- California completed its tour of the Beaver State with a 3-1 win against Oregon State on Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Golden Bears dropped the first set before finding their footing to take the next three sets en route to the victory (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-15) against the Beavers.
With the win, Cal improves to 17-2 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-12 while Oregon State falls to 11-7 and 3-5 in conference play after dropping both matches this weekend.
With the Bears up, 5-3 in the first set, the Beavers went on a 4-0 run before a Shannon Hawari kill stopped things to bring Cal within one at 7-6. From there, the Bears posted four unanswered points, building a short-lived 10-7 lead. A 5-0 spurt by Oregon State returned control to the Beavers at 12-10. Back-to-back blocks -- Kat Brown and Christina Higgins on the first then Brown and Correy Johnson for the second -- put Cal just one behind at 20-19. Three consecutive kills -- Johnson then Tarah Murrey followed by Hawari -- knotted things at 23 all and forced Oregon State to call a timeout. The Beavers came out of the break with kills from Corinna Mommert and Arica Nassar to take the set, 25-23.
After dropping the first set, Cal rebounded quickly with a 7-2 start to the second stanza. The Beavers came within three at 10-7 before the Bears lit up the scoreboard with three unanswered points en route to a 13-7 lead. Consecutive Murrey kills, coupled with a Johnson and Brown block, put Cal up 16-9. From there, the Beavers proceeded to thrice crawl within four points before a kill by Laura Schaudt closed OSU's deficit to three at 22-19. Kills by Murrey sandwiched one courtesy Kat Brown for Cal's final three points of the set.
In the third set, Christina Higgins had two early kills -- one of which was a tip -- to help the Bears establish a 7-4 lead in the fourth set. A 7-3 run by the Bears upped their advantage to 14-7. Along with a kill by Shannon Hawari and a double stuff by Hawari and Elly Barrett, Bears capitalized on two Beaver attack errors to push their lead to 19-11. A 5-0 run highlighted the end of the set, bringing home the 25-14 set three victory for the Bears.
The first five points set the tone for the remainder of the final set for the Bears opened things on a 5-0 run, bolstered by two service aces by Lauren Loerch and two kills by Correy Johnson. A kill by Kat Brown supplied the Bears their biggest lead of the match to that point at 16-5. A pair of kills by Johnson with Lindsey Parrott assisting pushed Cal ahead 18-7. The Beavers tacked on eight points, but it was far too little too late, and the Bears came away with the 25-15 set victory