CORVALLIS, Ore.- Arizona State Volleyball defeated the Oregon State Beavers in their second meeting of the season in the 3-1 (25-21,23-25,25-20,25-20) win over the Beavers. The Sun Devils completed the sweep of the Oregon schools with the back-to-back wins over the Ducks and Beavers.
Four Sun Devils tallied up double-digit kills in the win for the first time this season. Sophomore Macey Gardner led the way with a double-double consisting of 17 kills and 12 digs. Mercedes Binns posted a career-setting 10 kills with an ever-impressive .562 attack percentage. Whitney Follette and BreElle Bailey continued with their success, posting 14 kills each.
Both ASU and OSU were stout at the net, posting twenty-plus blocks on the night. Follette and Binns posted a team-high six total blocks for ASU while Arica Nassar led the Beavers with 12. Arizona State, which leads the Pac-12 in opponent hitting percentage, held OSU to a mere .150 attack percentage to close the night.
The first frame began with Oregon State jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead, prompting a timeout from the ASU bench. From there, ASU made the necessary adjustments to battle from behind with a 7-2 run to come within one, 16-15. Oregon State held the one-point advantage until a Gardner and Binns double-block tied it all up at 20, followed an attack error from Oregon State to give ASU the first lead since opening minutes of the set. Back-to-back blocks from the Binns and Willey duo set the Sun Devils up for match point before the killer swing from Gardner sealed the set for ASU.
In similar fashion to the opening set, the Sun Devils would trail the Beavers early. ASU would come within a pair in multiple situations, but the front line of Oregon State would be reverse any kill attempts for the Sun Devils with a stuff. Down four late in the second, Arizona State put the pressure back on with a 3-0 run that included a pair of kills and block by Follette tagged along with McCready’s fourth block on the night that forced a timeout from the Oregon State bench. Despite the efforts from the Sun Devils, a Zimmerman kill ended the set heading into the break.
The third frame would have the Sun Devils and Beavers taking turns for the lead before the Binns kill began the breakaway 4-0 run for ASU. The Sun Devils would extend the lead by five points, 20-15, before Oregon State attempted to chip away at the lead, before two-straight kills from Bailey moved the Sun Devils into the fourth match with a 2-1 lead.
ASU would be in control of the lead the entirety of the final frame, with the Sun Devils going up early, The Beavers would come within two, 19-17, before Gardner and the lethal swing extended the lead. Bailey would follow suit with two kills before Binns and Tuioti-Mariner closed the match out for the Sun Devils.
Arizona State returns back to Tempe after a lengthy road schedule to take on Washington State on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m. MT before taking on a top-ranked Washington on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. MT at Wells Fargo Arena.