CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior Karsta Lowe had a match-best 18 kills, senior Kelly Reeves added 10 digs, eight kills and a career-high six blocks and junior Zoë Nightingale recorded nine blocks, including the match-clincher, as the 23rd-ranked Bruins defeated Oregon State in five on Saturday at Gill Coliseum. Set scores were 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-11.
The Bruins (10-6, 1-5 Pac-12) had a season-best eight aces, equaled a season high with 17 blocks and hit .274 as a team. Junior Megan Moenoa (24 assists, eight digs) and freshman Jordan Robbins (21 assists, six digs) shared the setting duties. Freshman Claire Felix recorded a career-best 14 kills and hit .591 with only one error in 22 attempts. Sophomore Karly Drolson had 10 digs and three aces, senior Mariana Aquino posted six kills and six blocks and redshirt freshman Haley Lawless added seven digs.
Oregon State (9-8, 0-6) held an early 4-2 lead in the opening set, but a 5-1 UCLA run put the visitors on top 7-5. Kills by Lawless, Moenoa and Reeves, an Aquino ace and an OSU service error put the Bruins up by two. The Beavers netted the next four to go back up by two at 9-7. With OSU still ahead 12-11, a 10-3 Bruin run put them up by a set-best six at 21-15. The initial 5-0 run came on kills by Lowe and Lawless, two Beaver attack errors and a Drolson ace. After a sideout, an Aquino kill and an Aquino/Lawless combo block made it 18-13.
Following another sideout, Felix and Aquino kills and a Nightingale solo block extended the Bruins’ advantage to 21-15. Oregon State got as close as three, but would get no closer, as a service error on UCLA’s second set point clinched a 25-21 victory. Seven different Bruins had kills in the opener, led by three apiece from Lawless and Lowe. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .303 to .235.
UCLA scored the first two points of set two on a pair of Lowe kills, but Oregon State recorded the next four and didn’t trail for the rest of the set. Leading 10-8, OSU scored four in a row to take a 14-8 advantage. The Bruins trimmed their deficit to three at 15-12, but the Beavers countered with a 5-0 run to take a set-best lead of eight at 20-12. UCLA then slowly but surely made its way back into the set.
Three straight Lowe kills made it 20-15, and after a sideout, another Lowe kill and an Aquino/Felix combo block got the Bruins to within four at 21-17. Following another sideout, a Felix/Reeves block and a Lawless ace made it 22-19. Another sideout later, a Felix kill and a Nightingale/Reeves roof got the Bruins to within two at 23-21. OSU scored next to earn three set points, but a Reeves/Nightingale block and a Reeves kill saved the first two. However, the Beavers connected on the third attempt to win the second 25-23. Lowe had nine of the Bruins’ 15 kills in the second, Reeves added three kills and four blocks and Felix posted three kills and two blocks. Drolson added five digs, as the Bruins still out-hit the Beavers .314 to .229.
The Bruins scored the first three points of the third set on two Oregon State attack errors and an Aquino/Lowe combo block. UCLA maintained its lead, when at 10-8, a 3-0 Oregon State run put the home squad up 11-10. It would be the only lead for the Beavers, as two OSU attack errors and an Aquino solo block put the Bruins ahead 13-11. Leading 16-14, the Bruins closed out the set with a 9-2 run to wrap up a 25-16 victory.
Felix and Lowe kills and a bad Beaver set made it 19-14. After an OSU sideout, back-to-back Lowe kills and a combo block by Nightingale and sophomore Maddy Klineman made it 22-15. Following another sideout, the Bruins finished the set with an OSU service error, a Drolson ace and a Lowe/Reeves combo block to win the third 25-16. Lowe led the Bruins with four kills, as the Bruins out-hit the Beavers .421 to .032.
UCLA held an early 7-4 lead in the fourth on two Aquino kills, a Klineman kill, a Drolson ace and three Oregon State errors. But the Beavers came back with the next four to go ahead 8-7. With the score tied at 12, the Beavers scored a 6-1 run to go up 18-13, but the Bruins rallied. Back-to-back Felix kills and consecutive Reeves kills got the visitors to within one.
Trailing 20-18, a Beaver attack error, a Klineman/Nightingale combo block, a Lowe/Nightingale roof and a Nightingale kill put the Bruins ahead 22-20. However, Oregon State netted the last five points of the set to win the fourth 25-22 and force a fifth stanza. Felix posted four kills in the fourth, as the Bruins were out-hit .207 to .094.
The Beavers jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the deciding stanza, but the Bruins responded with a 4-0 run on a Lowe kill, an OSU attack error, a Felix kill and a bad Beaver set to equal the score at eight. After a Beaver sideout, an Aquino/Klineman combo block, a Felix kill and an Oregon State attack error gave the Bruins their first lead of the set. With UCLA up 12-11, the visitors scored the last three points on a Felix kill, a Moenoa ace and a Nightingale solo block to win the set 15-11 and the match. Felix had three kills in the fifth, as the Bruins out-hit the Beavers .312 to .150.
The Bruins are back on the road next weekend, facing Arizona on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. PT and #16 Arizona State on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. Both matches will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.