CORVALLIS — The Oregon State volleyball team won the final two sets Thursday to down No. 24 Oregon, 3-2, in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers (7-5) downed the Ducks, 9-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13.
Willow Johnson and Brooke Nuneviller had 18 kills apiece for Oregon (4-6). Johnson, who also had 13 digs, returned to her right-side hitter position after playing sparingly on a recent East Coast trip for the Ducks because of an injury.
Nuneviller also had 14 digs for the Ducks, who had a team-high 19 digs from Georgia Murphy. Kylie Robinson handed out 52 assists.
Oregon appeared to be in control in the final set when it raced out to a 13-9 lead, but the Beavers scored the final six points to win the set and the match. Haylie Bennett had two kills and two block assists in the match-ending run.
Oregon State, trailing 2-1 in sets, used a big run in the fourth set as well to even things and stay alive. After Oregon pulled within 10-9 on a Nuneviller block, the Beavers went on an 11-4 run, capped by a Bennett kill, for a commanding 21-13 advantage.
Bennett had 16 kills for Oregon State, Maddie Goings tallied 14 kills and Taylor Williams added 12 kills. Maddie Sheehan handed out 33 assists, and Grace Massey had 32 digs.
The Beavers will host Colorado on Friday, and the Ducks return to action Sunday, hosting Utah.