Ducks advance, Beavers fall in NCAA tourney
Oregon won in three sets, and Oregon State lost in five in the first round of the NCAA playoffs on Friday.
The 24th-ranked Ducks beat Kennesaw State, 28-26, 25-19, 25-18, at Provo, Utah.
North Carolina State defeated Oregon State, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13, at Austin, Texas.
• Oregon (18-11 and 22nd nationally in RPI, will play at 6 p.m. PT Saturday against host and 15th-ranked BYU (29-2), which swept American (26-8).
The first set was a key Friday for the Ducks, as they overcame a shaky start and 11-4 deficit.
Oregon raced to a 15-6 lead in the second set and was on top 17-10 in the third set.
Senior Taylor Agost of Oregon led all attackers with 11 kills.
Teammate and fellow all-Pac-12 selection Ronika Stone, a sophomore, had a match-high and career high-tying nine blocks to go with six kills.
Junior Lindsey Vander Weide had seven kills and 11 digs for the Ducks. Sophomores Jolie Rasmussen and Willow Johnson had seven and six kills, respectively.
Oregon hit .252 and held KSU to .141.
The Owls, who were No. 43 in the national RPI rankings, completed the best season in their history with a 21-5 mark.
• Oregon State, 31st in RPI, got a team-leading 19 kills from all-Pac-12 senior Mary-Kate Marshall. The native of Coppell, Texas, hit .169 in the match at Austin, Texas.
Junior Kory Cheshire added 12 kills for the Beavers, hitting .235. Freshman Haylie Bennett had nine kills and seven blocks, which matched her career high.
For the match, Oregon State hit .185 while N.C. State hit .235.
OSU (21-12) was among the nine Pac-12 teams in the 64-team field.
The Beavers led 10-7 in the fifth set and were even at 11-11, but they never led again.
North Carolina State, 49th in RPI, improved to 21-11, and will play a second-round match Saturday against Texas.
The host Longhorns, second in the coaches' poll and fourth in RPI but only sixth in the tournament seeding, are 25-2 after sweeping their first-round match Friday night against Fairfield.