Volleyball Travels To Portland For Tuesday Match Against Pilots

Oct. 16, 2000

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (13-6, 5-4 Pacific-10) takes a breather from Pacific-10 play when it travels to Portland for a match with the Pilots (5-12) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 17. OSU then kicks off the second half of Pac-10 play when it hosts Oregon (7-10, 0-9 Pac-10) in the Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 20. That match will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. OSU wraps up the weekend with another non-conference match, hosting UC-Riverside (2-14) at 5 p.m., Saturday, October 21.

TICKET INFORMATION: Admission to OSU volleyball matches is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and youth (HS and under). OSU students are free with a valid student ID card.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS: Saturday's match against UC-Riverside is autograph night, and the Beavers will be available for autographs after the match. In addition, Junior Benny Beaver Club members will be admitted free to both the Oregon and UC-Riverside matches by showing their ID cards or wearing their club T-shirts.

OSU VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Beavers are 32-6 all-time against Portland, and OSU has won the last 17 matches between the two schools. UP last won in 1989 in a five-game match at Portland. OSU is 31-42 all-time against the Ducks and has a one-game winning streak in the series after a 3-2 win in Eugene earlier this season. OSU is 0-2 against UC-Riverside, although the two teams have not met since 1985.

SOMERA SAYS:

* On starting the second half of Pac-10 Play: 'I told the team this is when the good teams start separating themselves from the average teams. They need to be committed to staying on top of their physical conditioning. They need to stay focused and sharp and keep pushing. When you get this far into the season, you can't get lazy mentally. Sometimes that's a hard thing to fight, and we need to make sure we can overcome mental fatigue.'

* On this week's matches: 'I think this is a week where we concentrate more on executing on our side of the net, working on our offense, tough serving and aggressive defense. This will be the second time we've seen Oregon, and we know each other better this time. I think it will be a matter of which team has improved more since the first match.'

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: Oregon State split its road matches against the Washington schools this past weekend, capturing a win over Washington but falling to Washington State. On Saturday, OSU defeated UW in four games (15-6, 15-5, 13-15, 15-3) a day after losing to the Cougars in four games (8-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-11). Gina Schmidt finished the weekend with 57 kills (7.13 kpg), 26 digs (3.25 dpg) and a .388 hitting percentage. Brandi Bonnarens dished out 162 assists for an impressive 20.25 assists per game average, while Angie Shirley finished with 30 kills (3.75 kpg) and a .442 hitting percentage in two matches.

'SETTING' THE STANDARD: OSU had a record-setting weekend in the assists category up in Washington. The Beavers set a school record with 88 assists against Washington State on Friday, and then tied that with another 88 assists against Washington the following night (The previous record of 86 was set earlier this season against Cal.). Brandi Bonnarens was credited with 82 assists against WSU to tie the school record for individual assists in a match. She also had 80 against the Huskies. OSU setters have recorded 80+ assists four times in school history, and Bonnarens claims three of those marks (Miya Malauulu had 82 against Oregon in 1996). Bonnarens now holds six of the top 10 all-time single-match assists totals at OSU. She is one of only two Beaver setters with 3000+ career assists (Malauulu, with 5368, is the other.). Bonnarens now has 3483 career assists to her name. She has 1009 this year, which ranks ninth on the OSU season charts. Her average of 13.64 apg is third in the Pac-10. She also has 124 digs (1.68 dpg) to rank fifth on the team, and she's third on the squad with 51 blocks (0.69 bpg). She has 83 kills and is averaging 1.12 kills per game, nearly twice as many as she averaged her first three years with the program. She's had six double-double performances this year (all asssists/digs).

TOPPING THE CHARTS: Gina Schmidt etched a spot in the OSU record books with a record-setting performance against Washington last week. The junior had a career-high 32 kills, which is an OSU record for kills in a four-game match. That total is also good for the third highest total overall (including five-game matches). Even more impressive, Schmidt hit .569 in that match, with just three errors in 51 swings. That was Schmidt's first career 30+ kill effort, her previous best was 27. Schmidt also chipped in 25 kills against Washington State last week and now has 20+ kills in 10 matches this year (including seven against Pac-10 teams). She's had 10 or more kills in all but two matches this year. She leads OSU with 340 kills and her 4.59 kills per game average is fourth best in the Pac-10. She's on pace to become the first Beaver since 1997 to collect more than 400 kills in a single season. Schmidt also leads OSU with 237 digs (3.20 dpg, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10). She's had 10 or more digs 11 times, with 20 or more three times. She's led the team in kills 14 times this year and has been the team's leader for digs in seven matches. She's led the team in both kills and digs in six matches, and she's had a total of 11 double-double efforts this year. She's had 20 or more kills and digs in the same match twice, with 20 kills and 27 digs against Cal and 24 kills and 20 digs against ASU. Additionally, Schmidt is one of the team's most effective servers. She ranks second on the team with 19 aces (0.26 sapg) and has just seven service errors for the year.

FOR 'SHIR': Angie Shirley enters the weekend with 971 career kills, which ranks 11th best in OSU history. With 29 more, she will join the ranks of just eight other Beavers with 1000 career kills -- and she'd be the first since 1997 to reach that mark. She already reached one major milestone this year when she became the sixth Beaver to record 400 career blocks. She ranks fifth all-time with 445 career blocks. Should she reach the 1000 kill mark, she will be just the third Beaver with 1000 kills and 400 blocks. Should she manage to finish the season with 55 more blocks, she will be one of only two Beavers with 1000 kills and 500 blocks. Shirley has 249 kills (3.36 kpg) this season, which ranks second on the team. She's had 10 or more kills 14 times this season, highlighted by a season-high 19 twice. Shirley leads the Beavers with 88 blocks and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a 1.19 bpg average. Her season high for blocks is 12 (also a career-high) against UCLA. She also had 16 kills in that match for her second career double-double (the other came in 1998 with 13 kills and 10 blocks against Oregon).

20-20 VISION: Joscelyn Hannaford became just the second Beaver to record 20 kills and 20 digs in the same match after a stellar outing against Washington State on October 13. Hannaford tied her career-high with 20 kills against WSU and added a career-high 23 digs in that match, bettering her previous best of 19 against California. She also tied her career-best with five blocks in that match. The following night, she added 16 kills against Washington for her seventh double-figure kill effort of the year. She has 176 kills (2.75 kpg) for the season, tied for third on the team. Hannaford has had 10 or more digs five times and ranks fourth on the team with 139 total digs (2.17 dpg). She leads the Beavers with 23 service aces, and her 0.36 sapg average ranks sixth in the Pacific-10. She's had two or more aces in eight matches this season.

SOLOMON STEPS UP OFFENSIVELY: Michele Solomon has had 10 or more kills in OSU's last four matches, giving her 11 double-digit offensive performances this year. (She had double-figure kills in just two of 26 matches as a rookie, even though she played in every game.). In OSU's most recent match, she hit .391 with 13 kills against Washington on October 14 for her third highest total this year (she had 17 against Cal and 16 against Boise State). She is tied for third on the team with 176 kills on the year (2.41 kpg) and is hitting .262 for the season. Solomon is also recording solid numbers at the net, where she ranks second on the team with 74 blocks (1.01 bpg). Even though she hasn't completed two full seasons with OSU, she's already made her way into OSU's career record book for blocks. She has 160 career block assists, which puts her at No. 10 on OSU's all-time list for block assists. She has 185 career total blocks, 21 away from cracking the top 10 in that category as well. Her season high for blocks is 10 against California (the same match she had a career-high 17 kills), giving Solomon the first double-double of her career.

DAEDELOW GETS DEFENSIVE: Lori Daedelow provided a huge spark defensively against the Washington schools last weekend. She led OSU with 33 digs (4.13 dpg) on the weekend, with team-highs of 18 against WSU and 15 against Washington. Daedelow has had 10+ digs four times, with 19 against Boise State and 11 against Oregon as well. She's averaging 2.53 dpg and is fourth on the team with 134 total digs. Her offensive numbers are picking up as well. She has three double-figure kill efforts this season, with two of the them coming in the last two weeks. She had a career-high 16 kills against WSU last week (that was her first double-double as a Beaver). Two weeks ago she had 13 kills with a .435 hitting percentage against Arizona. She just missed another double-digit effort with nine kills against Washington in OSU's last match. She's fifth on the team with 101 kills (1.91 kpg), and she's tied for third with 12 aces.

NELSON A HUGE SPARK IN PAC-10 MATCHES: While Katrina Nelson has given the Beavers a big spark off the bench in nearly every match, she's been particularly key in league contests. Nelson hasn't started a Pac-10 match, but she's come in off the bench to play in 25 of 38 league games. Most recently, she hit .667 with four kills and no errors in six tries at WSU on October 14. Nelson has 47 kills (1.88 kpg) in Pac-10 games, and her .319 hitting percentage in Pac-10 matches is the best on the team. Overall, she's hitting .232 with 87 kills (1.85 kpg), 35 digs (0.74 dpg) and 15 blocks (0.32 bpg) in 47 games of work. She's had 10 or more kills three times this season, highlighted by a career-best 18 against Stanford. She had 10 kills against ASU two weeks ago, and her other double-digit effort came against Boise State the first week of the season.

DYNAMITE DS's: Oregon State has gotten strong play from all three of its defensive specialists this season. The trio is a big reason the Beavers have improved their defense over the past year. OSU currently ranks third in the league in digs with an average of 16.28 digs per game (OSU's defense was ninth in the league last year. ). The Beavers have 1205 digs so far this year, and the three DS's have accounted for nearly one third of them (31.5 percent). Jessica Papell ranks second on the team with 175 digs (2.65 dpg) and Nikki Neuburger is third on the squad with 152 (2.30 dpg). Lianne Dela Cruz has added 52 digs (1.44 dpg) this year. Papell has had 20 or more digs in three matches this year, highlighted by a career-high 23 against Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs in nine matches and has been the team's dig leader in five matches. Neuburger's top effort this year was a career-high 17 at Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs six times this year, most recently with 13 against Washington. Dela Cruz has had a season-best nine digs twice.

BEAVERS RANKED 10TH IN REGIONAL POLL: OSU is ranked 10th in the Oct. 4 Pacific Region rankings, conducted by the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee. Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the region.

A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Portland is looking to end a five-match losing skid. The Pilotsare led by Bridget DeChant (178 kills, 117 digs). Oregon has lost its last six matches, with its last win coming against Portland on Sept. 24. The Ducks are led by Monique Tobaggi, who has 202 kills. UO leads the Pac-10 in serving, but the Ducks are last in kills, digs, blocks and hitting percentage. UC Riverside is also looking to end a long losing skid, having lost its last 10 matches. Pam Hartman leads the team with 161 kills and 165 digs.

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: The Beavers are under the direction of second-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 21-24, arrived in Corvallis in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at Southern California since 1991. While at USC, Somera helped the team earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She also helped develop eight USC All-Americans. Somera also played collegiately at USC, and she was a two-time All-Pacific-10 Team selection. She still holds the USC record for career and single-season aces.

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