Volleyball Heads To The Desert To Play Arizona Schools

Oct. 31, 2000

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-9, 5-7 Pacific-10) looks to snap a three-match Pacific-10 losing skid and keep its postseason hopes alive. The Beavers travel south to the Arizona schools this week. OSU faces Arizona State (15-8, 7-6) at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, November 3 before playing No. 4 Arizona (19-2, 12-1) at 6 p.m. PST on Saturday, November 4.

OSU VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: OSU is 8-22 all-time against Arizona State after picking up a 3-1 (10-15, 15-11, 15-12, 15-12) win over the Sun Devils in Corvallis on October 7. That win snapped a five-match ASU winning streak in the series. Gina Schmidt hit .417 with match-highs of 24 kills and 20 digs in the victory, and Angie Shirley hit .438 with 16 kills for OSU. The Beavers dropped to 10-20 all-time against Arizona after the Wildcats took a 3-0 (9-15, 8-15, 14-16) win over OSU on October 6. That was UA's eighth straight win over the Beavers. Lori Daedelow led OSU with 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage in the loss.

SOMERA SAYS:

* On carrying over from last week's performances: 'Even though we didn't get the wins, we got back to playing at the competitive level that gave us success early on. We're just working to maintain that level of effort and execution as we head into this weekend and throughout the remainder of conference play.'

RECENT ACTION: OSU is coming off losses to then-No. 4 USC and No. 8 UCLA. The Beavers were swept, 7-15, 5-15, 1-15, by USC on Thursday, October 26. OSU hit just .109 for the match, compared to USC's .405 mark. Gina Schmidt led the Beavers with 11 kills and 14 digs in the loss. Against UCLA, the Beavers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Bruins came back to win in five games (9-15, 7-15, 15-4, 15-10, 15-7). Gina Schmidt hit .383 with 22 kills and 19 digs, and Joscelyn Hannaford added 18 kills for the Beavers.

SHIRLEY AMONG ELITE TRIO: Angie Shirley became one of only three Beavers with 1000 career kills and 400 career blocks after she had 14 kills in OSU's loss to UCLA last week. That gave her 1013 career kills, making her the eighth Beaver with 1000-plus kills (and the first to do so since 1997). She reached 400 blocks earlier this season and currently ranks fifth all-time at OSU with 454 blocks. Prior to Shirley, only Leslie Preiss (1169 kills, 461 blocks, 1989-92) and Staci Hintze (1140 kills, 604 blocks, 1993-96) had finished their careers with 1000 kills and 400 blocks. Shirley is second on the team with 291 kills (3.20 kpg) this season, and she leads the team with 97 blocks (1.07 bpg, which is also eighth best in the Pac-10). She's had 10 or more kills 16 times, highlighted by a season-high 19 twice. Her season high for blocks is 12 (also a career-high) at UCLA on September 28. 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).

SCHMIDT ENDS THREE, FOUR-YEAR DROUGHTS: Gina Schmidt led OSU with 33 kills and 33 digs against the Los Angeles schools last week, giving her 417 kills and 304 digs for the year. With those numbers, she becomes the first Beaver since 1997 to have 400 kills and the first since 1996 to have 300 digs in a season. Her 417 kills are sixth best on the single-season chart (43 away from fifth place). She is on pace to become just the third Beaver with 500 kills in a season. Schmidt's 4.53 kpg mark is fourth best in the Pac-10 this season. She has had 20+ kills in 11 matches this year (including 22 against UCLA in OSU's last match) and has had 10 or more kills in all but two matches this year. She had a career-high 32 kills against Washington three weeks ago, good for an OSU record for kills in a four-game match. Schmidt's 3.30 dpg average ranks fifth best in the Pac-10. She's had 10 or more digs 15 times(including both matches last week) and has had 20 or more three times (highlighted by a career-high 27 against Cal). She's led the team in kills 19 times this year and has been the team's leader for digs in 10 matches. She's led the team in both kills and digs in 10 matches, and she's had a total of 15 double-doubles this year. She's had 20 or more kills and digs in the same match twice, including OSU's first meeting with ASU. Additionally, Schmidt is one of the team's most effective servers. She ranks second on the team with 21 aces (0.25 sapg) and has just 12 service errors.

'SETTING' THE STANDARD: Brandi Bonnarens continues to move up the record books with a strong senior year. She had 94 assists in two matches last week, giving her a total of 1227 for the year, which ranks seventh on the OSU single-season charts . She could move up as high as third after this weekend depending on her numbers in Arizona. She needs 13 more to move into sixth place, 18 for fifth, 50 for fourth and 81 for third. She's 281 assists away from breaking the record, and with eight matches left, she'd need just over 35 assists per match to set the record. She's averaging 13.34 assists a game, which means the record is well in her reach. Bonnarens holds six of the top 10 single-match assists totals at OSU, including a school-record tying 82 against Washington State this year. She also set a school record for a four-game match with 80 against Washington this year as well. She's had 80 or more assists three times this year, making her the only Beaver to record 80+ assists more than once. Bonnarens is also one of only two Beaver setters with 3000+ career assists (Miya Malauulu, with 5368, is the other). Bonnarens has 3701 career assists to her name. In addition to her strong assists numbers this year, she has 150 digs (1.63 dpg) to rank sixth on the team, and she's tied for third with 58 blocks (0.63 bpg). She also has 101 kills (1.10 kpg), giving her 100-plus kills for the first time in her collegiate career. She's had six double-double performances this year (all asssists/digs).

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Michele Solomon has posted strong numbers the past two weeks after falling a bit in previous weeks. In the last five matches, she's tallied a team-high 22 blocks (1.22 bpg) to get her blocks per game average up to 1.05 (it had been below 1.00 two weeks ago). That also puts her back in the top 10 in the Pac-10, as she ranks 10th in the league. She's actually putting up better numbers in league games, where she's averaging 1.12 bpg (eighth best in the league). 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 179 career block assists, which puts her at No. 10 on OSU's all-time list for block assists (six away from ninth place). With 10 total blocks last week, she also surpassed the 200 mark for career total blocks. She now has 207 and needs just four more to move into 10th place all-time at OSU. Her season high for blocks is 10 against California (the same match she had a career-high 17 kills), giving her the first double-double of her career. She's putting up some strong offensive numbers as well. She's fourth on the team with 217 kills (2.38 kpg) and has had 10 or more kills in 12 matches this year (She had double-figure kills in just two of 26 matches as a rookie, even though she played in every game.)

HANNAFORD'S HAPPENINGS: Joscelyn Hannaford added another ace to her team-leading total with one against UCLA last week. That gives her 29 for the year, an average of 0.35 aces per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10. Hannaford is also putting up solid numbers in other areas as well. She ranks third on the team with 226 kills (2.76 kpg) and is fourth on the team with 178 digs (2.17 dpg). Her numbers are even better against Pac-10 teams. Of her 226 kills, 134 have come against Pac-10 teams for an average of 3.12 kills per game in conference competition. She's picked up 105 of her 178 digs in Pac-10 matches as well, good for an average of 2.44 dpg. Hannaford has had double-figure kills nine times this year, including 18 against UCLA last week. She's also had double-figures in digs six times, and she's had five double-doubles this year. Hannaford is one of two Beavers in the '20-20 Club' this year, with a career-high-tying 20 kills and a career-high 23 digs against Washington State three weeks ago. She just missed another one with 20 kills and 19 digs against Cal on Sept. 16.

DAEDELOW'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Lori Daedelow recorded her second double-double as a Beaver last week when she had 10 kills and 12 digs against UCLA in OSU's last match. (Her other one came with 16 kills and 15 digs against Washington State three weeks ago). Daedelow has been putting up solid numbers since earning a starting spot just over a month ago. She's started 13 matches this year, including the last 10 (dating back to Sept. 29 at USC). In those last 10 matches, her numbers have gone up compared with matches prior to Sept. 29. In the last 10 matches, she's had 79 kills (2.17 kpg ) and 86 digs (2.39 dpg) to go along with a .171 hitting percentage. For the year, she has 132 kills (1.86 kpg), 168 digs (2.37 dpg) and a .157 hitting percentage. Daedelow has had 10+ digs five times, including a career-high 19 against Boise State. She has four double-figure kill efforts, highlighted by a career-best 16 at Washington State. She's been the team's kill leader in one match this year and led the team in digs twice.

PAPELL SERVING TOUGH LATELY: Jessica Papell has served five aces in the last three matches, upping her season to total to 16 - which ranks third on the team. She served a season-high three against UCLA in OSU's last match, and she also had one against both USC and UC Riverside. Papell has also been playing strong defense this year, and last week she reached 200 digs for the first time in her career. She currently has 208 digs (2.48 dpg) for the year, which is second best on the team. Papell has had 20 or more digs in three matches this year, highlighted by a career-high 23 at Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs in 10 matches and has been the team's dig leader in five matches.

NELSON KEY IN FIRST WIN OVER ASU: Katrina Nelson has been a key performer off the bench for OSU this season. She was particularly effective as a sub against ASU earlier this season. Nelson came in off the bench to pick up 10 kills -- third best on the team -- and she hit .273 for the match. She also added two blocks and a dig in the win. Nelson has started just three matches this year, but she's seen action in 22 matches and can play almost any position. For the year, she has 93 kills (1.75 kpg), 38 digs (0.72 dpg) and 16 blocks (0.30 bpg) to go along with a .233 hitting percentage. She's actually hitting better against Pac-10 teams, with a team-high .280 hitting percentage in conference games. She's had 10 or more kills three times this season, highlighted by a career-best 18 against Stanford.

A LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS: ASU picked up a split on its trip to the Bay Area last weekend, sweeping Cal and losing to Stanford in four games. The Sun Devils are led by Amanda Burbridge, who has 462 kills (5.63 kpg, second best in the Pac-10) and 333 digs (4.06 dpg, also second in the league). Jami Coughlin leads the team with 359 digs (3.99 dpg) and is second wtih 311 kills. Arizona picked up 3-0 wins over both Cal and Stanford last week to improve to 19-2 for the year. The Wildcats are hitting .326 as a team, led by Marisa DaLee's league-leading .458 mark. DaLee leads the team with 279 kills (3.88 kpg, sixth in the league), while Alison Napier has 251 kills (3.80 kpg, eighth in the Pac-10).

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: The Beavers are under the direction of second-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 23-27, 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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