Volleyball Wraps Up Pacific-10 Play In The Bay Area
Nov. 14, 2000
THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-13, 5-11 Pacific-10) is looking to snap a six-match overall losing streak (its longest of the year) as well as a seven-match Pac-10 losing streak . The Beavers wrap up the Pac-10 portion of their regular season schedule when they travel to the Bay Area this week. The Beavers open the week with a match at California (10-14, 5-11) at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 16. OSU then heads to No. 21 Stanford (15-11, 8-8) for a 7:30 p.m. match on Friday, November 17. The match at Stanford will be aired live on FOX Sports Net.
OSU VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: OSU is 12-26 all-time against California, but the Beavers have never beaten Stanford in 31meetings between the two schools. OSU picked up a 3-2 win over the Golden Bears in a hard-fought battle in Corvallis on September 16. OSU had a 2-0 lead but Cal came back before the Beavers earned the 16-14, 15-10, 14-16, 12-15, 16-14 victory. Gina Schmidt led OSU with 20 kills and 27 digs, while Joscelyn Hannaford added 20 kills and 19 digs. Michele Solomon also had a career-high 17 kills to go along with 10 blocks. OSU came close to its first win against Stanford this year, falling to the Cardinal in five games on September 15 (14-16, 14-16, 15-9, 15-7, 15-11). Despite the loss, it was the first time since 1993 that OSU had won a game against Stanford and the first time since 1986 that the two teams went five games. Gina Schmidt had 20 kills and 16 digs for OSU, while K.C. Frederic added 12 kills and a career-high 27 digs. OSU also got a career-high 18 kills out of Katrina Nelson, although she'll miss the rematch because of an injury.
* On keeping up the confidence after losing six straight matches: 'The effort level's been good, and the desire to perform well and compete has never faltered. We hit the toughest part of the Pac-10 schedule, and then coming off that, we had some key significant injuries. Not that I like to use injuries as an excuse, but I think it did affect the team chemistry in terms of preparation. We just keep reminding the team that the ultimate objective is to compete well. It's not a whole lot of fun if you don't compete well. Regardless of the record, we've competed well, with the exception of a few matches. We have four more matches to go, and if we can go 4-0 or 3-1, we still have shot (at postseason play). We can't give up the dream. If you stop dreaming, there's no desire, and without desire, how can you play confidently?'
* On playing against Olympian Logan Tom (who was in Sydney the first time OSU and Stanford played this season): 'Stanford is an improved team with Logan, but it's been proven over the conference season that no team is going to win all their matches on the play of one player, no matter how good that player is. We'll look to control Logan, and if we can shut down their other players, we can be competitive.'
RECORD COULD FALL THIS WEEK: Brandi Bonnarens continues to stay on pace to break the Oregon State record for single-season assists. The senior had 103 assists last week to move up to third place on the single-season list. She enters this week's matches with 1425 for the year, needing just 15 more to move into second place and 84 to overtake Miya Malauulu's record (1508 in 1995). With four matches remaining, Bonnarens needs to average just 21 assists per match to set the record, but based on her average of 13.19 assists per game, the record could fall this week depending on the number of games the Beavers play. In addition to chasing the school record, she is also nearing another milestone. Bonnarens, who has 3899 career assists, needs just 101 more assists to become the second Beaver to record 4000 career assists (Malauulu, with 5368, is the other). Bonnarens also holds six of the top 10 single-match assists totals at OSU, including a school-record tying 82 at Washington State this year. She's had 80 or more assists three times this year, making her the only Beaver to record 80+ assists more than once. In addition to her strong assists numbers this year, she has 179 digs (1.66 dpg) to rank sixth on the team, and she's fourth with 66 blocks (0.61 bpg). She has 113 kills (1.05 kpg), giving her 100-plus kills for the first time in her collegiate career. She's had six double-doubles this year (all asssists/digs).
INJURY UPDATE: Katrina Nelson is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee at OSU's match at Arizona State on November 3. Lori Daedelow missed the two matches against Washington and Washington State last week due to a concussion, and she is expected to miss this week's matches as well. Daedelow had started 12 straight matches before sitting out last weekend. Brandi Bonnarens did not start the Washington match after an elbow injury limited her practice time last week, but she came in off the bench in that match and started against Washington State the next night.
RECENT ACTION: The Beavers dropped a five-game match to Washington (15-11, 12-15, 15-5, 7-15, 15-12) and a four-game match to Washington State (13-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-4) in the final two home matches of the year last week. Gina Schmidt led the Beavers in kills in both matches, with 28 against Washington and 17 against Washington State, while Joscelyn Hannaford tied her career-high with 20 kills against the Huskies. Jessica Papell played stellar defense in the two matches, posting a team-high 39 digs (4.33 dpg) for the weekend. She tied her career-high with 23 digs against the Huskies.
FORTUNE 500: Gina Schmidt needs just six more kills to become the third Beaver with 500 kills in a season. After 45 kills against the Washington schools this past week, Schmidt has 494 kills for the season, which ties for third on OSU's single-season list for kills. Schmidt also had 30 digs last week, lifting her team-leading total to 356 for the year (just six more digs will put her totals among the top 10 on the season charts for digs as well). She is the first Beaver since 1997 to have 400 kills and the first since 1996 to have 300 digs in a season, and if she reaches 500 kills, she will be the first Beaver since 1995 to reach that mark. Schmidt's 4.53 kpg mark is fourth best in the Pac-10 this season. She has had 20+ kills in 12 matches this year (including 28 against Washington last week) and has had 10 or more kills in all but two matches. Schmidt's 3.27 dpg average ranks fifth in the Pac-10. She's had 10 or more digs 18 times and has had 20 or more three times (highlighted by a career-high 27 against Cal in the first meeting between the two teams this year). She's led the team in kills 23 times this year and has been the team's leader for digs in 12 matches. She's led the team in both kills and digs in 11 matches, and she's had a total of 18 double-doubles this year. She's had 20 or more kills and digs in the same match twice, including a 20-kill, 27-dig effort against Cal.
SHIRLEY AMONG ELITE TRIO: Angie Shirley is one of only three Beavers with 1000 career kills and 400 career blocks. She now has 1054 kills to rank seventh all-time at OSU. She also has 470 career blocks to rank fourth all-time at OSU in that category. She needs eight more blocks to pass Helen Hoonhout (477, 1987-90) for third place. Shirley is second on the team with 332 kills (3.07 kpg) and leads the Beavers with 113 blocks (1.05bpg). She's had 10 or more kills 18 times, highlighted by a season-high 19 twice. She is coming off one of her most solid matches of the year, hitting .300 with 11 kills and eight blocks against Washington State in OSU's last outing. 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.
PAPELL'S STREAK CONTINUES: Jessica Papell added five aces in two matches last week to continue her streak of strong serving. Papell has served at least one ace in each of OSU's last seven matches. She's had 13 aces (0.464 sapg) during that span to lift her season total to 24 - which puts her second on the team. Papell also put up solid numbers in other areas last week. Normally a defensive specialist, Papell played outside hitter due to injuries on the team. She responded with a career-high six kills in both matches against the Washington schools (her previous best was two kills). She led the team in digs in both matches and finished with 39 in two matches (4.33 dpg). She tied her career-high with 23 digs against Washington and added 16 against WSU. She's now had 10-plus digs in 12 matches, including four matches with 20 or more. She's been the team's dig leader in eight matches this year, including the last three. Overall, she ranks second on the squad with 260 digs (2.60 dpg)., marking the first time she's had 200-plus digs as a Beaver.
SOLOMON AMONG LEAGUE'S TOP BLOCKERS: Michele Solomon is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 for blocks with an average of 1.04 blocks per game. She ranks second onthe OSU squad with 112 total blocks. She's actually putting up better numbers in league games, where she's averaging 1.08 bpg (which ranks ninth best in the league in just Pac-10 matches). Even though she hasn't completed two full seasons with OSU, she's already made her way into OSU's career record book. With seven blocks last week, she lifted her career numbers to 223 total blocks, which ranks 10th all-time. She has 193 career block assists, which puts her at No. 8 on OSU's all-timeblock assists list. 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 254 kills (2.35 kpg) and has had 10 or more kills in 13 matches this year, including a 14-kill effort with a .333 hitting percentage against Washington State last week. 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 turned in her third 20-kill effort of the season with 20 against Washington last week. She also had 14 kills against Washington State and has had 10-plus kills in OSU's last five matches (and a total of 13 times this season). Hannaford also registered 10 digs against WSU for her seventh double-double of the year. She's had 10-plus digs eight times, with one 20-plus effort (23 at WSU on 10/13). She ranks third on the team with 285 kills (2.88 kpg) and is fourth with 212 digs (2.14 dpg). Her numbers are even better against Pac-10 teams. Of her 285 kills, 193 have come against Pac-10 teams for an average of 3.22 kills per game (that average is second best on the team in league action). She's picked up 139 of her 215 digs in Pac-10 matches as well, good for an average of 2.32 dpg. Hannaford also had two aces last week, upping her team-leading total to 34 for the year, good for an average of 0.34 aces per game to rank seventh in the Pac-10.
COLLINS GETS FIRST CAREER START: Freshman setter Laura Collins made her first collegiate start against Washington last week and came away with a career-high 13 assists. Collins started in place of Brandi Bonnarens, who had missed some practice time because an elbow injury. Collins set the entire first game and much of the second game before Bonnarens came in. However, Collins played in the back row later in the match and also played in the back row against Washington State. She had five digs in the two matches.
A LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS: Cal, like the Beavers, has lost seven of its last eight matches. However, all seven of Cal's losses were in three games, while OSU was swept just twice in its seven losses. California is led by Alicia Perry with 383 kills (4.56 kpg, third in the Pac-10) and 339 digs (4.04 dpg, first in the league), while Gabrielle Abernathy has added 283 kills (3.37 kpg). Stanford will look a little different from the first meeting this year. Olympian Logan Tom is back from Sydney, and she's posted 216 kills (5.68 kpg) in 11 matches since her return. Her 216 kills are just eight fewer than team leader Tara Conrad (224, 2.77 kpg) despite playing less than half as many games as Conrad (81-38). Tom has also picked up 121 digs (3.18 dpg) and 14 aces (0.37 sapg).
HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: The Beavers are under the direction of second-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 23-31, arrived at OSU in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at USC 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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