Civil War Volleyball Set For Friday At Gill Coliseum

Oct. 29, 2002

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UPCOMING ACTION: The second Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers, is set for this week at OSU. The Beavers (7-13, 2-9 Pac-10) will host Oregon (10-15, 0-11) at 7 p.m., on Friday, November 1. Admission is free.

CIVIL WAR TO BE TELEVISED: Friday's Civil War match will be televised on FOX Sports Net on a delayed basis, with Tod Pickett and Cathy Nelson calling the action. The match will be aired at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 on FOX Sports Northwest. Check local listings for replay times on FOX Sports channels in other regions.

FILL GILL: Join the Beavers as they try to break the single-match attendance record on Friday. The current Gill Coliseum volleyball record is 2,559, which was set against Oregon in 1996.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU had perhaps its most successful trip to the Bay Area last week. The Beavers ended a five-match losing streak with a 3-0 win at Cal, marking the first time OSU had ever swept Cal in Berkeley. OSU lost 3-2 to No. 6 Stanford, but it was the first time the Beavers had played a five-game match at Stanford and the first time OSU had won a game there since 1993. Laura Collins' efforts earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second time in her career. She averaged 13.25 assists, 2.12 digs and 1.12 kills per game on .333 hitting over the weekend. OSU hit .296 against Cal for its best hitting percentage against a Pac-10 team this year. Karah Rhoades hit .367 with 16 kills to lead OSU in the win, while Megan McMillan led the Beavers with 19 kills against Stanford. The Beavers got two key bench performances from Katelyn Healy and Joscelyn Hannaford as well. Healy hit 1.000 with eight kills against Cal, while Hannaford hit a season-best .458 with 13 kills against Stanford.

COMMENTS FROM COACH NANCY SOMERA:
On heading into the Civil War after a solid weekend in the Bay Area

'It feels good to get off to a good start in the second round of Pac-10 play, but I think every team in this conference can attest to the fact that you can be on cloud nine one week and then hit rock bottom the next. We have to take things one match at a time, but it sure feels good to get a win. It was hard to keep pointing out all the good things this team has done, but still see the losses.'

On the team's improvement over the past couple weeks
'We've been playing better and better each week. The onslaught of injuries has affected team chemistry more than anything. It's hard to flow as a team unit when that unit keeps changing week to week. It's taken a little while for some of the younger, less experienced players to replace the injured veterans, but now we're jelling and they know what to expect from one another.'

NEUBURGER MOVES INTO TOP 10: Nikki Neuburger had 25 digs in the Bay Area last week, moving her into OSU's top 10 for career digs. The senior ranks 10th all-time at OSU with 945 career digs. Neuburger averages a Pac-10 best 4.10 digs per game this season and was 24th nationally last week (the latest national statistics were unavailable at press time). She's had double figures 15 times - including four with 20 or more digs. She's currently on pace to tie Rachel Hochgesang for the single-season digs per game record. Hochgesang averaged 4.10 dpg in 1993.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 34-43 all-time against the Ducks, with the Beavers having won the last three Civil War contests. OSU won this year's first meeting, 30-22, 30-25, 30-25, at Oregon on Oct. 3. Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with 14 kills and a .314 hitting percentage, and Michele Solomon and Karah Rhoades added 10 kills apiece. Lindsay Closs led UO with 10 kills.

A LOOK AT OREGON: The Ducks (10-15, 0-11) are still searching for their first Pac-10 win. They came close last week, holding a 2-0 lead at Cal before losing in five games. UO was swept at Stanford in its other match last week. Lindsay Closs leads the Ducks with 3.81 kills per game, ranking eighth in the Pac-10. Closs is also eighth in the league with 1.06 blocks per game. Dariam Acevedo adds 3.28 kills per game, and Lindsey Murphy leads the defense with 2.86 digs per game.

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: OSU is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 48-59, arrived at OSU in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at USC since 1991. Last season, Somera guided the Beavers to a 17-12 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. While at USC, Somera helped the team earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and 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.

OSU PLAYER NOTES
#1 Lianne Dela Cruz, Jr., DS

Has played in 57 of 72 games... Has 81 digs (1.42 dpg)... Had a career-high 11 digs at Oregon (10/3) and had 10 against Eastern Washington (10/5)... Has two aces and two kills.

#3 Karah Rhoades, RS-Fr., OH
Has seen action in 45 games... Has had double-figure kills in six of OSU's last eight matches... Averaging 2.47 kills per game overall and 3.21 kills per game in Pac-10 play... Led the Beavers in kills for the first time last week, when she hit .367 with 16 kills at Cal... Hit .306 with a career-high 18 kills against Arizona State (10/19)... Hitting .154 for the season... Also has 33 digs (0.73 dpg), 14 blocks (0.31 bpg) and three aces (0.07 sapg).

#4 Tami Halleck, Sr., DS
Played three games against Arizona State (10/18), coming in to serve several plays... Picked up her first career dig in that match... Played in two other games, both in non-conference matches.

#5 Michele Solomon, Sr., MB
Has played in every game but four this season, missing only the four games of the Arizona State match (10/18)... An injury suffered in the Arizona match (10/17) forced her to miss the ASU match, the only one she hasn't played her entire career... Hitting .285 and has 154 kills (2.26 kpg)... Has had double-figures six times, most recently with 11 at Stanford last week... Had a season-high 15 against Ball State (9/14) and hit a career-best .591 with 13 kills against Cal State Northridge (9/7)... Leads the team with 35 total blocks (0.57 bpg), including a season-high five against Ball State... Has 373 career total blocks, seventh best all-time at OSU... Ranks eighth for career hitting percentage (.267).

#9 Desma Stovall, Fr., S
Has eight games of limited action as a backup setter... Last played at UCLA (10/10), with career-highs of eight assists, five digs and one kill in that match... Had two service aces against Boise State (9/7).

#13 Joscelyn Hannaford, Sr., Opp.
Returned to action in the Bay Area last week after missing six matches after surgery to remove a cyst in her knee... Played sparingly at Cal (10/25), with one kill and one dig in two games, but returned to top form by hitting a season-high .458 with 13 kills in four games at Stanford (10/26)... Has played in 41 total games... Averages 2.13 kills per game and is hitting .213... Has had double-figures four times, including a career-high 24 against Missouri (8/31)... Averaging 2.93 digs per game, tied for second on the team... Has 120 digs... Has six double-figure performances, with a season-high 17 twice... Has three double-doubles... Earned MVP honors at the OSU Challenge and all-tournament honors at the OSU Showcase.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Jr., DS/OH
Has played in 58 games... Has 101 digs (1.74 dpg)... Has had double-figures three times... Had a season-high 11 against Arizona State (10/19) and Ball State (9/14) and had 10 against Eastern Washington (10/5)... Has five aces, five assists and five kills... Picked up her fifth kill in the Cal match last week (10/25), when she found herself in the front row in the final moments of game three after OSU ran out of subs... She ended up with the match-winning kill on her only attempt of the match.

#15 Megan McMillan, Sr., OH
One of three players to see action in all 72 games... Leads OSU with 244 kills (3.39 kpg)... Has had double-figures 13 times, including a team-best 19 at Stanford last week (10/26)... Had a career-high 20 against North Carolina (9/14)... Hitting .204... Ranks second on the team with 211 digs (2.93 dpg)... Has had double-figures 11 times, most recently with 13 against Arizona State (10/18)... Had a season-high 20 against Cal (9/28)... Has led the team in kills nine times and in digs six times... Has had eight double-doubles... Leads the team with 21 aces (0.29 sapg), with a career-high five against Cal... Earned all-tournament honors at the OSU Challenge.

#16 Katelyn Healy, RS-Fr., MB
Walk-on who has become a key factor for the Beavers the last couple weeks... Has played in 23 games and has started two of the last three matches... Made her first career start against Arizona State (10/18), filling in for Michele Solomon... Returned to a back-up role at Cal (10/25), where she came off the bench to record eight kills with a 1.000 hitting percentage... That earned her the start at Stanford the following night... Has had a career-high eight kills in each of OSU's last three matches... Had career-highs of six digs, four blocks and two aces against ASU... For the season, is hitting .236 with 29 kills (1.26 kpg), nine digs (0.39 dpg), and 10 blocks (0.43 bpg).

#19 Katrina Nelson, Sr., MB/OPP
Has missed the last eight matches with a fractured thumb... Had started every match prior to the injury, playing in 40 of 43 games... Hitting .296 with 102 kills (2.55 kpg)... Had double-figures five times, including her last three matches... Had a season-high 17 kills while hitting .382 against Cal (9/28)... Had a team-high 10 kills against Stanford (9/27) and Washington State (9/20)... Hitting a team-best .368 with 3.14 kills per game in Pac-10 games... Leads the team with 0.80 blocks per game (32 total).

#21 Amanda Eggert, So., MB
Has played in 51 of 72 games... Hitting .206 with 68 kills (1.33 kpg)... Hit .400 with a season-best eight kills against Arizona State (10/18)... Had seven against Oregon (10/3) and Eastern Washington (10/5)... Has had a career-high seven blocks twice, against ASU (10/19) and Cal (9/28), good for the most by a Beaver this year... Has 34 total blocks (0.67 bpg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, So., OH
Has played in 70 of 72 games... Averaging 3.37 kills per game (236 total) while hitting .201... Averaging a team-best 3.65 kills per game in Pac-10 play (9th best in the Pac-10 for conference matches) and hitting .212 against league opponents... Hit .418 with a career-high 26 kills against Cal (9/28)... Had 22 kills against Arizona State (10/19) and Eastern Washington (10/5)... Has 12 double-figure matches and has led the team seven times, most recently against ASU... Has four double-doubles this year, most recently at Stanford last week, when she had 12 kills and a career-high 16 digs... Has a total of 118 digs for the year (1.69 dpg)... Earned all-tournament honors at the OSU Showcase.

#23 Laura Collins, Jr., S
Ranks fourth for career assists at OSU with 2,283... Has 918 this year, good for 12.75 per game (2nd in the Pac-10)... Ranked 24th nationally last week (the latest rankings were not available at press time)... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in her career after last week's performance in the Bay Area... Averaged 13.25 assists, 2.12 digs and 1.12 kills per game at Cal and Stanford... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week once as a sophomore as well... Had a season-best 72 assists in a home match against Cal (9/28), good for the second highest total of her career and eighth best in OSU history... Is the third OSU setter with two 70-plus assist matches in her career... Her 72 assists versus Cal is the third best total in the Pac-10 this year... Has 163 digs (2.26 dpg), with a season-high 16 against Eastern Washington... Has five double-doubles, most recently at Cal last week, with 49 assists and a team-high 11 digs... Hitting .174 with 56 kills (0.78 kpg)... Hit .467 with a season-high eight kills at Stanford last week (10/26)... Second on the team with 18 aces (0.25 sapg)... Earned all-tournament honors at the OSU Showcase (MVP) and OSU Challenge.

#31 Nikki Neuburger, Sr., L
Leads the team and ranks first in the Pac-10 with 4.10 digs per game (295 total)... Ranked 24th nationally last week, with the latest national rankings not available at press time... 4.10 dpg would tie the school season record if she can stay on pace... Moved into the top 10 for career digs after picking up 26 in the Bay Area last week... Now has 945 to rank 10th... Had a career-high 33 digs against Eastern Washington (10/5), good for the fourth-best total in OSU history and the first 30-plus total since 1995... Just missed another 30-dig effort with a then-career-high 29 against Cal (9/28), now the eighth-best total at OSU... The 33 and 29 digs rank first and third in the Pac-10 this year... Had 24 against Ball State (9/14) and 23 against Cal State Northridge (9/7)... Has had double figures 15 times this year and has led the team 11 times.

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