Beavers To Play Three Matches in North Carolina This Week

Sept. 9, 2003

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THIS WEEK'S ACTION: After playing five matches in California last week, the Oregon State volleyball team (6-2) heads east for its first ever trip to the state of North Carolina this week, as the Beavers head to Charlotte for the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Classic on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13. OSU opens up with Winthrop (3-3) at 2:00 p.m. PDT on Friday. On Saturday, the Beavers play Campbell (0-6) at 8:00 a.m. PDT before wrapping up with Charlotte (3-4) at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S PLAY: OSU went 3-2 on its trip to Northern California last week. The Beavers opened the trip with a 3-0 win at Saint Mary's and then went 2-2 at the Sacramento State Invitational, where they beat UC Riverside and Georgetown in five games and lost to Fresno State and Sacramento State in four games. Laura Collins earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Sacramento State Invitational, giving her two all-tourney honors this season. For the week, Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with 77 kills (3.67 kpg) and 78 digs (3.71 dpg) in the five matches. Amanda Eggert hit .312 with 60 kills (3.00 kpg) and a team-high 23 blocks (1.15 bpg).

COMMENTS FROM COACH Nancy Somera
On the final week before Pacific-10 play starts

'We're still trying to figure some things out. We've played some good volleyball so far, but we are a young, inexperienced team. Nothing can replace playing time. We're going to spend this week exploring what the best possible starting lineup and substitution pattern is for us. That's what preseason is for.'

WHAT'S MY LINE(UP)? The Beavers have used four different starting lineups in their first eight matches, and several other lineups have been used in subsequent games of those matches. Twelve Beavers have played in at least two matches, and only one player - Allison Lawrence - has played in all 32 games for OSU.

COLLINS MOVE INTO NO. 3 ALL-TIME: Laura Collins took over the No. 3 spot on OSU's career assists list after recording 49 in the match with Sacramento State last week. She has 302 assists this season, givng her 2,904 for her career - enough to pass Christine Camp (2,860 from 1989-91) for the No. 3 spot on OSU's all-time list. Brandi Bonnarens ranks second with 4,063 and Miya Malauulu holds the career record with 5,368.

LAWRENCE SERVING NOTICE: Allison Lawrence has served at least one ace in every match this year, and she had a career-high six against Georgetown last week. The junior ranks third in the Pac-10 with 0.59 aces per game. She already has 19 aces through eight matches this season, matching the 19 she had for the entire 2002 season. Lawrence isn't the only Beaver whose serving has gotten tougher. The Beavers put a priority on improving their serving in the spring, and the results are showing. Katelyn Healy, who had seven aces a year ago, already has 12 this year to rank second on the team. Laura Collins has served 11 aces so far, and Karah Rhoades has 10 aces. All 11 Beavers who have served in a match this year have at least one ace. OSU ranks second in the Pac-10 with 2.22 aces per game after averaging just 1.19 aces per game last year, when the team ranked ninth in the conference.

HITTING HER WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Amanda Eggert entered her junior year with a career hitting percentage of .252. Through the first eight matches of the 2003 season, she's hitting .335 to boost her career percentage up to .283, which ties for the fifth-best career percentage in OSU history.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has never played Winthrop, Campbell or Charlotte in volleyball. It's also the first time the OSU volleyball team will compete in the state of North Carolina and the first time OSU will have played an opponent from the state of South Carolina (Winthop is located in Rock Hill, SC). The meetings with Campbell and Charlotte will mark just the second and third time the Beavers have played a team from North Carolina (OSU played North Carolina at Minnesota last season in the only meeting between the Beavers and a team from the Tar Heel State up until this weekend.).

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:
Winthrop -
The Eagles (3-3) will be looking to snap a three-match losing streak when they face OSU on Friday. Winthrop lost to Clemson and Texas Tech in four games and dropped a three-game contest to College of Charleston last week after opening the season 3-0. The Eagles have been paced by Mary Hock, who leads the team with 93 kills (4.43 kpg). Sarah Billingsley leads the defense with 77 digs (3.67 dpg), and Taryn Surbaugh is hitting .352 with 2.29 kills and 1.48 blocks per game.

Campbell - The Camels (0-6) not only are looking to win their first match under new head coach Malinda Ashcroft, but they are still looking to win a game as all six losses have been in three games. Che Cameron leads the team with 41 kills (2.41 kpg) and 39 digs (2.29 dpg).

Charlotte - Like Winthrop, the 49ers (3-4) will be looking to end a three-match losing streak after losing to Duke in four games, Southern Illinois in five games and Buffalo in three games last week. The 49ers are led by Chanda Waller, who has 113 kills (3.77 kpg) and 94 digs (3.13 dpg), and Holly Kreyling, who has a team-high 103 digs (3.43 dpg).

HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: Fifth-year head coach Nancy Somera moved to Corvallis in 1999 after spending eight years as an assistant coach at USC, her alma mater. In her five years with the Beavers, she has a career record of 55-68. In 2001, she guided OSU to a 17-12 record, and the Beavers earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. While at USC, Somera helped the Women of Troy earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and helped develop eight USC All-Americans. Somera also played collegiately at USC, where she was an All-Pacific-10 Team selection in 1987 and 1988. She still holds the USC record for career and single-season aces.

PAC-10 PREDICTIONS: Oregon State was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 race according to a preseason vote by the league's head coaches. Defending NCAA champion USC was selected to repeat as Pac-10 champion this season. Stanford was second, followed by Arizona and UCLA, which tied for third. California, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, OSU and Oregon round out the poll.

BEAVERS ON TV: Oregon State will be on television four times this season. OSU's matches at Arizona on Oct. 17 and at California on Nov. 20 will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net on a delayed basis. In addition, both of OSU's matches against Washington will be aired delayed on FOX Sports Northwest.

OSU PLAYER NOTES
#3 Karah Rhoades, So., OH

Has played in 27 of 32 games... Has 56 kills (2.07 kpg), with a high of 10 at Sacramento State... Ranks third on the team with 2.48 digs per game (67 total)... Has had double-figures three times, with a high of 14 against Fresno State... Also has 18 assists, 18 blocks and 10 aces... Was named to the All-Tournament Team at the OSU Volleyball Showcase the first week of the season.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Played in all four matches at the Sacramento State Invitational last week, for her first collegiate action... Saw action in 12 of the 18 games in the tourney... Had her best match against Georgetown, hitting .429 with four kills, five blocks and 10 digs... Had eight digs against UC Riverside.

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 14 games and has started one match... Had 67 assists, for an average of 4.79 per game... Her best match has been against UC Riverside, hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Hitting .357 with 14 kills (1.00 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against against Gonzaga and set the entire fifth game of that match to lead the Beavers to a victory in the deciding game... Also hit .571 with five kills in that match.

#10 Abby Windell, Fr., OH
Saw her first collegiate action last week at the Sacramento State Invitational, where she played in six games and three matches... Had three kills and six digs in two games against UC Riverside... Added two kills and two digs against both Fresno State and Sacramento State... Did not play in the match against Georgetown.

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Hitting .351 with 77 kills (3.21 kpg) in 24 games in her first year playing for the Beavers (sat out last year after transferring from Montana State)... Has had double-figure kills in five matches... Led the team with 21 against Gonzaga and 12 against Fresno State... Hit .706 against Northern Arizona for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 34 digs (1.42 dpg), and 12 blocks (0.50 bpg) for the season... Was named the MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... Prior to coming to OSU, she was a two-time first team All-Big Sky selection at Montana State in 2000 and 2001... Recorded 813 kills in two years with MSU.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L
Played in 31 of 32 games as OSU's libero... Ranks second on the team with 83 digs (2.68 dpg)... Has had double-figures in six of the eight matches... Has a season-high of 13, coming against Fresno State and UC Riverside.

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 15 games and started two matches... Her best match to date was against UC Riverside, when she came in off the bench to hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... For the season, hitting .200 with 27 kills (1.80 kpg) and six blocks (0.40 bpg).

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH
Has played in 31 of 32 games... Did not start in the season opener, but has started every match since then... Picked up her first career double-double last week against Georgetown when she hit .333 with 14 kills and 13 digs - both career-highs... It was her first match with double-figure kills... Ranks third on the team in total digs, with 68 (2.19 dpg)... Has had double-figures four times... Led OSU with 10 digs in the win over Northern Arizona... Ranks second on the team with 12 aces (0.39 sapg), already more than the seven she served last season... Also ranks second on the team with 20 blocks (0.65 bpg), including a career-high five against Fresno State last week... Has 55 kills (1.77 kpg) and hitting .214 for the year.

#17 Taylor Studzinksi, Fr., OH
Played three games against Georgetown and one game against Sacramento State last week for her first collegiate action... Had three kills, four digs and an ace against Georgetown and added three digs and an assist against Sacramento State.

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started all eight matches and played in 31 of 32 games in the middle... Hitting .335 with 88 kills (2.84 kpg)... After having just one match with double-figure kills in her first two years with OSU, Amanda has come through with 10 or more kills in six of the eight matches this year... Led the Beavers with 15 kills on .520 hitting against Sacramento State and hit .340 with a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside... Leads the Beavers with 30 blocks (0.97 bpg), highlighted by a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Also has 27 digs (0.87 dpg) and seven aces (0.23 sapg) this season.

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Is the only Beaver to have played in all 32 games this year... Leads the team with 117 kills (3.66 kpg), 109 digs (3.41 dpg) and 19 aces (0.59 sapg)... Ranks third in the Pac-10 for aces, fourth for digs and 10th for kills... Has had double-figure kills in seven matches and has had 10 or more digs seven times, with six double-doubles... Has been the team's dig leader in every match but one and has led the team in kills five times... Had a season-high 21 kills against Georgetown last week... Set a new career-high for digs last week, picking up 17 against both Georgetown and UC Riverside... Also served a career-high six aces in the match with Georgetown... Her 19 aces this year already equals her total from the entire 2002 season... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Showcase for the second year in a row.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Earned All-Tournament honors at both the tournaments the Beavers have played in this year... Has started every match and has played in 31 of 32 games... Has 302 assists and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 9.74 assists per game... Has 2,904 career assists, good for third on OSU's all-time list... For the season, hitting .267 with 33 kills (1.06 kpg), including a season-high seven against Fresno State last week... Hit a career-high .714 with five kills against Mississippi State... Has 60 digs (1.94 dpg), with 10 or more twice... Had a season-high 12 against Saint Mary's... Has 12 blocks (0.39 bpg) and 11 aces (0.35 bpg).

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