Pac-10 Volleyball Action Kicks Off This Week

Sept. 16, 2003

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UPCOMING ACTION: Oregon State (9-2) kicks off Pacific-10 play this week, and the Beavers open with the top four teams in the conference - at least according to the latest rankings. OSU hosts No. 4 Stanford (6-2) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 and No. 12 California (8-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 19. Both matches will be free admission, and the Beavers will sign autographs following the Cal match. The schedule doesn't get any easier next week, when the Beavers head to Los Angeles for matches with No. 9 UCLA and defending NCAA champion and current No. 1 USC.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S PLAY: OSU went 3-0 with victories over Winthrop, Campbell and Charlotte to win the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Classic last week. Amanda Eggert, Allison Lawrence and Abby Windell earned All-Tournament Team honors for OSU. Lawrence led the Beavers with 42 kills (3.82 kpg) and 37 digs (3.36 dpg), while Eggert hit .410 with 28 kills (2.80 kpg) and 12 blocks (1.20 bpg). Windell, who made her first career starts last week, hit .439 with 20 kills (2.86 kpg), 17 digs (2.43 dpg) and 10 assists (1.43 apg) in two matches. The Beavers dominated the competition, hitting .313 with 172 kills, while limiting the opposition to 133 kills on .105 hitting. OSU also outdug (178-148) and outblocked (22-8) its opponents.

COMMENTS FROM COACH Nancy Somera
On her assessment of OSU's pre-conference performance

'I'm really pleased with the progress that we made in preseason. To go 9-2 while we're still trying to improve and get things done is great. We played some good competition that exposed us to some things we need to get better at. Now we're going to step up the competition and see some better teams in conference play, and we'll see where we're at. We'll play some better teams who will show us some new things that we need to get better at, but I like the direction we're headed. We're a work in progress, but we're on our way.'

COLLINS REACHES MILESTONE: With 45 assists against Charlotte last week, Laura Collins became the third Beaver to record 3,000 career assists. She now has 3,015 career assists, good for third in OSU's record books. Brandi Bonnarens ranks second with 4,063 and Miya Malauulu holds the career record with 5,368.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP IN STORE FRIDAY: When OSU and Cal meet on Friday, it will be a match-up of the top two teams in the Pacific-10 for digs. Cal leads the Pac-10 with 16.62 digs per game, while OSU ranks second with 15.81 digs per game. Allison Lawrence leads OSU with 146 digs and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 3.40 digs per game. Cal's Mia Jerkov leads her squad with 85 digs and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 3.27 digs per game.

EIGHT ISN'T ENOUGH THIS YEAR: Last year, Oregon State managed just eight wins the entire season. With 21 matches still remaining on the the 2003 schedule, OSU has already bettered last year's win total as the team enters Pacific-10 play with a 9-2 record. The 9-2 start is the team's best since 2000, when the Beavers also went 9-2 in their first 11 matches.

WHAT'S MY LINE(UP)? The Beavers have used five different starting lineups in their first 11 matches, and several other lineups have been used in subsequent games of those matches. Twelve Beavers have played in at least four matches, and only one player - Allison Lawrence - has played in all 43 games for OSU. Katelyn Healy has played in 42 games, and Amanda Eggert and Laura Collins have played in 41 games.

SERVING NOTICE: The Beavers put a priority on improving their serving in the spring, and the results are showing. OSU ranks second in the Pac-10 with 2.19 aces per game after averaging 1.19 aces per game last year, when the team ranked ninth in the conference. The team's three leading individuals have already topped their totals from the 2002 season. Allison Lawrence has served at least one ace in every match this year, and she ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 0.58 aces per game. She has 25 aces in 11 matches this season after serving 19 in 28 matches last year. Karah Rhoades ranks second on the team with 17 this year, five more than the 12 she had as a freshman last year. Katelyn Healy, who had seven aces a year ago, has doubled that mark with 14 already this season. All 11 Beavers who have served in a match this year have at least one ace.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. Stanford - The Beavers have never beaten the Cardinal in 36 previous meetings, although OSU took the Cardinal to five games at Stanford in the team's last meeting last year. vs. California - OSU has an all-time record of 16-27 against Cal, although the Beavers have won five of the last six meetings. The teams split last year, with each team winning on the road (Cal won 3-2 at OSU, and OSU swept the Bears in Berkeley). Additional Series Note - OSU's Laura Collins was named Pac-10 Player of the Week following OSU's trip to the Bay Area last year (Oct. 25-26, 2002)

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:
Stanford -
The No. 4 Cardinal (6-2) may have two losses, but they came against No. 2 Hawaii and No. 3 Florida. Ogonna Nnamani leads Stanford's offense with 132 kills (5.28 kpg, fourth in the Pac-10), nearly twice as many as Sara McGee, who ranks second on the team with 72 kills. The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 in blocking with 3.72 blocks per game and have four of the top 10 blockers in the league, led by Jennifer Harvey's Pac-10 leading 1.90 blocks per game.

California - The No. 12 Golden Bears are undefeated at 8-0, and six of those wins were 3-0 sweeps. Mia Jerkov leads the team with 151 kills, and her 5.81 kills per game average ranks second in the Pac-10. She also leads the team with 85 digs (3.27 dpg, seventh in the Pac-10). Camille Leffall, whose .417 hitting percentage is fourth best in the conference, leads the team with 42 blocks (1.62 bpg, second in the Pac-10).

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 58-68. 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.

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

Started every match and played in 38 of 43 games... Has 91 kills (2.39 kpg) after picking up 35 (3.18 kpg) in North Carolina last week... Season-high 17 kills to lead the team against Charlotte (9/13), with double-figures two other times this year... Third on the team with 2.42 digs per game (92 total)... Has had double-figures four times, with a high of 14 against Fresno State (9/6)... Has 18 assists, 19 blocks and 17 aces... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the OSU Volleyball Showcase the first week of the season.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in six matches for a total of 19 games off the bench... Had her best match against Georgetown (9/5), hitting .429 with four kills, five blocks and 10 digs... Had eight digs against UC Riverside (9/5)... For the year, hitting .350 with nine kills (0.47 kpg), 24 digs (1.26 dpg) and nine blocks (0.47 bpg).

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 17 games and started one match... Dished out 89 assists (5.24 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Hitting .333 with 17 kills (1.00 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against against Gonzaga (8/29) 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
Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic last week after making her first career starts... Had played in just six of the first 36 games this season, but made her first starts against Campbell and Charlotte (9/13)... Hit .439 wtih 20 kills (2.86 kpg), 17 digs (2.43 dpg) and 10 assists (1.43 apg) in those two matches to earn all-tourney recognition... Career-high 12 kills and nine digs against Charlotte... For the season, hitting .367 with 27 kills (2.08 kpg), 27 digs (2.08 dpg) and 12 assists (0.92 apg) in 13 games of work.

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Hitting .369 with 91 kills (3.25 kpg) in 28 games in her first year playing for OSU (sat out last year after transferring from Montana State)... Has had double-figure kills in six matches... Led the team with 21 against Gonzaga (8/29) and 12 against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit .706 against Northern Arizona (8/30) for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 47 digs (1.68 dpg)... Had her first double-double as a Beaver against Winthrop (9/12), hitting .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs... Has 15 blocks, six aces and six assists this season... Named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... 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 and now has 904 career kills.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L
Has played in 36 of 43 games as a libero and defensive specialist... Second on the team with 2.61 digs per game and third in total digs with 94... Double-figures in seven of the 11 matches... Season-high of 13, coming against Fresno State (9/6) and UC Riverside (9/5).

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 25 games and started five matches, incuding the last four... Her best match to date was against UC Riverside (9/5), when she came in off the bench to hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Hitting .214 with 43 kills (1.72 kpg) and 11 blocks (0.44 bpg) for the year.

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Perhaps the most versatile athlete on the team... Has played in 42 of 43 games with several starts... Has played every position but setter this year... Had her first career double-double against Georgetown (9/5), hitting .333 with career-highs of 14 kills and 13 digs... Set a new high for digs a week later with 14 against Charlotte (9/13)... Second on the team in total digs with 98 (2.33 dpg)... Double-figures six times... Led OSU with 10 digs against Northern Arizona (8/30)... Third on the team with 14 aces (0.33 sapg), doubling the seven she served last year... Second on the team with 20 blocks (0.48 bpg), including a career-high five against Fresno State (9/6)... Has 56 kills (1.33 kpg) and hitting .216 for the year.

#17 Taylor Studzinksi, Fr., OH
Played in six games and four matches... Hitting .200 wtih six kills (1.00 kpg) and nine digs (1.50 dpg)... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started all 11 matches and played in 41 of 43 games... Hitting .353 and ranks second on the team with 116 kills (2.83 kpg)... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years at OSU, has had 10 or more kills in eight matches this year... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic last week after hitting .410 with 28 kills (2.80 kpg) and 12 blocks (1.20 bpg)... After hitting just .252 in her first two years, her .353 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .297, ranking fifth on the OSU charts... Led OSU with 15 kills on .520 hitting against Sacramento State (9/6) and hit .340 with a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside (9/5)... Team-high 42 blocks (1.02 bpg), highlighted by a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 44 digs (1.07 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has eight aces (0.20 sapg) this season.

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Only Beaver to play in all 43 games this year... Leads OSU with 159 kills (3.70 kpg), 146 digs (3.40 dpg) and 25 aces (0.58 sapg)... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for aces and digs and is 10th for kills and points...Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic... Has had double-figure kills in nine matches and has had 10 or more digs eight times, with seven double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in eight matches and has been the team leader for kills seven times... Had a season-high 21 kills against Georgetown (9/5) and had 20 against Winthrop (9/12)... Set a new career-high for digs with 26 against Charlotte (9/13) for her first career 20-dig performance... Her previous best was 17 against Georgetown and UC Riverside (9/5)... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Her 25 aces already tops her 19 from the 2002 season... Has served at least one ace in every match this year.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Became the third Beaver to record 3,000 career assists last week... Had 45 against Charlotte (9/13) to push her career totals to 3,015 - third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 41 of 43 games... Has 413 assists and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 10.07 assists per game... Hitting .231 with 39 kills (0.95 kpg), with a season-high seven against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit a career-high .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Has 76 digs (1.85 dpg), with 10 or more three times and a season-high 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Has 17 blocks (0.41 bpg) and 13 aces (0.32 bpg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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