Beavers Head To Los Angeles To Play No. 8 UCLA, No. 1 USC

Sept. 24, 2003

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UPCOMING ACTION: Oregon State (9-4, 0-2 Pacific-10), which played two Top 15 teams last week, wraps up what will be four consecutive matches against Top 15 opposition. After hosting No. 4 Stanford and then-No. 12 Cal last week, the Beavers will play at No. 8 UCLA on Thursday, September 25 and at No. 1 USC on Friday, September 26. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.

RECAPPING THE OPENING WEEK OF PAC-10 PLAY: OSU opened the Pac-10 portion of its schedule with a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Stanford on Thursday and then lost 3-0 to then-No. 12 California on Friday last week. Allison Lawrence picked up a team-high 27 kills, including 20 against the Cardinal, and Amanda Eggert hit .304 with 20 kills. Lawrence also led the defense with 21 digs, with Karah Rhoades chipping in 20.

COMMENTS FROM COACH Nancy Somera
'I'm encouraged by the potential this team has. I like the direction we're going as a team. We just have to remain patient and let our talent develop. We haven't had a consistent lineup. It took all of preseason to find our starting lineup and bench substitutions, and now we just need to work on finding a flow within that lineup and get consistent.'

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Rookie Brittany Cahoon had her best blocking performance of her short college career last week. The freshman had four blocks against Stanford and a career-high five blocks against California, finishing with an average of 1.29 blocks per game in seven games played last week. She'd had just 11 blocks in her first 25 games this year. The solid performance against the Bay Area schools improved her per game average to 0.62 for the season.

LAWRENCE IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: Allison Lawrence ranks among the Top 10 players in the Pac-10 Conference for digs, kills, aces and points per game, and she's the only player in the league who's ranked in all four categories. She's fourth in the league for aces (0.56 sapg), eighth for kills and digs (3.72 kpg/3.34 dpg) and 10th for points (4.40 ppg).

THE STREAK STILL STANDS: With one ace against California last week, Allison Lawrence continued her streak of aces. She's had at least one ace in all 13 matches this year, although her streak spans 14 matches as she had one ace against Portland in the final match of the 2002 season. She had a career-high six aces against Georgetown (9/5), and she's had three or more in three other matches this year. Lawrence had 19 aces in 28 matches last year, but already has 28 through the first 13 matches this season. As a team, the Beavers are ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.98 aces per game. Karah Rhoades ranks second on the team with 18 aces (0.40 sapg), and two others have at least 13 for the year.

EIGHT ISN'T ENOUGH THIS YEAR: Last year, Oregon State managed just eight wins the entire season. With 19 matches still remaining on the the 2003 regular season schedule, OSU has already bettered last year's win total. The team has nine wins so far this season after going 8-20 in 2002.

WHAT'S MY LINE(UP)? The Beavers have used five different starting lineups in their first 13 matches, and several other lineups have been used in subsequent games of those matches. All 12 Beavers who have played have played in at least six matches, and only one player - Allison Lawrence - has played in all 50 games for OSU. Katelyn Healy has played in 49 games, and Amanda Eggert and Laura Collins have played in 48 games.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. UCLA - The Beavers are 2-32 with the Bruins, although both of OSU's wins have come under coach Nancy Somera. OSU won 3-2 at UCLA in 2000 and 3-1 at OSU in 2001. The Bruins won both meetings in three games last season. vs. USC - Oregon State is 7-27 all-time against the Women of Troy. USC has won 12 straight in the series, with OSU's last win coming in 1996.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:
UCLA -
The No. 8 Bruins (8-2) have picked up 3-0 sweeps in all eight wins this season. Their two losses were a 3-2 setback to No. 2 Hawaii and a 3-1 loss to No. 1 USC in last week's Pac-10 opener. Brynn Murphy leads the UCLA offense with 3.88 kills per game on .383 hitting, and Heather Cullen chips in 3.00 kills per game. Libero Chrissie Zartman ranks second in the Pac-10 with 4.00 digs per game.

USC - The defending national champion Women of Troy are ranked No. 1 and undefeated at 10-0. Nine of those wins have been 3-0 sweeps. USC lost its first game of the season last week against UCLA; USC won the match 3-1, with the Bruins coming away with a win in the second game. Emily Adams, this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, is hitting .433 with 3.87 kills per game, while two other players are averaging more than three kills per game. Nicole Davis leads the defense with 3.79 digs per game.

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 58-70. 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 45 of 50 games... Has 108 kills (2.40 kpg) with a season-high 17 to lead the team against Charlotte (9/13)... Had double-figures three other times this year... Second on the team with 112 digs (2.49 per game)... Has had double-figures five times, with a high of 14 against Fresno State (9/6) and Stanford (9/18)... Second on the team with 18 aces... Also has 18 assists and 20 blocks... 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 eight matches for a total of 21 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 .227 with nine kills (0.43 kpg), 24 digs (1.14 dpg) and nine blocks (0.43 bpg).

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 21 games and started one match... Has dished out 100 assists (4.76 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Hitting .300 with 17 kills (0.81 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
Has played in 20 games and started the last four matches... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic, where she hit .439 wtih 20 kills (2.86 kpg), 17 digs (2.43 dpg) and 10 assists (1.43 apg) in two matches... Had a career-high 12 kills and nine digs against Charlotte (9/13)... For the season, hitting .286 with 39 kills (1.95 kpg), 38 digs (1.90 dpg) and 13 assists (0.65 apg).

#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 41 of 50 games as a libero and defensive specialist... Third on the team with 2.37 digs per game and fourth in total digs with 97... Has had double-figures in seven matches, with a season-high of 13, coming against Fresno State (9/6) and UC Riverside (9/5).

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 32 games and started seven matches, incuding the last six... 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 .218 with 53 kills (1.66 kpg)... Came on strong at the net against the Bay Area schools last week, leading the Beavers with nine blocks (1.29 bpg)... Had a career-high five blocks against California (9/19) and now has 20 (0.62 bpg) for the year.

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/L
Perhaps the most versatile athlete on the team... Has played in 49 of 50 games with several starts... Has played every position but setter this year, with her most recent action coming as a libero... 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)... Third on the team in total digs with 110 (2.24 dpg, fourth on the team)... Double-figures seven times... Led OSU with 10 digs against Northern Arizona (8/30)... Third on the team with 14 aces (0.29 sapg), doubling the seven she served last year... Has 20 blocks (0.41 bpg), including a career-high five against Fresno State (9/6)... Has 56 kills (1.14 kpg) and hitting .215 for the year.

#17 Taylor Studzinksi, Fr., OH
Played in nine games and six matches... Hitting .111 wtih six kills (0.67 kpg) and 11 digs (1.22 dpg)... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started all 13 matches and played in 48 of 50 games... Hitting .346 and ranks second on the team with 136 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 nine matches this year... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic 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 .3463 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 48 blocks (1.00 bpg), highlighted by a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 51 digs (1.06 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has eight aces (0.17 sapg) this season.

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Only Beaver to play in all 50 games this year... Leads OSU with 186 kills (3.72 kpg), 167 digs (3.34 dpg) and 28 aces (0.56 sapg)... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, eighth for digs and kills per game, and 10th for points per game... Is the only Pac-10 player ranked in all four categories...Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic... Has had double-figure kills in 10 matches and has had 10 or more digs nine times, with eight double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in nine matches and has been the team leader for kills nine times... Had a season-high 21 kills against Georgetown (9/5) and had 20 against Winthrop (9/12) and Stanford (9/18)... 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 28 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 3,078 - third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 48 of 50 games... Has 476 assists and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 9.92 assists per game... Hitting .209 with 46 kills (0.96 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 85 digs (1.77 dpg), with 10 or more three times and a season-high 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Has 23 blocks (0.48 bpg) and 13 aces (0.27 bpg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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