Beavers Begin Four-Match Homestand This Week

Sept. 29, 2003

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UPCOMING ACTION: After four matches against ranked opponents - including a trip to No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 USC last week - Oregon State (9-6, 0-4 Pacific-10) returns home to start a four-match homestand, which begins this week against two unranked opponents. The Beavers host Portland (10-3) in a non-conference match at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 30 before gearing up for Oregon in the Civil War presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers later in the week. The Beavers and the Ducks (3-10, 0-4) will both be looking for their first Pac-10 win when they meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 2. OSU will continue its homestand with matches against Washington and Washington State next week. Admission is free to all regular OSU volleyball matches.

RECAPPING THE TRIP TO LOS ANGELES: OSU extended its losing streak to four matches - all four have been against Top 15 teams - after playing at No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 USC last week. The Beavers opened the trip with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins. Despite the loss, OSU became just the third team this season to win a game against the Bruins. Prior to last week, only No. 1 USC and No. 2 Hawaii (which both beat the Bruins) had won games against UCLA this season. OSU wrapped up the weekend with a 3-0 loss to the defending national champion Women of Troy. Karah Rhoades was OSU's kill leader in both matches, finishing with 16 against UCLA and eight against USC for 3.43 kills per game over the weekend. Allison Lawrence led the team with 26 total digs (3.71 dpg) over the weekend, with Rhoades and K.C. Frederic each adding 23. Laura Collins hit .538 over the weekend, highlighted by her effort against USC, hitting .857 with six kills.

COMMENTS FROM COACH Nancy Somera
On the team's progress since Pac-10 play started

'We've improved a lot as a team over the last couple weeks. The improvement may not be showing in the win-loss column, but we are doing things a lot better now than when we came home from the Charlotte tournament (on Sept. 14). We have no control over what Portland and Oregon do on their side of the net. We can control what happens on our side, and we've been doing some nice things lately.'

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: They've only been out of high school for a few months, but a pair of Beaver rookies will be reunited with some former high school teammates when Portland and Oregon head to Corvallis this week. OSU's Abby Windell attended Gresham High School, the same school that Portland's Sheena Surplus, Lauren Karpstein and Ali Boaz attended. Oregon's Heather Madison, Kim McNally and Katie O'Neil also attended Gresham HS. OSU's Michelle Franz graduated from Rio Americano High School in the Sacramento area, and Portland's Sara Vercruyssen and Laura Pappas also went to Rio Americano.

LAWRENCE IN ELITE GROUP: Allison Lawrence ranks among the Top 10 players in the Pac-10 Conference for digs, kills, aces and points per game. She's tied for fifth for aces (0.51 sapg), is seventh for digs (3.39 dpg), and is 10th for kills and points (3.60 kpg/4.21 ppg). Lawrence was the only player ranked in all four categories the last two weeks, although Cal's Mia Jerkov is also ranked in all four categories this week.

WHAT'S MY LINE(UP)? The Beavers have used six different starting lineups in their first 15 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 57 games for OSU. Katelyn Healy has played in 56 games, and Amanda Eggert and has played in 55 games.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. Portland- The Beavers are 35-6 all-time against the Pilots. Portland hasn't beaten the Beavers since 1989, when the Pilots handed OSU a 3-2 in the Rose City. Last year, the Beavers defeated Portland 3-1 in Portland in the final match of the year. Karah Rhoades hit .278 with 14 kills for OSU, and Laura Collins led the Beavers with 15 digs. vs. Oregon- Oregon State is 34-44 all-time against the Ducks. The teams split the series last year, with each winning on the road. The Beavers swept the Ducks in Eugene last year, and the Ducks won 3-1 at OSU in the last meeting. Allison Lawrence had 22 kills in the loss for OSU.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: PORTLAND - The Pilots (10-3) bring a five-match winning streak into Corvallis, with their last win coming in four games against Oregon last week. Heather Denison leads the team with 4.15 kills per game, and she's hitting .302 for the year. Michelle Oakland is hitting .397 with 3.35 kills and 1.04 blocks per game, and Murphy McClenahan has a team-best 3.57 digs per game.

OREGON - The Ducks (3-10, 0-4) are looking to snap a five-match losing streak and, like the Beavers, are searching for their first Pac-10 win. Kelly Russell leads the Ducks with 3.17 kills per game, while Katie O'Neil leads the defense with 2.87 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 58-72. 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 52 of 57 games... Ranks third on the team with 132 kills (2.54 kpg), including a high of 17 to lead the team against Charlotte (9/13)... Also led the Beavers in both matches in Los Angeles last week, finishing with 16 against UCLA and eight against USC... Has had double-figures a total of five times this year... Second on the team with 135 digs (2.49 per game)... Has had double-figures six times, with a high of 14 three times (most recently at UCLA)... Has had two double-doubles... Second on the team with 19 aces... Also has 22 assists and 22 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 and 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 25 games and started one match... Has dished out 126 assists (5.04 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Had 26 assists against UCLA last week... Hitting .264 with 21 kills (0.84 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 23 games and started five 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 .236 with 39 kills (1.70 kpg), 39 digs (1.70 dpg) and 13 assists (0.57 apg).

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Has missed the last six matches because of an injury and is out indefinitely... 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)... 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 a double-double 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... 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 48 of 57 games as a libero and defensive specialist... Third on the team with 120 digs (2.50 dpg)... Has had double-figures in eight matches, with a season-high of 16 last week at UCLA... Had 13 against Fresno State (9/6) and UC Riverside (9/5).

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 39 games and started eight matches... 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 .186 with 66 kills (1.69 kpg)... Ranks second on the team with 26 blocks (0.67 bpg), although she has come on particularly strong since Pac-10 play started... Leads the team with 15 blocks (1.07 bpg) against Pac-10 teams... Had a career-high five blocks against California (9/19).

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Perhaps the most versatile athlete on the team... Has played in 56 of 57 games with several starts... Has played every position but setter this year... Last week, she started off as the libero against UCLA but moved to the opposite in game two... Finished the match hitting .333 with 10 kills, good for her second double-figure performance of the 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)... Fourth on the team with 119 digs (2.12 dpg)... Has had double-figures seven times... Had a team-high 10 against Northern Arizona (8/30)... Ranks third on the team with 16 aces (0.29 sapg), already doubling the seven she served last year... Has 21 blocks (0.38 bpg), including a career-high five against Fresno State (9/6)... Has 70 kills (1.25 kpg) and hitting .220 for the year.

#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Played in 13 games and eight matches... Hitting .111 wtih six kills and 13 digs... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started all 15 matches and played in 55 of 57 games... Hitting .324 and ranks second on the team with 148 kills (2.69 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 .324 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .289, 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 52 blocks (0.95 bpg), highlighted by a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 56 digs (1.02 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has nine aces (0.16 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Only Beaver to play in all 57 games this year... Leads OSU with 205 kills (3.60 kpg), 193 digs (3.39 dpg) and 29 aces (0.51 sapg)... Tied for fifth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, ranks seventh for digs per game and 10th for kills and points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories...Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic... Has had double-figure kills in 11 matches and has had 10 or more digs 10 times, with nine double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 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... Had 18 against UCLA (25) and had 17 in two other matches... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Her 29 aces already tops her 19 from the 2002 season... Has served at least one ace in every match but one this year.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Became the third Beaver to record 3,000 career assists learlier this year... Enters the week with 3,121 career assists, ranking third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 53 of 57 games... Has 519 assists this season and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 9.79 assists per game... Hitting .238 with 54 kills (1.02 kpg), with a season-high seven against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills against No. 1 USC last week... Hit a then-career-high .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Has 92 digs (1.74 dpg), with 10 or more three times and a season-high 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Has 25 blocks (0.47 bpg) and 15 aces (0.28 sapg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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