Beavers Head To Desert For Matches With Arizona, Arizona State

Oct. 14, 2003

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THIS WEEK: The first half of Pacific-10 play wraps up this week, with the Beavers (12-7, 2-5 Pac-10) heading to the desert for key matches against Arizona and Arizona State. OSU opens the week with a 7 p.m. match at Arizona (7-10, 1-6) on Friday, October 17, and then plays at Arizona State (6-10, 1-6) at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 18.

BEAVERS ON TV FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK: Friday's match at Arizona will be televised, tape-delayed, nationally on FOX Sports Net. Amy Bender and Melissa Boyle will call the action. FOX Sports Northwest is scheduled to air the match at 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, although FOX Sports channels in other regions will replay the match as early as Saturday. Check local listings for air times on FOX Sports channels outside of the Northwest. OSU's matches at California and at Washington State will also be televised.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU opened up the week with a 3-1 win over Washington State before dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 13 Washington. The Beavers averaged 16.00 kills, 20.75 digs, 2.00 aces and 2.00 blocks per game over the weekend, with all four marks being above the team's season averages. Allison Lawrence led the offense with 35 kills (4.38 kpg), with team-highs of 18 against WSU and 17 against UW. She also chipped in 32 digs (4.00 dpg). Amanda Eggert hit .300 with 26 kills (3.25 kpg), highlighted by a .552 hitting percentage with a team-high 17 kills against the Huskies. Anne Watts-Roberts returned to the lineup for the first time in nearly a month and made an impact with 28 kills (3.50 kpg). K.C. Frederic led the defensive effort with 34 digs (4.25 dpg), with Karah Rhoades adding 30 digs (3.75 dpg) and six aces (0.75 sapg).

COMMENTS FROM COACH SOMERA: 'We had a good week last week, and we need to keep building on that. We prepared extremely well in the practice gym last week, and we'll see if we can take the level of play that we had at home these past two weeks with us on the road this week. That's our challenge. We've done well on the road so far this year.'

DEFENSE BACK ON TOP: After ranking sixth in the Pac-10 for digs just two weeks ago, the Beavers have stepped up their defense since then and have moved into the No. 1 spot in the league rankings this week. Highlighted by a season-high 98 digs against Washington State (the second highest total in the Pac-10 this year), the Beavers averaged 20.75 digs per game in the two matches last week. That performance boosted OSU's season average to a Pac-10 best 16.34 digs per game, making the Beavers the only Pac-10 team with an average of more than 16.00 digs per game. K.C. Frederic had a team-high 62 digs (4.43 dpg) in the last four matches, with a season-high 20 against WSU and 14 in the other three matches during that span. Three other Beavers averaged more than 3.00 digs per game in those four matches. Allison Lawrence had 54 (3.86 dpg), including 19 against WSU. Karah Rhoades had a career-high 18 digs against Washington to put her four-match total at 51 (3.64 dpg), and Laura Collins had a career-high 22 against WSU to highlight her four-match total of 46 (3.29 dpg).

SERVING NOTICE: Oregon State has emphasized tough serving this season, and the stats are showing the improvement. As a team, the Beavers have served 128 aces, and they are tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.80 aces per game. Last year, OSU ranked ninth in the league with just 1.19 aces per game. Two Beavers are among the Pac-10's individual serving leaders this year as well. Allison Lawrence moved up to third this week with 0.49 aces per game (35 total), and Karah Rhoades jumped into the rankings for the first time after serving six aces against the Washington schools last week. Rhoades checked in at 10th with 0.39 aces per game (26 total).

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 third for aces (0.49 sapg), fourth for digs (3.48 dpg), sixth for kills (3.89 kpg) and ninth for points (4.49 ppg). She's been ranked in all four categories for the last five weeks. For two weeks, she was the only Pac-10 player ranked in all four areas, although Cal's Mia Jerkov has joined her the last three weeks.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. Arizona- Oregon State is 10-25 all-time against the Wildcats, with Arizona winning the last 13 meetings. OSU's last win against UA came in 1996 when the Beavers won in four games at OSU. The Beavers haven't won in Tucson since 1993, when OSU won in five games. vs. Arizona State- Oregon State is also 10-25 all-time against Arizona State, but the Beavers have had more luck recently against ASU than they have against Arizona. Although ASU swept OSU in both meetings last season, the Beavers defeated the Sun Devils twice in 2001 and once in 2000.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: Arizona- The Wildcats snapped a five-match losing streak and picked up their first Pac-10 win upon upsetting No. 8 UCLA, 3-1, last week, although they lost to No. 1 USC the following night. Kim Glass leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 5.41 kills per game, and she also leads the UA defense with 2.60 digs per game. Arizona State- ASU has lost six of its last seven, with its only win coming in five games against Arizona in the second week of Pac-10 play. Natalie Harris leads the team with 4.25 kills per game, ranking fifth in the Pac-10, and Mandy Stephens' .415 hitting percentage is fourth in the league. Courtney Blocher is fifth in the Pac-10 with 3.42 digs per game.

HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: Head coach Nancy Somera is in her fifth season at Oregon State 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 61-73. 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.

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

Started every match and played in 66 of 71 games... Fourth on the team with 2.64 kills per game and third in total kills with 174... Has been the team's kill leader four times, including a season-high 17 at Charlotte (9/13)... Had 16 at No. 8 UCLA (9/25) and against Portland (9/30)... Has had double-figures seven times... Third on the team with 2.82 digs per game and second with 186 total digs... Has had double-figures 10 times, including a career-high 18 against Washington last week... Has four double-doubles, most recently against Oregon (14k-11d) (10/2)... Second on the team with 26 aces (0.39 sapg) and ranks 10th in the Pac-10... Had a career-high six against Campbell (9/13)... Has 27 assists and 26 blocks... All-Tournament Team pick at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Played in 11 matches and 30 games... Played all eight games last week... Was a serving specialist in games 1-3 against Washington State but started game 4 as a middle blocker... Came off the bench to serve in game 1 against Washington, but stayed in as a middle for the rest of the match... Had a career-high seven kills on .500 hitting and had three blocks against UW... Had a career-high three aces with three kills, five digs and two blocks against WSU... Hitting .302 with 20 kills (0.67 kpg), 30 digs (1.00 dpg) and 14 blocks (0.47 bpg) for the year... Hit .429 with four kills, five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had eight digs against UC Riverside (9/5).

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 32 games and started one match... Has dished out 145 assists (4.53 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Tied her career-high of eight digs against Washington State last week... Had 26 assists at UCLA (9/25)... Hitting .250 with 21 kills (0.66 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against Gonzaga (8/29) and set the fifth game of that match to lead OSU to the win... Hit .571 with five kills in that match.

#10 Abby Windell, Fr., OH
Has played in 26 games and started five matches... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic, where she hit .439 with 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 .239 with 40 kills (1.54 kpg), 44 digs (1.69 dpg) and 13 assists (0.50 apg).

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Returned to action last week against the Washington schools after missing eight consecutive matches because of an injury... Averaged 3.50 kills per game while hitting .290 last week in what were her first two Pac-10 matches... Hit .394 with 15 kills against Washington and added 13 kills against Washington State... For the season, hitting a team-best .348 with 119 kills (3.31 kpg) in 36 games in her first year playing for OSU (sat out last year after transferring from Montana State)... Has had double-figure kills in eight of the 10 matches she's played in... Led the team with 21 against Gonzaga (8/29) and 12 against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit .706 with 12 kills against Northern Arizona (8/30) for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 54 digs (1.50 dpg)... Had a double-double against Winthrop (9/12), hitting .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs in what was her last match prior to returning to action last week... Has 18 blocks, six aces and eight assists... 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 932 career kills.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L/DS
Has played in 62 of 71 games, mostly as a libero... Ranks second on the team with 2.94 digs per game and is third with 182 total digs... Was a key factor in OSU's success during the four-match homestand that ended last week... Had double figures in all four matches... Had a season-high 20 digs against Washington State and had 14 in the other three matches to average a team-best 4.43 digs per game during that two-week stretch... Averaging 3.22 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has had double-figures in 12 total matches and has led the team twice.

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 49 games and started 12 matches... Hitting .179 with 82 kills (1.67 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside (9/5) and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Tied for second on the team with 31 total blocks (0.63 bpg)... Has 16 blocks and 0.76 blocks per game against Pac-10 teams... Career-high five blocks against California (9/19).

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 68 of 71 games, with action at every position but setter this year... Has started 15 matches (five at MB, five at RS and five at libero)... Has had 10 or more kills three times, most recently with 10 against Portland (9/30)... Hit .333 with 10 kills at UCLA (9/25) and had a career-high 14 kills against Georgetown (9/5)... Also had 13 digs against Georgetown for her first collegiate double-double... Has had 10 or more digs seven times, with a career-high 14 against Charlotte (9/13)... Has 143 digs (2.10 dpg) and 88 kills (1.29 kpg) and is hitting .203 for the year... Has 25 blocks (0.37 bpg), with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State (9/6)... Ranks third on the team with 18 aces (0.26 sapg)... Served five against Mississippi State (8/30).

#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Has played in 14 games and nine matches... Hitting .111 wtih six kills and 14 digs for the year... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 69 of 71 games... Hitting .321 and is second on the team with 191 kills (2.77 kpg is third on the team)... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more kills in 11 matches this year... Had 17 kills on .552 hitting against Washington last week and hit .500 with 11 kills in the win over Oregon two weeks ago... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic after hitting .410 with 28 kills (2.80 kpg) and 12 blocks (1.20 bpg) in three matches... After hitting just .252 in her first two years, her .321 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .292, fifth on the OSU charts... Hit .520 with a team-high 15 kills at Sacramento State (9/6) and hit .340 with a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside (9/5)... Leads OSU with 59 blocks (0.86 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 67 digs (0.97 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has 11 aces (0.16 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Only Beaver to play in all 71 games this year... Leads OSU with 275 kills (3.87 kpg), 247 digs (3.48 dpg) and 35 aces (0.49 sapg)... Ranks third in the Pac-10 for aces per game, fourth for digs per game, sixth for kills per game and ninth for points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories...Has had double-figure kills in 15 matches and has had 10 or more digs 14 times, with 13 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 matches and has been the team leader for kills 12 times... Had a season-high 21 kills twice, in a 3-2 win against Georgetown (9/5) and in a 3-0 win over Oregon (10/2)... Had 20 kills 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... Just missed another 20-dig effort with 19 against Washington State last week and had 18 against UCLA (25)... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Enters the week with 3,299 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 67 of 71 games this year... Has 697 assists this season and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 10.40 assists per game... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington last week... Hitting .230 with 73 kills (1.09 kpg) for the year... Had a season-high seven kills twice, against Washington State (10/10) and Fresno State (9/6)... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills against No. 1 USC (9/26)... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Had a career-high 22 digs against Washington State last week, bettering her season-high of 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Her previous career-best was 20, set in 2001... Has 138 digs (2.06 dpg) for the year, with 10 or more five times... Has 31 blocks (0.46 bpg) and 15 aces (0.22 sapg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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