Civil War Volleyball Set For Thursday In Eugene

Oct. 28, 2003

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THIS WEEK: The Beavers (12-11, 2-9 Pacific-10) travel to Eugene for the Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers. Oregon (3-17, 0-11) will host the Beavers at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 30. Both teams are looking to snap losing streaks. The Beavers have lost five straight, their longest losing streak of the season. Oregon has lost 12 in a row, with its last win coming against Villanova on September 13.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU opened up the second half of Pac-10 play with two 3-0 losses at the hands of No. 9 UCLA and No. 1 USC. The Beavers struggled offensively, hitting only .039 over the weekend. No Beavers reached double-figures for kills either night. Amanda Eggert led the Beavers with nine against UCLA and Anne Watts-Roberts had a team-high nine against USC. K.C. Frederic led the defense with 14 digs against the Bruins, and Karah Rhoades had a team-best nine digs against the Women of Troy.

WATTS-ROBERTS CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Anne Watts-Roberts is just 29 kills away from recording her 1,000th career kill. The junior has 158 kills this season to go along with the 813 she picked up in two years of action at Montana State (2000, 2001). Watts-Roberts, a two-time All-Big Sky selection at MSU, is second on the OSU squad with 3.16 kills per game.

WHAT'S MY LINEUP? Oregon State has used nine different starting lineups this season and has not used the same lineup more than five times. All 12 Beavers have started at least one match (including the libero as a seventh starter), and only two players - Laura Collins and Amanda Eggert - have started all 23 matches.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Enough to move Allison Lawrence into OSU's top 10 list for service aces in a season, that is. The junior enters the week with a team-best 39 service aces and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 0.46 aces per game. With eight more aces, Lawrence would move into a tie for 10th on OSU's single-season list. The Top 10 list for aces has remained unchanged since 1992 - the longest such span for any of the eight single-season lists that are tracked for OSU volleyball. Lawrence has served at least one ace in 21 of the 23 matches this season, including the last seven. She has served three or more in five matches, with a career-high six against Georgetown (9/5). She had two against Oregon in the first meeting between the two teams this year.

FREDERIC DIGS HER WAY INTO TOP 10: K.C. Frederic had a string of seven consecutive matches with double-figure digs snapped against No. 1 USC last week, but she still maintains her spot among the league leaders for digs. She ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with 3.08 digs per game and ranks seventh with 3.41 digs per game in conference matches only. She has averaged 4.07 dis per game during the last four weeks. She had two 20-plus efforts during that span, with a season-high 21 digs against Arizona State (10/18) and 20 against Washington State (10/10).

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 fourth for aces (0.46 sapg), fifth for digs (3.33 dpg), ninth for kills (3.54 kpg) and 10th for points (4.11 ppg). She's been ranked in all four categories the last six 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 four weeks.

THE CIVIL WAR SERIES: Oregon State is 35-44 all-time against the Ducks. The Beavers swept the Ducks, 30-26, 30-27, 30-28, at OSU in the first meeting this year. Allison Lawrence had a season-high 21 kills in just three games to lead OSU, and Kelly Russell hit .400 with 15 kills to lead the Ducks. Both liberos - K.C. Frederic for OSU and Katie O'Neil for UO - had 14 digs. Aside from the 2001 season when OSU won both meetings, the teams have split the annual series every year since 1998. In 1998 and 1999, the home team won each time. In 2000 and 2002, the visiting team prevailed. OSU has won the last three meetings in Eugene.

A LOOK AT OREGON: The Ducks might be 3-17 overall and still searching for their first Pac-10 win, but they held their own against No. 9 UCLA and No. 1 USC last week. Oregon had lost 3-0 in its first nine Pac-10 matches this year, but the Ducks ended the streak by winning game three in the match with the Bruins. The Ducks also came close to taking off a game off USC, losing the first game 30-28. Overall, Kelly Russell leads the offense with 3.19 kills per game, although freshman Sarah Mason has a team-best 3.59 kills per game against Pac-10 teams to rank 10th in the league in conference action. Rookie Kristen Bitter leads the team and ranks ninth in the conference with 1.09 blocks per game, and Katie O'Neil has a team-best 3.01 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 61-77. 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 all but one match and played in 78 of 85 games... Fourth on the team with 2.55 kills per game and third with 199 total kills... Hitting .141... Team's kill leader in four matches, including a season-high 17 at Charlotte (9/13)... Had 16 against No. 8 UCLA (9/25) and Portland (9/30)... Eight double-figure matches... Third on the team with 2.67 digs per game and 208 total digs... Has had double-figures 10 times, with a career-high 18 against Washington (10/11)... Has four double-doubles... Second on the team with 27 aces (0.35 sapg)... Had a career-high six against Campbell (9/13)... Has 29 assists and 26 blocks... All-Tournament at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in 14 matches and 40 games... Has started two of the last four matches... Had a career-high seven kills on .500 hitting and had three blocks off the bench against Washington (10/11)... Hitting .284 with 31 kills (0.77 kpg), 32 digs (0.80 dpg) and 23 blocks (0.57 bpg) for the year... Had a career-high three aces against Washington State (10/10)... Had career-highs of five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had four blocks against Arizona State (10/18) and No. 9 UCLA (10/24)... Had eight digs against UC Riverside (9/5).

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 38 games and started one match... Has dished out 172 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... Also had eight digs against Washington State (10/10)... Had 16 assists against Arizona (10/17)... Had 26 assists at UCLA (9/25)... Hitting .227 with 23 kills (0.61 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 31 games and started five matches... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic, hitting .439 with 20 kills (2.86 kpg), 17 digs (2.43 dpg) and 10 assists (1.43 apg) in two matches (9/13)... Had a career-high 12 kills and nine digs against Charlotte (9/13)... For the season, hitting .191 with 44 kills (1.42 kpg), 49 digs (1.58 dpg) and 16 assists (0.52 apg).

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
After missing eight consecutive matches because of injury, has played in the last six matches... Needs 29 kills to record her 1,000th career kill... Has 158 this season and had 813 in two years at Montana State... In 50 games of action this year, hitting .294 with 3.16 kills per game, second on the team... Has had double-figure kills in nine of the 14 matches she's played in... Has led the team four times, with 21 against Gonzaga (8/29), 16 against Arizona State (10/18), 12 against Fresno State (9/6) and nine against No. 1 USC last week... Hit .706 with 12 kills against Northern Arizona (8/30) for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 76 digs (1.52 dpg)... Had a double-double against Winthrop (9/12), hitting .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs... Tied her season-high with 13 digs against No. 9 UCLA last week... Has 30 blocks, six aces and 11 assists... Named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... Played at Montana State in 2000 and 2001 before transferring to OSU (she redshirted last season)... Earned first team All-Big Sky selection both seasons at Montana State.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L
Has played in 76 of 85 games... Ranks second on the team with 3.08 digs per game and 234 total digs... Ranks ninth in the Pac-10 for digs per game... Leads the Beavers with 3.41 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... That average ranks seventh in the Pac-10 for digs per game in conference matches... Had a season-high 21 digs at Arizona State (10/18) and had 20 against Washington State (10/10)... Has had double-figures in 15 matches... Has been the team's dig leader in five matches, including last week against No. 9 UCLA, with 14.

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 60 games and started 14 matches... Hitting .178 with 89 kills (1.48 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside (9/5) and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Second on the team with 0.68 blocks per game (41 total)... Leads OSU with 0.81 blocks per game (26 total) against Pac-10 teams... Career-high five blocks against California (9/19)... Had four against four other Pac-10 schools, at Arizona (10/17), at Arizona State (10/18), at UCLA (9/25) and vs. Stanford (9/18).

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 78 of 85 games, with action at every position but setter this year... Has started 17 matches (seven at RS, five at MB, 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 153 digs (1.96 dpg) and 99 kills (1.27 kpg) and is hitting .191 for the year... Has 28 blocks, with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State (9/6)... Ranks third on the team with 19 aces... Served five against Mississippi State (8/30).

#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Has played in 17 games and 10 matches... Hitting .158 wtih seven kills and 17 digs for the year... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had three digs against Arizona State (10/18).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 83 of 85 games... Hitting a team-best .324 and is second on the team with 232 kills (2.80 kpg is third)... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more kills in 12 matches this year... Led the team in kills five times, including 16 kills at Arizona State (10/18) and 17 kills against No. 13 Washington (10/11)... 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 .324 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .297, fifth on the OSU charts... Hit .400 or better in nine matches this year... Hit .552 against No. 13 Washington and hit .520 with a team-high 15 kills at Sacramento State (9/6)... Had a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside (9/5)... Leads OSU with 66 blocks (0.80 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 73 digs (0.88 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has 15 aces (0.18 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Played in 84 of 85 games and started every match but one... Leads OSU with 297 kills (3.54 kpg), 280 digs (3.33 dpg) and 39 aces (0.46 sapg)... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, fifth for digs per game, ninth for kills per game and 10th for points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories... Has had double-figure kills in 16 matches and has had 10 or more digs 15 times, with 13 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 matches and has been the team leader for kills 13 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 No. 4 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 (10/10) and had 18 at No. 8 UCLA (9/25)... 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 3,405 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 81 of 85 games this year... Has 803 assists this season and is seventh in the Pac-10 with 9.91 assists per game... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington (10/11)... Hitting .208 with 81 kills (1.00 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 at No. 1 USC (9/26)... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Had a career-high 22 digs against Washington State (10/10), bettering her season-high of 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Her previous career-best was 20, set in 2001... Has 163 digs (2.01 dpg) for the year, with 10 or more in six matches... Has 37 blocks (0.46 bpg), with a career-high six against Arizona State (10/18)... Has 15 aces... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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