Volleyball Faces Must-Win Situation At Pacific's Bankers Classic

Nov. 26, 2003

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-15, 5-13) finds itself in a must-win situation this week as the Beavers travel to Stockton, Calif., for the Bankers Classic at Pacific on Friday and Saturday, November 28-29.OSU opens the tournament with a 5 p.m. match against Pittsburgh (24-4) on Friday. Depending on the outcome of that match, the Beavers will face either Pacific (15-13) or Alabama-Birmingham (14-18) at either 5 or 7 p.m. on Saturday. OSU needs to win both matches to finish with a winning record, which is required to be considered for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU dropped a pair of matches in the Bay Area, losing 3-1 at No. 9 California before falling 3-0 at No. 7 Stanford. Anne Watts-Roberts hit .315 with 30 kills (4.29 kpg), including 20 at Cal. Allison Lawrence added 27 kills (3.86 kpg) on .261 hitting. Laura Collins had 81 assists (11.57 apg) to go along with 22 digs (3.14 dpg) and 11 kills (1.57 kpg) on .400 hitting. K.C. Frederic had a team-best 23 digs (3.29 dpg).

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Should the Beavers win both matches this weekend to become eligible for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, they'll find out if they were selected on Sunday at 5 p.m. when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNews. OSU has competed in the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2001 and 1983.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: At least three Beavers will finish the season with their names etched in the OSU records books in various single-season lists. Allison Lawrence moved into 10th place on OSU's single-season kills list last week and could move up to seventh this week. She has 397 kills this year, and with five more, she'll move into eighth place and with 17 more, she'll take over the No. 7 spot. She could also move into the top 10 for digs and aces this weekend as well. She has 44 aces, three away from tying for ninth on the season lists. She has 362 digs, 18 away from tying for 10th on that list. Laura Collins has 1,098 assists so far this season - good for 10th in the single-season record books as well. Amanda Eggert enters the final weekend of regular season play with a .323 hitting percentage, which would put her fourth in the season charts if that number holds up. It's likely that at least one Beaver will earn a spot in the top 10 list for digs per game average in a season as well. Lawrence is currently averaging 3.29 digs per game, which ranks 10th, while K.C. Frederic is 11th with a 3.21 digs per game mark.

SERIES RECORDS: The Bankers Classic will mark the first ever meeting between Oregon State and Pittsburgh in the sport of volleyball. Should the Beavers play Alabama-Birmingham, it would also be the time OSU had played the Blazers. OSU and Pacific have played five times. The Tigers have won all five matches, although the teams haven't played each other since 1985.

THE OPPONENTS: Pittsburgh- Pitt (24-4) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by sweeping No. 17 Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament championship game last week. Megan Miller, the tourney's Most Outstanding Player, is hitting .358 with 3.89 kills and 0.92 blocks per game for the year. Wendy Hatlestad adds 4.77 kpg, and Megan McCrane leads Pitt with 5.34 digs per game. Alabama-Birmingham- The Blazers (14-18) will be looking to snap a four-match losing streak, with their most recent loss coming in three games against TCU in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament last week. Martina Shields leads the team with 3.79 kills and 2.83 digs per game. Pacific- Like the Beavers, the Tigers (15-13) are trying to finish with a winning record, and they'll have to snap a four-match losing streak and win at least one match to finish above .500. The Tigers are led by Big West Player of the Year Jennifer Joines, who is hitting .333 with 5.58 kills, 1.17 blocks, 2.05 digs and 0.50 aces per game.

HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: 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 64-81. 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 104 of 111 games... Fourth on the team with 2.58 kills per game and third with 268 total kills... Team's kill leader in five matches and has had double-figures 11 times... Had a season-high 17 kills at Charlotte and had 16 at No. 8 UCLA, vs. Portland and at Oregon... Third on the team with 2.80 digs per game and 291 total digs... Averaged 3.00 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has had double-figures 15 times, with a career-high 18 against No. 13 Washington... Led the team six times... Has six double-doubles, most recently with 15 kills and 16 digs at Washington State... Second on the team with 36 aces (0.35 sapg)... Had a career-high six against Campbell and had four or more in three other matches... Has 35 assists and 28 blocks... All-Tournament at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in 43 games and 16 matches, starting two... Hit .500 with a career-high seven kills and added three blocks off the bench against No. 13 Washington... Hitting .273 with 31 kills (0.72 kpg), 34 digs (0.79 dpg) and 23 blocks (0.53 bpg) for the year... Career-high three aces against Washington State... Career-highs of five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown... Had four blocks at Arizona State and vs. No. 9 UCLA... Had eight digs against UC Riverside.

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 45 games and started one match... Has dished out 204 assists (4.53 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside, hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Tied some of those marks in both matches against Washington State... At WSU, she tied her high of six kills and hit a career-best .600 with no errors in 10 tries... More impressive was that she did so in just two games of action... In OSU's first match against WSU, she tied her high of eight digs... Had 15 assists and hit .375 with four kills at Oregon... Had 26 assists at UCLA... Hitting .286 with 33 kills (0.73 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against Gonzaga 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/MB
Played in 54 games and started 10 matches, including five straight in the middle (her first five starts were at RS)... After playing right side for most of the year, came off the bench at Oregon and played two games as a middle for her first collegiate action in that position... Also came off the bench at Washington State to hit .333 with four kills and tied her career-high of three blocks... Has started all five matches since then... Hit .273 with nine kills, four digs and two blocks at No. 9 California last week... 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... Had a career-high 12 kills and nine digs against Charlotte... For the season, hitting .205 with 78 kills (1.44 kpg), 75 digs (1.39 dpg), 23 blocks and 18 assists.

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
In 76 games of action, is hitting .285 with 3.32 kills per game to rank second on the team in both categories... Has 252 kills this year and 1,065 for her career (813 came at Montana State in 2001 and 2002)... Her 1,000th career kill was the final kill in OSU's win at Washington State... Has had double-figures in 16 of the 21 matches she's played in (missed nine matches due to injury)... Has led the team seven times, including twice last week (20 at Cal and 10 at Stanford)... Season-high 21 kills against Gonzaga... Hit .706 with 12 kills against Northern Arizona for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 142 digs (1.87 dpg), with double-figures four times... Had a season-high 21 digs in the win at WSU... Has three doubles-doubles... Hit .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs against Winthrop, hit .343 with 15 kills and 21 digs at WSU and hit .407 with 12 kills and 10 digs against Arizona State... Has 44 blocks, nine aces and 29 assists... Named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... Played at Montana State in 2000 and 2001 before transferring to OSU (she redshirted last year)... Earned first team All-Big Sky selection both years at Montana State.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L
Has played in 102 of 111 games... Ranks second on the team with 3.21 digs per game and 327 total digs... Ranks eighth in the Pac-10 for digs per game... Leads OSU with 3.48 digs per game in Pac-10 matches (219 total) to rank seventh in the league for conference matches only... Had a season-high 21 digs at Arizona State and had 20 against Washington State... Just missed a third 20-plus performance with a team-high 19 against Arizona... Has had double-figures in 22 matches, including 14 of the last 15... Led the team in 10 matches, including the three of the last four... Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team last week and was selected to the Academic All-District VIII second team two weeks ago.

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 67 games and started 16 matches... Hitting .189 with 99 kills (1.48 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Second on the team with 0.67 blocks per game (45 total)... Leads OSU with 0.77 blocks per game (30 total) against Pac-10 teams... Career-high five blocks against California... Had four against four other Pac-10 schools, at Arizona, at Arizona State, at UCLA and vs. Stanford.

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 91 of 111 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... Hit .333 with 10 kills at UCLA and had a career-high 14 against Georgetown... Also had 13 digs against Georgetown for her only double-double... Has had 10 or more digs seven times, with a career-high 14 against Charlotte... Has 156 digs (1.71 dpg) and 103 kills (1.13 kpg) and is hitting .187 for the year... Has 30 blocks, with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State... Has 19 aces, with a career-high five against Mississippi State... Named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic last week.

#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Has played in 21 games and 13 matches... Hitting .200 wtih eight kills and 19 digs... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown... Had three digs at Arizona State.

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 109 of 104 games... Hitting a team-best .323 and is second on the team with 300 kills (2.75 kpg is third)... Her hitting percentage ranks 10th in the Pac-10 and ranks fourth on the OSU all-time single-season list... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more in 15 matches this year... Led the team in kills five times... Had a career-high 18 against UC-Riverside and had 17 at Washington State and at home against No. 13 Washington... 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... Hit just .252 in her first two years, but her .323 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .300, fourth on the OSU charts... Hit .400 or better in 10 matches this year... Hit .552 against No. 13 Washington (10/11) and hit .520 with a team-high 15 kills at Sacramento State... Leads OSU with 82 blocks (0.75 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 89 digs (0.82 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte, and has 22 aces (0.20 sapg)... Named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic last week.

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10 earlier this week... Played in 110 of 111 games and started every match but one... Leads OSU with 397 kills (3.61 kpg), 362 digs (3.29 dpg) and 44 aces (0.40 sapg)... Moved into the No. 10 spot for single-season kills in the OSU record books last week and is closing in the top 10 season lists digs and kills... With 397 kills, she's ranked 10th... Five more will put her in eighth and 21 more will move her into seventh... Needs three aces abd 18 digs to tie for 10th in those categories... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, sixth for digs per game, eighth for kills 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 22 matches and has had 10 or more digs 20 times, with 17 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 12 matches and has been the team leader for kills 18 times... Had a season-high 21 kills twice, in a 3-2 win against Georgetown and in a 3-0 win over Oregon... Had 20 kills against Winthrop and No. 4 Stanford... Set a new career-high for digs with 26 against Charlotte for her first career 20-dig performance... Just missed two other 20-dig efforts with 19 at home against Arizona and Washington State... Had 18 at No. 8 UCLA... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic... Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team last week and was selected to the Academic All-District VIII third team two weeks ago.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10 for the third season in a row when the team was announced this week... Has 3,700 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 107 of 111 games this year... Has 1,098 assists this season and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 10.26 assists per game... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington... Hitting .219 with 103 kills (0.96 kpg) for the year... Had a season-high seven kills twice, against Washington State (10/10) and Fresno State... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills at No. 1 USC... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State... Has 205 digs (1.92 dpg) for the year... Had a career-high 22 digs against Washington State (10/10) and has had 10 or more in seven matches... Her previous career-best was 20, set in 2001... Has 42 blocks (0.39 bpg), with a career-high six at Arizona State... Has 21 aces (0.20 sapg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational... Named second team Pac-10 All-Academic last week.

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