Beavers Travel To San Diego For Three Matches

Sept. 15, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (3-3, 0-0 Pacific-10) gets set to play in its final tournament before the start of Pac-10 play next week. The Beavers will travel to San Diego this week, where they'll play at the USD Invitational on September 17-18. OSU kicks off the weekend with a 5 p.m. match against Penn on Friday. On Saturday, OSU faces Nevada at noon and then plays host No. 23 San Diego at 7 p.m.

RECAPPING THE SALBASGEON SUITES INVITATIONAL: Oregon State went 2-1 last week, with wins over Oral Roberts (3-1) and Auburn (3-0) before losing to tournament champion Saint Mary's (3-2). Even though they didn't win the tourney, the Beavers still claimed the tourney's Most Valuable Player in sophomore Brittany Cahoon. She hit .421 with 40 kills (3.33 kpg) and 11 blocks (0.92 bpg), highlighted by career-highs of 19 kills against Saint Mary's and seven blocks against Oral Roberts. Allison Lawrence also earned All-Tournament Team honors. Lawrence hit .301 with a team-high 55 kills (4.58 kpg) and added 35 digs (2.92 dpg).

LAWRENCE 34 AWAY FROM 1,000: Senior Allison Lawrence needs 34 kills to become the 10th Beaver to reach 1,000 career kills, and if she keeps at her current pace, she'll reach the mileston this weekend. She's averaging 4.42 kills per game and has had double figures in all six matches this year, including matches with 26 and 28 kills. She could also reach 1,000 digs before the season ends. Lawrence came into this season with 629 career digs, but she had 388 digs as a junior, so a repeat performance would put her over 1,000. With 68 so far this year, her career total stands at 697.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has never played Penn in volleyball. The Beavers are 5-3 all-time against Nevada and 2-0 against San Diego. OSU and Nevada last played in 1992, with OSU winning 3-0. OSU and USD haven't played each other since 1985.

THE OPPONENTS: Penn - The Quakers (2-1) defeated Duquesne and Radford but lost to Virginia in five games last week. Cara Thomason led Penn with 3.83 kills and 4.67 digs per game in the three matches. Penn has four starters back from a team that won the Ivy League and went to the NCAA Tournament last year. Nevada - Nevada (5-2) is led by Salaia Salave'a, who's hitting .411 with 4.92 kills, 2.75 digs and 1.38 blocks per game. Common opponent: Saint Mary's, undefeated at 7-0, has beaten both OSU and Nevada this season. SMC beat OSU in five games last week and swept Nevada on September 3. San Diego - The #23 Toreros (4-2) will be the first of many ranked opponents to face the Beavers this year. They're led by Devon Forster, who is averaging 5.33 kills and and 3.17 dig per game.

BEAVERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Oregon State players have already earned several spots in the OSU record books with their performances this year. Abby Windell hit .704 against Saint Louis to break the OSU record for hitting percentage in a five-game match (it was also good for the fifth-best hitting percentage in any match. She had a career-high 20 kills in that match). Allison Lawrence had a career-high 28 kills in that same match, tying for 10th on OSU's single-match list. Desma Stovall's 75 assists against Saint Mary's puts her in a tie for sixth on that list.

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: Nancy Somera is in her sixth season at Oregon State after spending eight years as an assistant coach at USC, her alma mater. She has a career record of 68-85. 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. The Beavers have finished 16-16 in two other seasons under her direction. 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.

PACIFIC-10 PREDICTIONS: Oregon State was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 this year, based on a preseason vote of the conference coaches. Two-time defending NCAA champion USC once again was picked to win the Pac-10 title. UCLA was second, followed by Washington, Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State and OSU. Oregon and Washington State were tied for ninth in the selections. The top six teams in the poll also are ranked in the USA Today/CSTV preseason top 25 poll. USC checked in at No. 1, followed by No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 10 California and No. 17 Arizona.

EUROPEAN TOUR: The Beavers took a different approach to fall camp this season, heading overseas for two weeks in Europe. While in Europe, the Beavers played eight matches against top teams from the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. OSU also did some sightseeing in those three countries, as well as in Vienna, Austria.

PLAYER NOTES

NINA BALTIMORE: Leads the Beavers with 72 digs (3.00 dpg)... Has had 10 or more in five matches... Led the team in digs in three matches, including a career-high 19 against Oral Roberts... Tied for second on the team with five aces... One of four Beavers to play all 24 games.

BRITTANY CAHOON: Named MVP of the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational... Hit .421 with 3.31 kills and 0.92 blocks per game for the tournament... Had a career-high 19 kills against Saint Mary's and led OSU with 17 against Oral Roberts... Had a career-high seven blocks against ORU... For the season, hitting .370 with 67 kills (2.79 kpg) and 21 blocks (0.88 bpg)... Her .370 hitting percentage ranks seventh in the Pac-10... One of four Beavers to play all 24 games.

AMANDA EGGERT: Has played in 17 games... Leads the Beavers with a .374 hitting percentage, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10... Has 46 kills (2.71 kpg), with double figures in three matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn last week and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State... Has improved her career hitting percentage to .309, moving her up to third best in OSU history.

KATELYN HEALY: Has played in 21 games... Has 32 kills (1.52 kpg) and 43 digs (2.05 dpg)... Hit .250 with a season-high 10 kills against Saint Mary's... Has had 10 or more digs twice, with a season-high 11 against Saint Louis... Has seven blocks, six assists and four aces.

ALLISON LAWRENCE: Named to the all-tournament teams at both tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads the Beavers with 106 kills... Ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 4.42 kills kills per game and is eighth with 4.81 points per game... On pace to pick up her 1,000th career kill this weekend... Needs 34 to reach the milestone... Has had double figures in all six matches, with 20-plus twice... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history) and had 26 against Saint Mary's... Has five double-doubles... Second on the team with 68 digs (2.83 dpg)... Season-high 17 digs against Saint Mary's... Team kill leader in four matches and dig leader in three (led the team in both categories against Saint Mary's)... Hit a careerbest .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Hitting .235 for the season... Has nine blocks, eight assists and five aces.

KRISTY MORTENSEN: Has played in 10 games... Had five assists against Oral Roberts... Had three digs against Murray State... Season totals of nine assists, five digs and one kills... Was a 2003 junior college All-American setter at Northeastern JC in Colorado before joining the Beavers in the spring.

KRISTIN MURRAY: Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs - both career-highs - against Saint Mary's last week... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match... In all, has played 11 games... Hitting .286 with 17 kills (1.55 kpg).

KARAH RHOADES: Has played in 20 games... Has 48 kills and 48 digs (2.40 per game avg)... Has had 10 or more digs in four matches and has three double-figure kill performances... Hit .429 with a season-high 17 kills against Murray State... Season-high 12 digs against Oral Roberts... Led the Beavers with 10 digs against Auburn... Has eight blocks and six assists.

DESMA STOVALL: One of four Beavers to play in all 24 games... Has 311 assists... 12.96 assists per game ranks third inthe Pac-10... Had a career-high 75 assists against Saint Mary's to tie for the sixth-best single-match total in OSU history... Ranks third on the team with 56 digs (2.33 dpg)... Had a career-high 14 against Saint Mary's and added 13 against Oral Roberts... Has 18 kills, 13 blocks and five aces.

TAYLOR STUDZINSKI: Has played in nine games... Season totals of 12 kills (1.71 kpg) and 11 digs (1.57 dpg)... Hitting .375... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high six digs against Saint Mary's.

ABBY WINDELL: Has played in 23 of 24 games... Leads the Beavers with 25 blocks (1.09 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting .311 with 62 kills (2.70 kpg)... Set an OSU record for a five-game match when she hit .704 against Saint Louis... Had a career-high 20 kills in that match... Has had 10 or more kills in three matches this year... Leads OSU with seven service aces (0.30 sapg)... Has 18 digs (0.78 dpg).

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