Volleyball Looks To Extend Four-Match Winning Streak

Sept. 28, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (7-3, 1-0 Pacific-10) travels to Washington State (3-11, 0-2) on Friday, October 1, before heading to Seattle for a match against No. 2 Washington (10-0; 2-0) on Saturday, October 2. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m.

TV TIME: Oregon State's match at Washington State will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest with Cara Capuano calling the play-by-play and Mike Dodd providing the color commentary. The match will air on Saturday (Oct. 2) at 5 p.m.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars enter the week with a 3-11 overall record and 0-2 mark in Pac-10 play. WSU has lost five matches in a row, including four straight by a 3-0 margin. Kelly Rosin leads the squad in kills with 199 (3.83 kpg), but is hitting just .191. Jennifer Todd totals 192 kills on the year (3.76 kpg), 56 blocks (1.10 bpg), and a team-high 16 service aces. Ten underclassmen dot the roster for first-year head coach Brian Heffernan.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 28-37 all-time against Washington State, but the Beavers won both meetings last year. The sweep marked the first time since 1985 that OSU took the season series. The Beavers and Cougars last met on Nov. 6, 2003, with OSU rallying back from a 2-0 deficit to knock off WSU in Pullman for the first time since 1990.

A LOOK AT No. 2 WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter the week with a perfect 10-0 record and are coming off a sweep last week of the Los Angeles schools to open Pac-10 play. UW rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off then-ranked No. 2 USC on Sept. 25. Before entering conference action, all eight of Washington's victories were decided in just three games. Sanja Tomasevic leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.66 kills per game (149 total). Tomasevic also adds 81 digs and a team-best 14 service aces. As a team, UW leads the Pac-10 in digs with 17.03 per game, and is holding the opposition to a meager .116 hitting percentage.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State holds a 22-37 all-time record against Washington. The Huskies have won four straight matches in the series, with OSU's last victory coming on Oct. 26, 2001, when the Beavers recorded a 3-2 win in Seattle.

LOOKING BACK AT THE CIVIL WAR: Oregon State knocked off rival University of Oregon, 3-1, in last Friday's Civil War played in Eugene. The victory was the first for the Beavers in a Pac-10 opener since 1996, and marked OSU's third straight win in the Civil War series. Senior Allison Lawrence recorded her 1,000th career kill in the match, leading four Beaver players in double figures for kills with 17. Junior setter Desma Stovall recorded a career-high 20 digs to go along with 54 assists and four blocks. Sophomore Abby Windell served a career-high five aces, and tallied 14 kills while hitting a team-leading .407.

HITTING THE RECORD BOOK: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon last Friday, and currently ranks in 10th place in the OSU record book with 1,013. Lawrence leads the squad with 153 kills (3.92 kpg) and has reached double figures in nine of Oregon State's 10 matches. 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 115 so far this year, her career total stands at 744.

WINNING STREAK: Oregon State currently boasts a four-match winning streak, its longest since opening the 2003 campaign with a 6-0 record.

DO YOU REMEMBER: The last time Oregon State opened Pac-10 play with two straight victories was the 1993 season. OSU opened the conference skein with a 3-1 victory against Oregon and then topped USC by a 3-1 margin.

RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State holds a 1-0 record against ranked opponents on the season. The Beavers upset No. 23 San Diego, 3-2, on Sept. 18. Six Pac-10 schools are currently ranked in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Poll. Saturday's opponent Washington sits at No. 2 nationally.

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 72-85. 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.

SEASON HONORS: Four Beavers received all-tournament team honors in at least of the tournaments OSU played in. Allison Lawrence was recognized at all three tournaments. Brittany Cahoon was named the MVP at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, and Karah Rhoades earned MVP honors at the San Diego Invitational. Amanda Eggert was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational.

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.

Nina Baltimore:
One of three Beavers to play in all 39 games... Ranks second on the team with 110 total digs and a 2.82 digs per game average... Has had 10 or more digs in eight matches, including three straight... Led the team in digs in three matches, including a career-high 19 against Oral Roberts... Has six service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 29 games... Hitting .336 with 70 kills (2.41 kpg)... Her .336 hitting percentage is second-best on the team and ranks 8th in the Pac-10... Has 23 blocks (0.79 bpg)... 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... Has a total of three double-figure kills matches this year... Had a career-high seven blocks against ORU... Did not play in the Pac-10 opener against Oregon because of an injury.

Amanda Eggert: Has played in 31 games... Ranks third on the squad and 9th in the Pac-10 with a .331 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in three matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .307 ranks fourth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 36 games... Has 68 kills (1.89 kpg) and 65 digs (1.81 dpg)... Hitting .282... Has three double-figure kill performances... For the second straight match, recorded 13 kills (one shy of her career-high) in the Civil War at Oregon... Tallied 10 kills against Saint Mary's... Hit .412 with eight kills against Nevada... Has had 10 or more digs twice, with a season-high 11 against Saint Louis... Has 14 blocks, nine aces and six assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 153 kills (3.92 kpg - ranks 7th in Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks 10th in the OSU record book with 1,013 kills... Has had double figures in nine of 10 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 eight double-doubles... Also leads the team with 115 digs (2.95 dpg)... Season-high 17 digs against Saint Mary's and has eight double-figure performances... Team kill leader in seven matches and dig leader in four (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 14 aces (0.36 sapg - ranks 10th in Pac-10), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .237... Has 12 blocks and eight assists... One of three Beavers to play in all 39 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 17 games... Has 16 assists (0.94 apg), with five against both Oral Roberts and Pennsylvania... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 18 digs on the season... Has one kill... Was a 2003 junior college All-American setter at Northeastern JC in Colorado before joining the Beavers in the spring.

Kristin Murray: Has played in 17 games... Hitting .245 with 19 kills (1.12 kpg) and 16 digs (0.94 dpg)... Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs - both career-highs - against Saint Mary's... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match.

Karah Rhoades: Has played in 35 games... Third on the team with 91 kills and 2.60 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 98 digs (2.80 dpg is third)... Was named the Most Valuable Player at the San Diego Invitational... Led the Beavers with 30 kills (2.73 kpg) and 41 digs (3.73 dpg) in those three matches... Finished with 13 kills in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has had 10 or more digs in seven matches and has six double-figure kill performances... Led the team in kills three times and in digs three times... Led the Beavers in both categories against Nevada (10 kills/season-high 15 digs)... Hit .429 with a season-high 17 kills against Murray State... Led OSU with 14 kills in the win over No. 23 San Diego... Has 18 blocks, nine assists and eight aces.

Desma Stovall: One of three Beavers to play in all 39 games... Has 477 assists... 12.23 assists per game ranks fourth in the 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 108 digs (2.77 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and has had 10 or more in six matches... Matched her career-high with two aces against the Ducks... Has 30 kills, 19 blocks and 10 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 16 games... Has 16 kills (1.00 kpg) and 23 digs (1.44 dpg)... Hitting .343... 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 38 of 39 games... Leads the Beavers with 42 blocks (1.11 bpg - ranks 10th in Pac-10) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting .320... Ranks second on the team with 100 kills and 2.63 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 five matches this year... Leads the team with 17 service aces (0.45 sapg - ranks 5th in Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 29 digs (0.76 dpg).

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