Volleyball Starts Second Half Of Pac-10 Play Against The Washington Schools

Oct. 25, 2004

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BEAVERS HEAD INTO SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 ACTION; OSU HOSTS THE WASHINGTON SCHOOLS

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-10, 2-7 Pacific-10) hosts top-ranked Washington (17-0, 9-0) on Thursday, October 28, before facing Washington State (3-19; 0-9) on Friday, October 29. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

TV TIME: Oregon State's match against top-ranked Washington will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Jim Wilson and Mike Dodd making the call. The Beaver-Husky match will air on Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest.

A LOOK AT No. 1 WASHINGTON: The top-ranked Huskies enter the week with an unblemished 17-0 record and 9-0 mark in the Pac-10. UW has won six of its last seven matches in only three games and has gone more than three games just three times on the year. Washington has four players averaging at least 3.27 kills per game, with Sanja Tomasevic (4.68 kpg) and Christal Morrison (4.33 kpg) leading the way. Setter Courtney Thompson is averaging 14.58 assists, while Candace Lee adds 5.20 digs per game. As a team, UW is hitting .326 on the season compared to its opponents' .131 clip.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State holds a 22-38 all-time record against Washington. The Huskies have won five 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. UW registered a 30-19, 30-24, 30-22 sweep when the teams met earlier this season (Oct. 2).

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars enter the week with a 3-19 overall record and are in search of their first Pac-10 victory. WSU has lost 13 straight, with its last victory coming on Sept. 17 against Radford. Kelly Rosin leads the team with 3.85 kills per game (308 total) to go along with 2.05 digs. Jennifer Todd adds 3.70 kills per game (292 total). As a team, the Cougars hold a .170 attack percentage while their opponents are hitting .257.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 29-37 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. Oregon State recorded the 27-30, 30-18, 30-27, 35-33 victory against the Cougars earlier this season (Oct. 1) in Pullman. Four Beavers reached double figures in kills during the match, led by Allison Lawrence's 19 kills and 17 digs. OSU libero Nina Baltimore recorded a career-high 24 digs.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Junior Katelyn Healy led the Beavers with 11 kills and a .450 hitting percentage, but it wasn't enough as USC swept OSU by a 30-17, 30-24, 30-24 margin last Thursday. Oregon State senior Allison Lawrence moved into sole possession of 8th place in the OSU record book with 1,106 career kills, after tallying eight on the night to go along with a team-best 13 digs. Bibiana Candelas, Keao Burdine, and Sarah Florian had 13 kills each for USC.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: A balanced Oregon State attack saw four players reach double figures in kills, No. 12 ranked UCLA rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five games - 23-30, 30-25, 27-30, 30-24, 15-7 - last Friday in Gill Coliseum. OSU junior Katelyn Healy recorded a career-high 16 kills and freshman Kristin Murray finished with a career-best 12 kills on the night. Senior Allison Lawrence added a team-high 18 kills and a season-high 23 digs, while fellow senior Amanda Eggert had a season-best 13 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Setter Desma Stovall matched her career-best with six kills, tallied 60 assists, and finished with 17 digs. The Bruins held a slim .232 to .205 hitting advantage on the night.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State had 1,415 fans attend last Friday's match against No. 12 ranked UCLA. The attendance figure is the highest for the Beavers since the 2002 Civil War (Nov. 1 - 2,278 Att.).

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 8th place in the OSU record book with 1,125. She needs just 16 kills to move into sole possession of 7th place. Lawrence leads the squad with 265 kills (3.90 kpg) and has reached double figures in 14 of Oregon State's 18 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 182 so far this year, her career total stands at 847.

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 73-92. 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.

PLAYER NOTES
Nina Baltimore:
One of two Beavers to play in all 68 games... Leads the team with 237 total digs and a 3.49 digs per game average... Ranks 9th in the Pac-10 with 3.45 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 14 matches, including nine of the last 11... Led the team in digs in eight matches, including a career-high 24 at Washington State... Averaging 4.18 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has 10 service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 47 games... Hitting .222 with 98 kills (2.09 kpg)... Has 36 blocks (0.77 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.

Amanda Eggert: Has played in 56 games... Ranks second on the squad with a .278 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in five matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State and 13 kills against UCLA... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .301 ranks fourth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 60 games... Has 128 kills (2.13 kpg) and 93 digs (1.55 dpg)... Hitting .257... Has five double-figure kill performances, including two straight... Tallied a career-high 16 kills against UCLA... Recorded 13 kills in the Civil War at Oregon... Also had 13 kills at No. 23 San Diego... Hit .450 with a team-high 11 kills against USC... Has had 10 or more digs twice, with a season-high 11 against Saint Louis... Has 24 blocks, 10 aces and 11 assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 265 kills (3.90 kpg - Ranks 6th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in 8th place in the OSU record book with 1,125 kills... Needs just 16 kills to move into 6th place all-time at Oregon State... Has had double figures in 14 of 18 matches, with 20-plus three times... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history), 26 against Saint Mary's, and 24 at California... Has 11 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 218 digs (3.21 dpg - Ranks 10th in the Pac-10)... Tallied a season-high 23 digs against UCLA... Has 14 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 12 matches and dig leader in seven (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 21 aces (0.31 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .202... Has 20 blocks and 10 assists... One of only two Beavers to play in all 68 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 45 games... Has 92 assists (2.04 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 77 assists (2.41 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 62 digs (1.38 dpg) on the season... Has four kills... 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 32 games... Hitting .145 with 34 kills (1.06 kpg) and 25 digs (0.78 dpg)... Recorded a career-high 12 kills and added nine digs against UCLA... Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs (a career-high) against Saint Mary's... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match.

Karah Rhoades: Has played in 61 games... Third on the team with 139 kills and 2.28 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 135 digs (2.21 dpg)... 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 and had 14 kills at Washington State... Has had 10 or more digs in seven matches and has seven 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 26 blocks, 15 assists and 11 aces.

Desma Stovall: Has played in 66 games... Has 768 assists... 11.64 assists per game ranks 6th 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 169 digs (2.56 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and has had 10 or more in eight matches... Matched her career-high with two aces against the Ducks... Matched her career-high with six kills at Washington State, also finished with a career-best .667 attack percentage against the Cougars... Also had six kills and hit .455 against UCLA... Has 52 kills, 28 blocks and 13 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 27 games... Has 23 kills (0.85 kpg) and 33 digs (1.22 dpg)... Hitting .206... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high eight digs against Arizona State.

Abby Windell: Has played in 67 of 68 games... Leads the Beavers with 66 blocks (0.99 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .329, which ranks 10th in the Pac-10... Ranks second on the team with 184 kills and 2.75 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 eight matches this year... Leads the team with 22 service aces (0.37 sapg)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 43 digs (0.64 dpg).

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