Volleyball Hits The Road For No. 17 UCLA And No. 6 USC

Nov. 15, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (10-14, 4-11 Pacific-10) makes its final roadtrip of the season, facing No. 17 ranked UCLA (15-9, 8-6) on Friday, before visiting No. 6 ranked USC (16-4, 11-3) on Saturday. The Beavers and Bruins battle at 7 p.m., while the OSU-USC match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

A LOOK AT No. 17 UCLA: The Bruins enter the week with a 15-9 overall record and an 8-6 mark in Pac-10 play. UCLA has lost three of its last four matches, including two straight at home. Brynn Murphy leads the balanced squad with 3.02 kills per game (260 total). Nana Meriwether has 140 blocks on the season (1.61 bpg), while libero Chrissie Zartman has 502 digs (5.52 dpg). UCLA is hitting .218 as a team, while holding the opposition to a .173 mark. The Bruins have played three straight five-game matches.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has just a 2-35 all-time record in the series against UCLA. Both Beaver victories however, have come with sixth-year head coach Nancy Somera at the helm. The Bruins have won five straight in the series with OSU's last victory coming in four games (25-30, 30-14, 30-22, 30-27) on November 19, 2001 in Corvallis. A balanced Oregon State attack saw four players reach double figures in kills, but 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 - when the teams met earlier this season (Oct. 22) in Corvallis.

A LOOK AT No. 6 USC: The Women of Troy enter the week with a 16-4 overall record and an 11-3 Pac-10 mark. USC, the two-time defending NCAA Champion, has won seven of its last eight matches. A pair of players (Keao Burdine and Emily Adams) are averaging more than three kills per game. Burdine leads the squad with 279 kills (3.82 kpg) and adds 223 digs (3.05 dpg). Adams holds a team-best .429 attack percentage and 1.51 blocks per game (110 total). Debora Seilhamer is averaging 5.18 digs per game (373 total). As a team, the Women of Troy are hitting .294 while the opposition is managing just a .182 clip.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 7-30 all-time in the series against USC. The Women of Troy have won 15 straight meetings between the squads. The Beavers' last victory against the Women of Troy (15-13, 15-11, 14-16, 15-12) came on November 21, 1996 in Corvallis, giving Oregon State the season sweep. Junior Katelyn Healy led the Beavers with 11 kills and a .450 hitting percentage, but it wasn't enough as USC swept OSU earlier this season (Oct. 21).

LOOKING BACK AT CAL: Junior outside hitter Katelyn Healy finished with a career-high 24 kills and a .478 hitting percentage, but it wasn't enough as No. 14 ranked California recorded a 3-1 victory against the Beavers last Thursday. The closely contested match saw the Beavers rally back to earn a 30-28 victory in game two, before dropping game three by the same margin. Senior Allison Lawrence finished with her 14th double-double of the year, tallying 13 kills and 10 digs, while Desma Stovall added seven kills, 10 digs and 51 assists. Cal held a .309 to .236 advantage in attack percentage.

LOOKING BACK AT SU: Allison Lawrence's 15 kills in a 3-0 loss against No. 11 Stanford last Friday moved the Beaver senior into Oregon State's top-5 all-time list for career kills. Lawrence is one of just five OSU players to surpass the 1,200-kill mark (1,211). Brittany Cahoon and Abby Windell added seven kills each for the Beavers, while Nina Baltimore chipped in 14 digs. Stanford All-American Ogonna Nnamani led all players with 23 kills.

UNFORTUNATE NUMBERS GAME: With just four matches remaining on its schedule, Oregon State has been mathematically eliminated from contention for a 2004 postseason berth. The Beavers enter the week with a 10-14 overall record. In order to gain postseason consideration, a team must finish with a record above .500.

SETTING STAR: Junior setter Desma Stovall has surpassed the 1,000-assist mark for the season, heading into the weekend with 1,047. The six-footer from Santa Rosa, CA, has 1,276 career assists - the seventh highest total in Oregon State history. Stovall needs just six assists to move into sole possession of 6th place in the OSU career record book.

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 5th place in the OSU record book with 1,211. She is one of just five players in school history to record 1,200 kills. Lawrence leads the squad with 351 kills (3.90 kpg) and has reached double figures in 19 of Oregon State's 24 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 277 so far this year, her career total stands at 925.

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 75-96. 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:
Has seen action in 89 of 90 games... Leads the team with 337 total digs and a 3.79 digs per game average... Ranks 7th in the Pac-10 with 3.79 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 20 matches, including 15 of the last 17... Led the team in digs in 13 matches, including a career-high 28 at Arizona State... Has totaled 20 or more digs on five occasions... Averaging 4.41 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has 11 service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 65 games... Hitting .209 with 125 kills (1.92 kpg)... Has 44 blocks (0.68 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... Finished with nine kills and six blocks against top-ranked Washington... Has a total of three double-figure kills matches this year... Had a career-high seven blocks against ORU.

Amanda Eggert: Has played in 64 games... Ranks second on the squad with a .274 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in six matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State, 13 kills against UCLA, and 13 kills at Arizona State... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .295 ranks fifth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 82 games... Has 195 kills (2.38 kpg) and 133 digs (1.62 dpg)... Ranks third on the team with a .263 hitting percentage... Has seven double-figure kill performances... Totaled a career-best 24 kills, while hitting .478 against California... Had 20 kills against top-ranked Washington and recorded her first double-double with 10 digs... Tallied 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 four times, with a season-high 13 at Arizona State... Has 37 blocks, 16 aces and 21 assists.

Allison Lawrence: Only player to see action in all 90 games... Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 351 kills (3.90 kpg - Ranks 5th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in 5th place in the OSU record book with 1,211 kills... One of just five players in school history with 1,200 kills... Hit double figures in kills in 19 of 24 matches, with 20-plus four times... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history), 26 against Saint Mary's, 24 at California, and 22 at Arizona State... Has 14 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 296 digs (3.34 dpg)... Recorded 20-plus digs in back-to-back matches, with 23 against UCLA and a season-high 24 against top-ranked Washington... Also had 21 digs at Arizona State... Has 17 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 16 matches and dig leader in eight (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 23 aces (0.26 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .204... Has 25 blocks and 16 assists.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 53 games... Has 93 assists (1.75 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 78 assists (1.95 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 72 digs (1.36 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 54 games... Hitting .126 with 81 kills (1.50 kpg) and 78 digs (1.44 dpg)... Recorded a career-high 12 kills and added nine digs against UCLA... Followed that performance with seven kills and a career-high 16 digs against top-ranked Washington... Totaled nine kills and 10 digs against Washington State... Tallied her second double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs at Arizona State... Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs against Saint Mary's... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match.

Karah Rhoades: Has played in 72 games... Fourth on the team with 152 kills and 2.11 kpg... Also ranks fourth on the team with 148 digs (2.06 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 30 blocks, 18 assists and 11 aces.

Desma Stovall: Has played in 88 games... Has 1,047 assists... 11.90 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 228 digs (2.59 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and matched that with 20 against top-ranked Washington... Has tallied 10 or more digs in 11 matches, including two straight... Matched her career-high with two aces against the Ducks... Finished with a career-best .667 attack percentage and six kills at Washington State... Had six kills and hit .455 against UCLA... Totaled a career-high eight kills at Arizona State... Recorded seven kills, 10 digs and 51 assists against California... Has 80 kills, 35 blocks and 14 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 30 games... Has 23 kills (0.62 kpg) and 44 digs (1.19 dpg)... Hitting .155... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high eight digs against Arizona State... Tallied a career-best two service aces against Stanford.

Abby Windell: Has played in 89 of 90 games... Leads the Beavers with 84 blocks (0.94 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .307... Ranks second on the team with 239 kills and 2.69 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 10 matches this year... Leads the team with 26 service aces (0.29 sapg)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 56 digs (0.63 dpg).

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