2009 Volleyball Season Outlook: Middle Blockers
Aug. 19, 2009
The 2009 Oregon State volleyball season is just days away. The start of the 2009 campaign begins Saturday in legendary Gill Coliseum as the team hosts its annual Orange and Black Scrimmage at 12:00 p.m.
Here's a look at the Oregon State middle blockers. Check osubeavers.com in coming days for a further look into the 2009 season. And purchase your season tickets to see all the excitement in the team’s 12 home matches this season.
Senior Lexie Rathgeber has a solid lock on her role in the middle with junior Kiersten Sambrailo looking to hold down the second spot. Both freshmen Tami Brown and Ashley Eneliko have the physicality to find a way into the line-up.
Rathgeber has been a stalwart at the net for the Beavers, blocking shots and forcing hitters to hit around her. The 2008 season saw her finish with 96 total blocks to lead the team, while adding 180 kills. Her numbers moved her up in the career record books into the top 10 lists for block assists (8th), total blocks (9th) and blocks per set (9th). Lexie again has improved her attacking and looks to make her senior season memorable.
Sambrailo led the blocking statistics in the spring season and has found the floor more than her teammates with her slide attack. She finished the 2008 season with 24 total blocks and 35 kills on limited playing time, appearing in only 45 of the team’s 112 sets. Consistency will be what the coaches look for from her this season.
Brown has the least volleyball experience of any of her teammates having been a standout three-sport athlete in her prep career. However her size, athleticism and keen sports sense make her a viable contender for seeing time in her first season. Eneliko will be evaluated early on in both the middle and opposite positions. She is a tremendous leaper and natural blocker, and the coaches will assess how quickly she comes along in her development and where she will fit best.
“We still need depth in the middle blocker position,” Liskevych said. “We have two returning middle blockers – Lexie, a four-year starter, and Kiersten, who’s really come into her own at the end of last year and has been steadily improving. We’re going to really need both Ashley Eneliko and Tami Brown to help out in those spots. So that’s going to be a position where those freshmen need to make an impact right away.”
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