Volleyball to Host Arizona Schools

Nov. 3, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State Beavers (11-11, 2-8 Pac-10) host the Arizona schools this weekend. The Beavers will face the Arizona State Sun Devils (12-11, 2-9 Pac-10) first on Friday before the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats (16-6, 5-6 Pac-10) on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this weekend’s matches can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Gametracker will be available for all three matches and can be found by clicking on the ‘Gametracker’ link located on the volleyball schedule page.

 

Twitter and blogsFollow the Oregon State volleyball program this season on Twitter. “Beavsvolleyball” provides updates throughout matches and the week. And follow the team on road trips through daily blogs on osubeavers.com, where different players will give their insight on the team and what goes on when they travel.

 

match 23: ARIZONA STATE (12-11, 2-9 pac-10)Friday, Nov. 6 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 15-33 all-time against the Sun Devils. The Beavers took the first meeting in five in Tempe.

 

The Sun Devils split at home last weekend, taking a four-set win over No. 21 Washington State but falling in three to No. 5 Washington. Junior outside hitter Sarah Reaves leads the Arizona State offense with 371 kills (4.52 kps), good for third in the conference. And junior libero Sarah Johnson is seventh in the conference for digs with 301 (3.72 dps), while senior middle blocker Paige Mittelstaedt is fifth in the conference for blocks with 101 (1.19 bps). A tough serving team, Johnson and sophomore Sofie Schlaintweit are seventh and ninth in the conference for service aces. Sophomore setter Cat Highmark has 633 assists on the season, averaging 10.05 per set. Head coach Jason Watson is in his second season at Arizona State.

 

match 24: NO. 18 ARIZONA (16-6, 5-6 pac-10)Saturday, Nov. 7 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 12-36 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats took the first meeting in Tucson in a five-set thriller.

 

The Wildcats are coming off a split at home against the Washington schools, playing a pair of four-set matches resulting in a win over No. 21 Washington State but a loss to No. 5 Washington. Junior outside hitter Tiffany Owens continues to lead the Wildcats offensively with 285 kills (3.61 kps). She currently ranks eighth in the conference for kills per set. Defensively, Owens and senior libero Alanna Resch both have 234 digs (2.96 dps). And at the net, senior middle blocker Jacy Norton has 76 blocks (1.00 bps), good for 10th in the conference this week. Junior setter Paige Weber has 836 assists (10.58 aps) and is sixth in the conference directing her team’s offense. Head coach David Rubio is in his18th season.

 

REWIND TO LAST WEEK — Despite a marathon first set that culminated in a 37-39 loss, the Beavers lost to No. 15 Oregon at McArthur Court in four.

 

Senior Rachel Rourke hit the mark that Beaver Nation has been waiting for all volleyball season, breaking the all-time career kills record with a career-best 36 kills. Rourke had 15 kills in just the first set alone.

 

Also having a solid all-around match was senior Lexie Rathgeber with 10 kills, six blocks and five digs. Junior Kiersten Sambrailo had a career-high nine blocks and freshman Alyssa O’Neil, playing as libero, dug a career-best 18 balls.

 

ODDS & ENDS — The first set of the Civil War match in Eugene, resulting in a 37-39 final score, is the longest set ever played in the country since the current scoring system has been implemented.

 

Oregon State’s 76 kills is the second most to date in a single match in the conference. Senior Rachel Rourke currently has scored the most points in a single match in the Pac-10 with 38.0 at Oregon. And she also has the most kills in a single match with 36 at Oregon.

 

It is believed that this is the first season that Oregon State has defeated three ranked opponents since 1995.

 

Oregon State is 3-6 against ranked opponents this season, defeating No. 24 Colorado State, No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Oregon.

 

The Beavers snapped a six-match series winning streak by Oregon on Friday, Oct. 2, defeating the seventh-ranked Ducks in five. Oregon State snapped another six-match series winning streak on Oct. 10, defeating Arizona State in Tempe in five.

 

The Civil War match on Friday, Oct. 2, set a new school record for attendance with 3,576 in legendary Gill Coliseum. The previous record of 3,547 was set at the last Civil War in 2008.

 

Oregon State snapped Michigan’s 52-match non-conference regular season winning streak with the sweep on Saturday, Sept. 19. The win also ended the Wolverines’ perfect 13-0 season starts that date back to the 2005 season.

 

The win over sixth-ranked Michigan marks the first win over a top 10 opponent since No. 4 USC in 2008 on October 3 at home, and the first win on the road since No. 4 UCLA on October 12, 2007. It is believed that this win is over the highest ranked non-conference opponent on the road in school history.

 

Senior Rachel Rourke was the first ‘everyday champion’ of the 2009-10 school year. Rourke, a sociology major and the volleyball program’s first ever All-American, was on the KJOE 1240 AM Joe Beaver Show with hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren. And she was featured on the first episode of Beavers All Access for the school year, while also being interviewed by KPAM 860 AM out of Portland. Senior Lexie Rathgeber is currently the ‘everyday champion’ the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

 

The Beavers are a perfect 5-0 in their season openers under head coach Taras Liskevych. The team has won its season opener in seven of the last eight years.

 

In home openers, Oregon State has won its last three, defeating Seattle this season, Wyoming last season and Washington State in 2007.

 

Senior Rachel Rourke earned three All-Tournament nods this season, including one Most Valuable Player honor at the Michigan ADIDAS Invitational, and junior Jill Sawatzky was named to two All-Tournament teams with Most Valuable Player honors at the Active Ankle Challenge.

 

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK — Senior Rachel Rourke was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 15-21. It marks the second time in her career that she’s received the honor. And she is the eighth player in school history to earn it, 12th overall school honor.

 

national attention — The Beavers received 16 votes in this week’s top 25 poll, good for 32nd. The Beavers were tied for 34th last week with 15 votes, as well. The Beavers reached as high as 24th in the 2008 season after not being ranked in the top 25 since 1996.

 

COUNTDOWN IS OVER, IT’S FINALLY BROKEN — Senior Rachel Rourke broke the school record in kills and is still close in attacks and possibly total points. She currently boasts 1,773 career kills. She currently has 384 on the season. As a freshman she racked up 387 kills, 505 as a sophomore and 497 as a junior.

 

FACING OFF AGAINST THE NATION — Two Oregon State players are ranked in the top 50 in the nation for their stats in blocks, kills and points, as of November 2. Junior Kiersten Sambrailo is the 37th best blocker in the country, averaging 1.25 blocks per set, while senior Rachel Rourke is seventh for kills per set (4.74) and fifth for points per set (5.35 pps). As a team, Oregon State is sixth for blocks (2.89).

 

IT’S FINALLY OFFICIAL — The NCAA released its first official RPI on October 12 with the Oregon State volleyball team ranked 28th. In the RPI released on November 2, the Beavers dropped to 53rd. All 10 conference teams are in the top 67 with Washington leading the way at No. 5. Arizona State trails the Beavers. In the Rich Kern Power Index (RKPI), the Beavers are ranked 52nd. The Beavers finished the 2008 season ranked 82nd.

 

ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — The Beavers are currently averaging 1,596 on the season, unofficially 24th in the country. The team is currently only behind Stanford and Washington, and the Civil War ranks 64th in single-match attendance. Oregon State finished the 2008 season 36th in the country for attendance, averaging 1,037 per match. The Beavers were fifth in the conference behind Stanford, Washington, USC and Oregon. The Civil War in Corvallis ranked the 86th highest single-match attendance of the season.

 

spike out cancerThe Beavers are proud to host the second annual Spike Out Cancer, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 16, against the Stanford Cardinal in legendary Gill Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. Admission is only $1, and mini pink volleyballs are available for purchase for $12 with part of the proceeds going to the Corvallis Clinic. Overall, approximately $1,000 was donated to the Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R.

 

GET YOUR TICKETS — Season tickets are on sale now for the 2009 Oregon State volleyball season. The adult price is $63 and the youth/senior price is $40 for all 12 home matches, including all of the tough Pac-10 matches. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com.

 

Single-match tickets are also available for purchase. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors and $2 each for groups of 20 or more.

 

can’t make it to a match? — Oregon State was televised once this season on the road. The Civil War in Eugene aired live nationally on FSN on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m., via tape delay.

 

All home matches will be webcast for free through Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.

 

BRING OUT THE WELCOME WAGON — The Beavers welcome six freshmen to the 2009 roster, including athletic legacies Dianni Freeman and Megan McBride. Freeman’s father, Shawn, played basketball at Oregon State in 1987-88, while McBride’s father, Kevin, played football for the Beavers for a pair of seasons. Adding to the mix is Camille Saxton, whose parents Don and Mylène both played on the Canadian National Team. Rounding out the freshmen are Alyssa O’Neil, Ashley Eneliko and Tami Brown, who is from Eugene and was highly recruited for basketball, being named a McDonalds All-American nominee as a senior in high school.

 

OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS — Oregon State will face eight opponents this season ranked in the AVCA Coaches Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll with its first test coming in the ASICS Classic against No. 24 Colorado State. The Pac-10 boasts six teams, Stanford, USC, California, UCLA, Washington and Oregon, in the top 25 with all six in the top 14. Other top teams the Beavers will face this season are Pepperdine, Wisconsin, Cal Poly and Arizona, who fell just outside the top 25 with substantial votes.

 

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL — The Beavers were voted to finish ninth in the Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll with 31 total points ahead of Washington State. Washington was voted to finish first receiving nine first place votes and 90 total points.

 

LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST seasonThe 2008 season started with high hopes as the Beavers got off to their best start since 1996. Oregon State easily cruised through its first five matches, sweeping the first four. After a pair of tough losses to No. 17 Colorado State and Pepperdine in the ASICS Classic, the team recovered with a six-match winning streak, defeating tough opponent, No. 13 Wisconsin, on the road. The stretch earned the program individual and team accolades beginning with junior Rachel Rourke becoming 11th honoree in school history to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for her three 20-plus kill matches in the Marquette Cheese Bowl. Additionally, the Beavers received votes in the top 25 for the first time during the season.

 

The season continued to progress in successful fashion with a huge upset over No. 4 USC in Oregon State’s conference home opener, leading to the program’s first top 25 ranking since 1996. Oregon State climbed to as high as No. 24 during the season. The Beavers nearly stunned No. 5 UCLA the following evening, falling to the Bruins in a five-set heartbreaker. The rise of the program’s talent boosted home attendance, setting a new school record against No. 8 Oregon in the second Civil War match of the season with 3,547 spilling into legendary Gill Coliseum.

 

But the Beavers didn’t stop as they picked up a win on the road over Washington State before hosting Arizona for Spike Out Cancer Night on October 24. The team shut down the Wildcat attack to tally the sweep. However, despite strong showings at No. 12 USC and Arizona State and at home against Washington State, Oregon State was unable to muster another win, falling just three matches shy of its goal of its first NCAA berth since 2001.

 

That didn’t stop Rourke from accumulating a handful of firsts for the program. The 6-foot-5 outside hitter from Queensland, Australia first earned the program’s inaugural All-Pacific Region selection, being named to the honorable mention squad. She then went on to earn 2008 Under Armour/Volleyball Magazine All-America Honorable Mention accolades. She added these two honors to her All-Pac-10 First Team recognition, the first for Oregon State since 2000.

 

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY GILL COLISEUM — Legendary Gill Coliseum is the home to Oregon State’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena seats 10,400 for competitions on Ralph Miller Court. The building which opened in the winter of 1949-50 has seen several refurbishment projects in recent years and is on the docket for a major renovation. Gill has seen over 3,000 victories, 150+ All-Americans and more than 25 individual and team titles. The Oregon State Athletic Department is celebrating the 60th anniversary of legendary Gill Coliseum.

 

what’s next for the beaversOregon State takes it to the road, heading to the Bay Area. The Beavers will take on the No. 13 California Golden Bears on Friday and the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

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