Volleyball Hosts No. 4 USC, No. 8 UCLA This Week

Oct. 24, 2000

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-7, 5-5 Pacific-10) remains at home and hosts a pair of top 10 opponents in USC and UCLA. The Beavers face No. 4 USC (16-1, 10-1) at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 26. OSU wraps up the week against No. 8 UCLA (14-5, 9-2) at 7 p.m., Friday, October 27.

TICKET INFORMATION: Admission to OSU volleyball matches is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and youth (HS and under). OSU students are free with a valid student ID card.

WEEKLY PROMOTIONS: It's homecoming week, and students can earn spirit points for their living groups by attending the matches as part of a weeklong competition. Thursday's match against USC is also faculty and staff night. All OSU faculty and staff will admitted free by showing their ID cards. Friday's match will be followed by Miller Court Madness at 9 p.m. or after the match, whichever is later. The event will feature the OSU men's and women's basketball teams.

OSU VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: OSU is 7-23 all-time against USC, and the Women of Troy have won the last seven meetings, including a 3-0 win in LA last month. Angie Shirley hit .412 with a match-high 10 kills in the loss, while USC was led by Jennifer Pahl, who hit .615 with 10 kills. Up until this year, OSU had never beaten UCLA but the Beavers picked up a 3-2 win over the Bruins in LA in September to put the all-time series record at 1-28. Gina Schmidt led OSU with 23 kills and added 15 kills in the win, while Shirley and Joscelyn Hannaford each had 16 kills. UCLA was led by Kristee Porter with 30 kills and 16 digs.


* On regrouping after a 3-0 loss to Oregon last week: 'Every team gets a wakeup call at some point in the season, and ours came Friday night. The poor performance was a result of poor preparation in the practice gym, so we've refocued on movement, energy and higher repetitions of the fundamentals of the game.'

* On playing USC and UCLA: 'We have to get back to aggressive, confident serving and solid ball control on our side of the court. We need to use quickness and a fighting spirit to put ourselves in a position to score points. If our passing stays steady enough to stay in system and to sideout, and if our defense is quick enough to defend the speed of USC and UCLA's offense, then we'll set ourselves up to battle with each team.'

RECENT ACTION: OSU is coming off a 2-1 week, with non-conference wins over Portland (15-11, 15-1, 9-15, 15-2) and UC Riverside (15-1, 15-8, 15-7). However, the Beavers suffered a 3-0 loss (10-15, 13-15, 3-15) to Oregon in Pac-10 play to give UO its first league win of the year. Gina Schmidt led OSU with 44 kills (4.40 kpg) and 34 digs (3.40 dpg) to go along with a .324 hitting percentage in the three matches. Joscelyn Hannaford was second on the team in both kills (26, 2.60 kpg) and digs (29, 2.90 dpg).

SHIRLEY LOOKING FOR 1000: Angie Shirley enters the week with 994 career kills, which ranks ninth best in OSU history (two away from eighth place). With six more, she will join the ranks of just eight other Beavers with 1000 career kills -- and the first since 1997 to reach that mark. She already reached one major milestone this year by becoming the sixth Beaver to record 400 career blocks. She ranks fifth all-time with 448 career blocks. If she reaches the 1000 kill mark, she will be just the third Beaver with 1000 kills and 400 blocks. Should she finish the season with 52 more blocks, she'll be one of only two Beavers with 1000 kills and 500 blocks. Shirley has 272 kills (3.28 kpg) this season, second best on the team. She's had 10 or more kills 15 times, highlighted by a season-high 19 twice. Shirley also leads the Beavers with 91 blocks and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a 1.10 bpg average. Her season high for blocks is 12 (also a career-high) against UCLA. She also had 16 kills in that match for her second career double-double (the other came in 1998 with 13 kills and 10 blocks against Oregon).

'SETTING' THE STANDARD: Brandi Bonnarens continues to move up the record books with a strong senior year. She had 124 assists last week, giving her a total of 1133 for the year, which ranks seventh best on the OSU single-season charts. She is on pace to break the single season record. She's 376 away from the record, and with 10 matches left, she'd need just under 38 assists per match to set the record. She's averaging 13.49 assists a game, which means the record is well in her reach. Last week, she was 14th in the nation for assists (new national rankings won't come out until Wednesday) and she's fourth in the Pac-10. Two weeks ago, Bonnarens had 82 assists against Washington State to tie the school record for individual assists in a match. She's had 80 or more assists three times this year, making her the only Beaver to record 80+ assists more than once. Bonnarens holds six of the top 10 all-time single-match assists totals at OSU. She is also one of only two Beaver setters with 3000+ career assists (Miya Malauulu, with 5368, is the other). Bonnarens has 3607 career assists to her name. In addition to her strong assists numbers this year, she also has 142 digs (1.69 dpg) to rank sixth on the team, and she's third on the squad with 54 blocks (0.64 bpg). She has 94 kills and is averaging 1.12 kills per game, nearly twice as many as she averaged her first three years with the program. She's had six double-double performances this year (all asssists/digs).

SCHMIDT MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Gina Schmidt has 384 kills already this season, good for ninth on the single-season charts at OSU (17 away from eighth place). With 16 more she will become the first Beaver since 1997 to pick up 400 kills in a season. If she stays on pace with her average of 4.57 kills per game, she could become only the third Beaver to record 500 kills in one season (and the first since 1995). Schmidt's 4.57 kpg mark is fourth best in the Pac-10 this season. She has had 20+ kills in 10 matches this year (including seven against Pac-10 teams) and has had 10 or more kills in all but two matches this year. She had a career-high 32 kills against Washington two weeks ago, good for an OSU record for kills in a four-game match. Schmidt also leads OSU with 271 digs (3.23 dpg, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10). She's had 10 or more digs 13 times, with 20 or more three times (highlighted by a career-high 27 against Cal). She's led the team in kills 17 times this year and has been the team's leader for digs in eight matches. She's led the team in both kills and digs in eight matches, and she's had a total of 13 double-doubles this year. She's had 20 or more kills and digs in the same match twice. Additionally, Schmidt is one of the team's most effective servers. She ranks second on the team with 21 aces (0.25 sapg) and has just 10 service errors.

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Michele Solomon's blocking numbers picked up last week after falling a bit in previous weeks. She tallied a team-high 12 blocks (1.20 bpg) in three matches to get her blocks per game average back up to 1.04 (it had been below 1.00 prior to the start of last week). She's averaging 1.10 blocks per game in Pac-10 action, which is ninth best in the league (she's 11th in the league for all matches). Even though she hasn't completed two full seasons with OSU, she's already made her way into OSU's career record book for blocks. She has 171 career block assists, which puts her at No. 10 on OSU's all-time list for block assists (14 away from ninth place). She has 197 career total blocks, 14 away from cracking the top 10 in that category as well. Her season high for blocks is 10 against California (the same match she had a career-high 17 kills), giving her the first double-double of her career. She's putting up some strong offensive numbers as well. She's fourth on the team with 200 kills (2.41 kpg) and has had 10 or more kills in 12 matches this year (She had double-figure kills in just two of 26 matches as a rookie, even though she played in every game.) Her season-best is a career-high 17 against Cal on September 16. Solomon is hitting .260 for the season.

HANNAFORD SERVING TOUGH: After going three straight matches without an ace, Joscelyn Hannaford has started another streak with at least one ace in each of the last four matches. That's put her back up near the top of the list in the Pac-10. After five aces last week, she has a team-best 28 on the year. Her average of 0.38 aces per game is third best in the Pac-10.She's had two or more aces in nine matches this year. Hannaford is also putting up solid numbers in other areas as well. She ranks third on the team with 202 kills (2.73 kpg) and has had double-figure kills seven times this year. She's also fourth on the team with 168 digs (2.27 dpg) and has had double-figures six times. She's had five double-doubles this year. Hannaford is one of two Beavers in the '20-20 Club' this year, with a career-high-tying 20 kills and a career-high 23 digs against Washington State two weeks ago.

DAEDELOW SOLID SINCE STARTING: Lori Daedelow has been putting up solid numbers since earning a starting spot a month ago. She's started 11 matches this year, including the last eight (dating back to Sept. 29 at USC). In those last eight matches, her numbers have gone up compared with matches prior to Sept. 29. In the last eight matches, she's had 64 kills (2.29 kpg ) and 70 digs (2.50 dpg) to go along with a .174 hitting percentage. For the year, she has 117 kills (1.86 kpg), 152 digs (2.41 dpg) and a .156 hitting percentage. Daedelow has had 10+ digs four times, including a career-high 19 against Boise State. She has three double-figure kill efforts, highlighted by 16 at Washington State two weeks ago. She has one double-double this season. She's been the team's kill leader in one match this year and led the team in digs twice.

SUPER SUB: Katrina Nelson has been a key performer off the bench for OSU this season. She's started just three times, but she's seen action in 20 matches and can come in to play almost any position. She has 93 kills (1.82 kpg), 38 digs (0.75 dpg) and 16 blocks (0.31 bpg) to go along with a .239 hitting percentage. She's been particularly effective in league contests, where she is hitting a team-best .293 with 48 kills (1.85 kpg). She's had 10 or more kills three times this season, highlighted by a career-best 18 against Stanford.

DYNAMITE DS's: OSU has gotten strong play from its three defensive specialists this year. The trio is a big reason the Beavers have improved their defense over the past year. OSU currently ranks third in the league in digs with an average of 16.27 digs per game (OSU's defense was ninth in the league last year. ). The Beavers have 1367 digs so far this year, and the three DS's have accounted for nearly one third of them (424, or 31.0 percent). Jessica Papell looks to become the second Beaver to reach 200 digs this season, she enters the week ranked second on the team with 196 digs (2.58 dpg). Nikki Neuburger is third on the squad with 172 (2.29 dpg), Lianne Dela Cruz has added 56 digs (1.47 dpg) this year. Papell has had 20 or more digs in three matches this year, highlighted by a career-high 23 against Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs in 10 matches and has been the team's dig leader in five matches. Neuburger's top effort this year was a career-high 17 at Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs six times this year, most recently with 13 against Washington. Dela Cruz has had a season-best nine digs twice.

BEAVERS RANKED NINTH IN REGIONAL POLL: OSU is ranked ninth in the Oct. 18 Pacific Region rankings, conducted by the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee. Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the region. The poll is released every other week.

A LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS: USC (16-1, 10-0) is coming off a weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools, with a 3-0 win over Cal and a 3-2 win over Stanford. USC is led by April Ross, who's averaging 3.62 kills and 2.96 digs per game. Jennifer Pahl is hitting .383 with 3.06 kpg and leads the team with 1.13 blocks per game. UCLA (14-5, 9-2) also swept the Bay Area teams, beating both schools in three games. Kristee Porter leads the Bruins -- and the Pac-10 -- with 5.81 kills per game. She also leads the team with 3.19 digs per game. Elisabeth Bachman leads the Pac-10 with 1.41 blocks per game and is averaging 3.14 kills per game with a .333 hitting percentage.

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: The Beavers are under the direction of second-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 23-25w, arrived in Corvallis in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at Southern California since 1991. While at USC, Somera helped the team earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. She also helped develop eight USC All-Americans. Somera also played collegiately at USC, and she was a two-time All-Pacific-10 Team selection. She still holds the USC record for career and single-season aces.

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