Volleyball Faces Washington Schools In Final Regular Season Home Matches

Nov. 7, 2000

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pacific-10) wraps up the home portion of its regular season schedule when the Beavers host the Washington schools this weekend. OSU hosts Washington (6-16, 1-13 Pac-10) at 7 p.m., Friday, November 10 and Washington State (15-8, 6-8 Pac-10) at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 11. Saturday's match is Senior Day, and OSU seniors Brandi Bonnarens and Angie Shirley will be recognized prior to the match.

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

TWO UPCOMING MATCHES TO BE TELEVISED: Friday's match against Washington will be televised on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net Northwest. The replay will be aired at 1p.m., Monday, November 13. Bob Akamian (play-by-play) and Ann Schatz (color) will call the action. Next week's match at Stanford (Friday, Nov. 17) has been selected as the FOX Sports Match of the Week and will be aired live on FOX Sports Net. The start time has changed to 7:30 p.m.

OSU VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: OSU is 20-32 all-time against Washington after picking up a 3-1 (15-8, 15-5, 13-15, 15-3) win over the Huskies in Seattle on October 14. Gina Schmidt set a school record for kills in a four-game match with a career-high 32 kills in that win, while Angie Shirley hit .652 with 17 kills. OSU is 25-33 all-time against Washington State, with the Cougars winning this year's first contest. WSU came away with a 3-1 (8-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-11) victory in Pullman on October 13. Joscelyn Hannaford had career-highs of 20 kills and 23 digs in the loss, while Schmidt chipped in a team-high 25 kills.


* On staying focused for the remainder of the season: 'We've been playing well the last couple weeks against the top-ranked teams in the country. We have to stay focused on our objectives, which are to win the small battles of every rally, not simply the match. Our objectives all year long have had to do with playing with a competitive effort that meets the high standards that we've set in this program. The fact that we've played our way into a good position in the standings hasn't changed our focus from effort and attitude to outcome. '

RECENT ACTION: OSU is looking to snap a five-match Pac-10 losing streak and is coming off four-game losses at both Arizona State and then-No. 4 Arizona last week. The Beavers dropped a 15-12, 15-7, 10-15, 15-8 decision against the Sun Devils before falling to the Wildcats, 15-5, 10-15, 15-8, 15-4. The Beavers hit just .175 for the weekend, only Angie Shirley, at .291, hit above .200 for OSU. Gina Schmidt led OSU with 32 kills (4.00 kpg) and 22 digs (2.75 dpg) in the two matches.

NELSON SUFFERS KNEE INJURY: Katrina Nelson suffered what looks to be a season-ending knee injury in OSU's match at Arizona State. It is suspected to be a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. An MRI will be taken later this week to confirm the details. Nelson had started just three matches this year, but she saw action in 23 matches and was able to play almost any position. For the year, she had 95 kills (1.76 kpg), 38 digs (0.70 dpg) and 17 blocks (0.31 bpg) to go along with a .228 hitting percentage. She was hitting .266 in Pac-10 matches, the best on the team against league competition. Nelson had 10 or more kills three times this season, highlighted by a career-best 18 against Stanford.

BONNARENS MOVES UP TO FOURTH: Brandi Bonnarens jumped into fourth place on the single-season assists list after last week's matches, and she continues to stay on pace to break the single-season record. She had 95 assists in two matches last week, giving her a total of 1322 for the year, which ranks fourth on the season charts. She needs just 10 more assists to surpass Miya Malauulu for third place. Bonnarens is also 118 assists away from second place and 186 away from breaking the record (Incidentally, Malauulu also holds spots No. 1 and 2). With six matches remaining, Bonnarens needs to average just 31 assists per match to set the record. She's averaging 13.22 assists per game, which means the record is well in her reach. Bonnarens holds six of the top 10 single-match assists totals at OSU, including a school-record tying 82 against Washington State this year. She also set a school record for a four-game match with 80 against Washington this year as well. She's had 80 or more assists three times this year, making her the only Beaver to record 80+ assists more than once. Bonnarens is also one of only two Beaver setters with 3000+ career assists (Malauulu, with 5368, is the other). Bonnarens has 3796 career assists to her name. In addition to her strong assists numbers this year, she has 162 digs (1.62 dpg) to rank sixth on the team, and she's fourth with 61 blocks (0.61 bpg). She has 106 kills (1.06 kpg), giving her 100-plus kills for the first time in her collegiate career. She's had six double-doubles this year (all asssists/digs).

SCHMIDT NEARING 500: Gina Schmidt needs just 51 more kills to become the third Beaver with 500 kills in a season. If she repeats the performance she had against the Washington schools earlier this year, she could reach 500 kills this weekend. Schmidt picked up 57 kills in two matches against Washington and Washington State last month -- including a career-high 32 kills against the Huskies to set an OSU record for kills in a four-game match. Schmidt leads OSU with 449 kills and 326 digs for the year. She is the first Beaver since 1997 to have 400 kills and the first since 1996 to have 300 digs in a season. Her 449 kills are sixth best on the single-season chart (12 away from fifth place, 23 away from fourth and 46 away from third). Schmidt's 4.49 kpg mark is fourth best in the Pac-10 this season. She has had 20+ kills in 11 matches this year and has had 10 or more kills in all but two matches this year. Schmidt's 3.26 dpg average ranks fifth in the Pac-10. She's had 10 or more digs 16 times and has had 20 or more three times (highlighted by a career-high 27 against Cal). She's led the team in kills 21 times this year and has been the team's leader for digs in 12 matches. She's led the team in both kills and digs in 11 matches, and she's had a total of 16 double-doubles this year. She's had 20 or more kills and digs in the same match twice.

SHIRLEY AMONG ELITE TRIO: Angie Shirley is one of only three Beavers with 1000 career kills and 400 career blocks. She recorded her 1000th career kill against UCLA two weeks ago and now has 1035 kills in her four-year career to rank eighth all-time at OSU. She needs seven kills to pass Sandi Huntley (1041 kills, 1980-82) and move into seventh place. Shirley reached the 400 career blocks mark earlier this year and now has 457 blocks to rank fifth all-time at OSU. With five more blocks, she'll pass Leslie Preiss (461 blocks, 1989-92) and take over the No. 4 spot. Prior to Shirley, only Preiss (1169 kills, 461 blocks) and Staci Hintze (1140 kills, 604 blocks, 1993-96) had finished their careers with 1000 kills and 400 blocks. Shirley is second on the team with 313 kills (3.16 kpg) and 100 blocks (1.01bpg). She's had 10 or more kills 17 times, highlighted by a season-high 19 twice. Her season high for blocks is 12 (also a career-high) at UCLA on September 28. She also had 16 kills in that match for her second career double-double.

SOLOMON AMONG LEAGUE'S TOP BLOCKERS: Michele Solomon has posted strong numbers at the net the past three weeks to move into the top 10 for blocks in the Pac-10. In the last seven matches, she's tallied a team-high 31 blocks (1.19 bpg during that span) to get her blocks per game average up to 1.06 (it had been below 1.00 three weeks ago). That 1.06 bpg average ranks 10th best in the Pac-10. She's actually putting up better numbers in league games, where she's averaging 1.12 bpg (which ranks eighth best in the league in just Pac-10 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. With nine blocks last week, she lifted her career numbers to 216 total blocks, which ranks 10th all-time. She has 186 career block assists, which puts her at No. 9 on OSU's all-time list for block assists (just three away from eighth place). 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 232 kills (2.34 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.)

HANNAFORD'S HAPPENINGS: Joscelyn Hannaford added two more aces to her team-leading total with two against Arizona last week. That gives her 31 for the year, an average of 0.34 aces per game to rank sixth in the Pac-10. Hannaford is also putting up solid numbers in other areas as well. She looks to become the second Beaver with 200 kills and 200 digs this season. She ranks third on the team with 251 kills (2.79 kpg) and she needs just three more digs to pick up her 200th dig of theyear. She currently ranks fourth on the team with 197 digs (2.19 dpg). Her numbers are even better against Pac-10 teams. Of her 251 kills, 159 have come against Pac-10 teams for an average of 3.12 kills per game in conference competition. She's picked up 124 of her 197 digs in Pac-10 matches as well, good for an average of 2.43 dpg. Hannaford has had double-figure kills 11 times this year, including both matches last week. She's also had double-figures in digs seven times, and she's had six double-doubles this year (most recently 13 kills and 13 digs against ASU last week). Hannaford is also 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 last month. She just missed another one with 20 kills and 19 digs against Cal.

DAEDELOW LOOKING FOR REPEAT PERFORMANCE AGAINST WSU: Lori Daedelow had a strong outing against Washington State in the first meeting between the two teams this year. She recorded one of her two double-doubles in that match, with a career-high 16 kills to go along with 15 digs (her other came against UCLA two weeks ago with 10 kills and 12 digs). She has given the Beavers some solid all-around numbers this year. She earned a starting spot midway through the season and has now started a total of 15 matches this year, including the last 12 (dating back to Sept. 29 at USC). For the year, she has 153 kills (1.94 kpg), 182 digs (2.30 dpg) and a .155 hitting percentage. Daedelow has had 10+ digs five times, including a career-high 19 against Boise State. She has six double-figure kill efforts (including the last three outings).

PAPELL'S STREAK STILL ALIVE: Jessica Papell has served at least one ace in each of OSU's last five matches. She has a total of eight aces (0.42 sapg during that span) to lift her season to total to 19 - which ranks third on the team. Papell has also been playing strong defense this year, as she ranks second on the team with 221 digs (2.43) That also marks the first time she's had 200-plus digs as a Beaver. Papell has had 20 or more digs in three matches this year, highlighted by a career-high 23 at Oregon. She's had 10 or more digs in 10 matches and has been the team's dig leader in six matches, including last week against Arizona when she tied for the team lead with eight digs.

A LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS: The Huskies are riding a two-match losing streak after falling to the Bay Area teams last week. UW is led by Lisa Underhill wth 249 kills (3.51 kpg) and 86 blocks (1.21 bpg). Allison Richardson is averaging 2.57 kills and2.27 digs per game. The Cougars have been playing strong lately, having won their last three Pac-10 matches (including a sweep of the Bay Area teams last week). WSU is led by LaToya Harris, who has team-highs of 332 kills (4.05 kpg) and 253 digs (3.09 dpg). Chelsie Schafer is also posting strong numbers for WSU, with 222 kills (3.22 kpg) and 196 digs (2.84 dpg).

HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: The Beavers are under the direction of second-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 23-29, arrived at OSU in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at USC 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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