Volleyball Hosts Boise State, Cal State Northridge
Sept. 4, 2002
THIS WEEK: The Oregon State volleyball team (3-0) hosts the OSU Volleyball Classicon Friday and Saturday, September 6-7. Boise State and Cal State Northridge will play at 5 p.m. Friday, with the Beavers waiting until Saturday to hit the court. OSU faces Boise State (1-2) at 12 p.m. before playing Cal State Northridge (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
A FREE-FOR-ALL: All of Oregon State's regular season home volleyball matches will be free admission for all fans this season.
COMMENTS FROM COACH NANCY SOMERA:
'3-0 is a great way to start the year. It gives our team a lot of confidence. We still have things to work on, but it's a lot more fun to figure out what you need to fix when you're watching video of a match you've won rather than having to relive a match you've lost.'
'I don't know a lot about (Boise State and Cal State-Northridge). Both teams are under the direction of new coaches, so I would expect they're doing some things better than they have in the past. We'll focus on improving things on our side of the net which will put pressure on any opponent we play, and then try to apply it in competition this weekend.'
SERIES RECORDS: vs. Boise State: Oregon State is a perfect 8-0 all-time against the Broncos. The teams last met in 2000, when the Beavers posted a 3-1 win (13-15, 15-11, 15-9, 15-11) in Corvallis. Michele Solomon, then a sophomore, hit .433 with 16 kills and five blocks to guide OSU to the win. vs. Cal State Northridge: OSU holds a 1-3 record against the Matadors. The teams last met in 1994, when they played twice. OSU won a regular season meeting in Corvallis, 3-1 (15-12, 15-9, 11-15, 15-10), but CSN came out on top, 3-0 (17-15, 15-0, 15-11) in the NIVC Tournament at the end of the season.
A LOOK AT BOISE STATE: The Broncos bring a 1-2 record into Corvallis, already matching their win total from a year ago. First-year head coach Scott Sandel inherited a team that went just 1-25 last year, but nine letterwinners and five starters are back, giving BSU some experience on the court this year. The Broncos defeated Eastern Kentucky (3-0) last week, but dropped contests against Montana (3-0) and Mississippi. Megan Tranter had a strong weekend for BSU, hitting .253 and leading the team with 35 kills (3.89 kpg) and 24 digs (2.67 dpg). Tameisha Hastings added 26 kills (2.89 kpg) and a team-best 11 blocks (1.22 bpg).
A LOOK AT CAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE: The Matadors are under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Stork. CS-Northridge went 3-1in the opening weekend of the season, defeating Kent State (3-0), San Francisco (3-1) and North Carolina A&T (3-1) but losing to Oregon (3-0). Jennifer McNees led the team with 50 kills (3.57 kpg) and 11 aces (0.79 sapg) and tacked on 35 digs (2.50 dpg), while Becky Moores hit .387 with 34 kills (2.43 kpg).
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU opened the 2002 season by claiming the OSU Volleyball Showcase title after posting three wins over the weekend. The Beavers picked up 3-0 wins over Idaho (30-16, 30-26, 30-27) and Idaho State (30-19, 30-17, 30-23) and defeated Missouri, 3-1 (29-31, 30-21, 30-26, 30-27). Laura Collins was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and Joscelyn Hannaford and Allison Lawrence also earned all-tournament honors. Collins averaged 14.70 assists per game, while Hannaford led the Beavers with 40 kills (4.00 kpg) to go along with 37 digs (3.70 dpg). Lawrence finished the weekend with 32 kills (3.20 kpg) and was the Beavers' kill leader in two of the three matches.
SERVING IT UP: With the implementation of the libero position, the Beavers are without their top four servers from a year ago. Early on though, it appears the Beavers have already made up for what's lost despite losing three seniors who combined for 63 of the team's 125 aces, as well as Nikki Neuburger, who ranked second on the team with 20 aces last year but has become the team's libero and can no longer serve. It's still early in the season, but the Beavers averaged 1.70 aces per game over the past weekend, compared with just 1.16 a year ago. Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with six aces over the weekend, while Megan McMillan chipped in five. Laura Collins had three, and Joscelyn Hannaford, who ranked seventh in the Pac-10 two years ago, had two. Even Katrina Nelson, who had served just one ace in her career - back in 1999 as a freshman - picked up an ace this past weekend.
TOUGH 'D' CONTINUES: The Beaver defense continues to dominate its opposition. Last year's team led the Pac-10 for several weeks before finishing the year at No. 2. This year's team appears to be headed for another year at the top, if last week is any indication. In the three matches last week, OSU averaged 18.10 digs per game (up from last year's 17.31). The Beavers outdug their opposition in all three matches. Megan McMillan had double-figures in all three matches, with a high of 16 against Missouri. Joscelyn Hannaford posted 37 digs (3.70 dpg), and Nikki Neuburger added 35 digs (3.50 dpg). OSU's opponents averaged just 13.80 digs per game.
BEAVERS PICKED SIXTH IN PAC-10 RACE: Oregon State has been picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 race, according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches. Stanford was selected No. 1, followed by USC, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, OSU, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon. The Beavers finished fifth in last year's Pac-10 race after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. OSU posted a 10-8 record in league play last season, finishing with double-figure wins for just the second time since Pac-10 play began in 1986 (OSU went 11-7 in 1990 when it finished third, its best-ever Pac-10 finish).
HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: OSU is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Nancy Somera. Somera, whose career record stands at 44-46, arrived at OSU in February 1999 after spending time as an assistant coach at USC since 1991. Last season, Somera guided the Beavers to a 17-12 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. While at USC, Somera helped the team earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and 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.
OSU PLAYER NOTES
#1 Lianne Dela Cruz, Jr., DS
Has already tripled her numbers from a year ago... Played in all 10 games and had 19 digs (1.90 dpg), including seven against both Idaho State and Missouri... Last year, she played in just two matches and had six digs.
#3 Karah Rhoades, RS-Fr., OH
Already making an impact in her first week of collegiate action... Played in five games as a backup outside hitter, posting 11 kills (2.20 kpg) while hitting .455... Had her best match against Missouri, when she had six kills.
#4 Tami Halleck, Sr., DS
Saw action for the first time in her collegiate career when she played against Idaho State... She was brought in to serve, but did not record any statistics.
#5 Michele Solomon, Sr., MB
Had 22 kills (2.20 kpg) in three matches last week... Added eight blocks to move up one spot on OSU's career list for total blocks... Now has 342, good for seventh all-time in program history.
#9 Desma Stovall, Fr., S
Made her collegiate debut last week... Played in two games... Had one attack attempt but no other stats.
#13 Joscelyn Hannaford, Sr., Opp.
Earned all-tournament honors at the OSU Showcase (earning all-tourney honors for the first time in her career)... Led the Beavers with 40 kills (4.00 kpg), including a career-high 24 against Missouri...Hit .295 for the weekend... Ranked second on the team with 37 digs (3.70 dpg), with a high of 17 against Mizzou... Also led the team with 10 blocks (1.00 bpg).
#14 K.C. Frederic, Jr., DS/OH
Played in two games last week, but did not record any statistics.
#15 Megan McMillan, Sr., OH
Emerged as one of OSU's top players at the OSU Showcase last week... Led the Beavers with 41 digs (4.10 dpg), recording double-figures in all three matches... Was second on the team with 35 kills (3.50 kpg) and led the team with a .329 hitting percentage... Had two double-doubles in three matches, (career-high 17 kills/16 digs vs. Missouri; 11kills/14 digs vs. Idaho State).
#19 Katrina Nelson, Sr., MB
Played in nine of 10 games last week... Hit .278 with 23 kills (2.56 kpg)... Second on the team with nine blocks (1.00 bpg)... Had her best match of the weekend against Missouri, hitting .320 with 10 kills and a team-high six blocks... Also served an ace against Mizzou, good for the second ace of her career and first since her freshman year (1999).
#22 Allison Lawrence, So., OH
Earned all-tournament honors at the OSU Showcase last week... Finished with 32 kills (3.20 kpg)... Hit .360 with a career-high 13 kills against Idaho... Served at least one ace in all three matches, finishing the weekend with a team-high six (0.60 sapg).
#23 Laura Collins, Jr., S
Named the Most Valuable Player at the OSU Showcase, a year after earning all-tournament honors at the same tournament... This year, she dished out 147 assists (14.70 apg) to guide an OSU offense that hit .290 with 178 kills (17.80 kpg)... Added 10 kills (1.00 kpg) and 16 digs (1.60 dpg).
#31 Nikki Neuburger, Sr., L
Recorded 35 digs (3.50 dpg) in three matches last week to rank third on the team... Had 17 digs against Missouri, tying for the team-high in that match and just missing her career-high by one... Also had double-figures against Idaho, finishing with 10 digs against the Vandals.
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