Beavers Host Washington State, No. 13 Washington This Week

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Oct. 7, 2003

UPCOMING ACTION: Oregon State (11-6, 1-4 Pacific-10) wraps up a four-match homestand this week, with the Pac-10's Washington schools making the trip to Corvallis this week. OSU, which won twice to start the homestand last week, hosts Washington State (5-10, 2-4) on Friday, October 10. The Beavers then host No. 13 Washington (11-4, 2-4) on Saturday, October 11. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

BEAVERS ON TV: Saturday's match against the Huskies will mark the first of four televised matches for OSU this season. The OSU-UW match will be aired, tape-delayed, on FOX Sports Northwest at 10 a.m., Sunday, October 12. Chris Marlowe and Mike Dodd will call the action. This week's match is the only home TV match for the Beavers this year; OSU's matches at Arizona, California and Washington State will also be televised.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU ended a four-match losing streak by sweeping Portland on September 30 and then swept Oregon on October 2 as the Beavers earned their first Pac-10 win of the season. Allison Lawrence picked up 35 kills, including 21 against Oregon, to finish the week with 5.83 kills per game, and she added 22 digs (3.67 dpg). Karah Rhoades led the Beavers with 16 kills against Portland and had 14 against Oregon to average 5.00 kills per game on .323 hitting for the week. K.C. Frederic averaged a team-best 4.67 digs per game and led the team with 14 digs in both matches. Laura Collins averaged 13.83 assists per game, hit .346 with 2.00 kills per game and added 3.00 digs per game.

LAWRENCE IN ELITE GROUP: Allison Lawrence ranks among the Top 10 players in the Pac-10 Conference for digs, kills, aces and points per game. She's fourth for aces (0.49 sapg), is fifth for digs (3.41 dpg), seventh for kills (3.81 kpg) and ninth for points (4.42 ppg). She's been ranked in all four categories for the last four weeks. For two weeks, she was the only Pac-10 player ranked in all four areas, although Cal's Mia Jerkov has joined her the last two weeks.

DOMINANT DEFENSE RETURNS: The Beavers have consistently ranked among the top three digging teams in the Pac-10 throughout the past two years. However, the Beavers dropped down to sixth in the league a week ago, but they didn't stay there long. OSU returned to its normal defensive dominance last week, averaging an impressive 19.50 digs per game against Portland and Oregon. Last week's numbers bumped OSU's season average up to 15.78 digs per game, enough to move OSU back up to third in the Pac-10 rankings. Four Beavers averaged 3.00 or more digs per game last week. K.C. Frederic had team-highs of 14 digs in both matches, for 4.67 digs per game last week. Allison Lawrence averaged 3.67 per game, with Karah Rhoades adding 3.50 and Laura Collins contributing 3.00 per game in the two matches last week.

COMEBACK KIDS: Oregon State led Oregon 2-0 heading into the break, but the sweep looked to be in jeopardy early on in game three. The Ducks led the Beavers 15-4 in game three before OSU overcame the 11-point deficit to eventually win the game and pick up a sweep in their first Pac-10 win of the season.

WHAT'S MY LINE(UP)? The Beavers have used six different starting lineups this season, although they have used the same lineup in the last three matches (Laura Collins, Karah Rhoades, Allison Lawrence, Amanda Eggert, Brittany Cahoon, Katelyn Healy and K.C. Frederic). Eleven of the 12 Beavers who have played this season have seen action in at least nine matches, and only one player - Allison Lawrence - has played in all 63 games for OSU. Katelyn Healy has played in 62 games, and Amanda Eggert and has played in 61 games. No other players have played more than 59 games this year.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. Washington State- The Beavers are 26-37 all-time against the Cougars. WSU has won three straight against OSU, with all three wins coming in three games. OSU last beat the Cougars in 2001, with the Beavers winning in four games in Corvallis. vs. Washington- Oregon State is 22-35 all-time against the Huskies. Washington won both meetings last year (3-0 in Corvallis and 3-1 in Seattle), but OSU won twice in 2001 (3-0 at OSU and 3-2 at UW).

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS:Washington State - The Cougars (5-10, 2-4) are a team of streaks this year. They lost six straight, then won four straight, but take a four-match losing streak into a Tuesday match with Gonzaga. Zanda Bautre leads the team wtih 3.34 kills per game overall, although Kristen Carlson has been carrying the offense in Pac-10 matches with 3.86 kills per game in league matches. Carlson also leads WSU's defense with 3.29 digs per game overall.

Washington- The No. 13 Huskies (11-4, 0-4) opened the season with 11 straight wins but have lost their last four, although all four losses were to teams ranked No. 11 or higher. UW boasts the Pac-10's leading scorer in Sanja Tomasevic. She's averaging a league-best 6.75 points per game and ranks second in the league for kills (5.65 kpg) and aces (0.55 sapg). She also leads the Huskies with 49 total blocks (0.96 bpg) and is second on the team with 136 digs (2.67 dpg). Libero Candace Lee leads the team and is second in the Pac-10 with 4.00 digs per game. The Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 with a .307 team hitting percentage, led by Darla Myhre (.435, 2nd in the Pac-10) and Kara Bjorklund (.385, 8th).

HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: Fifth-year head coach Nancy Somera moved to Corvallis in 1999 after spending eight years as an assistant coach at USC, her alma mater. In her five years with the Beavers, she has a career record of 60-72. In 2001, she guided OSU to a 17-12 record, and the Beavers earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. While at USC, Somera helped the Women of Troy earn eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and helped develop eight USC All-Americans. Somera also played collegiately at USC, where she was an All-Pacific-10 Team selection in 1987 and 1988. She still holds the USC record for career and single-season aces.

#3 Karah Rhoades, So., OH

Started every match and played in 58 of 63 games... Second on the team with 2.79 kills per game and third in total kills with 162... Has led the team in kills in three of the last four matches and averaged 4.15 kills per game during those four matches... Hit .323 with 5.00 kills per game against Portland and Oregon last week... Had a season- high 17 kills to lead the team against Charlotte (9/13) and had 16 at No. 8 UCLA (9/25) and against Portland... Has had double-figures seven times this year... Third on the team with 2.69 digs per game and third with 156 total digs... Has had double-figures eight times, with a high of 14 three times (most recently at UCLA)... Has had four double-doubles, including Portland (16k-10d) and Oregon (14k-11d) last week... Second on the team with 20 aces... Has 25 assists and 24 blocks... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in nine matches and 22 games... Played one game and had one kill against Oregon last week... Hit .429 with four kills, five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had eight digs against UC Riverside (9/5)... Hitting .208 with 10 kills (0.45 kpg), 24 digs (1.09 dpg) and nine blocks (0.41 bpg) for the year.

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 27 games and started one match... Has dished out 130 assists (4.81 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Had 26 assists at UCLA (9/25)... Hitting .255 with 21 kills (0.78 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against Gonzaga (8/29) and set the entire fifth game of that match to lead the Beavers to a victory in the deciding game... Also hit .571 with five kills in that match.

#10 Abby Windell, Fr., OH
Has played in 26 games and started five matches... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic, where she hit .439 wtih 20 kills (2.86 kpg), 17 digs (2.43 dpg) and 10 assists (1.43 apg) in two matches... Had a career-high 12 kills and nine digs against Charlotte (9/13)... Had five digs against Oregon last week... For the season, hitting .239 with 40 kills (1.54 kpg), 44 digs (1.69 dpg) and 13 assists (0.50 apg).

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Missed the last eight matches because of an injury and is out indefinitely... Hitting .369 with 91 kills (3.25 kpg) in 28 games in her first year playing for OSU (sat out last year after transferring from Montana State)... Had double-figure kills in six matches... Led the team with 21 against Gonzaga (8/29) and 12 against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit .706 against Northern Arizona (8/30) for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 47 digs (1.68 dpg)... Had a double-double against Winthrop (9/12), hitting .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs... Has 15 blocks, six aces and six assists... Named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... Two-time first team All-Big Sky selection at Montana State in 2000 and 2001... Recorded 813 kills in two years with MSU and has 904 career kills.

#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L/DS
Has played in 54 of 63 games, mostly as a libero... Ranks second on the team with 2.74 digs per game and is third with 148 total digs... Had team-highs of 14 digs against both Portland and Oregon last week to average 4.67 digs per game in those matches... Those were the first two matches she's led the team this season... Has had double-figures in 10 matches, with a season-high of 16 at UCLA (9/25).

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 45 games and started 10 matches... Hitting .178 with 77 kills (1.71 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside (9/5) and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Ranks second on the team with 30 blocks (0.67 bpg)... Half of her 30 blocks have come in OSU's five Pac-10 matches... Leads the team with 15 blocks and 0.88 blocks per game against Pac-10 teams... Career-high five blocks against California (9/19).

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 62 of 63 games, with action at every position but setter this year... Has started 15 matches (five at MB, five at RS and five at libero)... Her most recent starts have come as a rightside hitter... Has had 10 or more kills three times, most recently with 10 against Portland last week... Hit .333 with 10 kills at UCLA (9/25) and had a career-high 14 kills against Georgetown (9/5)... Also had 13 digs against Georgetown for her first collegiate double-double... Has had 10 or more digs seven times, with a career-high 14 against Charlotte (9/13)... Fourth on the team with 130 digs (2.10 dpg)... Has 83 kills (1.34 kpg) and is hitting .221 for they year... Has 23 blocks (0.37 bpg), with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State (9/6)... Ranks third on the team with 16 aces (0.26 sapg), already doubling the seven she served last year... Served five against Mississippi State (8/30).

#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Has played in 14 games and nine matches... Hitting .111 wtih six kills and 14 digs for the year... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5).

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 61 of 63 games... Hitting .325 and is second on the team with 165 kills (2.70 kpg is third on the team)... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more kills in 10 matches this year, most recently hitting .500 with 11 kills in the win over Oregon last week... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic after hitting .410 with 28 kills (2.80 kpg) and 12 blocks (1.20 bpg) in three matches... After hitting just .252 in her first two years, her .325 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .291, ranking fifth on the OSU charts... Led OSU with 15 kills on .520 hitting against Sacramento State (9/6) and hit .340 with a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside (9/5)... Leads OSU with 53 blocks (0.87 bpg), highlighted by a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 63 digs (1.03 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has 10 aces (0.16 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Only Beaver to play in all 63 games this year... Leads OSU with 240 kills (3.81 kpg), 215 digs (3.41 dpg) and 31 aces (0.49 sapg)... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, fifth for digs per game, seventh for kills per game and ninth for points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories...Has had double-figure kills in 13 matches and has had 10 or more digs 12 times, with 11 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 matches and has been the team leader for kills 10 times as well... Had a season-high 21 kills twice, first in a 3-2 win against Georgetown (9/5) and again last week in a 3-0 win over Oregon... Had 20 kills against Winthrop (9/12) and Stanford (9/18)... Set a new career-high for digs with 26 against Charlotte (9/13) for her first career 20-dig performance... Had 18 against UCLA (25) and had 17 in two other matches... Her 215 digs through 63 games tops the 196 she had in 97 games last year... Her 31 aces also tops the 19 she had in 2002... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic...

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Became the third Beaver to record 3,000 career assists learlier this year... Enters the week with 3,204 career assists, ranking third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 59 of 63 games this year... Has 602 assists this season and is fifth in the Pac-10 with 10.02 assists per game... In addition to setting up most of OSU's kills, she's been getting quite a few kills of her own lately... She's hitting .254 with 66 kills (1.12 kpg) for the year, but in the last three matches, she's hit an impressive .455 with 2.00 kills per game... She had six kills in each of those three matches, one shy of tying the season-high of seven she had against Fresno State (9/6)... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills against No. 1 USC (9/26)... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Has 110 digs (1.86 dpg), with 10 or more four times and a season-high 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Has 26 blocks (0.44 bpg) and 15 aces (0.25 sapg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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