Volleyball Heads North For Matches At Washington State, No. 11 Washington
Nov. 3, 2003
THIS WEEK: The Beavers (13-11, 3-9 Pacific-10) look to keep their postseason hopes alive when they travel to the Washington schools for matches at Washington State (7-17, 3-10) at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 6 and No. 11 Washington (15-7, 6-7) at 7 p.m., Friday, November 7. Including the two matches this week, OSU has eight regular season matches remaining, and the Beavers need to win four of them in order to be considered for postseason play.
BEAVERS ON TV: Thursday's match at Washington State will be televised, tape-delayed, on FOX Sports Northwest at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 8. Chris Marlowe and Mike Dodd will call the action.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU defeated Oregon, 3-1, to snap a five-match losing streak. OSU rallied back from a 23-15 deficit in game three by putting together a 9-0 run that put the Beavers on top 24-23. OSU eventually won the game 31-29 and went on to win the fourth game to pick up the victory. Karah Rhoades hit .310 and tied for team-highs of 16 kills and 14 digs. Allison Lawrence also finished with 16 kills, and K.C. Frederic tied Rhoades with 14 digs. Amanda Eggert hit .462 with 13 kills, and Anne Watts-Roberts added 14 kills.
WATTS-ROBERTS CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Anne Watts-Roberts is just 15 kills away from recording her 1,000th career kill. The junior has 172 kills this season to go along with the 813 she picked up in two years of action at Montana State (2000, 2001). Watts-Roberts, a two-time All-Big Sky selection at MSU, is second on the OSU squad with 3.16 kills per game.
EGGERT MOVES INTO PAC-10'S TOP 10: After hitting .462 against Oregon last week, Amanda Eggert broke into the Pac-10's list of the league leaders for hitting percentage this week. Eggert is hitting .331, good for the 10th best percentage in the league this week. Her .331 mark currently ranks fourth on OSU's list for single-season hitting percentage. Eggert is hitting .322 against Pac-10 teams, and that marks ranks ninth among all Pac-10 players for conference matches only. She has hit .400 or better 10 times this season, including five Pac-10 matches.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Allison Lawrence needs seven more aces to move into OSU's top 10 list for service aces in a season. She enters the week with a team-best 40 service aces and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 0.45 aces per game. With seven more, she would move into a tie for 10th on OSU's single-season list. The top 10 list for aces has remained unchanged since 1992 - the longest such span for any of the eight single-season lists that are tracked for OSU volleyball. Lawrence has served at least one ace in 22 of the 24 matches this season, including the last eight. She has served three or more in five matches, with a career-high six against Georgetown (9/5). She had three against Washington State and one against Wsahington in the first meetings between the teams this year.
WHAT'S MY LINEUP? Oregon State has used nine different starting lineups this season and has not used the same lineup more than six times. All 12 Beavers have started at least one match (including the libero as a seventh starter), and only two players - Laura Collins and Amanda Eggert - have started all 24 matches.
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 (0.45 sapg), fifth for digs (3.32 dpg), and 10th for kills (3.56 kpg) and points (4.12 ppg). She's been ranked in all four categories the last seven 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 five weeks.
SERIES RECORDS: vs. Washington State- Oregon State is 27-37 all-time against the Cougars, although the Beavers won this year's first meeting in four games. OSU's defense picked up a season-high 98 digs in that match, with Laura Collins (22) and K.C. Frederic (20) leading the way. Allison Lawrence led the offense with 18 kills. OSU might have a tougher time at WSU however, as the Beavers haven't won in Pullman since 1990. vs. Washington- The Beavers are 22-36 all-time against the Huskies, who picked up a 3-1 win over OSU earlier this season. Amanda Eggert hit .552 with 17 kills in the loss for the Beavers. The Huskies swept the Beavers in Seattle last year, but OSU did win at UW in 2001.
THE OPPONENTS: Washington State- WSU might be just 7-17 overall and 3-10 in the Pac-10, but they are winning games. In the last two weeks, the Cougars have taken a game off No. 7 California and No. 8 UCLA and pushed No. 6 Stanford to five games. Zanda Bautre leads WSU with 3.39 kills per game overall, although Kristen Carlson is leading the team in conference matches with 3.90 kills per game in league play. Washington- The No. 11 Huskies have lost three straight, but all three losses were against Top 10 teams. Sanja Tomasevic leads UW with 5.38 kills per game to rank third in the Pac-10, and Candace Lee leads the team and the conference with 4.21 digs per game.
HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: Head coach Nancy Somera is in her fifth season at Oregon State 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 62-77. 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.
OSU PLAYER NOTES
#3 Karah Rhoades, So., OH
Started all but one match and played in 82 of 89 games... Fourth on the team with 2.62 kills per game and third with 215 total kills... Team's kill leader in four matches, including last week at Oregon, where she hit .310 with 16 kills... Had a season-high 17 at Charlotte (9/13) and also had 16 against No. 8 UCLA (9/25) and Portland (9/30)... Nine double-figure matches... Third on the team with 2.71 digs per game and 222 total digs... Has had double-figures 11 times, with a career-high 18 against No. 13 Washington (10/11)... Led the team in digs six times, including 14 at Oregon last week... Has five double-doubles... Second on the team with 31 aces... Ranks 10th in the Pac-10 for aces with 0.38 sapg per game... Had a career-high six against Campbell (9/13) and had four against Oregon last week... Has 33 assists and 27 blocks... All-Tournament at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.
#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in 40 games and 14 matches, starting two... Hit .500 with a career-high seven kills and added three blocks off the bench against No. 13 Washington (10/11)... Hitting .284 with 31 kills (0.77 kpg), 32 digs (0.80 dpg) and 23 blocks (0.57 bpg) for the year... Career-high three aces against Washington State (10/10)... Career-highs of five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had four blocks against Arizona State (10/18) and No. 9 UCLA (10/24)... Had eight digs against UC Riverside (9/5).
#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 41 games and started one match... Has dished out 187 assists (4.56 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Also had eight digs against Washington State (10/10)... Had 15 assists and hit .375 with four kills against Oregon last week as the Beavers used a two-setter offense in the final two games of the match... Had 26 assists at UCLA (9/25)... Hitting .243 with 27 kills (0.66 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against Gonzaga (8/29) and set the fifth game of that match to lead OSU to the win... Hit .571 with five kills in that match.
#10 Abby Windell, Fr., OH
Has played in 33 games and started five matches... Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Charlotte Classic, hitting .439 with 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)... Came off the bench against Oregon last week to play two games as a middle, for her first action at that position (typically plays right side)... Had a key block late in game three and had two kills... For the season, hitting .191 with 46 kills (1.39 kpg), 50 digs (1.52 dpg), 16 assists and 12 blocks.
#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
After missing eight consecutive matches because of injury, has played in the last seven matches... Needs 15 kills to record her 1,000th career kill... Has 172 this year and had 813 in two years at Montana State... In 54 games this year, hitting .288 with 3.19 kills per game, second on the team... Has had double-figure kills in 10 of the 15 matches she's played in... Led the team four times, including 21 against Gonzaga (8/29) and 16 against Arizona State (10/18)... Hit .706 with 12 kills against Northern Arizona (8/30) for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 84 digs (1.56 dpg)... Had a double-double against Winthrop (9/12), hitting .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs... Tied her season-high with 13 digs against No. 9 UCLA (10/24)... Has 32 blocks, seven aces and 13 assists... Named MVP of the OSU Volleyball Showcase... Played at Montana State in 2000 and 2001 before transferring to OSU (she redshirted last season)... Earned first team All-Big Sky selection both seasons at Montana State.
#14 K.C. Frederic, Sr., L
Has played in 80 of 89 games... Ranks second on the team with 3.10 digs per game and 248 total digs... Ranks 10th in the Pac-10 for digs per game... Leads the Beavers with 3.41 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... That average ranks seventh in the Pac-10 for digs per game in conference matches... Had a season-high 21 digs at Arizona State (10/18) and had 20 against Washington State (10/10)... Has had double-figures in 16 matches... Has been the team's dig leader in six matches, including last week against Oregon with 14.
#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 63 games and started 15 matches... Hitting .191 with 93 kills (1.48 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside (9/5) and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Second on the team with 0.67 blocks per game (42 total)... Leads OSU with 0.77 blocks per game (27 total) against Pac-10 teams... Career-high five blocks against California (9/19)... Had four against four other Pac-10 schools, at Arizona (10/17), at Arizona State (10/18), at UCLA (9/25) and vs. Stanford (9/18).
#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 80 of 89 games, with action at every position but setter this year... Has started 17 matches (seven at RS, five at MB, and five at libero)... Has had 10 or more kills three times, most recently with 10 against Portland (9/30)... Hit .333 with 10 kills at UCLA (9/25) and had a career-high 14 against Georgetown (9/5)... Also had 13 digs against Georgetown for her only double-double... Has had 10 or more digs seven times, with a career-high 14 against Charlotte (9/13)... Has 153 digs (1.91 dpg) and 100 kills (1.25 kpg) and is hitting .190 for the year... Has 28 blocks, with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State (9/6)... Ranks third on the team with 19 aces... Served five against Mississippi State (8/30).
#17 Taylor Studzinski, Fr., OH
Has played in 18 games and 11 matches... Hitting .158 wtih seven kills and 17 digs... Had three kills and four digs against Georgetown (9/5)... Had three digs against Arizona State (10/18).
#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 87 of 89 games... Hitting a team-best .331 and is second on the team with 245 kills (2.82 kpg is third)... Her .331 hitting percentage ranks 10th in the Pac-10 this season and ranks fourth on the OSU all-time single-season list... Hitting .322 in Pac-10 matches to rank ninth in the league for conference matches only... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more in 13 matches this year... Led the team in kills five times, including 16 kills at Arizona State (10/18) and 17 kills against No. 13 Washington (10/11)... 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 .331 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .302, fourth on the OSU charts... Hit .400 or better in 10 matches this year, most recently .462 with 13 kills at Oregon last week... Hit .552 against No. 13 Washington and hit .520 with a team-high 15 kills at Sacramento State (9/6)... Had a career-high 18 kills against UC Riverside (9/5)... Leads OSU with 68 blocks (0.78 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 77 digs (0.89 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has 16 aces (0.18 sapg).
#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Played in 88 of 89 games and started every match but one... Leads OSU with 313 kills (3.56 kpg), 292 digs (3.32 dpg) and 40 aces (0.45 sapg)... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, fifth for digs per game, and 10th for kills and points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories... Has had double-figure kills in 17 matches and has had 10 or more digs 16 times, with 14 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 matches and has been the team leader for kills 14 times... Had a season-high 21 kills twice, in a 3-2 win against Georgetown (9/5) and in a 3-0 win over Oregon (10/2)... Had 20 kills against Winthrop (9/12) and No. 4 Stanford (9/18)... Set a new career-high for digs with 26 against Charlotte (9/13) for her first career 20-dig performance... Just missed another 20-dig effort with 19 against Washington State (10/10) and had 18 at No. 8 UCLA (9/25)... 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
Enters the week with 3,448 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 85 of 89 games this year... Has 846 assists this season and is eighth in the Pac-10 with 9.95 assists per game... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington (10/11)... Hitting .207 with 83 kills (0.98 kpg) for the year... Had a season-high seven kills twice, against Washington State (10/10) and Fresno State (9/6)... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills at No. 1 USC (9/26)... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State (8/30)... Had a career-high 22 digs against Washington State (10/10), bettering her season-high of 12 against Saint Mary's (9/3)... Her previous career-best was 20, set in 2001... Has 169 digs (1.99 dpg) for the year, with 10 or more in six matches... Has 37 blocks (0.44 bpg), with a career-high six against Arizona State (10/18)... Has 16 aces... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.
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