Two Seniors Will Play Final Matches In Gill Coliseum This Week

Nov. 11, 2003

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THIS WEEK: Two Beaver seniors will play their final two matches in Gill Coliseum as Oregon State (14-12, 4-10 Pacific-10) hosts the Arizona schools this week. The Beavers host Arizona State (8-15, 3-11) on Thursday, November 13, before taking on Arizona (12-13, 6-8) on Friday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free. The Beavers will sign autographs after the Arizona State match, and the two seniors - Laura Collins and K.C. Frederic - will be honored prior to the Arizona match, their final home match of their careers.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU picked a pair of milestone performances at Washington State. Trailing 0-2, OSU came back to win the match in five games for its first win in Pullman since 1990. The win completed a season sweep of the Cougars, marking the first time since 1985 that OSU had beaten WSU twice in the same season. Anne Watts-Roberts reached an individual milestone as well. The final kill of the match was her 15th of the match and the 1000th of her career. She also had a match-high 21 digs, and Allison Lawrence and Amanda Eggert had 17 kills apiece. OSU wrapped up the weekend with a 3-0 loss at No. 11 Washington. Lawrence led the offense with 15 kills, and K.C. Frederic had a team-best 12 digs.

POSTSEASON HOPES STILL ALIVE: Oregon State needs to win three of its last six matches to finish the regular season with a winning record (three wins would put OSU at 17-15), which is required in order to be considered for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. With just two more home matches, at least one of those wins would have to come on the road. After hosting the Arizona schools this week, OSU travels to No. 9 California and No. 7 Stanford next week to wrap up Pacific-10 action. The Beavers then travel to Stockton, California for the Bankers Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. OSU will play Pittsburgh and either Alabama-Birmingham or Pacific.

TRIPLE THREAT?: If Allison Lawrence maintains her season averages over the next six matches, she could end up in OSU's single-season top 10 lists in three different categories - kills, digs and aces. She enters this week's matches with 345 kills, just 40 away from moving into 10th place on OSU's season list. She's averaging 3.59 kills per game and has had 10 or more kills in 19 matches this season. She has 314 digs heading into this week, and 66 more will put her in the top 10 for that category. She's averaging 3.27 digs per game and has had double-figures 17 times. With 42 aces, Lawrence is just five away from cracking that top 10 list as well. She averages 0.44 aces per game and has had at least one ace in 23 of the 26 matches this season, with three or more in five matches. For the season, Lawrence ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, sixth for digs per game, seventh for kills per game and 10th for points per game. Only one other Pac-10 player is ranked in all four categories.

SERIES RECORDS: vs. Arizona State- Oregon State is 10-26 all-time against the Sun Devils. ASU has won the last three meetings, including a 3-2 win at ASU last month. Amanda Eggert hit .464 with a team-best 16 kills for OSU, and K.C. Frederic had a season-high 21 digs in the loss. vs. Arizona- The Beavers are 10-26 all-time against the Wildcats, who won 3-0 in Tucson last month to extend their streak to 12 consecutive wins over the Beavers. Despite the loss last month, OSU hit .311 for its best hitting percentage against a Pac-10 team this year, but the Beavers couldn't stop UA's Kim Glass, who hit .415 and had 30 kills for an Arizona record in a three-game match. Allison Lawrence led OSU with 13 kills, and Frederic had a team-best 12 digs.

THE OPPONENTS: Arizona State- The Sun Devils (8-15, 3-11) have lost five straight since beating OSU 3-2 on October 18, so they will be looking to get back on the winning track this week. Natalie Harris is averaging a team-best 4.09 kills per game to rank fifth in the Pac-10 , and Juliana Escobar is ninth in the league with 3.55 kills per game. Courtney Blocher leads the defense with 3.40 digs per game, good for fifth in the Pac-10. Arizona- The Wildcats may be just 12-13 and 6-8 in the Pac-10, but that record is somewhat misleading considering their strength of schedule. Of the 13 losses, 10 were to teams that are currently nationally ranked - nine of which are currently in the top 15. Arizona has been beating those teams recently, picking up 3-0 wins over California and UCLA- both of which were No. 6 when UA beat them - in the last two weeks. Kim Glass is the league's leading scorer, averaging 6.50 points game. She's second in the Pac-10 for kills (5.60 kpg) and seventh for aces (0.40 sapg).

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 63-78. 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 all but one match and played in 90 of 97 games... Fourth on the team with 2.61 kills per game and third with 235 total kills... Team's kill leader in four matches and has had double-figures 10 times, most recently with 15 at Washington State last week... Had a season-high 17 at Charlotte (9/13) and had 16 against No. 8 UCLA (9/25), Portland (9/30) and Oregon (10/30)... Third on the team with 2.77 digs per game and 249 total digs... Has had double-figures 13 times, with a career-high 18 against No. 13 Washington (10/11)... Has led the team in digs six times... Has six double-doubles, most recently with 15 kills and 16 digs at Washington State... Second on the team with 34 aces... Tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with 0.38 aces per game... Tied for sixth in the league with 0.35 aces per game in conference matches only... Had a career-high six against Campbell (9/13) and had four or more in three other matches... Has 34 assists and 27 blocks... All-Tournament at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in 42 games and 15 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 .273 with 31 kills (0.74 kpg), 34 digs (0.81 dpg) and 23 blocks (0.55 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 43 games and started one match... Has dished out 203 assists (4.72 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside (9/5), hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Tied some of those marks in both matches against Washington State... Last week at WSU, she tied her high of six kills and hit a career-best .600 with no errors in 10 tries... More impressive was that she did so in just two games of action... In OSU's first match against WSU (10/10), she tied her high of eight digs... Had 15 assists and hit .375 with four kills against Oregon (10/30) as OSU used a two-setter offense in the final two games of the match... Had 26 assists at UCLA (9/25)... Hitting .286 with 33 kills (0.77 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 40 games and started six matches, five on the right side and one in the middle (at UW last week)... After playing right side for most of the season, Windell came off the bench against Oregon (10/30) and played two games as a middle for her first collegiate action in that position... Came off the bench at Washington State last week and ended up hitting .333 with four kills and tied her career-high of three blocks... That earned her a starting job at Washington the next night... 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)... For the season, hitting .171 with 51 kills (1.27 kpg), 57 digs (1.42 dpg), 16 assists and 16 blocks.

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
Picked up her 1,000th career kill last week at just the right time... Entered the week needing 15 kills to reach the milestone, and the match point against Washington State happened to be her 15th of the night... Hit .343 with 15 kills and a season-high 21 digs to lead OSU to the win... It was her second double-double of the year (hit .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs against Winthrop on 9/12)... Has 200 kills for the year and 1,013 for her career (The first 813 came in two years at Montana State)... In 62 games this year (missed nine matches with an injury), is hitting .287 with 3.23 kills per game, both of which are second on the team... Has had double-figure kills in 12 of the 17 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)... Also had 13 digs against No. 9 UCLA (10/24)... Has 38 blocks, eight aces and 21 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 3.11 digs per game and 274 total digs... Ranks 10th in the Pac-10 for digs per game... Leads OSU with 3.39 digs per game in Pac-10 matches to rank seventh in the league for conference only... Had a season-high 21 digs at Arizona State (10/18) and had 20 against Washington State (10/10)... Has had double-figures in 18 matches, including 10 of the last 11... Led the team in seven matches, including last week with 12 at Washington.

#15 Brittany Cahoon, Fr., MB
Has played in 65 games and started 16 matches... Hitting .189 with 97 kills (1.49 kpg)... Came off the bench against UC-Riverside (9/5) and hit .545 with a career-high 14 kills... Second on the team with 0.69 blocks per game (45 total)... Leads OSU with 0.81 blocks per game (30 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 84 of 97 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 154 digs (1.83 dpg) and 101 kills (1.20 kpg) and is hitting .192 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 19 games and 12 matches... Hitting .158 wtih seven kills and 18 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 95 of 97 games... Hitting a team-best .324 and is second on the team with 264 kills (2.78 kpg is third)... Her .324 hitting percentage ranks 10th in the Pac-10 and ranks fourth on the OSU all-time single-season list... Ranks ninth in the league for hitting percentage in conference matches only at .311... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more in 14 matches this year... Led the team in kills five times, including 17 in the win at Washington State last week... Also had 17 against Washington (10/11) and had a career-high 18 against UC Riverside (9/5)... 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... Hit just .252 in her first two years, but her .324 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .299, fourth on the OSU charts... Hit .400 or better in 10 matches this year... Hit .552 against No. 13 Washington (10/11) and hit .520 with a team-high 15 kills at Sacramento State (9/6)... Leads OSU with 73 blocks (0.77 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 87 digs (0.92 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte (9/13), and has 17 aces (0.18 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Played in 96 of 97 games and started every match but one... Leads OSU with 345 kills (3.59 kpg), 314 digs (3.27 dpg) and 42 aces (0.44 sapg)... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, sixth for digs per game, seventh for kills and 10th for points per game... Is one of only two Pac-10 players ranked in all four categories... Has had double-figure kills in 19 matches and has had 10 or more digs 17 times, with 15 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 10 matches and has been the team leader for kills 16 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 3,528 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 93 of 97 games this year... Has 926 assists this season and is seventh in the Pac-10 with 9.96 assists per game... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington (10/11)... Hitting .211 with 88 kills (0.95 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)... Has 172 digs (1.85 dpg) for the year... Had a career-high 22 digs against Washington State (10/10) and has had 10 or more in six matches... Her previous career-best was 20, set in 2001... Has 40 blocks (0.43 bpg), with a career-high six against Arizona State (10/18)... Has 17 aces... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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