OSU Travels To The Bay Area To Play No. 9 Cal, No. 7 Stanford

Nov. 18, 2003

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (15-13, 5-11) wraps up the Pacific-10 portion of its schedule with a trip to the Bay Area this week. The Beavers open the week at No. 9 California in a 7 p.m. match on Thursday, November 20 before heading over to No. 7 Stanford for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, November 21.

BEAVERS ON TV: Oregon State's match at California will be televised, tape-delayed, on FOX Sports Net. Air times will vary throughout the different FOX Sports regional channels. FOX Sports Northwest will air the match at 9 a.m., Saturday, November 22. Check local listings for replay times on other FOX Sports channels.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK'S ACTION: OSU split its matches with the Arizona schools last week, sweeping Arizona State but losing to Arizona in four games. Amanda Eggert hit .391 with 23 kills (3.29 kpg) and led OSU with six blocks and four aces over the weekend. Allison Lawrence had a team-best 25 kills (3.57 kpg) in the two matches, and she added 29 digs (4.14 dpg). K.C. Frederic had a strong outing in her final weekend at Gill Coliseum. She led the Beavers in digs both nights, finishing the weekend with 30 digs (4.29 dpg). Laura Collins averaged 13.00 assists per game in her final two home matches.

POSTSEASON HOPES STILL ALIVE: Just one more win would double last year's total (OSU had eights wins in 2002), but OSU would prefer to pick up at least two more. Two wins would give the Beavers a winning record (17-15), which is required in order to be considered for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. After playing this week's matches against the Bay Area teams, OSU will return to state of California again next week. The Beavers will 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 four 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 370 kills, just 15 away from moving into a tie for 10th place on OSU's season list. She's averaging 3.59 kills per game and has had 10 or more kills in 20 matches this season. She has 343 digs heading into this week, and 37 more will put her in the top 10 for that category. She's averaging 3.33 digs per game and has had double-figures 19 times. With 44 aces, Lawrence is just three away from cracking that top 10 list as well. She averages 0.43 aces per game and has had at least one ace in 24 of the 28 matches this season, with three or more in five matches. For the season, Lawrence ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, sixth for digs per game, eighth 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. California- Oregon State is 16-28 all-time against the Golden Bears. Cal swept the Beavers in Corvallis earlier this year, but OSU has won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams. Mia Jerkov hit .429 with 23 kills in this year's first meeting, while no Beaver player had more than seven. vs. Stanford- The Beavers have never beaten the Cardinal in 37 previous meetings, although OSU went four games earlier this year and took the Cardinal to five games at Stanford last year. In this year's first meeting, Allison Lawrence had 20 kills to lead OSU, while Ogonna Nnamani picked up a match-high 22 kills for Stanford. ADDITIONAL SERIES NOTE: Laura Collins was named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week following OSU's trip to Cal and Stanford last year. She led the Beavers to a 3-0 win at Cal (OSU's first ever sweep of Cal in Berkeley). OSU lost to Stanford 3-2 on that trip, but it was the first time OSU had ever gone five games against the Cardinal at Stanford.

THE OPPONENTS: California- After starting off the season with a 16-0 mark, Cal (19-6, 10-6) has lost six of its last nine matches, including a 3-1 loss to No. 8 UCLA and a 3-0 loss to No. 1 USC last week. Mia Jerkov joins OSU's Allison Lawrence as the only player ranked in the top 10 for kills, digs, aces, and points per game in the Pac-10. She's first for kills (5.59), third for points (6.27) and aces (0.45), and seventh for digs (3.25). Stanford- The Cardinal had a five-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to No. 1 USC last week. Ogonna Nnamani leads Stanford with 5.28 kills per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10, while Jennifer Harvey leads the league with 1.51 blocks per game. Harvey's .353 hitting percentage is seventh in the Pac-10.

HEAD COACH Nancy Somera: 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 64-79. 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 97 of 104 games... Fourth on the team with 2.64 kills per game and third with 256 total kills... Team's kill leader in five matches and has had double-figures 11 times, most recently with 12 against Arizona State last week to tie for the team-high in that match... Hit .310 in that match... Had a season-high 17 kills at Charlotte and had 16 at No. 8 UCLA (9/25), vs. Portland and at Oregon... Third on the team with 2.79 digs per game and 271 total digs... Averaging 3.02 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has had double-figures 14 times, with a career-high 18 against No. 13 Washington... Led the team six times... Has six double-doubles, most recently with 15 kills and 16 digs at Washington State... Second on the team with 35 aces (0.36 sapg)... Ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with 0.32 aces per game in league matches only... Had a career-high six against Campbell and had four or more in three other matches... Has 35 assists and 28 blocks... All-Tournament at the OSU Volleyball Showcase.

#5 Michelle Franz, Fr., MB
Has played in 43 games and 16 matches, starting two... Hit .500 with a career-high seven kills and added three blocks off the bench against No. 13 Washington... Hitting .273 with 31 kills (0.72 kpg), 34 digs (0.79 dpg) and 23 blocks (0.53 bpg) for the year... Career-high three aces against Washington State... Career-highs of five blocks and 10 digs against Georgetown... Had four blocks at Arizona State and vs. No. 9 UCLA... Had eight digs against UC Riverside.

#9 Desma Stovall, So., S
Has played in 44 games and started one match... Has dished out 204 assists (4.64 apg)... Her best match was against UC Riverside, hitting .385 with six kills, 29 assists and eight digs - all career-highs... Tied some of those marks in both matches against Washington State... 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, she tied her high of eight digs... Had 15 assists and hit .375 with four kills at Oregon... Had 26 assists at UCLA... Hitting .286 with 33 kills (0.75 kpg) for the year... Came off the bench against Gonzaga 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/MB
Played in 47 games and started eight matches, including three straight in the middle (her first five starts were at RS)... After playing right side for most of the year, Windell came off the bench at Oregon and played two games as a middle for her first collegiate action in that position... Also came off the bench at Washington State to hit .333 with four kills and tied her career-high of three blocks... Has started all three matches since then... Hit .355 with 13 kills (1.86 kpg), 10 digs (1.43 dpg), and three blocks (0.43 bpg) against Arizona State and Arizona last week... 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... For the season, hitting .202 with 64 kills (1.36 kpg), 57 digs (1.43 dpg), 19 blocks and 17 assists.

#11 Anne Watts-Roberts, Jr., OH
In 69 games of action, is hitting .281 with 3.22 kills per game to rank second on the team in both categories... Has 222 kills this year and 1,035 for her career (813 came at Montana State in 2001 and 2002)... Her 1,000th career kill was the final kill in OSU's win at Washington State... Has had double-figures in 14 of the 19 matches she's played in (missed nine matches due to injury)... Has led the team five times, most recently hitting .407 with 12 kills against Arizona State last week... Had a team-high 16 kills in the first meeting against ASU and had a season-high 21 kills against Gonzaga... Hit .706 with 12 kills against Northern Arizona for the fourth-best hitting percentage in school history... Has 129 digs (1.87 dpg), with double-figures four times... Had a season-high 21 digs in the win at WSU... Has three doubles-doubles... Hit .500 with 14 kills and 13 digs against Winthrop, hit .343 with 15 kills and 21 digs at WSU and hit .407 with 12 kills and 10 digs against ASU last week... Has 41 blocks, eight aces and 24 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 95 of 104 games... Ranks second on the team with 3.20 digs per game and 304 total digs... Ranks eighth in the Pac-10 for digs per game... Leads OSU with 3.50 digs per game in Pac-10 matches (196 total) to rank seventh in the league for conference matches only... Had a season-high 21 digs at Arizona State and had 20 against Washington State (10/10)... Just missed a third 20-plus performance with a team-high 19 against Arizona on Senior Night last week... Has had double-figures in 20 matches, including 12 of the last 13... Led the team in nine matches, including the last three... Named to the Academic All-District VIII second team last week.

#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 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... Had four against four other Pac-10 schools, at Arizona, at Arizona State, at UCLA and vs. Stanford.

#16 Katelyn Healy, So., MB/OH/DS
Has played in 86 of 104 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... Hit .333 with 10 kills at UCLA and had a career-high 14 against Georgetown... 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... Has 154 digs (1.79 dpg) and 101 kills (1.17 kpg) and is hitting .192 for the year... Has 28 blocks, with a career-high five blocks against Fresno State... Has 19 aces, with a career-high five against Mississippi State.

#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... Had three digs at Arizona State.

#21 Amanda Eggert, Jr., MB
Started every match and played in 102 of 104 games... Hitting a team-best .329 and is second on the team with 287 kills (2.81 kpg is third)... Her .329 hitting percentage ranks eighth 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 .321... Hit .391 with 23 kills (3.29 kpg) against the Arizona schools last week... After having just one double-figure kill match in her first two years, has had 10 or more in 15 matches this year... Led the team in kills five times... Had a career-high 18 against UC-Riverside and had 17 at Washington State and at home against No. 13 Washington... 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 .329 mark this year has upped her career hitting percentage to .303, 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... Leads OSU with 79 blocks (0.77 bpg), with a career-high nine against Sacramento State... Has 89 digs (0.87 dpg), with a career-high nine against Charlotte, and has 21 aces (0.21 sapg).

#22 Allison Lawrence, Jr., OH
Played in 103 of 104 games and started every match but one... Leads OSU with 370 kills (3.59 kpg), 343 digs (3.33 dpg) and 44 aces (0.43 sapg)... Closing in on OSU's top 10 season lists for all three categories... Needs three aces, 15 kills, and 37 digs to crack the top 10 lists... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for aces per game, sixth for digs per game, eighth 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 20 matches and has had 10 or more digs 19 times, with 16 double-doubles... Has led the team in digs in 11 matches and has been the team leader for kills 17 times... Had a season-high 21 kills twice, in a 3-2 win against Georgetown and in a 3-0 win over Oregon... Had 20 kills against Winthrop and No. 4 Stanford... Set a new career-high for digs with 26 against Charlotte for her first career 20-dig performance... Just missed two other 20-dig efforts with 19 at home against Arizona and Washington State... Had 18 at No. 8 UCLA... Served a career-high six aces against Georgetown... Named to All-Tournament Teams at the OSU Showcase and the Charlotte Classic... Named to the Academic All-District VIII third team last week.

#23 Laura Collins, Sr., S
Enters the week with 3,619 career assists, third on OSU's all-time list... Has started every match and played in 100 of 107 games this year... Has 1,017 assists this season and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 10.17 assists per game... Averaged 13.00 assists per game against the Arizona schools last week... Had a season-high 58 assists against Washington (10/11)... Hitting .202 with 92 kills (0.92 kpg) for the year... Had a season-high seven kills twice, against Washington State (10/10) and Fresno State... Hit a career-best .857 with six kills at No. 1 USC... Hit .714 with five kills against Mississippi State... Has 183 digs (1.83 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 42 blocks (0.42 bpg), with a career-high six at Arizona State... Has 20 aces (0.20 sapg)... Earned All-Tournament honors at the OSU Volleyball Showcase and the Sacramento State Invitational.

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