Volleyball Set To Host Salbasgeon Suites Invitational

Sept. 7, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (1-2, 0-0 Pacific-10) prepares for its home opener as the Beavers host the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on September 10-11. Joining OSU at the tournament are Auburn, Oral Roberts and Saint Mary's. Action kicks off Friday with a 5 p.m. match featuring OSU and Oral Roberts, with Auburn and Saint Mary's taking the court at 7 p.m. On Saturday, OSU faces Auburn at 10 a.m., with Oral Roberts and Saint Mary's scheduled for noon. Auburn and Oral Roberts play at 5:30 p.m., and OSU and Saint Mary's close out the weekend with a 7:30 p.m. showdown.KIDS' DAY: Saturday is Benny's Kids Club Day. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive free Beaver pencils. The promotion will begin with the OSU-Auburn match in the morning; any remaining pencils will carry over to the evening competition.RECAPPING THE INDIANA TOURNAMENT: The Beavers opened the season in Bloomington, Ind., where they finished 1-2 at the IU Credit Union Invitational. OSU defeated Murray State 3-1 but dropped matches to Saint Louis (3-2) and host Indiana (3-0). Allison Lawrence earned all-tournament team honors after averaging a team-best 4.25 kills per game (highlighted by a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis), and she added 2.75 digs per game. Three other Beavers averaged at least 3.0 kills per game. Karah Rhoades hit .360 with 3.42 kills per game, Abby Windell hit .364 with 3.09 kills per game, and Amanda Eggert hit .375 with 3.00 kills per game. Rookie Nina Baltimore, OSU's new libero, led the defense with 3.00 digs per game.WINDELL MAKES HER WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Abby Windell earned a spot in the OSU record books for her performance against Saint Louis last week. The sophomore had a career-high 20 kills, but it was her .704 hitting percentage that broke the OSU record for a five-game match (breaking a .656 mark set by Angie Shirley against Portland in 1998). Her .704 mark was also the fifth best in OSU history for any match, regardless of number of games.SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has never played Auburn or Oral Roberts in volleyball. The Beavers are 2-1 all-time against Saint Mary's, including a 3-0 win on the road last year. Katelyn Healy hit .533 with nine kills and four blocks, and Amanda Eggert hit .364 with 11 kills in the win. Allison Lawrence led OSU with 14 kills and 15 digs.THE OPPONENTS: Auburn - The Tigers went 10-18 last year, but with four starters back, they should be more experienced. They went 2-1 at their own tournament last weekend, with 3-0 wins over East Tennesse State and Birmingham Southern before losing 3-2 to Iowa State. Ashlee Johns led the team with 3.27 kills and 3.18 digs per game. Bailey Veit added 2.73 kills and 1.64 blocks per game. Oral Roberts - The Golden Eagles went 2-2 last week, beating North Texas and Loyola-Chicago but losing to Kansas and Kansas State. Ori Zuzic led ORU with 55 kills (4.58 kpg), and Becky Dreher turned in 58 digs (4.83 dpg). Saint Mary's - The Gaels are off to a 4-0 start, including a five-game win over then-No. 6 Stanford last week... Five Saint Mary's players had 10 or more kills in that win, and the Gaels outblocked the Cardinal 29-17. SMC averaged 4.18 blocks per game in four matches last week. Five starters have returned from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.HEAD COACH NANCY SOMERA: Nancy Somera is in her sixth season at Oregon State after spending eight years as an assistant coach at USC, her alma mater. She has a career record of 66-84. 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. The Beavers have finished 16-16 in two other seasons under her direction. 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.LAWRENCE GOING FOR A POSSIBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLE: It'll be close, but senior Allison Lawrence has a chance to become the sixth Beaver to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. The 1,000 kills are certainly well within reach. With 51 at last week's Indiana tournament, as she enters this week with 911 to her name. The digs mark will be more of a challenge. Lawrence cames into this season with 629 career digs, but she had 388 digs as a junior, so a repeat performance would put her over 1,000. She had 33 at Indiana, upping her total to 662.PACIFIC-10 PREDICTIONS: Oregon State was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 this year, based on a preseason vote of the conference coaches. Two-time defending NCAA champion USC once again was picked to win the Pac-10 title. UCLA was second, followed by Washington, Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State and OSU. Oregon and Washington State were tied for ninth in the selections. The top six teams in the poll also are ranked in the USA Today/CSTV preseason top 25 poll. USC checked in at No. 1, followed by No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 10 California and No. 17 Arizona.EUROPEAN TOUR: The Beavers took a different approach to fall camp this season, heading overseas for two weeks in Europe. While in Europe, the Beavers played eight matches against top teams from the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. OSU also did some sightseeing in those three countries, as well as in Vienna, Austria.PLAYER NOTESNINA BALTIMORE: OSU's freshman libero stepped right in to lead the Beavers in her first collegiate action... led the Beavers with 3.0 digs per game and reached double figures in all three matches... led OSU with 15 against Saint Louis and tied for the team lead with 10 against Indiana... added 11 against Murray State... a new rule also allows the libero to serve this year... led the Beavers with five aces over the weekend.BRITTANY CAHOON: Played all 12 games at Indiana, hitting .306 with 27 kills (2.25)... had 13 kills against Saint Louis... led the Beavers with 10 blocks (0.83 bpg) in three matches... had four against Murray State and three against both Saint Louis and Indiana.AMANDA EGGERT: Hit .375 with 24 kills (3.00 kpg) at the Indiana tournament... Hit .407 with 14 kills in the win over Murray State and hit .350 with a team-best 11 kills against Indiana... Improved her career hitting percentage to .306, fourth best in OSU history.KATELYN HEALY: Played in 10 games... Hit .298 with 17 kills and 21 digs... Had 11 digs against Saint Louis... Hit .462 with six kills against Murray State.ALLISON LAWRENCE: Named to the all-tournament team at the Indiana tournament after leading the Beavers with 51 kills (4.25 kpg)... Added 33 digs (2.75 dpg) and four aces (0.33 sapg)... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis... The 28 kills ties for 10th on OSU's all-time single-match list... Had double-doubles in all three matches at Indiana.KRISTY MORTENSEN: The junior college All-American made her Division I debut with nine games of action for OSU at the Indiana tournament last week... Had four digs and four assists... Played setter for Northeastern JC in Colorado before joining the Beavers in the spring.KRISTIN MURRAY: The redshirt freshman saw action in four games last weekend... hit .250 with five kills.KARAH RHOADES: Had a solid all-around game at the Indiana tournament... Had 41 kills (3.42 kpg), second on the team... Hit .360... Hit a career-high .429 against Murray State... Had 17 kills - one shy of her career high - to lead OSU in that match... Had double-figure kills in all three matches and had 10 digs twice.DESMA STOVALL: Took over as OSU's new starting setter and averaged 12.75 assists per game last week... Had a career-high 66 assists against Saint Louis... Added eight kills (0.67 kpg) and 22 digs (1.83 dpg).TAYLOR STUDZINSKI: Played two games against Indiana... Had a career-high five digs in that match... Also served an ace against the Hoosiers.ABBY WINDELL: Started all three matches... Ranked third on the team with 34 kills and hit .364... Had a career-high 20 kills against Saint Louis... Hit .704 in that match to set an OSU record for hitting percent in a five-game match... That mark was the fifth-best in OSU history for any match... Had 14 digs and eight blocks over the weekend.

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