Civil War Volleyball Set For Friday In Eugene

Sept. 21, 2004

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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (6-3, 0-0 Pacific-10) kicks off Pac-10 play at Oregon with the Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers. The Beavers and Ducks (8-2, 0-0) will face off at 7 p.m., Friday, September 24.

RECAPPING THE SAN DIEGO INVITATIONAL: Oregon State swept Penn and Nevada and beat then-No. 23 San Diego in five games to win the San Diego Invitational last week. Karah Rhoades was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and Amanda Eggert and Allison Lawrence also earned all-tournament team honors. Rhoades led the Beavers with 30 kills (2.73 kpg) and 41 digs (3.73 dpg), including a team-best 14 kills in the upset win over San Diego. Lawrence also posted 30 kills (2.73 kpg) and added 33 digs (3.00 dpg). Eggert had 24 kills (2.40 kpg) and six blocks (0.60 bpg).

LAWRENCE FOUR AWAY FROM 1,000: Senior Allison Lawrence needs just four kills against Oregon to become the 10th Beaver to reach 1,000 career kills, and she's had success against the Ducks in previous matches. In last year's two meetings, she had 21 kills and 16 kills to lead the Beavers to wins over UO. So far this year, she's averaging 3.89 kills per game and has had double figures in eight matches, including matches with 26 and 28 kills. She could also reach 1,000 digs before the season ends. Lawrence came 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. With 101 so far this year, her career total stands at 730.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 36-44 all-time against Oregon, but the Beavers won both meetings last year. Much of the offense that led to those two Beaver wins is back. The trio of Amanda Eggert, Allison Lawrence and Karah Rhoades combined for 45 kills in a 3-1 win at Oregon, and the three had 46 kills in a 3-0 win at Oregon State. Sarah Mason and Kelly Russell, who combined for 58 kills in the two matches, are back for Oregon this year.

A LOOK AT OREGON: The Ducks (8-2) suffered their first two losses of the season last week when they went 2-2 at the Sacramento State Invitational. Oregon posted 3-1 wins over Charlotte and Seton Hall, but lost to San Jose State (3-1) and Sacramento State (3-0). For the season, Lauren Westendorf leads the Ducks with 171 kills (5.03 kpg) and 27 aces (0.79 sapg), and she also has 86 digs (2.53 dpg). Kelly Russell has 133 kills (3.91 kpg) and 96 digs (2.82 dpg).

BEAVERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Oregon State players have already earned several spots in the OSU record books with their performances this year. Abby Windell hit .704 against Saint Louis to break the OSU record for hitting percentage in a five-game match (it was also good for the fifth-best hitting percentage in any match. She had a career-high 20 kills in that match). Allison Lawrence had a career-high 28 kills in that same match, tying for 10th on OSU's single-match list. Desma Stovall's 75 assists against Saint Mary's puts her in a tie for sixth on that list.

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 71-85. 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.

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.

SEASON HONORS: Four Beavers received all-tournament team honors in at least of the tournaments OSU played in. Allison Lawrence was recognized at all three tournaments. Brittany Cahoon was named the MVP at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, and Karah Rhoades earned MVP honors at the San Diego Invitational. Amanda Eggert was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational.

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.


NINA BALTIMORE: One of three Beavers to play in all 35 games... Ranks second on the team with 99 total digs and is third with a 2.83 digs per game average... Has had 10 or more digs in seven matches... Led the team in digs in three matches, including a career-high 19 against Oral Roberts... Has six service aces.

BRITTANY CAHOON: Has played in 29 games... Hitting .336 with 70 kills (2.41 kpg)... Her .336 hitting percentage is tied for the best on the team and ranks 10th in the Pac-10... Has 23 blocks (0.79 bpg)... Named MVP of the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational... Hit .421 with 3.31 kills and 0.92 blocks per game for the tournament... Had a career-high 19 kills against Saint Mary's and led OSU with 17 against Oral Roberts... Has a total of three double-figure kills matches this year... Had a career-high seven blocks against ORU.

AMANDA EGGERT: Has played in 27 games... Tied for the team's best hitting percentage at .336, which ranks 10th in the Pac-10... Tied for fourth on the team with 70 kills but is second with 2.59 kills per game... Has had double figures in three matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .307 ranks fourth in OSU history.

KATELYN HEALY: Has played in 32 games... Has 55 kills (1.72 kpg) and 59 digs (1.84 dpg)... Hitting .264... Has two double-figure kill performances... Had a season-high 13 kills (one shy of her career-high) against San Diego and had 10 against Saint Mary's... Hit .412 with eight kills against Nevada... Has had 10 or more digs twice, with a season-high 11 against Saint Louis... Has 12 blocks, seven aces and six assists.

ALLISON LAWRENCE: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 136 kills (3.89 kpg)... On pace to pick up her 1,000th career kill this weekend... Needs just four kills against Oregon to reach the milestone... Currently tied for 10th on the OSU list with 996... Has had double figures in eight matches, with 20-plus twice... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history) and had 26 against Saint Mary's... Has seven double-doubles... Also leads the team with 101 digs (2.89 dpg, which ranks 10th in the Pac-10)... Season-high 17 digs against Saint Mary's and has seven double-figure performaces... Team kill leader in six matches and dig leader in four (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Leads the team with 13 aces (0.37 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .235... Has 10 blocks and eight assists... One of three Beavers to play in all 35 games.

KRISTY MORTENSEN: Has played in 13 games... Has 15 assists (1.15 apg), with five against both Oral Roberts and Pennsylvania... Has five digs, including three against Murray State... Has one kill... Was a 2003 junior college All-American setter at Northeastern JC in Colorado before joining the Beavers in the spring.

KRISTIN MURRAY: Has played in 15 games... Hitting .234 with 18 kills (1.20 kpg) and 16 digs (1.07 dpg)... Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs - both career-highs - against Saint Mary's... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match.

KARAH RHOADES: Has played in 31 games... Third on the team with 78 kills (2.52 kpg is fourth) and 89 digs (2.87 dpg is second)... Was named the Most Valuable Player at the San Diego Invitational last week... Led the Beavers with 30 kills (2.73 kpg) and 41 digs (3.73 dpg) in those three matches... Has had 10 or more digs in seven matches and has five double-figure kill performances... Led the team in kills three times and in digs three times... Led the Beavers in both categories against Nevada (10 kills/season-high 15 digs)... Hit .429 with a season-high 17 kills against Murray State... Led OSU with 14 kills in the win over No. 23 San Diego... Has 14 blocks, eight assists and six aces.

DESMA STOVALL: One of three Beavers to play in all 35 games... Has 423 assists... 12.09 assists per game ranks fifth inthe Pac-10... Had a career-high 75 assists against Saint Mary's to tie for the sixth-best single-match total in OSU history... Ranks fourth on the team with 88 digs (2.51 dpg)... Had a career-high 14 against Saint Mary's and has had 10 or more in five matches... Has 26 kills, 15 blocks and eight aces.

TAYLOR STUDZINSKI: Has played in 16 games... Has 16 kills (1.00 kpg) and 23 digs (1.44 dpg)... Hitting .343... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high six digs against Saint Mary's.

ABBY WINDELL: Has played in 34 of 35 games... Leads the Beavers with 34 blocks (1.00 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting .308... Ranks second on the team with 86 kills (2.53 kpg is third)... Set an OSU record for a five-game match when she hit .704 against Saint Louis... Had a career-high 20 kills in that match... Has had 10 or more kills in four matches this year... Second on the team with 12 service aces (0.35 sapg)... Has 26 digs (0.76 dpg).

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