Volleyball Opens Home Pac-10 Slate Against Arizona Schools

Oct. 5, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-4, 2-1 Pacific-10) hosts No. 21 Arizona (8-6, 0-4) on Friday, October 8, before facing Arizona State (5-7; 0-4) on Saturday, October 9. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m.

WELCOME BACK: Oregon State returns to the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum for its first match in a month. The Beavers have played six straight matches on the road and nine of their first 12 matches were played outside of Corvallis. OSU is 2-1 on the season at home - knocking off both Oral Roberts and Auburn in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitation (Sept. 10-11), before dropping a five-game thriller to Saint Mary's College.

A LOOK AT No. 21 ARIZONA: The Wildcats enter the week with an 8-6 overall record and 0-4 mark in the Pac-10. UA had won six straight matches (including victories against No. 9 Pepperdine and No. 18 Louisville) before opening Pac-10 play with four consecutive losses. Junior All-American Kim Glass, who had been sidelined with a shoulder injury, leads the team with 4.20 kpg despite seeing action in just 15 games. Jennifer Abernathy adds a team-best 189 kills (4.11 kpg), to go along with 111 digs (2.41 dpg). The Wildcats have yet to hit .200 in a Pac-10 match this season.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is just 10-27 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats have won 15 consecutive matches against the Beavers dating back to the 1996 season. OSU's last victory against UA (3-1) was in Gill Coliseum on Sept. 27, 1996. Seven of Oregon State's 10 victories against Arizona have come in Corvallis.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils enter the week with a 5-7 overall record and 0-4 mark in the Pac-10. Sophomore Nicole Morton leads the team with 143 kills (3.58 kpg) and is second on the squad in digs with 106 (2.65 dpg). Libero Sydney Donahue is averaging a team-best 4.02 digs per outing. Five of ASU's seven losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 25.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State holds an 11-26 all-time record against Arizona State. The teams are an even 4-4 in the series over the past four years. The Beavers swept the Sun Devils in the last meeting between the squads on Nov. 13, 2003 in Corvallis.

LOOKING BACK AT WSU: Oregon State opened Pac-10 action with a 2-0 record for the first time since 1993 when the Beavers knocked off Washington State University, 3-1, last Friday. The victory also marked the second straight for OSU against WSU in Pullman. Senior Allison Lawrence led the attack with her ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 19 kills and matching her season-best of 17 digs. Karah Rhoades, Abby Windell and Amanda Eggert all reached double figures in kills, while Nina Baltimore recorded a career-high 24 digs. OSU hit .234 for the match compared to WSU's .166 clip, and held a 70-46 advantage on digs.

LOOKING BACK AT UW: Allison Lawrence's 10 kills and 12 digs highlighted Oregon State's 3-0 loss to No. 2 ranked University of Washington last Saturday. OSU struggled offensively, hitting just .109 for the match compared to UW's .344 mark. Abby Windell led the Beavers with a .381 attack percentage to go along with nine kills. For the fifth time on the season, and second straight match, Nina Baltimore led the team in digs, finishing with 13. Three Husky players reached double figures in kills, including Brie Hagerty's 13 kills, .435 attack percentage, and five blocks.

FAST FACT: The last time Oregon State won its Pac-10 home opener, the Beavers went to the NCAA Tournament. OSU swept Washington, 30-22, 30-24, 30-24, on Sept. 27, 2001 and after finishing the regular season with a 17-11 record, earned its second NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 9th place in the OSU record book with 1,042. Lawrence leads the squad with 182 kills (3.96 kpg) and has reached double figures in 11 of Oregon State's 12 matches. 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 144 so far this year, her career total stands at 773.

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 73-86. 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 46 games... Leads the team with 147 total digs and a 3.20 digs per game average... Ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.20 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 10 matches, including five straight... Led the team in digs in five matches, including a career-high 24 at Washington State... Has seven service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 31 games... Hitting .290 with 72 kills (2.32 kpg)... Has 24 blocks (0.77 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 38 games... Ranks third on the squad with a .291 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in four 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 .301 ranks fourth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 42 games... Has 82 kills (1.95 kpg) and 75 digs (1.79 dpg)... Hitting .278... Has three double-figure kill performances... Recorded 13 kills (one shy of her career-high) in the Civil War at Oregon... Also had 13 kills at No. 23 San Diego... Tallied 10 kills 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 18 blocks, nine aces and seven assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 182 kills (3.96 kpg - ranks 7th in Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks 9th in the OSU record book with 1,042 kills... Has had double figures in 11 of 12 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 10 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 144 digs (3.13 dpg)... Matched her season-high with 17 digs at Washington State... Has 10 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in nine matches and dig leader in four (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 14 aces (0.30 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .233... Has 12 blocks and nine assists... One of three Beavers to play in all 46 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 24 games... Has 29 assists (1.21 apg), with a career-high 10 at Washington State... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 25 digs on the season... 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 21 games... Hitting .222 with 20 kills (0.95 kpg) and 16 digs (0.76 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 42 games... Third on the team with 112 kills and 2.67 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 112 digs (2.67 dpg is third)... Was named the Most Valuable Player at the San Diego Invitational... Led the Beavers with 30 kills (2.73 kpg) and 41 digs (3.73 dpg) in those three matches... Finished with 13 kills in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon and had 14 kills at Washington State... Has had 10 or more digs in seven matches and has seven 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 24 blocks, 11 assists and nine aces.

Desma Stovall: One of three Beavers to play in all 46 games... Has 565 assists... 12.28 assists per game ranks in a tie for third in the 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 third on the team with 122 digs (2.65 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and has had 10 or more in six matches... Matched her career-high with two aces against the Ducks... Matched her career-high with six kills at Washington State, also finished with a career-best .667 attack percentage against the Cougars... Has 36 kills, 20 blocks and 12 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 18 games... Has 18 kills (1.00 kpg) and 24 digs (1.33 dpg)... Hitting .325... 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 45 of 46 games... Leads the Beavers with 50 blocks (1.11 bpg - ranks 9th in Pac-10) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .325... Ranks second on the team with 123 kills and 2.73 kpg... 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 six matches this year... Leads the team with 18 service aces (0.40 sapg - ranks 7th in Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 32 digs (0.71 dpg).

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