Volleyball Heads To The Bay Area

Oct. 12, 2004



THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-6, 2-3 Pacific-10) travels to No. 12 Stanford (11-4, 4-1) on Friday, October 15, before visiting No. 13 California (8-6; 3-2) on Saturday, October 16. Friday's match against the Cardinal is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's match against the Bears will start at 7:30 p.m.

A LOOK AT No. 12 STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the week with an 11-4 overall record and 4-1 mark in the Pac-10. Stanford is 5-1 in matches played in Palo Alto on the season. As a squad, the Cardinal is hitting .271, compared to the oppositions .175 mark. Olympian Ogonna Nnamani leads the team with 328 kills (5.66 kpg) and a .320 hitting percentage. Her 1,955 career kills are a Stanford school record and rank in third place all-time in the Pac-10. Sophomore Kristin Richards adds 3.91 kills per game and a team-leading 3.76 digs.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has never beaten Stanford in 38 previous meetings. The streak marks the longest span that the Beavers have gone without a victory against a single opponent.

THAT'S TOUGH: Oregon State has taken Stanford University to five games in just two matches during the 38 meetings between the squads. In 2002 the Beavers dropped a 30-24, 20-30, 16-30, 33-31, 5-15 match against the defending national champion Cardinal in Palo Alto. The other five-game match between the Beavers and Cardinal dates back to the 1986 campaign.

A LOOK AT No. 13 CALIFORNIA: The Bears enter the week with an 8-6 overall record and 3-2 mark in the Pac-10. Cal is coming off a sweep of then-ranked No. 2 USC last Saturday. The victory marked the first for the Golden Bears against the Women of Troy in 24 matches, dating back to 1991. Freshman Angie Pressey leads the team with 3.89 kills per game, while junior Gabrielle Abernathy has a team-high 177 kills (3.77 kpg).

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has a 16-29 all-time record in the series against California. The Beavers have won five of the last eight meetings between the squads, including three victories in Berkeley over the last four years. Cal swept the season series in 2003.

LOOKING BACK AT UA: Oregon State opened last Friday's match against No. 21 ranked Arizona with a 30-25 victory in game-one, but the Wildcats' offense came alive and UA responded to win three straight and earn the victory. Sophomore Abby Windell led the Beavers with 16 kills and a .483 hitting percentage. Brittany Cahoon chipped in nine kills with a .353 hitting percentage, while Nina Baltimore boasted a match-high 22 digs. Kim Glass and Meghan Cumpston each recorded double-doubles for the Wildcats and Glass led all players with 22 kills. OSU held a 67-54 advantage in digs, but UA hit .241 for the match compared to the Beavers' .152 clip.

LOOKING BACK AT ASU: For the second straight match sophomore Abby Windell led Oregon State in kills and hitting percentage, but Arizona State recorded the 3-0 victory last Saturday in Corvallis. Windell hit .571 and recorded a match-high 14 kills, but OSU managed just .109 hitting as a team, while ASU held a .306 attack percentage. Beaver junior Kristy Mortensen tallied a career-best 11 assists. Three Sun Devil players reached double figures in kills with Nicole Morton's 13 leading the way. Colette Meek chipped in 11 kills and nine blocks.

AHEAD OF THE PAC: Oregon State sophomore Abby Windell is hitting a team-best .426 during Pac-10 matches. Windell also leads the squad in kills (67), kills per game (3.72), service aces (0.44 sapg), and blocks (1.06 bpg), during conference matches.

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 1,058. Lawrence leads the squad with 198 kills (3.74 kpg) and has reached double figures in 11 of Oregon State's 14 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 797.

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 73-88. 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 53 games... Leads the team with 178 total digs and a 3.36 digs per game average... Ranks 9th in the Pac-10 with 3.36 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 11 matches... Led the team in digs in six matches, including a career-high 24 at Washington State... Averaging 4.39 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has seven service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 37 games... Hitting .254 with 82 kills (2.22 kpg)... Has 29 blocks (0.78 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 45 games... Ranks third on the squad with a .284 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 47 games... Has 94 kills (2.00 kpg) and 83 digs (1.77 dpg)... Hitting .261... 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 20 blocks, nine aces and eight assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 198 kills (3.74 kpg)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks 9th in the OSU record book with 1,058 kills... Has had double figures in 11 of 14 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 168 digs (3.17 dpg - 10th in the Pac-10)... Matched her season-high with 17 digs at Washington State... Has 12 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in nine matches and dig leader in five (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 16 aces (0.30 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .201... Has 15 blocks and 10 assists... One of three Beavers to play in all 53 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 31 games... Has 45 assists (1.45 apg), with a career-high 11 against Arizona State... Also had 10 assists at Washington State... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 38 digs (1.23 dpg) on the season... Has two kills... 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 25 games... Hitting .156 with 21 kills (0.84 kpg) and 16 digs (0.64 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 49 games... Third on the team with 120 kills and 2.45 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 123 digs (2.51 dpg)... 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 25 blocks, 13 assists and nine aces.

Desma Stovall: One of three Beavers to play in all 53 games... Has 632 assists... 11.92 assists per game ranks 5th 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 135 digs (2.55 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and has had 10 or more in seven 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 43 kills, 22 blocks and 12 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 23 games... Has 23 kills (1.00 kpg) and 32 digs (1.39 dpg)... Hitting .296... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high eight digs against Arizona State.

Abby Windell: Has played in 52 of 53 games... Leads the Beavers with 53 blocks (1.02 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .355, which ranks 6th in the Pac-10... Averaging a team-leading 3.72 kills per game, while hitting .426 in Pac-10 matches... Ranks second on the team with 153 kills and 2.94 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 eight matches this year, including two straight... Leads the team with 20 service aces (0.38 sapg - ranks 6th in Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 34 digs (0.65 dpg).

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