Volleyball hosts No. 6 USC and No. 12 UCLA

Oct. 19, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (8-8, 2-5 Pacific-10) hosts No. 6 USC (10-3, 5-2) on Thursday, October 21, before meeting No. 12 UCLA (11-5; 4-3) on Friday, October 22. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

A LOOK AT No. 6 USC: The two-time defending NCAA national champion Women of Troy enter the week with a 10-3 overall record and 5-2 Pac-10 mark. USC has won four of its last five matches and has faced nine opponents ranked in the Top 25 on the season. The Women of Troy have spent 73 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 10 nationally. As a team, USC holds a .304 hitting percentage on the year. Senior hitter Keao Burdine leads the team with 3.75 kills per game (180 total), while fellow senior Emily Adams is averaging 3.21 kills per game (154 total) and a team-best .434 hitting percentage.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 7-29 all-time in the series against USC. The Women of Troy have won 14 straight meetings between the squads. The Beavers' last victory against the Women of Troy (15-13, 15-11, 14-16, 15-12) came on November 21, 1996 in Corvallis, giving Oregon State the season sweep.

TROJAN TIES: Oregon State head coach Nancy Somera is a former USC player (starting four seasons, 1985-88) and former assistant coach. Somera, formerly Hillman, graduated from USC in 1989 and later earned her master's degree in education in 1994. She joined the Women of Troy coaching staff in 1991 and served as assistant coach to then-head coach Lisa Love for eight seasons. Current Beaver assistant coach Ben Somera was also an assistant for USC in the mid `90's.

A LOOK AT No. 12 UCLA: The Bruins enter the week with an 11-5 overall record and 4-3 mark in the Pac-10. UCLA had won four in a row before dropping back-to-back matches against No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 9) and No. 6 USC (Oct. 15). Brittany Ringel leads the squad with 3.02 kills per game (142 total), while Brynn Murphy adds 2.95 kills per game (162 total). Senior libero Chrissie Zartman is second in the Pac-10 with 5.32 digs per game and Nana Meriwether leads the conference in blocks with 1.74 per game. The Bruins have not lost three matches in a row since October of 2002.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has just a 2-34 all-time record in the series against UCLA. Both Beaver victories however, have come with sixth-year head coach Nancy Somera at the helm. The Bruins have won four straight in the series with OSU's last victory coming in four games (25-30, 30-14, 30-22, 30-27) on November 19, 2001 in Corvallis.

LOOKING BACK AT SU: Senior outside hitter Allison Lawrence recorded a team-high 24 kills and Oregon State took game one from No. 12 ranked Stanford University, but the Cardinal rallied back for a 3-1 victory in last Friday's match. The win marked the 39th straight for Stanford against the Beavers, keeping OSU winless in the series. Oregon State hit .366 in the first game, but struggled in the remainder of the match as Stanford's offense came alive. Lawrence finished with a team-best .333 attack percentage and freshman Nina Baltimore led the team with 18 digs. Stanford senior Ogonna Nnamani surpassed the 2,000-kill mark, finishing with a match-high 28 kills and a .571 attack percentage.

LOOKING BACK AT CAL: Allison Lawrence had another big night for the Beavers, but No. 13 ranked California recorded a 3-0 sweep last Saturday in Berkeley. Lawrence finished with 16 kills, moving her into a tie for 8th place in the OSU record book with 1,098 career kills. Sophomore Abby Windell added eight kills and junior setter Kristy Mortensen finished with a career-best 26 assists while seeing her most action of the season. Cal had three players reach double figures in kills with Angie Pressey's 15 kills and 10 digs leading the way.

THE BEST OF THE BEST: After this week's matches against USC and UCLA, Oregon State will have played six of its last seven matches against opponents ranked in the Top 25 nationally.

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in a tie for 8th place in the OSU record book with 1,098. Lawrence leads the squad with 238 kills (3.97 kpg) and has reached double figures in 13 of Oregon State's 16 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 182 so far this year, her career total stands at 811.

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 73-90. 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 two Beavers to play in all 60 games... Leads the team with 207 total digs and a 3.45 digs per game average... Ranks 9th in the Pac-10 with 3.45 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 13 matches, including two straight and eight of the last nine... Led the team in digs in eight matches, including a career-high 24 at Washington State... Averaging 4.32 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has eight service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 43 games... Hitting .232 with 91 kills (2.12 kpg)... Has 33 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 51 games... Ranks second on the squad with a .267 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 52 games... Has 101 kills (1.94 kpg) and 88 digs (1.69 dpg)... Hitting .240... 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 21 blocks, 10 aces and eight assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 238 kills (3.97 kpg - Ranks 5th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in a tie for 8th in the OSU record book with 1,098 kills... Has had double figures in 13 of 16 matches, with 20-plus three times... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history), 26 against Saint Mary's, and 24 at California... Has 10 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 182 digs (3.03 dpg)... Matched her season-high with 17 digs at Washington State... Has 12 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 11 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 19 aces (0.32 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .215... Has 17 blocks and 10 assists... One of only two Beavers to play in all 60 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 38 games... Has 86 assists (2.26 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 71 assists (2.84 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 50 digs (1.32 dpg) on the season... Has three 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 27 games... Hitting .125 with 22 kills (0.81 kpg) and 16 digs (0.59 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 56 games... Third on the team with 136 kills and 2.43 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 128 digs (2.29 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 26 blocks, 15 assists and 11 aces.

Desma Stovall: Has played in 58 games... Has 679 assists... 11.71 assists per game ranks 4th 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 145 digs (2.50 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 46 kills, 23 blocks and 13 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 25 games... Has 23 kills (0.92 kpg) and 32 digs (1.28 dpg)... Hitting .241... 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 59 of 60 games... Leads the Beavers with 57 blocks (0.97 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .346, which ranks 5th in the Pac-10... Ranks second on the team with 169 kills and 2.86 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... Leads the team with 22 service aces (0.37 sapg - ranks 8th in Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 39 digs (0.66 dpg).

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