Volleyball Hits The Road For Arizona

Nov. 1, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (9-11, 3-8 Pacific-10) visits Arizona State (8-12, 3-8) on Thursday, November 4, before traveling to No. 22 Arizona (13-8; 5-6) on Friday, November 5. Both matches are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. PST.

A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils enter the week with an 8-12 overall record and match the Beavers with a 3-8 mark in the Pac-10. ASU has lost four straight matches since beating Washington State in five games on Oct. 16. Arizona State and Washington are the only Pac-10 teams to not lose a five-game match on the season. Nicole Morton leads the Sun Devils with 244 kills (3.64 kpg). Freshman libero Sydney Donahue leads the team with 269 digs (4.20 dpg).

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State holds an 11-27 all-time record against Arizona State. The Beavers and Sun Devils split the season series last year, with both teams winning on their home court. OSU's last victory in Tempe came during the 2001 campaign. ASU swept this year's first meeting between the squads on Oct. 8. Beaver sophomore Abby 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.

A LOOK AT No. 22 ARIZONA: The Wildcats enter the week with a 13-8 overall record and 5-6 mark in the Pac-10. Arizona has won five of its last seven matches, including a sweep of No. 12 ranked UCLA on Oct. 30. Senior Kim Glass is averaging a team-high 4.57 kills per game (169 total), while Meghan Cumpston (3.87 kpg - 232 total) and Jennifer Abernathy (3.74 kpg - 228 total) are close behind. As a team, UA is hitting .249 while holding its opponents to just a .196 clip.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is just 10-28 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats have won 16 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. OSU's most recent victory against UA in Tucson came during the 1993 season.

LOOKING BACK AT UW: Oregon State nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history last Thursday when the Beavers took top-ranked Washington to five games in front of 1,717 fans in Gill Coliseum. OSU won the first two games of the match, utilizing superb defense and good hitting to keep the Huskies on their heals. Junior Katelyn Healy surpassed her career-high in kills for the second straight match, recording 20 to go along with 10 digs and seven blocks to lead the Beavers. Allison Lawrence added 14 kills and a season-best 24 digs for her 12th double-double of the season, while Abby Windell chipped in 13 kills and eight blocks. Setter Desma Stovall was the third Beaver player to record a double-double with 56 assists and a career-high matching 20 digs.

LOOKING BACK AT WSU: Oregon State broke an eight-match losing streak with a 30-21, 30-27, 30-18 sweep of Washington State last Friday. The victory marked the second straight year that the Beavers have swept the season series with the Cougars. Prior to its meeting with WSU, OSU had played five of its last eight matches against teams ranked in the top 15 nationally. Beaver senior Allison Lawrence led all players with 14 kills, moving her into sole possession of 7th place in the OSU record book with 1,153 kills. Freshman Nina Baltimore led all players with 20 digs, and Kristin Murray added 10 digs to go along with nine kills.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Junior Katelyn Healy is hitting a team-high .325 over the past four matches, and also leads the Beavers with 56 kills (3.50 kpg). Healy averaged 1.08 kpg as a sophomore and has raised the number to 2.31 kpg as a junior.

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 7th place in the OSU record book with 1,153. She needs just 17 kills to move into sole possession of 6th place. Lawrence leads the squad with 293 kills (3.86 kpg) and has reached double figures in 16 of Oregon State's 20 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 248 so far this year, her career total stands at 877.

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 74-93. 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 76 games... Leads the team with 270 total digs and a 3.55 digs per game average... Ranks 9th in the Pac-10 with 3.55 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 16 matches, including 11 of the last 13... Led the team in digs in nine matches, including a career-high 24 at Washington State... Averaging 4.17 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has 11 service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 53 games... Hitting .216 with 107 kills (2.02 kpg)... Has 42 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... Finished with nine kills and six blocks against top-ranked Washington... Has a total of three double-figure kills matches this year... Had a career-high seven blocks against ORU.

Amanda Eggert: Has played in 61 games... Ranks third on the squad with a .267 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in five matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State and 13 kills against UCLA... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .294 ranks fifth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 68 games... Has 157 kills (2.31 kpg) and 108 digs (1.59 dpg)... Ranks second on the team with a .268 hitting percentage... Has six double-figure kill performances... Tallied a then career-high 16 kills against UCLA... Followed that performance with a career-best 20 kills against top-ranked Washington and recorded her first double-double with 10 digs... Recorded 13 kills in the Civil War at Oregon... Also had 13 kills at No. 23 San Diego... Hit .450 with a team-high 11 kills against USC... Has had 10 or more digs three times, with a season-high 11 against Saint Louis... Has 33 blocks, 14 aces and 14 assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 293 kills (3.86 kpg - Ranks 8th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in 7th place in the OSU record book with 1,153 kills... Needs just 17 kills to move into 6th place all-time at Oregon State... Hit double figures in kills in 16 of 20 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 12 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 248 digs (3.26 dpg - Ranks 10th in the Pac-10)... Recorded 20-plus digs in back-to-back matches, with 23 against UCLA and a season-high 24 against top-ranked Washington... Has 15 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 13 matches and dig leader in eight (led the team in both categories three times)... Hit a career best .567 with 17 kills against Auburn... Ranks second on the team with 21 aces (0.28 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .199... Has 24 blocks and 12 assists... One of only two Beavers to play in all 76 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 49 games... Has 92 assists (1.88 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 77 assists (2.14 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 67 digs (1.37 dpg) on the season... Has four 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 40 games... Hitting .152 with 50 kills (1.25 kpg) and 51 digs (1.27 dpg)... Recorded a career-high 12 kills and added nine digs against UCLA... Followed that performance with seven kills and a career-high 16 digs against top-ranked Washington... Totaled nine kills and 10 digs against Washington State... Had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs against Saint Mary's... Hit .290 and added two blocks in that match.

Karah Rhoades: Has played in 63 games... Fourth on the team with 141 kills and 2.24 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 136 digs (2.16 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 74 games... Has 864 assists... 11.68 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 193 digs (2.61 dpg)... Had a career-high 20 digs at Oregon in the Pac-10 opener and matched that with 20 against top-ranked Washington... Has tallied 10 or more digs in nine 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... Had six kills and hit .455 against UCLA... Has 60 kills, 31 blocks and 14 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 28 games... Has 23 kills (0.82 kpg) and 33 digs (1.18 dpg)... Hitting .188... 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 75 of 76 games... Leads the Beavers with 75 blocks (1.00 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .318, which ranks 9th in the Pac-10... Ranks second on the team with 203 kills and 2.71 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 nine matches this year... Leads the team with 24 service aces (0.32 sapg - 9th in the Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 45 digs (0.60 dpg).