Volleyball Hosts No. 14 Cal and No. 11 Stanford

Nov. 8, 2004


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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (10-12, 4-9 Pacific-10) plays host to No. 14 ranked California (12-9, 7-5) on Thursday, November 11, before facing No. 11 Stanford (17-6; 9-3) on Friday, November 12. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

A LOOK AT No. 13 CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears enter the week with a 12-9 overall record and 7-5 mark in the Pac-10. Prior to losing back-to-back matches against USC and UCLA last week, Cal had won five of its last six. Angie Pressey leads the team with 3.92 kills per game (251 total), to go along with 2.86 digs per game (183 total). Gabrielle Abernathy and Camille Leffall add 3.54 and 3.07 kills per game, respectively. As a team, the Bears are hitting .224 and their 16.43 kills per game rank third in the Pac-10.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has a 16-30 all-time record in the series against California. The Beavers have won five of the last nine meetings between the squads, but Cal recorded a 30-20, 30-27, 30-24, victory when the teams met in Berkeley on Oct. 16. The Bears have won three in a row, after sweeping the season series in 2003.

A LOOK AT No. 11 STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the week with a 17-6 overall record and 9-3 mark in the Pac-10. Stanford is coming off a sweep of No. 4 ranked USC on Friday and has won seven of its last nine matches. SU is just 5-4 on the season in games played on the road. Senior Pac-10 Player of the Week Ogonna Nnamani leads the Cardinal and conference with 5.69 kills per game (506 total). Nnamani ranks in second place all-time in the Pac-10 record book with 2,133 career kills. Kristin Richards adds 3.82 kills per game (340 total) and leads the team with 3.58 digs per game (319 total).

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State has never beaten Stanford in 39 previous meetings. The streak marks the longest span that the Beavers have gone without a victory against a single opponent. The Beavers took game one from the Cardinal (30-24) when the teams met earlier this season (Oct. 15) in Palo Alto.

LOOKING BACK AT ASU: Oregon State recorded its second straight victory when the Beavers knocked off Arizona State, 30-27, 30-27, 28-30, 30-26, on Thursday night in Tempe. Senior Allison Lawrence led all players with 22 kills and amassed 21 digs for her 13th double-double of the year. Amanda Eggert matched her season-best with 13 kills, while Abby Windell added 13 kills and a .355 hitting percentage. Kristin Murray tallied her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs. Desma Stovall had a career-high eight kills to go along with 63 assists, while freshman libero Nina Baltimore recorded a career-best 28 digs. As a team, OSU finished the match with a .250 attack percentage.

LOOKING BACK AT UA: Oregon State struggled from the start and failed to recover as No. 22 ranked Arizona recorded the 3-0 sweep on Friday. Allison Lawrence's eight kills led the OSU attack, while Abby Windell added seven kills and a .350 attack percentage. Nina Baltimore chipped in 14 digs. Arizona held a .393 attack percentage for the match, while the Beavers hit just .107. The Wildcat victory was the 17th straight for Arizona against Oregon State.

JUST DIG IT: Freshman libero Nina Baltimore leads the Beavers with 312 digs (3.76 dpg) on the year. Baltimore has reached double figures in digs in five straight matches, including three 20-plus dig performances in the stretch. The Seal Beach, CA, native tallied a career-best 28 digs last week at Arizona State.

THE 'A' TEAM: The Beaver trio of Allison Lawrence, Abby Windell and Amanda Eggert, rank 1-2-3 on the team in kills per game. Combined, the 'A' team averages 8.89 kills per game - more than half of Oregon State's team total (15.43 kpg).

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 6th place in the OSU record book with 1,183. She needs just 17 kills to move into sole possession of 5th place. Lawrence leads the squad with 323 kills (3.89 kpg) and has reached double figures in 17 of Oregon State's 22 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 277 so far this year, her career total stands at 906.

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 75-94. 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 83 games... Leads the team with 312 total digs and a 3.76 digs per game average... Ranks 7th in the Pac-10 with 3.76 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 18 matches, including 13 of the last 15... Led the team in digs in 11 matches, including a career-high 28 at Arizona State... Has totaled 20 or more digs on five occasions, including three of the last five matches... Averaging 4.44 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has 11 service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 58 games... Hitting .214 with 114 kills (1.97 kpg)... Has 42 blocks (0.72 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 64 games... Ranks second on the squad with a .274 hitting percentage... Has hit double figures for kills in six matches... Hit .500 with 10 kills against Auburn and had a season-high 13 kills against Murray State, 13 kills against UCLA, and 13 kills at Arizona State... Was named to the all-tournament team at the San Diego Invitational... Career hitting percentage of .295 ranks fifth in OSU history.

Katelyn Healy: Has played in 75 games... Has 168 kills (2.24 kpg) and 124 digs (1.65 dpg)... Ranks third on the team with a .251 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 four times, with a season-high 13 at Arizona State... Has 35 blocks, 15 aces and 16 assists.

Allison Lawrence: Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 323 kills (3.89 kpg - Ranks 6th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in 6th place in the OSU record book with 1,183 kills... Needs just 17 kills to move into 5th place all-time at Oregon State... Hit double figures in kills in 17 of 22 matches, with 20-plus four times... Had a career-high 28 kills against Saint Louis (10th best in OSU history), 26 against Saint Mary's, 24 at California, and 22 at Arizona State... Has 13 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 277 digs (3.34 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... Also had 21 digs at Arizona State... Has 16 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 15 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 23 aces (0.28 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .200... Has 24 blocks and 13 assists... One of only two Beavers to play in all 83 games.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 52 games... Has 93 assists (1.79 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 78 assists (2.00 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 70 digs (1.35 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 47 games... Hitting .133 with 66 kills (1.40 kpg) and 69 digs (1.47 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... Tallied her second double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs at Arizona 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 66 games... Fifth on the team with 144 kills and 2.18 kpg... Ranks fourth on the team with 138 digs (2.09 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 81 games... Has 956 assists... 11.80 assists per game ranks 6th 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 204 digs (2.52 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... Finished with a career-best .667 attack percentage and six kills at Washington State... Had six kills and hit .455 against UCLA... Totaled a career-high eight kills at Arizona State... Has 69 kills, 34 blocks and 14 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 30 games... Has 23 kills (0.77 kpg) and 33 digs (1.10 dpg)... Hitting .185... 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 82 of 83 games... Leads the Beavers with 78 blocks (0.95 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .322... Ranks second on the team with 223 kills and 2.72 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 10 matches this year... Leads the team with 25 service aces (0.30 sapg - 10th in the Pac-10)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 48 digs (0.59 dpg).