Beavers Finish Season At Oregon State Showcase

Nov. 23, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - THIS WEEK: Oregon State (10-16, 4-13 Pacific-10) hosts its final home matches against Oregon (9-18, 1-16 Pac-10) on Friday and either Portland or Portland State on Saturday. The Beavers and Ducks battle at 5 p.m., while Saturday's match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

A LOOK AT OREGON: The Ducks enter this week with a 9-18 overall record, while 1-16 in the Pac-10. Oregon has lost 14 straight matches, with their only Pac-10 win being over Washington State on Oct. 2 earlier this season. Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Mason has had five consecutive matches with double digit kill totals with a total of 65 kills during that time. Junior Kelly Russell leads the Ducks with 321 season kills, and senior Katie O'Neil has 332 digs. Oregon is hitting .170 as a team.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 37-44 all-time against Oregon. The last time these two teams met, the Beavers pulled a 3-1 win over the Ducks with game scores of 31-29, 30-25, 26-30, 30-21 on Sept. 24. Allison Lawrence led the attack with 17 kills and 14 digs, while Abby Windell chipped in 14 kills. The Beavers had a hitting percentage of .307 to the Ducks' .284.

A LOOK AT PORTLAND: The Pilots are 11-16 overall, while 2-12 in their conference. Junior Sara Vercruyssen leads the team with 344 season kills, while sophomore Murphy McClenahan has 438 digs. The team is hitting a .197 percentage this season with senior Michelle Oakland posting the best percentage of .290 on the team.

SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State is 36-6 all-time in the series against Portland. The Pilots haven't beaten the Beavers since 1989 when the UP won 3-2 in Portland. Last season, the Beavers beat Portland, 3-0. Junior Karah Rhoades led the Beavers in their attack with 16 kills and added 10 digs.

LOOKING AT PORTLAND STATE: The Vikings are 14-15 overall and 5-9 in the Big Sky Conference. Sophomore Jessica Brodie leads the team in kills with 433 this season, leads the team in defensive digs with 415 and also leads the team in service aces with 45. PSU is hitting .198 as a team.

SERIES RECORDS: Portland State leads the overall series 32-7, however Oregon State has won in their last three meetings. The Vikings have not defeated the Beavers since 1990.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: Abby Windell finished the night with 11 kills and a .435 hitting percentage, but UCLA still swept the match last Friday. Senior Allison Lawrence finished the night with her 15th double-double this season, with 13 kills and 13 digs. UCLA's Katie Carter finished with 16 kills and a .615 hitting percentage.

LOOKING BACK AT USC: Allison Lawrence led the Beavers with 14 kills in the team's 3-0 loss last weekend to No. 6 USC. Abby Windell added eight kills, while Katelyn Healy and Desma Stovall both added seven. Nina Baltimore chipped in defensively with 13 digs. USC's Bibiana Candelas had the team high of 10 kills.

UNFORTUNATE NUMBERS GAME: With just two matches remaining on its schedule, Oregon State has been mathematically eliminated from contention for a 2004 postseason berth. The Beavers enter the week with a 10-14 overall record. In order to gain postseason consideration, a team must finish with a record above .500.

SETTING STAR: Junior setter Desma Stovall has surpassed the 1,000-assist mark for the season, heading into the weekend with 1,115. The six-footer from Santa Rosa, Calif. has 1,344 career assists - the sixth highest in Oregon State history. She moved into sixth place last weekend against UCLA.

CHECKING THE CAREER CHARTS: Senior Allison Lawrence registered her 1,000th career kill against University of Oregon on Sept. 24, and currently ranks in 5th place in the OSU record book with 1,211. She is one of just five players in school history to record 1,200 kills. Lawrence leads the squad with 378 kills (3.94 kpg) and has reached double figures in 20 of Oregon State's 26 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 318 so far this year, her career total stands at 947.

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 75-96. 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.

PLAYER NOTESNina Baltimore: Has seen action in 95 of 96 games... Leads the team with 364 total digs and a 3.83 digs per game average... Ranks 7th in the Pac-10 with 3.83 digs per game... Has had 10 or more digs in 22 matches, including 17 of the last 19... Led the team in digs in 15 matches, including a career-high 28 at Arizona State... Has totaled 20 or more digs on five occasions... Averaging 4.42 digs per game in Pac-10 matches... Has 11 service aces.

Brittany Cahoon: Has played in 71 games... Hitting .194 with 131 kills (1.85 kpg)... Has 50 blocks (0.70 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 88 games... Has 210 kills (2.39 kpg) and 147 digs (1.67 dpg)... Ranks third on the team with a .251 hitting percentage... Has seven double-figure kill performances... Totaled a career-best 24 kills, while hitting .478 against California... Had 20 kills against top-ranked Washington and recorded her first double-double with 10 digs... Tallied 16 kills against UCLA... 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 41 blocks, 18 aces and 22 assists.

Allison Lawrence: Only player to see action in all 96 games... Named to the all-tournament teams at all three tournaments the Beavers have played in... Leads OSU with 378 kills (3.94 kpg - Ranks 4th in the Pac-10)... Picked up her 1,000th career kill against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Ranks in 5th place in the OSU record book with 1,211 kills... One of just five players in school history with 1,200 kills... Hit double figures in kills in 21 of 26 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 16 double-doubles... Ranks second on the team with 318 digs (3.31 dpg)... 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 19 double-figure dig performances... Team kill leader in 18 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 (0.24 sapg), with a season-high five against Nevada... Hitting .204... Has 26 blocks and 20 assists.

Kristy Mortensen: Has played in 54 games... Has 93 assists (1.72 apg), with a career-high 26 at California... Also had 15 assists at Stanford... Has 78 assists (1.95 apg) during Pac-10 matches... Totaled a career-high 12 digs against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener... Has 72 digs (1.90 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 60 games... Hitting .113 with 86 kills (1.43 kpg) and 86 digs (1.43 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 74 games... Fifth on the team with 156 kills and 2.11 kpg... Fourth on the team with 148 digs (2.00 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 30 blocks, 18 assists and 11 aces.

Desma Stovall: Has played in 88 games... Has 1,115 assists... 11.86 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 228 digs (2.59 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 11 matches, including two straight... 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... Recorded seven kills, 10 digs and 51 assists against California... Has 92 kills, 37 blocks and 16 aces.

Taylor Studzinski: Has played in 36 games... Has 27 kills (0.63 kpg) and 52 digs (1.21 dpg)... Hitting .141... Hit .353 with a career-high eight kills in two games against Oral Roberts... Career-high eight digs against Arizona State... Tallied a career-best two service aces against Stanford.

Abby Windell: Has played in 95 of 96 games... Leads the Beavers with 85 blocks (0.89 bpg) and had a career-high nine against Oral Roberts... Hitting a team-high .309... Ranks second on the team with 258 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 11 matches this year... Leads the team with 26 service aces (0.27 sapg)... Totaled a career-high five aces in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon... Has 61 digs (0.64 dpg).