Volleyball to Host Annual Orange and Black Scrimmage

Aug. 20, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball program is set to host the annual Orange and Black Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 12:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.


The event is free to the public, and fans will be able to get autographs from their favorite Oregon State players following the competition.


The 2009 season sees the Taras Liskevych Eras first recruiting class entering their senior season with eyes to leave their mark on Oregon State volleyball history. Four seniors and one junior starter return to competitive action this fall with a talented freshman class nipping at their heels. Looking to build on a season highlighted by a top 25 ranking and first ever All-America nod in 2008, Oregon State will have the most experience and depth on their roster in recent history.


There will be no surprises to where the Beavers will look for leadership in 2009. Seniors Rachel Rourke, Lexie Rathgeber, Camilla Ah-Hoy and Bree Knitter have been the foundation on which Liskevych has built the program. Rathgeber and Ah-Hoy will don the captain hats, joining Rourke, Knitter and fellow senior Brittney Belshe as roles models in the gym that will shape the 2009 season as well as the future of the program. The junior class provides another piece of experience in Jill Sawatzky, Kiersten Sambrailo and Kaitlan Locke. Betsy Devich fills the role of the sole sophomore. The highly regarded freshmen class tops out at six with Tami Brown, Ashley Eneliko, Dianni Freeman, Megan McBride, Alyssa ONeil and Camille Saxton. Each newcomer has tools that will make the battle for playing time heated.


This is really a special year for our program. It is the handing of the guard from our first recruiting class, who for the most part has been starting since they were freshman, to our incoming freshman class, an extremely talented group some of whom will really put pressure on the upperclassmen, Liskevych said. We have again improved from every season, but I feel 2009 will be the best yet. Our depth will give us the chance to get over the hump of a long Pac-10 season.


Season tickets are still available for the upcoming season. Catch all 12 home matches, beginning Sunday, Sept. 6 against Seattle in the Active Ankle Challenge. Purchase your tickets today by visiting www.osubeavers.com or calling 1-800-GOBEAVS.


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