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Volleyball Opens 2013 Season In Michigan

Aug 27, 2013

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Oregon State At Golden Grizzlies Invitational
vs. Villanova | Aug. 30 | 1:30 p.m.
vs. Central Michigan | Aug. 31 | 7:00 a.m.
at Oakland | Aug. 31 | 4:00 p.m.
Rochester, Mich.
Athletics Center O’rena

The 2013 Show Starts
The Oregon State volleyball team opens its 2013 campaign Friday when the Beavers travel to Rochester, Mich., for a two-day tournament hosted by Oakland. OSU plays Villanova Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT, followed by Central Michigan Saturday at 7 a.m. and Oakland later that day at 4 p.m.

TV
None of the three matches will be broadcast on television.

Live Stats
Live stats will be available for all three of Oregon State’s matches. Visit osubeavers.com and click on the volleyball schedule for  each link.

Social Media
Oregon State volleyball has a presence on social media and fans have a number of avenues to follow the team. The team’s Twitter account is Twitter.com/BeavsVolleyball while its Facebook can be found at Facebook.com/OregonStateVolleyball. OSU recently added a Instagram account, too, and it can be found by visiting (and following) at Instagram.com/OregonStateVolleyball. All three accounts will be active during the team’s trip to Rochester.

Against The Field
Oregon State has very little history against its three opponents, and in fact will be meeting Central Michigan for the first time. The Beavers are 1-0 all-time against Villanova, winning in three sets on Sept. 1, 1995. Oregon State is also 1-0 against Oakland, defeating the Grizzlies in three sets last season while in Manhattan, Kan.

Away From Home
Oregon State sported an 11-11 mark in matches played away from Gill Coliseum last season, including an 8-1 record in neutral-site matches.

That’s Early
Oregon State’s matchup with Central Michigan will be an early one as it’s set for a 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. in Michigan) start. It’s one of four that will start before the noon hour (in the playing location) for the Beavers this season, with two others, Oct. 20 vs. Colorado and Nov. 10 at USC, on the Pac-12 Networks with 11 a.m. starts. The other is a 10 a.m. start against UC Davis in Portland on Sept. 14.

Watch Out For ...
Becky Defoe, who is within striking distance of the school’s record for most digs in a career. The team’s lone senior in 2013, she is coming off a school-record 591 last season and needs 104 to surpass Rachel Hochgesang’s 1,621 from 1993-96. Defoe, who is at 1,518, would become the ninth player in Pac-12 Conference history to hit the 2,000-dig plateau. She needs 482 to get there.

How They Shape Up - Returners
Oregon State returns nine student-athletes who played for the team in 2012 and 10 overall who have competed at the NCAA Division I level as that also includes Kelsey Zimmerman, who sat out the 2012 season. The Beavers return two starters in Arica Nassar and Haley Clarke in addition to libero Becky Defoe.

How They Shape Up - Newcomers
Oregon State welcomers four newcomers to the team in 2013, including four freshmen and a junior college transfer named Amy Sorensen. Setter Carlotta Oggioni hails from Italy, while defensive-minded players Rachel Buehner (Bend, Ore.) and Sydney Francis (Carlsbad, Calif.) join the team with Sorensen, a Sandy, Utah native.

Also Within Striking Distance
Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych is within striking distance of the school record for victories. His eighth of the season will put him in first, surpassing Jeff Mozzochi’s 96 wins.

What’s In A Number ...
Freshman Carlotta Oggioni has come a long way and will be wearing a number, 17, that has not been terribly popular in Oregon State’s history. So she can make it her own. The No. 17 was last worn by Taylor Studzinski from 2003-06. Before that? It was worn by Mindy Zgorelski in 1989, Trisha Howarth in 1988 and Anita Wyatt (1983-84).

And The Most Popular Is
Darby Reeder is continuing a tradition at Oregon State by wearing the No. 9. She is the 13th player in school history to wear the digit, most recently following Lexi Wilhelm in 2011. It has been worn consistely since 1993, with only 2001 and 2010 failing to have any OSU player don it.

In The Polls
OSU is due to play Michigan and Michigan State in the second week of the season. The Wolverines are ranked seventh followed by the No. 14 Spartans. Five Pac-12 schools are also in the top 25 to start the season.

2012 In Review
Oregon State finished the 2012 season with a 14-18 record, and said goodbye to five seniors after the completion of the season. The Beavers finished with a 10-2 mark in non-conference play, including an upset of then-No. 2 Penn State in Chicago. However, a gauntlet called the Pac-12 Conference, known as the best in the nation, forced the Beavers into a 4-16 record and 10th-place tie in the Pac-12. Seven teams from the Pac-12 advanced to the postseason - and six sat in the top 25 all year - with six claiming at least one win against their NCAA foes.

Liskevych And The Staff
Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych is in his ninth season piloting the program, and is joined by associate head coach Mark Barnard, who is also in his ninth year. Emily Hiza returns for her third season as an assistant coach, while the team adds Jordan Corder as a volunteer assistant coach. Mik Berzins also joins the program as a graduate manager in 2013.