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Volleyball Continues Pac-12 Play In Arizona

Oct 2, 2013

vs. Arizona State | Oct. 4 | 6:00 p.m.
Pac-12 Networks
Tempe, Ariz. |  Wells Fargo Arena
vs. Arizona | Oct. 6 | 11:00 a.m.
Pac-12 Networks
Tucson, Ariz. | McKale Center
All Times Pacific

On The Road Again
Oregon State returns to the road this weekend when it heads to the desert. The Beavers visit No. 15 Arizona State on Friday at 6 p.m. PT and then head to Tucson for an 11 a.m. match Sunday against Arizona.

TV
Both matches can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. Those with Pac-12 Networks accounts can also find the matches live via their satellite or cable provider’s online service or the Pac-12 Now app.

Live Stats
Live stats will be available for both 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.

Against The Field
The Beavers have a long history against Arizona State and Arizona as both schools joined the then-Pacific-10 Conference prior to the 1978 academic year. OSU is meeting ASU for the 56th time, with the Sun Devils leading 39-16. OSU is 7-20 in matches played in Tempe. Meanwhile, the Beavers’ visit to Tucson is the team’s 56th as well and the Wildcats lead the all-time series, 42-13. The Beavers are 3-24 at Arizona and are looking for their first win at the McKale Center since defeating the Wildcats in five sets during the 1993 season.

Nearly A Five-Set Win
Oregon State nearly came away with a five set victory over Washington State Friday, and had it done so, it would have been the Beavers’ first victory against a Pac-12 foe when losing the first two sets since 2003. OSU dropped the first two at Washington State that year before winning the next three. OSU last won after losing the first two against any opponent in 2011 versus Wyoming.

Defoe’s March To 2K
Becky Defoe is continuing on her march to 2,000 career digs. The senior already holds the school record and currently has 1,753 digs, which is the second most amongst active players in the Pac-12. Assuming a minimum of three sets per match through the regular season, Defoe would need to average 4.69 digs per set to reach that milestone. She’s averaging nearly five digs per set in 2013.

Then There’s Arica Nassar
Arica Nassar totaled three solo blocks in the loss to WSU, giving her 11 on the year and 72 during her career. That places her one shy of 10th all-time at Oregon State, and her 315 total blocks are 11th most in program history.

On TV
The Beavers are in the midst of a five-match stretch where OSU can be found on the Pac-12 Networks. It is the longest such streak of the year, and this weekend’s matches is one of four weekends in 2013 where both contests can be seen on TV..

Toner’s Mark In First Year
Lila Toner has made her mark in her first season in Corvallis. She’s the lone OSU player with a 20-kill match, producing two, and leads the Beavers with 3.29 kills per set.

Start It Quick
The key for the Beavers is to start quick. Oregon State is 8-0 this season when winning the first set but 1-4 when an opponent manages to go up 1-0 in a match.

Get The Win In Five
Oregon State is 3-1 this season when a match goes to five sets. The Beavers were 3-2 last season when a match went to its full length.

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.

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.