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Volleyball Opens Homestand With USC Friday

Oct 9, 2013

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Oregon State returns home this weekend for a two-week homestand. The Beavers host USC Friday night at 6 p.m. PT, then welcome UCLA Saturday night at 7 p.m.

TV
Friday night’s match will see the Beavers square off with USC 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. Saturday’s match will not be televised but a free live stream can be found by visiting osubeavers.com.

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
Oregon State will be meeting USC for the 54th time in school history, and the Beavers are 8-45 against the Trojans, including a 5-22 record at Gill Coliseum. OSU’s last win against USC was in five sets at home in 2008. OSU, meanwhile, is 3-50 all-time against UCLA, and the Beavers will carry a 1-25 mark at home against the Bruins into the matchup. The lone home victory came during the 2001 season, a four-set win.

Halfway Point
Friday’s match is the halfway point of the Beavers’ 31-match regular season.

Battle Of The Weary Travelers
Oregon State’s matchup with UCLA Saturday night pits two teams that have hit the road often this season. Both clubs have only played two home matches coming into this weekend, and both are 0-2 in their friendly confines. UCLA is 9-3 away from home while the Beavers are 9-4.

Total Dig Effort
Becky Defoe had 13 digs in the loss to Arizona, leading the team for the 13th consecutive match and in 14 of 15 contests this season. But, it was a total team effort defensively, as 12 of the 13 players who competed recorded at least one dig. The lone player to not was Arica Nassar, who tallied one of the Beavers’ two solo blocks on the day.

TIme On The Floor
Only three Oregon State players have seen action in all 56 of the team’s sets this season: Arica Nassar, Laura Schaudt and Becky Defoe. Nassar and Tayla Woods are the only two OSU players to have started all 15 matches.

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.

Starting Strong
Oregon State’s loss on Sunday was the team’s first this season when winning the first set. Oregon State is 8-1 this season when going up 1-0 in a match.

Kills, Digs Big
Oregon State is 9-0 this season when finishing with more kills than its opponent and 9-2 when posting more digs. When that doesn’t happen, the Beavers are 0-6 and 0-4, respectively.

Against No. 1 USC
USC comes into Friday’s match with a No. 1 national ranking. Since 2002, when top 25 records are available for OSU’s opponents, the Beavers have taken on USC when the Trojans were No. 1 three times - last in 2003. Since ‘02, the Trojans have never been ranked worse than No. 18. The Beavers’ last win over the Trojans, coming in 2008, saw USC ranked fourth nationally. That same year, the Beavers later lost to the then-No. 12 Trojans in five sets.

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.