at Eastern Michigan | Sept. 4 | 4:00 p.m. Ypislanti, Mich. | Convocation Center at Michigan | Sept. 6 | 4:00 p.m. Ann Arbor, Mich. | Cliff Keen Arena at Michigan State | Sept. 7 | 4:00 p.m. East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House All Times Pacific
Here Comes Week Two Oregon State continues its two-week visit to Michigan with three more matches. OSU visits Eastern Michigan Wednesday, No. 7 Michigan Friday and No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday. All three matches are slated to begin at 4 p.m. PT.
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 For the second consecutive week, the Beavers will play three teams they are unfamiliar with. Oregon State has never faced off with Eastern Michigan and Michigan State and will play Michigan for the fourth time. The teams last met in 2010 in Corvallis, with the Wolverines winning in four sets. The Beavers won in three sets against the sixth-ranked Wolverines in Ann Arbor in 2009.
3-0 Oregon State swept through the Golden Grizzlies Invitational last weekend and is 3-0 for the first time since the 2008 season when the Beavers started the year 5-0.
Against Top 25 The Beavers will be squaring off with two ranked teams this week in No. 7 Michigan and No. 20 Michigan State. Oregon State has defeated at least one top 10 team in six of Taras Liskevych’s eight seasons as head coach. OSU last took down then-No. 2 Penn State in five sets last season.
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 now needs 68 to surpass Rachel Hochgesang’s 1,621 from 1993-96. Defoe recorded 36 digs during the Beavers sweep of the Golden Grizzlies Invitational.
So What If She’s New Freshman Lila Toner officially joined the club less than week before the Beavers left for Michigan. That didn’t stop her from making an impact. The Turkish native recorded 32 kills over the three matches, including 21 in the sweep of Oakland on Saturday.
Pretty Dominant Oregon State was all around dominant over the three matches, leading in kills, service aces, digs and blocks in all three matches.
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.
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.