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Volleyball Heads To The Bay Area

Photo By: Stoddard Reynolds   10-23-2013

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vs. Stanford | Oct. 25 | 7:00 p.m.
Stanford, Calif. |  Maples Pavilion

vs. California | Oct. 27 | 3:00 p.m.
Pac-12 Networks
Berkeley, Calif. |  Haas Pavilion

All Times Pacific

Back To The Road
Oregon State returns to the road for the first time since early October when the Beavers travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for a pair of matches. OSU visits No. 6 Stanford Friday night at 7 p.m. PT and California in Berkeley on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s match will air 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. Friday night’s match will feature a live video stream for free; find it on 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 takes an 0-56 record into Friday night’s match with the Cardinal, and the Beavers are 18-45 against the Golden Bears. Oregon State’s last win against Cal came in Berkeley in 2011, a five-set victory over then-third ranked Bears.

Oregon State held its annual “Spike Out Cancer” match last Friday, and the event attracted 1,253 to Gill Coliseum. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to the Corvallis Clinic and Project H.E.R.

Brown Coming On Strong
Amanda Brown has come on strong for the Beavers over the last three, as she has tallied a team-best 37 kills over that stretch. Brown is averaging 3.08 kills per set, roughly one-fourth of the team’s total. She is hitting a team-leading .278 over the last three matches.

Defoe Back
After finishing with just five digs against then-No. 1 USC, Becky Defoe has followed that up with 16 against UCLA, 15 versus Utah and 17 against Colorado. The senior has a Pac-12 Conference leading 313 digs on the year and is inching closer to becoming the 10th plate in league history with 2,000 or more for a career. She has 1,831, and needs 169, or 14 per match, to reach the milestone.

Against The Top 25
Stanford is ranked sixth and the Cardinal represents OSU’s seventh top 25 opponent this season. The Beavers have at least one win over a top 25 team in five of Taras Liskevych’s eight previous years as Oregon State’s head coach. The Beavers have seven wins over top 10 teams over that stretch, including four in Pac-12 play.

Win First Set Key
Oregon State’s is 8-1 this season when winning the first set, proving that is key to gaining a victory. The Beavers have done so once in Pac-12 play, and that’s where the loss comes from as Arizona came back for a four-set victory in Tucson.

Back To Blocks, Too
Arica Nassar totaled six blocks against Colorado, and has 14 over the team’s last four matches. Her 332 career blocks ranks just shy of 10 in Oregon State history, while her 75 solo blocks is 10th.

Great Freshman Year
Lila Toner has 178 kills entering this weekend, and needs 53 to break into the top 10 for a single season by an OSU freshman. Rachel Rourke holds the all-time freshman record with 387 in 2006.

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.