vs. UCLA | Nov. 8 | 6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif. | Wooden Center
vs. USC | Nov. 10 | 11:00 a.m.
Los Angeles, Calif. | Galen Center
All Times Pacific
Beavers Travel To So Cal
Oregon State visits Southern California this weekend for a pair of matches. The Beavers visit UCLA Friday for a 6 p.m. PT match at the Wooden Center then compete Sunday at USC in a match slated to start at 11 a.m. at the Galen Center.
Sunday’s match against USC 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 have live audio through UCLA, available on uclabruins.com.
Live stats will be available for both of Oregon State’s matches. Visit osubeavers.com and click on the volleyball schedule for each link.
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 are 0-1 against both UCLA and USC this season. Oregon State carries a 3-51 record against UCLA into the weekend, and an 8-46 mark against USC. The Beavers’ last win at UCLA came during the 2007 season. OSU’s last victory at USC was in 1996, which helped the Beavers to a season sweep of USC.
Oregon State’s TV schedule for the rest of the season sees the Beavers on the tube in one of its two matches each weekend except for Nov. 14-16 where there is no TV slated.
Battling The Road
Oregon State is 4-6 in true road matches this season. The Beavers average 12. 9 kills per set, while opponents are at 12.8. Conversely, the Beavers are averaging 11.7 kills per set in home matches, but opponents are at 13.7.
Defoe On Course
Becky Defoe has 1,901 digs for her career, and needs 99 for 2,000, which would make her just the 10th player in Pac-12 Conference history to reach that mark. She needs to average 12.4 per match through the rest of the regular season. She had 34 over the two matches against ASU and Arizona. She’s averaging 4.62 per set in true road matches this year, so this weekend would be a good start for her on her march to 2k.
Woods Continues Consistency
Tayla Woods has 798 assists on the year, which is the seventh-best mark by an OSU junior. She now has 1,590 assists for her career, which ranks her ninth in Oregon State history. Woods needs 176 to surpass Kristy Wing and move into eighth.
Kelsey Zimmerman has finished with 14, 17 and eight kills, respectively, over her last three matches, leading the Beavers in two of the three. She’s averaging 3.25 kills per set over the three matches, which is nearly 1 1/2 better than her season average.
Blocks, And More Blocks
Oregon State’s blocking has come to the forefront in recent matches, as OSU is averaging 9.5 over its last five matches. That’s two more per match than the team’s average leading up to the last five matches. The Beavers have six matches this season with 10 or more blocks - three have come over the last five.
Spreading The Wealth
OSU has six players with at least 100 kills this season. That surpasses last season’s total, as five different players recorded at least 100.
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.