Oregon State Plays Finale At Home Oregon State returns home for matches against California, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Stanford, Saturday at 7 p.m. These conclude the team’s home schedule for the season as the Beavers end their 2013 campaign on the road for four straight. Saturday night will be Senior Night.
TV Neither match this week is scheduled to be be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, the only such week this season where no matches as slated for television. Fans, however, can still watch the matches online by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking “Live Stream” on the volleyball schedule page.
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 is 0-1 against both the Golden Bears and Cardinal. The Beavers 18-46 all-time against California, including a 9-21 mark at Gill Coliseum. OSU is 0-57 all-time against Stanford, with an 0-28 record at home.
Fill Gill Thursday Thursday night’s match against California has been slated as the teams’ “Fill Gill” night. Fans can purchase tickets for the general admission sections for just $1.
Defoe Headlines Senior Night Oregon State will hold its annual Senior Night on Saturday before the match against Stanford. Becky Defoe headlines the match as she is the lone senior student-athlete on the roster this season. The Beavers, however will also recognize manager/assistant director of operations Natalie Morgan (Soquel, Calif.) as well as manager Erik Bateham (Philomath, Ore.) and student athletic trainer Carissa Shuff (Walnut Creek, Calif.).
Concluding The Home Slate The matches against Cal and Stanford mark the last of the season for the Beavers at Gill Coliseum and OSU will do it against the same types of opponents it has all year: ranked teams. California comes into the match ranked 20th in the country while Stanford will be ranked sixth. OSU will have played five of its 10 home matches against top 25 teams. Overall, on the year, the Beavers have competed against eight teams in the top 25, and four in the top 10.
Defoe’s March To 2K Becky Defoe comes into the match versus California with 1,927 digs in her four-year Oregon State career. She needs 73 digs to become the 10th player in Pac-12 history to reach 2,000 for a career. Defoe will need to average nearly 12.2 digs per match over the Beavers’ final six to hit that mark. She has at least that many in 17 of the team’s 25 matches in 2013.
Academic All-District Redshirt junior Tayla Woods was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team last week, and is now eligible to be an All-American, which will be announced in late November. She’s the first Beaver to be named an all-district honoree since 2003 and the first to be a first-teamer since 2001.
Nassar, Defoe Hold The Distinction Arica Nassar and Becky Defoe remain the only two Oregon State players who have seen action in all 92 of the team’s set this season. Laura Schaudt is the only other Beaver close as she’s played in 90.
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.