vs. Colorado | Nov. 22 | 4:00 p.m.
Boulder, Colo. | Coors Event Center
vs. Utah | Nov. 24 | 11:00 a.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah | Huntsman Center
All Times Pacific
Beavers Head To The Mountains
Oregon State heads to the mountains this weekend when visiting Colorado and Utah for a couple matches. The Beavers visit the Buffaloes at 4 p.m. PT (5 p.m. in Colorado) on Friday. They then head to Salt Lake City for an 11 a.m. (12 p.m. in Utah) matchup with the Utes.
Friday afternoon’s match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Sunday’s match, however, will not air on TV but fans can watch it for free online by visiting the schedules link on the OSU volleyball page on osubeavers.com. Fans can also watch Friday’s online via Pac-12.com or the Pac-12 Now app if they subscribe to Pac-12 Networks.
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
Oregon State is 0-1 this season against both teams they’ll be playing this weekend. The Beavers are 3-2 lifetime against the Buffaloes and 8-5 all-time against Utah. Oregon State is 1-1 all-time at Colorado, winning in 2011 and losing in 2012. The Beavers, meanwhile, are 5-1 at Utah, losing there in 2012. OSU had never met Colorado prior to the Buffaloes joining the now Pac-12, while the Beavers were 5-3 against Utah dating back to the first matchup in 1978.
Going For 2k
The team’s lone senior student-athlete, Becky Defoe, has 1,967 digs for her career and is aiming to become just the 10th player in Pac-12 Conference history with 2,000 or more for a career. Should she reach that milestone, she’ll be the second player in the Pac-12 to do so this season, joining USC’s Natalie Hagglund. The Pac-12 has never had two players hit the milestone in the same season.
Defoe, Pt. 2
Becky Defoe has 449 digs this season, which ranks sixth in a season at Oregon State. She needs 36 more digs to hit 485, which would place her third in program history. Should that happen, she would own the top three seasons in school history with 591 in 2012 and 555 in 2011.
Toner Moving Up
Lila Toner is at 248 kills for the season, which is one shy of eighth-most by an Oregon State freshman. The Turkish native is averaging 10 kills per match played this season. Should she record that over her last four, she would sit at 288 for the year, placing her fifth on the freshman list.
Redshirt junior Tayla Woods was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team in early November, and is now eligible to be an All-American, which will be announced later this month. She’s the first Beaver to be named an all-district honoree since 2003 and the first to be a first-teamer since 2001.
Woods On The Court
Tayla Woods has nine double doubles this season, which ranks her tied for 12th in the Pac-12. The redshirt junior has two in each of the last two matches, against Cal and Stanford, and has 87 assists and 21 digs over that stretch.
On The Road
Oregon State finishes up its season away from Gill Coliseum, playing its last four matches on the road. The Beavers last played their last four on the road in the 2003 season when visiting California and Stanford and then taking on Pittsburgh and Pacific at the Bankers Classic in Stockton, Calif.
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.