Arica Nassar, Kelsey Zimmerman

Volleyball Concludes Season Against UW, UO

Photo By: Stoddard Reynolds   11-25-2013

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vs. Washington | Nov. 27 | 6:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash. | Alaska Airlines Arena

vs. Oregon | Nov. 29 | 8:00 p.m.
Pac-12 Networks
Eugene, Ore. | Matt Knight Arena
All Times Pacific

OSU Concludes 2013 Campaign
Oregon State visits Washington and Oregon to wrap up the team’s 2013 season. The Beavers take on the Huskies at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in Seattle to start the week. They then visit Oregon in the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores. That match takes place Friday at 8 p.m. and will air on the Pac-12 Networks.

Friday night’s match will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Wednesday’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 Fans can also watch Friday’s online via or the Pac-12 Now app if they subscribe to Pac-12 Networks.

Live Stats
Live stats will be available for both of Oregon State’s matches. Visit 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 while its Facebook can be found at OSU recently added a Instagram account, too, and it can be found by visiting (and following) at

Against The Field
Oregon State is 0-1 against Oregon this season and 42-57 all-time against the Ducks, including a 13-31 mark in matches played in Eugene. The Beavers, meanwhile, are 22-55 all-time against the Huskies and will be meeting UW for the first time this season. OSU is 8-24 all-time in Seattle.

Defoe Hits Her Mark
Becky Defoe needed 27 digs to hit 2,000 for her career when the Beavers played Utah on Sunday. She got exactly 27 and became the 10th player in Pac-12 Conference history to reach the plateau. Defoe, currently 10th on the records list, needs 10 to surpass UCLA’s Lainey Gera (2008-11) for ninth on the records list.

She Can Also Hit 500
Becky Defoe also needs 18 digs to reach 500 this season, which would make her the first player in school history with three 500-dig seasons. She is, in fact, the only player with a 500-dig season and with three more, would surpass Rachel Hochgesang for third in a single-season.

Toner Moving Up
Lila Toner is at 264 kills for the season, which is eighth-most in a season by an OSU freshman. She needs six to surpass Arica Nassar for seventh, and could reach fifth if she gets 16 more kills this season.

Woods Academically
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.

Where Will Nassar Land?
In the Oregon State blocks records book, that is. She enters the final week of play with 371 overall, which is ninth in school history. It’s unlikely she’ll move past No. 8 Michele Solomon, who has 397, but it sets Nassar up well to get into the top five next season. Her 83 solo blocks are good for 10th, just four shy of No. 9 Tami Good.

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.