Volleyball to Face Portland before Hosting Active Ankle Challenge in Week Two
Aug. 31, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State opens week two by facing the University of Portland Pilots (1-2) in a mid-week contest on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., before returning home to host the Active Ankle Challenge. The Beavers will match up with the Seattle Redhawks (1-2) first on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., before finishing off the day against the Wisconsin Badgers (1-2) at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Monday against the Cal State Fullerton Titans (3-0) at 12:00 p.m.
GOING TO THE FOOTBALL GAME? — Fans that go to the Portland State football game on Saturday can receive $2 admission each day of the Active Ankle Challenge. Bring your ticket stub from the game and show it at the ticket booth to receive the discounted admission Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this weekend’s tournament can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Gametracker will be available for all six matches and can be found by clicking on the ‘Gametracker’ link located on the volleyball schedule page.
active ankle challenge — The tournament officially kicks off on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., when Seattle and Wisconsin square off. Other non-Oregon State matches take place on Sunday. Wisconsin and Cal State Fullerton will meet at 10:00 a.m., and Cal State Fullerton and Seattle will compete at 5:00 p.m.
Twitter and blogs — Follow the Oregon State volleyball program this season on Twitter. “Beavsvolleyball” provides updates throughout matches and the week. And follow the team on road trips through daily blogs on osubeavers.com, where different players will give their insight on the team and what goes on when they travel.
match FOUR: PORTLAND (1-2) — Wednesday, Sept. 2 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 39-6 all-time against Portland State, winning the last 24. The two teams last met at the Portland State Volleyball Showcase last season, resulting in a sweep by the Beavers.
Portland is coming off of a 1-2 season start at the Nike Cougar Invitational, hosted by Washington State. The Pilots swept Montana State in their season opener but then fell to UC Davis and Washington State in six straight sets. Junior outside hitter Jessica Clemens led all offense with 32 kills (3.56 kps) and a team-high 28 digs, while older sister senior Maria Clemens tallied 26 kills (2.89 kps), hitting .278. Splitting time at libero, juniors Jessica Baty and Danielle Dupar dug a combined 43 balls, while senior middle blocker Shelley Sievers had a team-high six blocks. Portland, who went 8-24 in 2008, is led by Joe Houck in his second season.
match FIVE: SEATTLE (1-2) — Sunday, Sept. 6 (12:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-0 all-time against Seattle, taking last season’s meeting in Seattle in three.
Seattle finished opening weekend 1-2, falling to San Diego State and No. 4 Washington in three sets each before earning its first win over San Jose State in four at the Seattle U/UW Invitational. Sophomore outside hitter Cristin Richards led the way for the Redhawks with 31 kills (3.10 kps) adding 20 digs (2.00 dps). Junior libero Emily Deleissegues racked up 38 digs (3.80 dps) with a pair of service aces, while at the net sophomore Jordan Keller earned 12 blocks. Shannon Ellis is in her sixth season leading the Seattle program, posting a 70-72 overall record.
match SIX: wisconsin (1-2) — Sunday, Sept. 6 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-2 all-time against Wisconsin. The Beavers earned their lone win last season at the Marquette Cheese Bowl, defeating the then 13th-ranked Badgers in five.
Despite receiving votes in the preseason top 25 poll, Wisconsin went 1-2, hosting the Inntower Invitational. The Badgers got off to a rough start, falling to Duke in five but rebounded with a sweep of South Dakota. But in the tournament finale, Wisconsin came up short in four to Ohio. Junior outside hitter Allison Wack racked up 42 kills (3.50 kps), followed closely by freshman outside hitter Kirby Toon with 38 (3.17 kps). Junior libero Kim Kuzma led the team in the backcourt with 52 digs (4.33 dps), while freshman Kelsey Maloney paced the defense at the net with eight blocks in nine sets played. Head coach Pete Waite is in his 11th season, compiling a 246-84 record at Wisconsin.
match SEVEN: cal state fullerton (3-0) — Monday, Sept. 7 (12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-0 all-time against Cal State Fullerton. The two teams last met at the OSU Sizzler Showcase, resulting in a three-game win.
Cal State Fullerton got off to a perfect start to the 2009 season, going 3-0 with a four-set win over Lamar, sweep of Appalachian State and five-set thriller over Idaho at the Crowne Plaza Titan Classic. Junior middle blocker Erin Saddler accounted for over one-third of the Titans’ offense with 65 kills (5.42 kps) with 38 digs (3.17 dps) and a team-high tying three aces. Junior libero Cami Croteau posted 53 digs (4.42 dps), while freshman Kayla Neto and senior Alex Wolnisty both posted nine blocks each. Carolyn Zimmerman is in her eighth season at the helm, compiling a 93-119 overall record.
REWIND TO LAST WEEK — Outside hitters senior Rachel Rourke and junior Jill Sawatzky were named to the 2009 Asics/Coors Classic All-Tournament Team after combining for 89 of the team’s 155 total kills, helping the team to a second place finish.
The Beavers went 2-1, defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs in four in their season opener before sweeping No. 24 Colorado State on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, Oregon State took set two but fell in four to Pepperdine.
ODDS & ENDS — Senior Rachel Rourke is the first ‘everyday champion’ of the 2009-10 school year. Rourke, a sociology major and the volleyball program’s first ever All-American, will be on the KJOE 1240 AM Joe Beaver Show with hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren. And she will be featured on the first episode of Beavers All Access for the school year, while also being interviewed by KPAM 860 AM out of Portland.
The Beavers are a perfect 5-0 in their season openers under head coach Taras Liskevych. The team has won its season opener in seven of the last eight years.
In home openers, Oregon State has won its last two, defeating Wyoming last season and Washington State in 2007.
national attention — The Oregon State volleyball team received 12 votes in the August 31 AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, good for 37th. The Beavers reached as high as 24th in the 2008 season after not being ranked in the top 25 since 1996.
start the countdown — Senior Rachel Rourke is on track to breaking the school record in kills, attacks and possibly total points. She currently boasts 1,436 career kills - third on the list - and is just 118 from second all time, 327 from the school record. As a freshman she racked up 387 kills, 505 as a sophomore and 497 as a junior.
ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Oregon State finished the 2008 season 36th in the country for attendance, averaging 1,037 per match. The Beavers were fifth in the conference behind Stanford, Washington, USC and Oregon. The Civil War in Corvallis ranked the 86th highest single-match attendance of the season.
GET YOUR TICKETS — Season tickets are on sale now for the 2009 Oregon State volleyball season. The adult price is $63 and the youth/senior price is $40 for all 12 home matches, including all of the tough Pac-10 matches. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com.
can’t make it to a match? — Oregon State will be televised once this season on the road. The Civil War in Eugene will air live nationally on FSN on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:00 p.m., via tape delay.
All home matches will be webcast for free through Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.
BRING OUT THE WELCOME WAGON — The Beavers welcome six freshmen to the 2009 roster, including athletic legacies Dianni Freeman and Megan McBride. Freeman’s father, Shawn, played basketball at Oregon State in 1987-88, while McBride’s father, Kevin, played football for the Beavers for a pair of seasons. Adding to the mix is Camille Saxton, whose parents Don and Mylène both played on the Canadian National Team. Rounding out the freshmen are Alyssa O’Neil, Ashley Eneliko and Tami Brown, who is from Eugene and was highly recruited for basketball, being named a McDonalds All-American nominee as a senior in high school.
OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS — Oregon State will face eight opponents this season ranked in the AVCA Coaches Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll with its first test coming in the ASICS Classic against No. 24 Colorado State. The Pac-10 boasts six teams, Stanford, USC, California, UCLA, Washington and Oregon, in the top 25 with all six in the top 14. Other top teams the Beavers will face this season are Pepperdine, Wisconsin, Cal Poly and Arizona, who fell just outside the top 25 with substantial votes.
PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL — The Beavers were voted to finish ninth in the Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll with 31 total points ahead of Washington State. Washington was voted to finish first receiving nine first place votes and 90 total points.
LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST season — The 2008 season started with high hopes as the Beavers got off to their best start since 1996. Oregon State easily cruised through its first five matches, sweeping the first four. After a pair of tough losses to No. 17 Colorado State and Pepperdine in the ASICS Classic, the team recovered with a six-match winning streak, defeating tough opponent, No. 13 Wisconsin, on the road. The stretch earned the program individual and team accolades beginning with junior Rachel Rourke becoming 11th honoree in school history to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for her three 20-plus kill matches in the Marquette Cheese Bowl. Additionally, the Beavers received votes in the top 25 for the first time during the season.
The season continued to progress in successful fashion with a huge upset over No. 4 USC in Oregon State’s conference home opener, leading to the program’s first top 25 ranking since 1996. Oregon State climbed to as high as No. 24 during the season. The Beavers nearly stunned No. 5 UCLA the following evening, falling to the Bruins in a five-set heartbreaker. The rise of the program’s talent boosted home attendance, setting a new school record against No. 8 Oregon in the second Civil War match of the season with 3,547 spilling into legendary Gill Coliseum.
But the Beavers didn’t stop as they picked up a win on the road over Washington State before hosting Arizona for Spike Out Cancer Night on October 24. The team shut down the Wildcat attack to tally the sweep. However, despite strong showings at No. 12 USC and Arizona State and at home against Washington State, Oregon State was unable to muster another win, falling just three matches shy of its goal of its first NCAA berth since 2001.
That didn’t stop Rourke from accumulating a handful of firsts for the program. The 6-foot-5 outside hitter from Queensland, Australia first earned the program’s inaugural All-Pacific Region selection, being named to the honorable mention squad. She then went on to earn 2008 Under Armour/Volleyball Magazine All-America Honorable Mention accolades. She added these two honors to her All-Pac-10 First Team recognition, the first for Oregon State since 2000.
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY GILL COLISEUM — Legendary Gill Coliseum is the home to Oregon State’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena seats 10,400 for competitions on Ralph Miller Court. The building which opened in the winter of 1949-50 has seen several refurbishment projects in recent years and is on the docket for a major renovation. Gill has seen over 3,000 victories, 150+ All-Americans and more than 25 individual and team titles. The Oregon State Athletic Department is celebrating the 60th anniversary of legendary Gill Coliseum.
what’s next for the beavers — Oregon State heads to Las Vegas to face UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and UNLV on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the UNLV Invitational.
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