Oct. 3, 2012
Oregon State Notes
Oregon State goes back on the road this weekend for a pair of matches in California. The Beavers open at California Friday night at 7 p.m. PT and will end the trip Sunday in their 28th all-time visit to Stanford and Maples Pavilion. That match starts at 2 p.m.
Sunday's match will be televised live in Oregon on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Kelli Tennant (color) calling all the action. Friday night's match will not be televised.
Live stats will be available for both matches and can be found by visiting the volleyball page - and schedule - on osubeavers.com. Click on the "GT" logo to access the stats.
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THE LAST MEETING
November 18, 2011
Beavers Outlast No. 3 California for School Record Win
Junior Megan McBride, redshirt freshman Allie Rogers and freshman Arica Nassar combined for 12 of Oregon State's 15 blocks as the Beavers (15-14, 7-12 Pac-12) made history, upsetting No. 3 California (25-5, 15-5 Pac-12) in five (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 14-25, 17-15) on Friday evening in Haas Pavilion.
THE LAST MEETING
November 20, 2011
Oregon State is 18-43 all-time against the Golden Bears and take an 8-22 record against California in Berkeley to the trip to the Bay Area. OSU, meanwhile, is looking for its first ever win against Stanford. The Beavers are 0-54 lifetime against the Cardinal, including an 0-27 mark at Maples Pavilion.
Last Time Out
Oregon State opened its 2012 home schedule and swept Colorado and Utah, both in four sets. The Beavers won the first two sets in each of the two matches before the Buffaloes and Utes claimed set three. Camille Saxton led the Beavers with 35 kills over the two matches, and added nine service aces.
Pretty Good September
Oregon State finished with a 10-2 record in September; it's the team's best month of September since Oregon State won 11 matches in 2000. The Beavers tallied a .233 hitting percentage in the month, limiting opponents to a .181 mark. OSU also had 123 blocks to just 90.5 for opposing clubs. Notably, the Beavers won their second set in the 12 matches a total of nine times.
Speaking Of That Second Set
The second set has been key for the Beavers this season. For one, Oregon State is 7-0 when winning the first two sets (and 9-0 when winning the first set). Overall, Oregon State has won the second set in 11 of its 16 matches this season. The Beavers have then gone on to win the third set 10 times and are 4-2 in three-set matches.
Camille Saxton's eight service aces against Colorado Friday night was the most by an Oregon State more player in more than 20 years and ties for second on the school's all-time list. The eight aces also happen to be the most by a Pac-12 Conference player this season.
Nassar Making Mark, Too
Arica Nassar had 13 kills on 17 attempts (with one error) against Utah Sunday for a .706 hitting percentage, the second-best mark by a Pac-12 player this season. The best? Try Nassar's .786 percentage against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 15.
The NCAA released its first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2012 season on Monday and the Beavers find themselves at No. 20, one of six teams from the Pac-12 Conference in the top 25. OSU's four losses all come against teams in the top 25: UCLA (5), Kansas State (7), Oregon (8) and Miami (23).
Oregon State finds itself ranked 24th nationally with 2.77 blocks per set, led by Arica Nassar, who is 62nd for individual players at 1.24. Becky Defoe is 31st with 5.28 digs per game and Camille Saxton is 48th with 4.59 points per set.
That Is Some Serious Travel
The first 12 matches of the Beavers' 2012 season were spent on the road. Thanks to Google Maps, we know that the Beavers traveled 13,734 miles in the first four weeks of play. Included in those four weeks were trips to Manhattan, Kan., Normal, Ill., Chicago and Fullerton, Calif. Oregon State went 10-2 during the road trip, knocking off then-No. 2 Penn State.
Arica Nassar picked up her second Pac-12 honor on Sept. 17 when being named the league's offensive player of the week. That follows her Aug. 27 honor as defensive player of the week. She joined Becky Defoe (Sept. 10 - Defensive) and Camille Saxton (Sept. 10 - Offensive) as OSU Players of the Week this season, the most for any school.
Liskevych In Eighth Season
Oregon State head coach Taras Liskevych is back for his eighth season as the Beavers' head coach in 2012. In his eight seasons at the helm of the program, the Beavers have gone 87-135. His staff includes associate head coach Mark Barnard, who is also in his eighth year, as well as assistant coach Emily Hiza (second year) and volunteer assistant coach Luke Maloney (second year). Director of operations Cody March is in his sixth year with the program. Former player Natalie Morgan was officially named the assistant director of operations this week.
Oregon State will have 13 of its matches televised this season on the Pac-12 Networks. Seven of the 13 will come in matches played at Gill Coliseum and all will be during the team's league slate on Pac-12 Oregon.
The Pac-12's coaches picked the Beavers to finish ninth in the league in 2012. UCLA was chosen to finish first, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 California, No. 7 Arizona and No. 8 Arizona State. Utah follows at 10 before No. 11 Washington State and No. 12 Colorado.
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