Oct. 10, 2012
Complete Oregon State Notes
Oregon State returns home this weekend to take on No. 2 Washington Friday night at 7 p.m. PT and Washington State Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday night's match is the Beavers' annual Spike Out Cancer event where fans can purchase pink shirts for $13 to help support the fight against cancer.
Friday's match will not be televised but Sunday's will air on the Pac-12 Networks in the state of Oregon. Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Kelli Tennant (color) will be on the call.
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.
Fans who want to follow all the happenings of the Oregon State volleyball team should follow the squad on its official Twitter page at twitter.com/beavsvolleyball. The team is active on Facebook at facebook.com/oregonstatevolleyball and for videos on all Oregon State sports, visit the official YouTube page at youtube.com/osubeaversathletics.
THE LAST MEETING
October 21, 2011
THE LAST MEETING
October 22, 2011
The Beavers hold a 22-53 all-time record against the Huskies, including a 12-25 record in matches played in Corvallis. OSU, meanwhile, is 37-44 against Washington State, with a 17-17 record at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers have won three of their last four matchups with the Cougars, including a five-set win at Gill Coliseum in 2011. OSU swept Washington State in 2010.
Last Time Out
Oregon State headed to the Bay Area and battled, but was swept in consecutive matches to California and then-No. 7 Stanford. The Cardinal moved up to No. 4 nationally after downing the Beavers and Oregon.
The Beavers enter the week with a strong RPI of 27, one of six Pac-12 Conference schools ranked in the top 30. OSU will have a chance at some serious RPI points this weekend as Washington is No. 6. Washington State, however, is No. 124 in the RPI. The NCAA will be releasing a new RPI every week throughout the rest of the season.
Post More Kills, Get A Win
The Beavers have posted more kills than their opponents in just seven matches this season, but they've made it count when they do. Oregon State is 6-1 when finishing with a higher number of kills. That record drops to 6-5 when the teams are equal or OSU's opponent leads that category.
There's That First Set Again
Whomever said it was best to start out fast wasn't joking. The Beavers are 9-0 this season when winning the first set of matches. By comparison, the Beavers haven't been shut out when opponents take set one, but it's obviously to their advantage. Oregon State is 3-6 in 2012 when losing the first set.
That Was A Good Year
The Beavers come into Friday night's match 2-0 in home league matches, and are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since the 2001 season, when downing Washington, Washington State and Oregon to open the team's home league slate. What was extra significant about that season? It was the last year the Beavers advanced to the postseason.
That's It At Home?
Oregon State's matches with Washington and Washington State this weekend are the only ones at Gill Coliseum in the month of October. OSU heads on the road the next two weekends before returning with four consecutive matches at Gill to open November.
Last Vs. No. 2
Washington becomes the second team this season the Beavers will square off against that is ranked No. 2. The Beavers downed current No. 1 Penn State in September when the Nittany Lions were ranked second.
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 87-137. 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.
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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