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Former Oregon State volleyball star Arica Nassar will rejoin the program as a graduate assistant, coach Mark Barnard announced Monday.

“I’m really excited to be back in Corvallis,” Nassar said in a statement. “My role will be different this time around but I am ready for this new adventure and I can’t wait to be back in Gill Coliseum with Beaver Nation behind us."

Nassar returns to Corvallis after working as a volunteer assistant at UCLA in 2017.

“We are happy to welcome Arica back to Oregon State,” Barnard said in a statement. “As a former standout middle blocker with our 2014 Sweet 16 team, Arica brings with her a wealth of experience in regards to what it takes to be successful at this level.

“Her energy and enthusiasm for life and volleyball is something that will add a great deal to this program. She is one of those people you just want to be around and I am pleased to know that she will be around us for the coming two years.”

One of just two players in OSU history with 1,000 career kills (1,033) and 500 blocks (540), Nassar ranks third all-time in blocks, 13th in points (1,380) and 15th in kills. She led the Beavers in blocks per set all four seasons.

She played in every match during her four years with the Beavers and helped lead her squad to the best season in program history as a senior in 2014. Oregon State posted 21 wins, the third-most in program history, including the Beavers’ first two NCAA postseason victories and a trip to the Regional semifinals.

She earned a degree in chemistry in 2015 and was a three-time Pac-12 Academic honorable mention selection.

Nassar played professionally in Finland (WomanVolley, 2015-16) and Sweden (Engelholm, 2016-17), helping Engelholm to League and Gran Prix Championships.

Men's rowing

WEST WINDOR, N.J. — Former Oregon State rowers Baxter Call and Jesse Maritz helped their Under 23 men’s quadruple sculls to a first-place finish at the 2018 World Championships Trials over the weekend.

Call, a 2018 Pac-12 all-conference team member, and Maritz, the 2015 Pac-12 newcomer of the year, completed their collegiate careers for the Beavers last month.

The duo, along with Alexandr Lilichenko and Jacob Plihal, racing out of the Northwest Rowing Center, clocked in at 6 minutes, 11.20 seconds to defeat a crew from Craftsbury Sculling Center (6:24.39) to qualify to the 2018 World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan, Poland, set for July 25-29.

It will be the first international races for both of the former Beavers.


LOS ANGELES — Former Oregon State cornerback and NFL player Brandon Browner has been arrested after police say he broke into the Southern California house of an ex-girlfriend who has a restraining order against him.

Police say Browner broke into the house, threatened to kill the woman and stole a Rolex watch valued at about $20,000.

The 33-year-old was arrested Sunday in La Verne, which is about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

Browner is from nearby Pomona and played football for the Beavers before signing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. He later played for the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.

Browner was previously arrested for domestic violence.


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