WSU Volleyball Hits The Oregon Trail

Nov. 6, 2000

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Washington State Volleyball This Week
Friday, Nov. 10 at Oregon, McArthur Court, Eugene 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11 at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis 7 p.m.

COUGARS LOOK TO REPEAT WINS OVER OREGON, OSU:
The Washington Statevolleyball team, coming off wins over California and #17 Stanford lastweek at Bohler Gym, embarks on its final road trip of the 2000 regularseason with matches at Oregon and Oregon State...the Cougars moved aheadof the Beavers and into sixth place last weekend as OSU dropped twomatches in Arizona...Oregon State finishes with matches at Stanford andCal while WSU winds up at home against USC and UCLA...Cougar Coach CindyFredrick predicts WSU has to win two of the final four Pac-10 conteststo make a run for an NCAA Championship Tournament at-large invitation.

LATOYA HARRIS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
WSU sophomore OH LaToyaHarris was selected the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for heroutstanding play in the Cougars' wins over Cal and #17 Stanford...inseven games, the 5-7 Harris posted 29 kills (4.14 kpg), 3 service aces,20 digs (2.86 dpg) and 9 blocks (1.29 bpg)...she hit .303 in the twowins...this is Harris' first conference PoW honor, and the 17th overallfor WSU.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:

OREGON (9-14 overall, 1-13 Pac-10) - The Ducks sole Pac-10 win was a 3-0sweep of Oregon State at Corvallis Oct. 20...Oregon is coming off afour-match losing streak after meeting the top four teams in theconference...junior OH Monique Tobbagi leads Oregon with 3.73 kills pergame (8th, Pac-10)...sophomore Sydney Chute is second in the Pac-10 inservice aces (0.43 apg)...UO leads the Pac-10 team stats in aces pergame (1.65) but are last in all other categories...first year coach CarlFerriera (career 157-70, 7 years)...Oregon-WSU overall series is tied(27-27) after WSU's 15-7, 15-5, 15-10 win in Pullman 10/14...WSU leadsin Pac-10 meetings 22-7...WSU's win streak over the Ducks is at 19...WSUis 10-4 in Eugene...UO last beat WSU at home in 1990 (3-2).

OREGON STATE (15-11 overall, 5-9 Pac-10) - Just like the Cougs, OSU isfighting for an NCAA bid...the Beavers are just a game behind WSU in thePac-10 standings and comes off the toughest part of their season -facing the top four of the Pac-10...junior OH Gina Schmidt leads OSUwith 4.49 kills per game (4th, Pac-10) and 3.26 digs per game (5th,Pac-10)...sophomore Michelle Solomon brings 1.06 blocks per game (10th,Pac-10) and Jocelyn Hannaford adds 0.34 aces per games (6th,Pac-10)...senior setter Brandi Bonnarens has a 13.22 assists per gameavg. (4th, Pac-10)...coached by Nancy Somera (23-29 record, secondseason)...last year WSU defeated OSU in Pullman 3-0 but lost atCorvallis 0-3...Cougs won 8-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-11 in Pullman 10/13...WSUleads the overall series 34-24 (24-5 in Pac-10 matches), and 11-3 inCorvallis.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF:
Head coach Cindy Fredrick has compiled a 224-150(.599) record in her 12 years on the Palouse...her overall collegiaterecord is 310-210 (.596) in 16 years...Fredrick has a 103-109 (.486)record in Pac-10 conference matches, fourth-best among leaguecoaches...she is joined by assistant coaches, her husband, Dr. MashallahFarokhmanesh (12th year) and former Cougar standout, Jennifer StinsonGreeny (first year).

NATIONAL POLLS:
WSU received votes (Others) in the Volleyball MagazineTop 20 Poll (Nov. 6)...Arizona (3), UCLA (9), USC (10), Stanford (18),and Arizona State (Others) are also in the lastest magazine poll...WSUis not listed in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 6) butArizona (3), USC (6), UCLA (7), Stanford (20), and Arizona State (othersreceiving 30 points or more) are on the current poll.

REGIONAL POLL AND NCAA SELECTIONS:
The NCAA Div. I women's VolleyballPacific Region Rankings as of Oct. 31 were: 1. Arizona, 2. USC, 3.Pepperdine, 4. UCLA, 5. Santa Clara, 6. Stanford, 7t. Loyola Marymountand Arizona State, 9. Oregon State, 10. Washington State...the PacificRegion is comprised of schools from the Big Sky, Pacific-10 and WestCoast Conferences and are used by the NCAA selection committee whenconsidering schools for at-large berths to the NCAA ChampionshipTournament...the next and last ranking will be Nov. 15...the NCAAselection committee will issue invitations to the 2000 VolleyballChampionships (Richmond, Virginia, Dec. 15, 17) on Sunday, November 26.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE STANDINGS:
Washington State moved up to 22nd on thenational attendance standings with an average of 1,046 fans in 11 homematches (11,462 total attendance)...Hawai'i leads with a 6,858 average(15 matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school (1,770 fans, 9thnationally) followed by Arizona (1,510, 13th).

NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
In the latest NCAA national teamstatistical rankings (through matches of Oct. 29), Washington State was8th in assists with 15.88 apg (1. Santa Clara 18.35), and 11th in killswith 17.52 kills per game (1. Santa Clara 19.79).

LAST WEEK:
Washington State used a big front row defense to out-blockCalifornia 17 to 2 and defeated the Golden Bears 15-9, 15-9, 15-3, Nov.2, at Bohler Gym. Holly Harris led the Cougs with 11 kills, hitting.429, with 8 digs and 9 blocks. LaToya Harris also chipped in 11 kills,hitting .350, with 7 digs and 5 blocks. Converted outside hitterMelissa Boyle, showed her grasp of the middle blocker position with 8blocks and 7 kills. WSU setter Kali Surplus had 35 assists and 5blocks. Zanda Bautre contributed 3 aces and 8 kills. Washington Statehit .337 and kept Cal at .120 for the match. Cal was led by the 11kills of Gabrielle Abernathy and the 10 kills and 10 digs of AliciaPerry. For only the second time in school history and 31 attempts,Washington State defeated four-time national champion and eight-timePacific-10 Conference champions Stanford Nov. 3, for WSU's fifthconsecutive home match conference win (15-7, 14-16, 16-14, 15-8). Theonly other time WSU defeated Stanford was a 3-1 match in Pullman whenSarah Silvernail led the Cougars to the 1996 upset win. Chelsie Schaferled WSU's balanced attack with 24 kills and 17 digs. LaToya Harrisadded 18 kills, 13 digs and three service aces while Holly Harris andZanda Bautre tallied 13 kills each. Melissa Boyle added six blockswhile Kali Surplus had 63 assists. Stanford was led by the match-high26 kills and 16 digs of Olympian Logan Tom. Jennifer Detmer was theonly other Cardinal in double-digit kills with 12 but led the wasdefensively with 11 blocks. Stanford, ranked sixth nationally inblocks, out-stopped the Cougs at the net 21 to 9. But Washington State,ranked 11th nationally in kills per game, out-hit Stanford .206 to .150.

EARLY SIGNINGS NOV. 8:
Volleyball will have the chance or 'early'signings of recruits this year...the early period for National Lettersof Intent for volleyball is Nov. 8-15, 2000...the late period will beFeb. 7 - Aug. 1, 2001...Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick is expecting toannounce one signee sometime during the early period.

COUGS ON RADIO AND INTERNET:
Alex Webster returns for his fifth seasonas the Cougar volleyball play-by-play announcer on KRPL-AM Radio (1400),broadcasting from Moscow, Idaho...Cougar volleyball away matches areaired with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes prior to firstserve.

A NEW INTERNET SITE FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL:
www.broadcast.com Here's the clicking order(Left side menu) Sports, College, By College, Washington State, now goto the Right side pull down menu Click W. Volleyball. Times on web arelisted as Central time but radio coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. PacificTime.

FROM A (Adrian Hankoff) TO Z (Zanda Bautre) HERE COME THE COUGS:
Brittney Diaz (5-11, Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) will redshirt thisseason...Diaz, the Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, had ACLsurgery last November and will utilize the Fall to complete herrecovery.

#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Jr., OH, Boise, Idaho) transferred in January2000 from Utah Valley State...practiced only with team in spring...movedfrom OH sub to starter at MB for California (8 kills, hit .273, 3blocks)...in OSU/UO series had 25 kills (.451) and 10 blocks...tallied16 kills, 9 blocks at ASU...started last eight matches.

#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Jr., RS/S, Gresham, Ore.) transferred from SaltLake CC...NJCAA All-American setter...selected to Cougar Challenge andFresno State Invitational All-Tournament teams...unflappablesetter...12.95 assists per game average is fifth in Pac-10rankings...total assists of 1,062 is 7th among WSU all-time CareerLeaders...needs only 175 more assists to move into tie with MelissaWright for sixth...career-high 7 blocks at California.

#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-6, So., OH/DS, Orinda, Calif.) second year as backrow starter...averages 2.48 digs per game which is third onteam...played front row at Cal (3 kills) and at Arizona (2 kills).

#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, Fr., OH, Riga, Latvia) Fredrick calls her WSU'sInternational Secret Weapon...moved into starting spot end ofSeptember...best efforts include vs. Washington (21 kills, .419, 10digs), vs. Oregon State (18 kills, .485, 17 digs), at Stanford (14 kills18 digs), and at ASU (20 kills, 10 digs)...second on team in hittingpercentage at .258.

#8 Trina Kightlinger (6-1, Sr., MH, Yorba Linda, Calif.) transferredfrom Loyola Marymount as a junior...leads team and seventh in Pac-10with 1.12 blocks per game average...tallied 10 blocks and 17 killsversus ASU.

#9 Camila Schmitz Rower (6-0, Jr., OH, Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil)transferred from Arizona Western College...married to Cougar basketballcenter 7-1, 301-pound Paulo Rower...played in seven matches.

#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, So., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) shares leftside with Bautre after starting first 14 matches...tallied career-high20 kills at Idaho...this season 2.48 kpg is fifth on team.

#12 Holly Harris (6-2, So., MB, Sandy, Utah) two-year starter atMB...named to Cougar Challenge and Fresno State Invite All-Tournamentteams...narrowly missed a triple double with 13 kills, 14 digs and 9blocks against 17th ranked Kansas State...versus Arizona State had 17kills, 13 blocks and 6 digs...1.09 blocks per game is second on team and8th in Pac-10...her .281 hitting percentage leads Cougs.

#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, So., RS/S, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) spentspring drills and competition at setter...sets when WSU runs a 6-2offense...second on team as server with 20 aces, 0.30 apg., (9th,Pac-10)...second on team with 2.84 digs per game...hammered career-high27 kills and hit .512 (13 digs, five blocks) in win over OregonState...slammed home 24 kills (.265) and 17 digs in Stanford win.

#14 Kerry Lewis (5-8, Jr., DS, West Linn, Ore.) contributes to back rowdefense and serving...started five matches...WSU's only two-yearletterwinner...seen action in 16 of WSU 's 21 matches...had career-high12 digs in Oregon State win...averages 1.68 digs per game.

#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, So., OH, Portland, Ore.) talented left-handerwith vertical jump of over 30'...earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention andfirst team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last year...named MVP of CougarChallenge and to Fresno State Invite all-tournament team...named Pac-10Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 for her spectacular play in winsover Cal and #17 Stanford (29 kills, .303, 20 digs, 9 blocks, 3aces)...leads team with 4.05 kills per game (5th, Pac-10), 3.09 digs pergame (7th, Pac-10), and 0.35 serving (5th, Pac-10)...had double-figurekills in 19 of 23 matches and double-figure digs in 11 of those 19matches (double-doubles)...career highs of 24 kills, 26 digs atStanford...hit .704 with 21 kills in win at Washington...also tagged 24kills, 23 digs, 5 blocks at ASU.

#22 Nohea Tano (5-10, Fr., MH, Honolulu, Hawai'i) key member of nationalchampionship Kamehameha Secondary team...seen action in seven Cougarmatches...contributed 2 blocks versus Arizona State.

NOTEABLE:
Among the Pac-10 Conference overall matches (per gameaverages), Washington State is second in digs (16.85), third in assists(15.88) and kills (17.61), fifth in blocks (2.73), and sixth in serviceaces (1.33) and hitting percentage (.233)...Oregon ranks above WSU inonly service aces where the Ducks are first in the conference(1.65)...Oregon State has better stats also in service aces (1.35).

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