Volleyball Hits the Floor Running

Aug. 10, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team began preseason practice Friday with strength and conditioning testing, two practice sessions and a trip through the weight room circuit.

Head coach Cindy Fredrick begins her 13th season on the Palouse and her 17th year of coaching at the collegiate level. Her record of 228 wins and 152 losses at WSU gives her more wins than any previous Cougar volleyball coach and a winning percentage of .600, tops among all current head coaches at WSU. Fredrick's PAC-10 record of 106-110 is third best among current conference head coaches.

Assistant coaches Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh and Jennifer Greeny return for their 13th and second years, respectively.

The Cougars return six starters and nine letterwinners from a team that finished 19-10 last year, tied for fifth in the PAC-10 at 9-9, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.

All-PAC-10 first team selection LaToya Harris leads the way for the Cougs, with honorable mention selections Kali Surplus and Chelsie Schafer, and All-Freshman first team selection, Zanda Bautre, also returning.

New to the collegiate volleyball rules this year is the rally scoring system where every serve will result in a point for either team and games will be played to 30 points. Previously, only the serving team could score and the non-serving team would receive the serve by winning a sideout.

Practice sessions are scheduled for two times each day through Aug. 25, except for the team's retreat at Camp Larson Aug. 19-20. For specific times and availability, please call the Sports Information Office at 335-2684.

Season ticket-holders are invited to a special, 'Night with the Cougs,' set for Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. For $6 per person, season ticket holders will enjoy meeting Coach Fredrick and the team as they conduct a clinic in Bohler Gym to explain the new playing rules and discuss the coaching strategies for another successful season. A scrimmage will begin around 8 p.m. with pizza and pop served afterward. Season tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased at the WSU Athletic Ticket Office at the Cougar Depot or by calling 1-800-GO COUGS.

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