Volleyball Hosts 12th Annual Les Schwab Tournament

Aug. 27, 2001

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Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, Pullman
All matches played in Bohler Gym

Friday, August 31	                Saturday, September 19 a.m.	Bradley vs. Pacific	        10 a.m.	Boise State vs. Bradley11 a.m.	Gonzaga vs. Boise State	        Noon	WSU vs. Gonzaga2 p.m.	WSU vs. Bradley	                2 p.m.	Pacific vs. Boise State4 p.m.	Pacific vs. Gonzaga	        4 p.m.	Gonzaga vs. Bradley7 p.m.	WSU vs. Boise State	        7 p.m.	WSU vs. Pacific

COUGS OPEN 2001 SEASON WITH HOME TOURNAMENT: The Washington State volleyball team begins its 2001 season this weekend when it hosts the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament...this is the 12th year for the Labor Day tourney...competing in the two-day, ten-match tournament are Boise State, Bradley, Gonzaga and #12 University of the Pacific...WSU won the 2000 championship with a 3-2 win over #17 Kansas State...Cougar LaToya Harris was named tournament MVP while Holly Harris and Kali Surplus made the all-tournament team.

NEW RULES IN PLACE: This year NCAA matches will use the rally scoring format for all games...every serve results in a point with no sideouts...games 1-4 go to 30 points, fifth game to 15...also, let serves are now legal.

TOURNAMENT TICKETS: Single day tickets for the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge are available at 8 a.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday, at Bohler Gym and are priced: $14 for family (one adult and three kids, or two adults and two kids), $10 reserved, $7 for adults, $3 for youth, students or senior citizens...WSU students can use their 2001-02 Sports Passes for admission.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: During the last eight seasons (1991-1997, 2000) WSU used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars have a 168-69 record (.709), averaged 21 wins per season, and made eight post season appearances.

ABOUT THE COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT TEAMS:

BOISE STATE BRONCOS - Last year's record was 9-19 overall, 3-13 and seventh in the Big West Eastern Division...first season in Western Athletic Conference where Broncos are predicted to finish tied for fourth with UTEP...the 2001 squad does not have a senior on the roster...6-1 sophomore MB Jacqueline Heler (2.63 kpg/0.93 bpg) is a preseason All-WAC pick...Chera Sommer, junior setter, averages 10.22 assists per game...coach Fred Strum (18-39, 2 years)...WSU leads the series 7-3.

BRADLEY BRAVES - Located in Peoria, Illinois...last year finished 15-12 overall, 8-10 (6th) in the Missouri Valley Conference...picked to finish fifth in the MVC this season...senior setter Samantha Hardwick (7.0 assists per game, 3.78 kpg, 0.65 bpg) is a preseason All-MVC selection...senior MB Laura Benzing (3.99 kpg) is the Braves' leading hitter...coach Scott Luster (44-37, 3 years at Bradley, 492-288, 21 years overall)...first meeting between WSU and Bradley.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS - Last year the Spokane Zags finished 5-26 overall, 1-13 for eighth in the West Coast Conference...predicted to finish 8th in the WCC this year...6-2 sophomore MB/OH Abby Cullen is the top returning hitter at 2.13 kpg...coach Eva Windlin-Jansen (33-96, 5 years)...assistant coach Lucie Vratnickova is a former Cougar player (1997-98)...WSU leads the series 23-8.

PACIFIC TIGERS (1-1) - Located in Stockton, Calif...pre-season ranked 12th after last year finish of 28-4, 15-1 (1st) in Big West Eastern Division...nationally ranked 8th in final 2000 poll...lost to Nebraska 3-1 in the title match of 2001 State Farm Classic last weekend after defeating Wisconsin 3-1 in first match...junior S/OH Megan Hauschild (11.88 assists per game) and sophomore MB Jennifer Joines (5.0 kpg, 1.25 bpg) were named to all-tourney team...coach Jayne McHugh, former assistant to John Dunning at UOP, is in her first season as head coach...Pacific leads the series 2-0.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick begins her 13th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 228-152 (.600) while her overall collegiate record is 314-212 (.597)...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (13th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (second year).

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: Southern California received a total of six first place votes and 87 points to edge Stanford (four first place votes, 84 points) in the annual preseason poll...USC shared the Pac-10 title last year with Arizona with identical league records of 16-2, and the Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 12 previous polls...Pac-10 volleyball coaches submitted their ballots prior to Stanford naming John Dunning (formerly at Pacific) Don Shaw's replacement and prior to Washington selecting Jim McLaughlin (formerly at Kansas State) as Bill Neville's replacement...coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and points are tallied as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 with first place votes listed in parentheses below.

2001 Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll1.  USC (6)	        872.  Stanford (4)	843.  Arizona	        724.  UCLA	        695.  Washington State	556.  Arizona State	527.  California	        418.  Oregon State	329.  Oregon	        2810. Washington	        20

NATIONAL POLLS: WSU is listed 29th on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll...the Pac-10 Conference has four members in the top 10...WSU did not receive mention in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Preseason Poll.

USA TODAY/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, August 13, 2001Rank/School(1st-Place Votes)   Tot. Pts	Record	Final Poll1	Nebraska (63)	1623	34-0	12	USC (2)	        1472	29-3	43	Penn State	1374	30-6	64	Wisconsin 	1320	33-5	25	Hawai'i 	1261	31-2	36	Arizona	        1178	28-5	57	UCLA	        1098	25-8	78	Long Beach St	1091	24-8	149	Florida 	1084	29-5	1210	Stanford	1017	19-12	1911	BYU	        989	26-7	1312	Pacific	        950	28-4	813	UC Santa Barbara882	26-8	914	Colorado State	866	32-5	1015	Minnesota	724	30-4	1116	Ohio State	638	26-7	1517	Pepperdine	606	24-7	1818	Texas A&M	481	20-9	2319	Kansas State	354	22-9	1620	Notre Dame	278	26-7	2121	Utah	        254	23-8	2022	Santa Clara	232	27-5	1723	South Carolina	172	22-7	NR24	Loyola Marymount155	20-9	2525	Georgia Tech	123	25-8	NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Louisville (112), Missouri (109), Colorado (108), Washington State (102), Michigan State (88), North Carolina (62), Northern Iowa (58), Utah State (33), Michigan (26), Texas Tech (20), University of San Diego (18), South Florida (17), Tennessee (16), Arizona State (15), Baylor (14), Duke (13), Arkansas (12), Florida State (11), Western Michigan (9), Fairfield (8), Cal Poly (8), Northern Arizona (5), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4), San Jose State (3).

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS? Six returning starters, nine returning letterwinners, and four freshmen provide the foundation for the 2001 Washington State volleyball team.

#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Sr., MH, Boise, Idaho) seventh in Pac-10 standings with 1.11 blocks per game in conference matches...supplied 2.20 kpg...moved from OH to MH in mid-season...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.

#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Sr., RS/S, Gresham, Ore.) Team Co-captain...proved to be unflappable setter as a junior...13.05 assists per game average is fourth in Pac-10 rankings but 14.12 apg is second in Pac-10 only stats...total assists of 1,357 is fifth among WSU all-time career leaders...hit .583 at Oregon with 7 kills and no errors in 12 attacks...nailed three service aces at Oregon State...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...during spring 2001 practice, went to block a ball and hyper-extended her right elbow, popping an existing bone chip into the wrong place...needed surgery to repair but successfully rehabbed through summer.

#4 Kristin Purscelley (6-3, Fr., OH, Springfield, Ore.) using 2001 as a redshirt season.

#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7 Jr., DS, Orinda, Calif.) Two year back row starter...averaged 2.40 digs per game in 2000...averaged 2.40 digs per game...led team in serving with 27 aces.

#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team...moved into starting spot by the end of September, but finished season sharing position with Adrian Hankoff...third on team in hitting percentage at .248...had seven double-doubles in Pac-10 contests (kills, digs).

#8 Brittney Diaz (5-11, RS-Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) used 2000 as redshirt season to rehabilitate from ACL surgery in November 1999.

#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, Jr., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) shared left side with Zanda Bautre after starting first 14 matches...a spark plug off the bench...2.44 kpg is fifth on team...powerful jump serve.

#11 Alison Billingsley (DS, Fr., 5-3, Walla Walla, Wash.) invited walk-on.

#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Jr., MH, Sandy, Utah) her 1.06 blocks per game was tops on team and 8th in Pac-10...hitting percentage of .266 leads Cougs and 2.74 kills per game is third on team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...played on collegiate all-star team in Italy for second consecutive summer...very active member of the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Jr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) two-year starter...second on team as server with 28 aces, 0.31 apg., (9th, Pac-10)...second on team with 3.35 kills per game and 2.97 digs per game (9th, Pac-10)...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...stepped in to set all spring...played from October through April with a broken finger.

#14 Kerry Lewis (5-8, Sr., DS, West Linn, Ore.) WSU's only three-year letterwinner...was awarded a full scholarship summer 2001 after three seasons as walk-on...came off the bench last season to provide on-the-mark serving...started five matches...saw action in 18 of WSU 's 29 matches.

#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, Fr., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) highly decorated prep and USVA player.

#17 Kathleen Monda (5-11, Fr., OH, Woodinville, Wash.) invited walk-on.

#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Jr., OH, Portland, Ore.) Team Co-captain...All-Pac-10 First team selection in 2000...also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 for her spectacular play in wins over Cal and #17 Stanford (29 kills, .303, 20 digs, 9 blocks, 3 aces)...lead team with 4.16 kills per game (5th, Pac-10), 3.07 digs per game (7th, Pac-10), and 0.43 serving (2nd, Pac-10)...had double-figure kills in 25 of 29 matches...13 double-doubles (kills/digs) this season...had seven matches with 20 or more kills...missed breaking into WSU single-season all-time kills list by six kills...had surgery on her right knee during the winter of 2001...limited jumping during spring practice but now fully recovered.

TELEVISION: WSU will have four matches televised this season, all on a tape-delayed basis...check with your local FOX Sports Net channel for dates and times.

Thursday, Sept. 20	Stanford at Washington StateThursday, Oct. 4	USC at Washington StateFriday, Oct. 26	        Oregon at Washington StateFriday, Nov. 16	        Washington State at Washington

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL QUICKSETS DINNER: Join Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and other Pac-10 coaches as they give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, except Sept. 1, when it will be held in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse...the cost is $10 per person an includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, and the following Fridays - Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9.

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