Volleyball Travels to K-State Wildcat Classic

Sept. 4, 2001

COUGS TRAVEL TO KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT: The Washington State volleyball team (3-1) to the road for the Kansas State Wildcat Classic this Friday and Saturday...WSU opens the tourney Friday night, Sept. 7, against the Houston Cougars (2-2)...Saturday morning, Sept. 8, WSU takes on Arkansas (1-2) and plays the host, 22nd-ranked K-State Wildcats Saturday night...all matches will be played at the Ahearn Field House on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

ABOUT THE WILDCAT CLASSIC TOURNAMENT TEAMS:

HOUSTON COUGARS - Members of Conference USQ...began the season with losses to Stephen F. Austin (3-2) and Texas A&M (3-0) and wins over Rice (3-2) and Samford (3-1)...led by 6-3 senior OH Jennifer Wittenburg (5.88 kpg, 4.35 dpg) and 6-0 junior MH Jenny Tanneberger (3.06 kpg)...coach Bill Walton (322-178, 16 years at Houston, 532-233, 21 years overall)...Houston and WSU have met once, in 1989 at the Houston and the home team won 3-0.

ARKANSAS LADY RAZORBACKS - Members of the Southeastern Conference...opened the season with a 3-0 loss to #14 Colorado State and lost to Utah State 3-1...defeated Murray State 3-0...led by 6-1 junior OH/MB Michelle Coens (3.60 kpg, 1.20 bpg), 6-2 junior MB Libby Windell (3.40 kpg, 1.60 bpg), and 5-11 junior OH Annesia Crawford (1.25 bpg)...coach Chris Poole (176-78, 8 years at Arkansas, 444-143, 15 years overall)...although these two teams played last spring at the University of Portland/Nike tournament (WSU won), this is the first in-season meeting between WSU and Arkansas.

#22 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS - Member of the Big 12 Conference...opened the season at the Wahine Classic at Honolulu, ranked 19th...lost to #5 Hawaii (3-2) and #7 UCLA (3-1)...defeated Michigan (3-0)...led by 5-10 senior OH Liz Wegner (4.42 kpg, 3.17 dpg) and 6-0 junior OH Jenny Pollard (3.08 kpg, 2.83 dpg)...coach Suzie Fritz takes over the head job after Jim McLaughlin bolted for the University of Washington in late July...Fritz had been McLaughlin's assistant for four seasons...WSU leads the series with Kansas State 3-0, with the last match being the 2000 Cougar Challenge title match, a 3-2 win for WSU.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: This is Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's 13th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 230-153 (.601) while her overall collegiate record is 316-213 (.597)...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (13th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (second year).

NATIONAL POLLS: WSU moved up to 26th on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (9/3/01)...the Pac-10 Conference has four members in the top 10...in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll (9/4), WSU was listed among the 'Others.'

WAZZU HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK: WSU hosted the 12th Annual Cougar Challenge Tournament...the Cougs swept Bradley, Boise State and Gonzaga but lost to number #12 Pacific in the title match, 3-2, after winning the first two games...Pacific went 4-0 in the tourney and Jennifer Joines was the MVP...WSU finished 3-1 for second and landed Kali Surplus, LaToya Harris, Melissa Boyle and Adrian Hankoff on the all-tournament team...Bradley (2-2) placed third and Laura Benzing was an all-tourney selection...Gonzaga finished fourth at 1-3 and Boise State went winless at 0-4.

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) - Named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...second on team in blocking with 0.92 bpg...contributing 2.46 kpg, fourth on team.#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Sr., RS/S, Gresham, Ore.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...averaging 11.64 assists per game...digs average of 2.43 is fourth on team...total assists of 1,520 is fifth among WSU all-time career leaders...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...averaging 2.29 dpg...tied with Adrian Hankoff in serving with 7 aces...tallied 7 kills in tournament including career high 4 versus Pacific.#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team...2.69 kpg and 2.62 dpg are third-best on team.#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.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...took starting spot away from 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention Chelsie Schafer for last weekend's matches...her 2.79 kpg and 2.64 dpg are both second best on team...has a 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) - Leads team with 0.93 blocks per game average...also contributing 2.43 kpg...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) - Starter as freshman and sophomore, now battling to regain spot...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.#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, Fr., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Highly decorated prep and USVA player...played in three games of the Cougar Challenge Tournament.#17 Kathleen Monda (5-11, Fr., OH, Woodinville, Wash.) - Invited walk-on.#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Jr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...All-Pac-10 First team selection in 2000...also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week last year...leads team in kills (3.50 kpg) and digs (3.21 dpg)...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 visiting Pac-10 coaches as they give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match...Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186...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 the following Fridays - Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, and Nov. 9.

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