Cougar Volleyball Hosts Huskies In Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 10, 2001

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL HOME TO OPEN PAC-10 CONFERENCE: The Washington State volleyball team (5-2) will open the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference season this Friday, Sept. 14, when cross-state rivals Washington Huskies come to the Palouse.

DAWG SCOOP: Washington is off to a 5-2 start with losses coming to only to ranked teams, BYU and Texas...new coach Jim McLaughlin arrived at Washington just days before the start of pre-season practice...former coach, Bill Neville, retired in mid-July after 10 years at UW...McLaughlin spent four seasons at Kansas State and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament all four years...his overall coaching record is 87-45...the Huskies are led by the 4.23 kills per game (6th Pac-10) and 3.14 digs per game (7th Pac-10) of senior OH Allison Richardson...she also brings a 1.00 blocks per game average to the net...senior CB Lisa Underhill is the leading blocker at 1.56 bpg (4th Pac-10)...Paige Benjamin, junior OH, adds 3.20 kpg and junior setter Gretchen Maurer is averaging 12.60 assists per game.

ABOUT THE CAT AND DAWG FIGHTS: UW leads the overall series 39-18, and also leads in the series of just Pac-10 matches, 20-10...Washington leads 8-7 in matches played at Pullman but the Dawgs last win in the Palouse country came in 1998 (3-2)...WSU won the last four contests (1999, 2000).

PAC-10 STANDINGS (thru 9/10)	Conference	Overall	Streak(Natl. Ranking)	Stanford (4)	        0-0	6-0	Won 6	        Arizona (3)	        0-0	5-0	Won 5	        Oregon	                0-0	8-1	Lost 1	        UCLA (8)	        0-0	5-1	Lost 1	        USC (5)	                0-0	4-1	Won 3	        Oregon State	        0-0	5-2	Lost 1	        Washington	        0-0	5-2	Won 4	        Washington State	0-0	5-2	Lost 1	        California	        0-0	3-2	Lost 1	        Arizona State	        0-0	4-3	Won 3

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: This is Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's 13th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 232-154 (.601) while her overall collegiate record is 318-214 (.598)...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (13th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (second year).

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (9/10/01) shows WSU listed 31st...in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll (9/10), WSU was listed among the 'Others.'

WAZZU HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK: Washington State opened the Kansas State Wildcat Classic Tournament with a 3-0 win over Houston...Holly Harris (15 kills, 5 blocks), Adrian Hankoff (12 kills, 3 service aces), and Kal Surplus (40 assists, 6 kills, .600 hitting pct., 4 blocks) led the WSU Cougars...Saturday morning, WSU defeated Arkansas 3-0 with Holly Harris (13 kills), Zanda Bautre (11 kills) and Kortney Jamtaas (18 digs) leading the way...that night the host Kansas State Wildcats, ranked 22nd nationally, had little trouble defeating the Cougs, 3-0...Hankoff led WSU with 11 kills, 14 digs, 3 aces, and 2 blocks...LaToya Harris and Holly Harris were named to the All-Tournament Team.

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...third on team in blocking with 0.59 bpg...contributing 1.91 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 11.78 assists per game (7th Pac-10)...hitting percentage of .366 is tops for Cougs...vs. Houston and Arkansas had 14 kills, no errors in 23 attacks...total assists of 1,628 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 red-shirt season.

#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7 Jr., DS, Orinda, Calif.) - Two year back row starter...averaging 2.65 dpg, third on team...had 18 digs vs. Arkansas...tallied 7 kills in WSU 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...averaging 2.55 kpg and 2.50 dpg.

#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...has taken starting spot away from 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention Chelsie Schafer for season opening matches...leads Pac-10 with 0.78 service aces per game (18 aces in 7 matches) with powerful jump serve...had 5 service aces against Arkansas...her 3.04 kpg and 2.78 dpg are both second best on team.

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

#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Jr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...leads team with 0.96 blocks per game average...also contributing 2.74 kpg, second best 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) - 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 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 seven games this season.

#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...named to Wildcat Classic 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...leading Pac-10 in digs with 3.43 digs per game average...leads team in kills (3.09 kpg)...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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