WSU Volleyball Off To Eighth NCAA
Nov. 26, 2001
The Washington State University women's volleyball team was selected Monday to participate in its eighth NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament in the past 11 years...the bigger treat was the chance to host the first and second round matches of the West Region, in part because of the NCAA desire to have teams travel as little as possible for the first two rounds...in first round NCAA action at Bohler Gym, WSU, 17-11 overall, and sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference, hosts 11th-ranked Hawai`i (26-5), champions of the Western Athletic Conference in the Friday 8 p.m. contest...the other first round match pits Eastern Washington (20-5), winner of the Big Sky Conference, against Oregon State (17-11), fifth-place finisher in the Pac-10 and will begin at 6 p.m. Friday...winners will meet Saturday at 4 p.m.
NCAA FIRST ROUND, FRIDAY, NOV. 30
6 p.m. Eastern Washington (20-5) vs. Oregon State (17-11)
8 p.m. Washington State (17-11) vs. Hawai`i (27-5)
NCAA SECOND ROUND, SATURDAY, DEC. 1
4 p.m. First round winners meet
ABOUT THE WEST REGION: Long Beach State is the top seed in Region 1...Hawai`i is seeded 9th...other Pac-10 members seeded in the West include USC (4), Arizona (5) and UCLA (8)...Oregon State and WSU are not among the 16 seeded teams nationally...Stanford was seeded 3rd overall...the Big 12 led all conferences with eight teams selected...the Big Ten, and Pacific-10 conferences each placed six teams in the field, followed by the Big West and Mountain West conferences with four.
ABOUT THE HAWAI`I WAHINE (27-5): This is Hawai`i's 20th appearance in the NCAA Championship Tournament (out of 21 years)...ranked nationally throughout the season, the Wahine dropped from 9th to 11th this week in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll after defeating #13 Utah 3-2 but losing to #14 Pacific 2-3 at the UOP Bankers' Classic over the weekend...the loss to Pacific stopped a 24-match win streak by Hawai`i...led by the play of 6-0 sophomore leftside hitter Kim Willoughby (national player of the week twice, WAC Player of the Year, candidate for national player of the year)...Willoughby's 7.08 kills per game is tops nationally (.350)...also contribute 3.66 digs per game and 0.65 blocks per game...other All-WAC first team players from UH included Maja Gustin (LS, soph.), Hedder Ilustre (DS, jr.), and Margaret Vakasausau (S, jr.)...Lauren Duggins (MB, soph.) earned second team honors...Cougar fans will see a familiar face in Nohea Tano, a sophomore from Hawai`i who played for WSU as a freshman...Tano has played in 90 of the Wahine's 109 games and has a 1.61 kpg and 0.99 bpg average...coach Dave Shoji (768-144-1, 27 years) was the WAC Coach of the Year...Hawai`i holds a 3-0 lead against WSU with the last meeting in 1989, at a tournament at Hawai`i...it was Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick's debut as the head coach at WSU.
ABOUT THE EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES (20-5): Making their fourth NCAA appearance, the Eagles had the shortest distance to travel to Pullman...located approximately 70 miles north of the Palouse, EWU upset Sacramento State to claim the Big Sky Conference title and the automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament...all-conference honors went to junior OH Janell Ruen (first team), senior rightside hitter Robyn Felder (second team), and sophomore setter Courtney Bush (hon. Mention)...Ruen was also named the MVP of the conference tournament, joining Lindsay Crandall (freshman OH) and Felder on the post-season tourney accolades list...Ruen 's 3.66 kpg (.257) and 3.45 dpg leads the team...coach Wade Benson (36-16, 2 years at EWU, 79-23, 3 years career)...WSU holds a 27-8 advantage in matches with EWU...the last time these teams played was in 1994.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS (17-11): This marks Oregon State's second NCAA appearance...its first was in 1983...although the OSU overall record matches WSU's, the Beavers' upset win over UCLA last week provided a 10-8 Pac-10 record to place OSU in fifth place...senior OH Gina Schmidt leads the Beavs with 3.71 kpg and 3.33 dpg...Schmidt has over 1,000 kills and digs in her OSU career...she joined Laura Collins (soph. Setter) on the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...freshman Allison Lawrence was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention squad...coach Nancy Somera (41-45, 3rd year)...the Cougs and Beavers split the conference wins this year with each team claiming victory at home...WSU leads the series 36-25 overall and 26-6 in Pac-10 contests...WSU also leads in the series played at Pullman, 14-2...OSU's last win over the Cougs at Pullman came in 1990, a 3-0 contest.
COUGS IN ACTION LAST WEEK: WSU won the UNLV Planet Hollywood Thanksgiving Classic Tournament with 3-0 wins over Rice and William and Mary...LaToya Harris was named the MVP and Chelsie Schafer was named to the all-tournament team...WSU had to scramble to win the second game but took a 30-17, 34-32, 30-16 win over Rice Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus...Schafer led all players with a season-high 17 kills, and added 10 digs...Melissa Boyle and LaToya Harris took care of the net with six blocks each and Harris contributed three service aces...Kortney Jamtaas was the match-leader with 16 digs...Setter Kali Surplus had a double-double with 43 assists and 14 digs.. Zanda Bautre played only the last two games and had seven kills on 15 attacks with no errors (.467.)...Rice was led by the 16 kills from the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Rebeca Pazo. Rebekah Neal had 29 assists and 14 digs...Saturday night, WSU swept William and Mary 30-26, 30-25, 30-15, for the championship...LaToya Harris led the Cougars with 13 kills and two aces in the title match...Schafer had 12 kills...Boyle slapped down seven blocks and Surplus scored another double-double with 46 assists and the match-high 17 digs...William and Mary was led by the 14 kills of Kristen Gunderson...Carly Huffman had six blocks while all-tournament selection, Tara Tobias, had 10 kills.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: WSU is 28th on the national attendance with an average of 1,023 fans per home match...Hawai'i leads with an average of 6,514 fans per match while the top Pac-10 school is Stanford at eighth with 1,999 fans per match...WSU averaged 1,203 for its nine home Pac-10 contests.
HARRIS & HARRIS - ESTABLISHING THEIR NAME(S) IN THE WSU RECORD BOOK:
LaToya Harris, junior right side/left side hitter is the eighth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 kills...the 5-7, Portland, Oregon, native has 1,067 kills and is fourth in career standings...her 102 service aces is fifth-best and 997 digs is fifth on WSU's career list...she needs only three more digs to be the fifth Cougar to reach 1,000 career digs.
Holly Harris, junior middle hitter from Sandy, Utah, set a school match record with 10 kills on 11 attacks with no errors for a .909 hitting percentage in WSU's 3-0 win over Oregon, Oct. 26...the 6-2 Harris was the only player in the match with double-figure kills and she also tallied three blocks...the previous WSU match hitting percentage record of .900 (9 kills, no errors, 10 attacks) was set in 1989 by Beth Welch against Texas A&M...in WSU career records, this Harris is eighth in solo blocks (41), eighth in block assists (228) and eighth in total blocks (269).
CURRENT PAC-10 CONFERENCE STATISTICS (TOP 10):
Individual Overall (Leader)
Kills - No WSU player (Logan Tom Stanford 4.91 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - No WSU player (Jill Talbot UA .431)
Assists - 4th Kali Surplus 12.46 apg (Erika Selsor UCLA 13.51 apg)
Service Aces - 3rd Adrian Hankoff 0.50 sapg, 4th LaToya Harris 0.40 sapg (Logan Tom Stanford 0.54)
Digs - 8th LaToya Harris 2.92 dpg, 10th Kali Surplus 2.87 kpg (Jami Coughlin ASU 3.98 dpg)
Blocks - 10th Melissa Boyle 1.03 bpg (Sara McGee Stanford 1.54 bpg)
Individual Conference Only (Leader)
Kills - 9th LaToya Harris 3.80 kpg (Logan Tom Stanford 5.06 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - No WSU player (Sara McGee Stanford .433)
Assists - 3rd Kali Surplus 12.45 apg (Dana Burkholder Arizona 13.06 apg)
Service Aces - 3rd Adrian Hankoff 0.41 sapg, 4th La Toya Harris 0.38 sapg, 10th Zanda Bautre 0.30 sapg (Logan Tom Stanford 0.55 sapg)
Digs - 10th Zanda Bautre 2.94 dpg (Jami Coughlin ASU 4.39 dpg)
Blocks - 6th Melissa Boyle 1.05 bpg (Sara McGee Stanford 1.58 bpg)
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Sr., MH, Boise, Idaho) - Named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...had a career-high 11 blocks (13 kills, hit .632) and 18.5 points in the California win...has had three matches hitting .600 or better this season...second on team in hitting percentage at .280...leads team in blocking with 1.03 bpg...top matches - at Oregon had 10 kills, 0 errors on 15 attacks for .667 hitting percentage, vs. Cal had 13 kills, 1 error on 19 attacks for .632...2.20 kpg, sixth on team...sang national anthem prior to Oregon game accompanied only by football players Tupo Tuupo, Tai Tupai, and Junior Tupai.
#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Sr., RS/LS, Gresham, Ore.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...leads team with .290 hitting percentage...vs. Oregon, had 9 kills, 1 error in 12 attacks for .667...vs. Houston and Arkansas had 14 kills, no errors in 23 attack...total assists of 2,503 is fifth among WSU all-time career leaders but needs 214 more assists to move into fourth with Krista Beightol...named to 2000 and 2001 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.
#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.) - Three year back row starter...providing some spectacular back row saves this season...averaging 2.87 digs per game, second on team...had 18 digs vs. Arkansas and again at UCLA...tallied career high 4 versus Pacific and again at Oregon State...12 double-digit digs in 27 matches...this season's 41 kills double her two-year career total of 19 kills.
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team...at Oregon State had career-high 23 digs and season-high 16 kills...averaging 240 kills per game (fifth on team) and fourth in digs at 2.73 per game...in Pac-10 matches only stats, averaging 2.94 digs per game...saw limited play at UCLA and USC due to sinus infection...last six matches subbed in only...last weekend had 11 kills in 20 attacks with no errors in three games.
#8 Brittney Diaz (5-11, RS-Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) - 2000 was redshirt season to rehab from ACL surgery...saw first action of season vs. Oregon.
#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, Jr., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) - Honorable mention All-Pac-10 for 2001...named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...has taken starting spot away from 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention Chelsie Schafer...43 aces this season is seventh on WSU's single season all-time standings...powerful jump serve...had five service aces vs. Arkansas, four at Oregon and against Oregon State...3.24 kills per game is second best on team...adds 2.60 dpg, fifth on team...has had double-figure kills in 16 of WSU's 28 matches...at ASU, tied career high of 20 kills and had career-best of 17 digs.
#11 Alison Billingsley (DS, Fr., 5-3, Walla Walla, Wash.) - Invited walk-on...served and had one dig versus Cal...also grabbed a dig vs. Oregon.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Jr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...second on team with 0.92 blocks per game average...placing her name on all blocking categories on WSU's all-time list...set school match record with a .909 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 11 attacks) in match vs. Oregon...also contributing 2.38 kills per game, fourth on team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Jr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) - Named to UNLV Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team...starter as freshman and sophomore...saw significant playing time at UCLA and USC, subbing in for an ailing Bautre...kept spot last weekend against ASU and UA...led team in kills both nights (25 kills)...started again at Washington...2.92 kpg is third-best on team...had double-figure kills in past seven matches...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 last 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...tough server off the bench with 17 aces this year...tagged 11 digs in each Washington matches.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, Fr., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Highly decorated prep and USVA player...played in 24 games this season...racked up four kills and two blocks in two games at Oregon State, five kills versus Idaho.
#17 Kathleen Monda (5-11, Fr., OH, Woodinville, Wash.) - Invited walk-on...subbed in to serve at Oregon.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Jr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Repeated as All-Pac-10 First team selection...voted MVP at UNLV Thanksgiving Classic...named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...2001 team co-captain...leads team in kills at 3.58 kpg and digs at 2.92 dpg...second on team in aces at 0.40 sapg...tied career high with 7 blocks against Cal...season high 23 kills and 18 digs at Oregon State...nailed five service aces at Cal...tallied 17 matches with double-figure kills and 12 with two-digit digs...nine matches with double kills and digs...has provided 4.47 points per game in Pac-10 matches this season - 7th best in conference standings...reached her 1,000th kill at UCLA (11/2)...needs only three more digs to reach 1,000 career digs.