Cougar Volleyball Hosts Les Schwab Tournament
Aug. 28, 2002
13th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, Pullman
All matches played in Bohler Gym
|Friday, August 30||Saturday, August 31|
|4 p.m.||BYU vs. Gonzaga||10 a.m.||BYU vs. Nevada|
|7 p.m.||WSU vs. Nevada||Noon||WSU vs. Gonzaga|
|5 p.m.||Gonzaga vs. Nevada|
|7 p.m.||WSU vs. BYU|
COUGS OPEN 2002 SEASON WITH HOME TOURNAMENT: The 13th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament opens the Washington State volleyball season...this year's tournament will showcase four teams and not the usual five...competing in the two-day, six-match tournament this year are #23 Brigham Young, Gonzaga and Nevada...BYU, Nevada and WSU all participated in the NCAA tournament last year...last year #12 Pacific took a 3-2 win over WSU for the title...the host Cougars won the 2000 championship with a 3-2 win over #17 Kansas State...in 2001, WSU's LaToya Harris, Melissa Boyle, Adrian Hankoff and Kali Surplus made the all-tournament team.
General admission tickets for the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge will be sold at the Bohler Gym ticket window beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday...the cost is $5 per person per session with the sessions comprising Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday evening...a $3 discount ticket is offered with a coupon from the Pullman Les Schwab location...WSU students can use their 2002-03 student ID for admission.
SUCCESS IN EUROPE: The WSU volleyball squad took its preseason practices to Europe and returned home with an undefeated record (8-0), a first for any collegiate team according to Bring It promotions, the organization running the tour...the Cougars' conquering of Europe included 3-0 wins over Team Lohoff (Dachau, Germany), Augsburg (Germany), and Salzberg (Austria), 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Club Vasas (Budapet, Hungary), a 3-2 win at Brno (Czech Republic), and finally 3-1 and 3-2 wins over Olymp Praha.
ABOUT THE COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT TEAMS:
- #23 Brigham Young Cougars - The Blue Cougars had a 2001 record of 20-9 overall, 10-4 and third in the Mountain West Conference...lost in first round of NCAA tournament to Utah State...BYU has made 20 appearances in the NCAA tournament including the past 12 consecutive years...first year head coach Karen Curtis Lamb replaced long-time head coach Elaine Michaelis, the second winningest coach in NCAA Div. I volleyball history (887-225-5, 40 years)...Lamb, BYU's first All-American player in 1977, was the WSU Cougars' head coach from 1986-88 (51-60), resigning when her husband Barry, an football assistant coach at Idaho, took a job at San Diego State and later BYU...Lamb became Michaelis' assistant coach in 1994...BYU does not have a returning All-American on the roster for the first time since 1995...two All-MWC players are back - setter Karina Puikkonen and defensive specialist Uila Crabbe...BYU leads the series 5-1 with WSU winning the last time the Y was in Pullman for the Cougar Challenge - 1995 (3-0)...BYU defeated the Crimson Cougs 3-0 at the 1998 BYU Invitational tournament at Provo.
Gonzaga Bulldogs - The Spokane Zags have a new look as Kip Yoshimura moved from a successful career at Lewis-Clark State to the head coaching job at Gonzaga...GU's 2001 record was 9-17 overall, 5-9 for fifth place in the West Coast Conference...Abby Cullen, a 6-2 middle blocker, returns for her junior year after earning All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors last year with 1.03 blocks per game and 2.89 kills per game...All-WCC setter Katerina Chroustovska returned to her native Czech Republic after only one year in Spokane...Yoshimura's rebuild of the Zags program was dealt another blow when top recruit Adrienne Hoopes, a 5-11 MB from California, suffered a torn ACL during the spring club season...WSU leads the series 24-8 with a 12-match win streak.
Nevada Wolf Pack - Located in Reno, Nev., last year the Wolf Pack finished 17-8 overall, 9-4 and tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference Eastern Division...senior MB Michelle More is an All-WAC pre-season selection...More, at 6-2, contributed 3.86 kills per game and 0.86 blocks per game last season...senior setter Jill Couwenhoven is the only other letterwinner slated to start for Nevada...transfers from Connecticut (Jr. OH Laura Wooley) and Arizona (So., RS Kellie Burton) join redshirt freshman Salaia Salavea (MB) and true frosh Christine Harms (OH) as projected starters...coach Devin Scruggs brings an 81-59 record after four seasons as head coach at Nevada...WSU leads the series 4-3 including the 1994 3-2 win at the Cougar Challenge Tournament.
LIVING LIBERO LOCO: Last year, collegiate volleyball fans were force-fed rally scoring to 30 points and still managed to love the game...this season the newest twist to the competitive rules is the libero (LEE-bah-ro) position, played for several years in the international volleyball arena...the libero is a defensive specialist with restrictions...she wears a different colored jersey from her teammates and can be seen running into the game without the formal substitution ceremony or counting as one of the 12 subs allowed per team in a game...the libero may only play in the back row and may not serve or attack, only dig, dig, dig (pass)...she may only be replaced by the same player she replaced...WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas played the position during the spring practice tournaments and in the eight European contests the Cougars played earlier this month...Jamtaas loved the fast-paced action and is anxious to demonstrate her new position skills this season.
BEATIN' 'EM IN BOHLER GYM - ADVANTAGE COUGARS: During the last nine seasons (1991-1997, 2000 and 2001) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 177-77 record (.697), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick begins her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 245-164 (.599) while her overall collegiate record is 331-224 (.596) in 17 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).
PAC-10 COACHES PRE-SEASON PREDICTIONS: Stanford (nine Pac-10 titles, five national crowns) was selected to successfully defend its league championship in 2002...the Cardinal edged USC by a mere four points but garnered seven of the coaches' first-place nods...Arizona, an NCAA national semi-finalist last year, was predicted to finish third...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 13 previous polls.
NATIONAL POLLS: WSU is listed 31st on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll...the Pac-10 Conference has five members in the poll, and four in the top 11...WSU was listed at 29th in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Preseason Poll.
LET'S RUN THE NUMBERS: Five seniors, one junior, two sophomores, eight freshmen...two NCAA appearances - 2000 second round, 2001 first round...coach with best winning-record at WSU...first in the Pac-10 in serving, second in digs and fourth in kills per game in 2001 season.
HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#2 Stephanie Baker (6-0, Fr., RS/S, Pasco, Wash.) - Invited walk-on.
#3 Melanie Greene (6-0, Fr., OH, Nampa, Idaho) - Will redshirt 2002 season.
#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, Fr., S, Westlake, Calif.) - Summer camps and European tour helped solidify this freshman setter with very experienced senior hitters.
#5 Ance Auzina (6-1, Fr., RS/LS, Riga, Lativa) - Pronounced ON-SAW ow-ZEEN-ya - second Latvian to join Cougar team...brings valuable international experience.
#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Orinda, Calif.) - Three year back row starter...provided some spectacular back row saves...averaged 2.84 digs per game...13 double-digit digs in 29 matches...season's 41 kills doubled her two-year career total of 19 kills...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Missed Cougars European tour as she was playing in European Beach Championships...as sophomore averaged 2.43 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...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#9 Megan Camp (5-4, Fr., L/DS, Spokane, Wash.) - Invited walk-on.
#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, Sr., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) - Honorable mention All-Pac-10 for 2001...named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...43 aces this season is seventh on WSU's single season all-time standings...3.21 kills per game, 2.58 dpg...had double-figure kills in 16 of WSU's 29 matches...4.06 points per game is second-best on team...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, So., L/DS, Walla Walla, Wash.) - Played in four matches (four games) as a freshman.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Sr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Named to Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team...second on team with 0.96 blocks per game average...placed her name on all blocking categories on WSU's career all-time list - 8th in solo blocks (41), block assists (234) and total blocks (275)...set school match record with a .909 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 11 attacks) in match vs. Oregon...also contributed 2.44 kills per game...third on team in total points (279) and fourth with 3.07 ppg...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...will join Cougar women's basketball team at conclusion of volleyball season.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Sr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) - Named to UNLV Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team...starter as freshman and sophomore and came on strong end of junior season...2.89 kpg was third-best on team...3.23 points per game is third-best...ended season with double-figure kills in seven of eight matches...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#14 Jen Barcus (6-1, Fr., MB, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) - Highly sought-after prep volleyball and basketball player...good prospect to see action in middle as frosh.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, So., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Made strides last spring in using whip-like hitting and improved blocking...played in 18 matches (26 games) this season...racked up four kills and two blocks in two games at Oregon State, five kills versus Idaho.
#17 LaQuï¿½ Branch (5-8, Fr., OH, Yakima, Wash.) - Slight stature leaper.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Sr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Two-time All-Pac-10 First team selection...voted MVP at UNLV Thanksgiving Classic...named to Cougar Challenge and Kansas State Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Teams...2001 team co-captain...team leader with 3.59 kills per game and 2.99 digs per game...second on team in aces at 0.40 sapg...tallied 18 matches with double-figure kills and 13 with two-digit digs...10 matches with double kills and digs...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)...career total of 1,078 kills is fourth best at WSU all-time...103 service aces is ranked fifth-best in school history...has career total of 873 digs.
#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, Fr., OH, Purcellville, Va.) - Will redshirt 2002 season.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: The local LIVE and Internet accessible radio broadcasts of the WSU volleyball road matches are back beginning Sept. 13...Alex Webster returns for his seventh season as the voice of Cougar volleyball...in the Palouse, the radio broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com for the audio link...all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.
AND TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have two matches televised this season, both on a next-day, tape-delayed basis...check your FOX Sports Net station for dates and times.
Friday, Sept. 27: Washington State at USC
Friday, Oct. 25: UCLA at Washington State
WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and the visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball Quicksets Dinners...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...the cost is $10 per person and 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 Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 25, and Nov. 8, and Nov. 15.