Volleyball Team Heads To Alaska

Sept. 3, 2002

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NORTH TO ALASKA: The Washington State volleyball team, 3-0, travels toFairbanks, Alaska, this weekend for the Auto Service Co. Nanook ClassicTournament hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks...WSU opens with amatch against Weber State (2-1*) Friday night and plays host Alaska-Fairbanks(1-0*) Saturday afternoon and Southwest Texas State (3-1*) Saturdaynight...*all three of WSU's opponents play home matches Tuesday, Sept.3...this is the first time in the history of Cougar volleyball that a team hastraveled to Alaska...Alaska Time is one hour behind Pacific Time.

WSU WINS COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT: Washington Stateclaimed the 13th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge title with wins overNevada, Gonzaga and 23rd-ranked BYU...Cougar senior right side/left sidehitter LaToya Harris was named tournament MVP after putting away 35 kills,25 digs and seven service aces...WSU senior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff andfreshman setter Brenn Larson joined BYU's Allison Larson (Sr., OH) and LexiBrown (Fr., MB) and Nevada's Michelle More (Sr., MB) and Jill Couwenhoven(Sr., S) on the all-tournament team.

Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament Results

BYU def. Gonzaga 27-30, 30-27, 30-22
WSU def. Nevada 30-22, 24-30, 30-27, 30-22
Nevada def. BYU 30-22, 31-29, 29-31, 27-30, 15-4
WSU def. Gonzaga 30-17, 30-24, 30-24
Nevada def. Gonzaga 30-21, 30-22, 30-25
WSU def. BYU 30-15, 30-23, 30-21

COUGAR SUCCESS IN EUROPE: The WSU volleyball squad took itspreseason practices to Europe and returned home with an undefeated record (8-0), a first for any collegiate team according to Bring It promotions, theorganization running the tour...the Cougars' conquering of Europe included 3-0wins over Team Lohoff (Dachau, Germany), Augsburg (Germany), andSalzberg (Austria), 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Club Vasas (Budapet, Hungary), a 3-2win at Brno (Czech Republic), and finally 3-1 and 3-2 wins over Olymp Praha.


ABOUT THE NANOOK CLASSIC TOURNAMENT TEAMS:

WEBER STATE WILDCATS (2-1 pending 9/3 match vs. Mesa State College) - Located in Ogden,Utah...2001 record was 13-16 overall in 2001, 9-5 and tied for third in the Big Sky Conference...junior OHStephanie Kropushek leads the team with 4.00 kills per game (.296)...Kendra Meyer (Jr., OH) leads the teamin digs with 3.31 digs per game...opened season at College of Charleston tournament - suffered 3-2 lossagainst Boston College, defeated College of Charleston 3-2 and Tennessee Tech 3-2...coach Al Givens is 107-155 in 10 years at Weber State, 259-292 in 18 years overall...WSU leads the series 6-2.

ALASKA FAIRBANKS NANOOKS (1-0 pending 9/3 match vs. Mars Hill College) - Alaska Fairbanks is aDivision II school in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference where the Nanooks finished 12-6 for secondplace last season...UAF returns eight letterwinners from that team...so far this season defeated Mars HillCollege 3-0...Carlin Smith (Jr., M/OH) and Mallory Bergstrom (So., OH) each had eight kills in thatmatch...head coach Phil Shoemaker has a record of 31-16 in three seasons at UAF, 273-318 in 20 yearsoverall...WSU leads the series 2-0 with the last match played in 1980.

SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (3-1 pending 9/3 match vs. Texas A&M) - Located in San Marcos,Texas...finished 11-19 overall, 8-12 and tied for seventh in Southland Conference last year...opened 2002season at home with wins over North Texas (3-2), Mississippi State (3-1) and the Air Force Academy (3-1)plus a loss against Southern Illinois (1-3)...senior outside hitter Tiffany Weidner contributed 5.06 kills per game (.244)...Amy Amundson (Jr., MB) has a 1.12 blocks per game average...head coach Karen Chisum has a542-341 record in her 23 years at Southwest Texas State...WSU leads the series 2-0 with the last match played in 1992.

LIVIN' 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 (1991-1997,2000-02) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 180-77 record (.700),averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...herrecord at WSU is 248-164 (.602) while her overall collegiate record is 334-224 (.599) in 18 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) wasselected to successfully defend its league championship in 2002...the Cardinal edged USC by a mere fourpoints but garnered seven of the coaches' first-place nods...Arizona, an NCAA national semi-finalist last year, was predicted to finish third followed by UCLA and Washington State...the bottom half of the predictions show Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 13 previous polls...coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

NATIONAL POLLS: After being listed 31st on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, theCougars have moved to the 28th spot after the first weekend of play...Stanford is ranked first for the second week...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 NCAAappearances - 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.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-tournament team after 12.20 assists per game in three matches...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 joinCougar 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.) - Named to Cougar Challenge All-tournamentteam...leads squad with 3.67 kills per game (.295) and 45.5 points per game...an honorable mention All-Pac-10selection in 2001...last season's 43 aces is seventh on WSU's single season all-time standings...named to 2001Pac-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) - Leading blocker on the Cougar team with 1.10 blocks pergame...currently climbing up all WSU's career blocking categories lists - 8th in solo blocks (42), block assists(244) and total blocks (286)...holds school match record with a .909 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 11attacks) in 2001 match vs. Oregon...contributes 2.40 kills per game...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academichonorable 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) - Strong contributor to Cougar Challenge titlewith 3.33 kills per game...named to 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
#14 Jen Barcus (6-1, Fr., MB, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) - Saw action in four of the Cougars first 10 games and hadfour blocks...highly sought-after prep volleyball and basketball player.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, So., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Earned starting position after making strides last spring inusing whip-like hitting and improved blocking.
#17 LaQu� Branch (5-8, Fr., OH, Yakima, Wash.) - Can make the leaping net hits.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Sr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Named MVP of Cougar Challenge tournament for second timein three years...fourth consecutive year named to all-tournament team...two-time All-Pac-10 First teamselection...second on team with 3.50 kills per game and 4.40 points per game...fourth in WSU career kills with1113...110 service aces is ranked fifth-best in school history...10th in career digs with total of 898.
#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 Internetaccessible radio broadcasts of the WSU volleyball road matches are back beginning Sept. 13...Alex Websterreturns 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 televisedthis 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 coachesgive 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.

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