#18 WSU Volleyball Takes Streak to Southern California
Sept. 23, 2002
CONFERENCE UNBEATENS MEET FRIDAY NIGHT:
The Washington State volleyball team takes an 11-0, 2-0 record on the road for a 7 p.m. contest at USC's Lyon Center Friday night...the Women of Troy are 8-0, 2-0 on the season, ranked first nationally...both USC and WSU opened the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference season with wins - WSU at home against Oregon State and Oregon while USC was in the desert battling Arizona State and Arizona.
NO PATSIES AT PAULEY:
There will be no rest for the Cougs on this first Pac-10 road trip of the 2002 season...WSU plays at #17 UCLA (7-5, 0-2) Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion...match time in Westwood is 7 p.m.
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...this week's WSU at USC match is the small screen debut with replay set for Sat., Sept. 28...in the Pacific Northwest, the match can be seen on FOX Sports NW at 10 a.m. 9/28...Chris Marlowe and Angie Kammer Simpson are the announcers for this battle of the un-beatens...the only other time the Cougars are on TV this season will be the Oct. 25, UCLA match at Pullman.
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.
COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS:
For the third week, WSU moved up in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, advancing from 20th to 18th this week...USC maintained its number one ranking...other Pac-10 members in the poll include #4 Stanford, #12 Arizona, and #17 UCLA...also receiving votes are Arizona State (#29), California (#30) and Washington (#33)...Washington State is 20th in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll...USC in ranked #1 in and UCLA is #17 in this poll also.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF:
Head coach Cindy Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 256-164 (.610) while her overall collegiate record is 342-224 (.604) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 117-119 (.496) in 13 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).
KEEPIN' THE STREAKIN' WITH THE NUMBERS:
Not only are the Cougars riding an 11-match win streak, but they extended their school record to 32 consecutive games won...WSU has not lost a game since the second game of the 3-1 victory over Nevada, Aug. 30, a streak of 32 games...the 11-0 season start is the best since the 1997 season when the Cougars raced to a fabulous 16-0 start including a 4-0 start in Pac-10 play...Washington State's 2002 conference schedule is identical to the 1997 schedule, except for the locations - the Cougs hosted Oregon State and Oregon last weekend and travel to USC and UCLA this weekend...in 1997, WSU visited the Oregon schools and then hosted the LA schools.
#1 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (8-0, 2-0)
The Women of Troy have 3-0 wins over #2 Nebraska and #6 Florida this season and opened the Pac-10 with a 3-0 win over #15 Arizona at Tucson...April Ross (6-1 Jr. OH) leads USC with 4.08 kpg (7th Pac-10) and 3.28 dpg (4th Pac-10)...Keao Burdine (6-1 So. OH) adds 3.52 kpg...at the net, Katie Olsovsky (6-3 Jr. MB) hauls down 1.33 bpg (2nd Pac-10) and Emily Adams (6-5 So. MB) has a 1.24 bpg average (5th Pac-10)...Olsovsky is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts in wins at Arizona State and Arizona...coach Mick Haley has a 33-4 record at USC (2 years) and a 530-137-1 Div. I career record (18 years)...USC leads the overall series 23-10 and in Pac-10 only matches has a 22-10 advantage...WSU's last win was in 1998 at Los Angeles...USC has a 14-2 lead at home over WSU.
#17 UCLA (7-5, 0-2)
The Bruins have two wins over ranked teams (#21 Colorado and #9 Ohio State) and four losses to ranked teams including #4 Hawai'i, #20 Minnesota, #9 Northern Iowa, and #15 Arizona last weekend...UCLA has never started a Pac-10 season with two losses...Lauren Fendrick (6-3 Sr. OH) leads the team with 3.56 kpg...Angela Eckmier (6-2 Sr. MB) leads the team in blocks with a 1.08 bpg (10th Pac-10) while libero Chrissie Zartman (5-5 So.) leads with 3.27 dpg (5th Pac-10)...coach Andy Banachowski has a 926-226 record in 36 years at UCLA...the Bruins lead the series 26-6 including both matches last year...when playing at home, UCLA leads the series 14-2 with WSU's last win in Westwood in 1997.
MORE NUMBERS FOR YOUR NOGGIN:
In Pac-10 team stat standings, USC and WSU are neck-and-neck in all but two categories...in kills, USC is first (17.88 kpg) and WSU second (17.76 kpg)...hitting percentage, USC is third (.300) and WSU fourth (.287)...opponent hitting percentage, WSU second (.121), USC third (.137)...assists, USC first (16.88 apg) and WSU second (15.18 apg)...digs, WSU second (16.82 dpg), USC third (15.96 dpg)...blocks, USC second (3.00 bpg), WSU seventh (2.25 bpg)...service aces, WSU fourth (2.21 sapg), USC eighth (1.32 sapg)...NATIONALLY, thru 9/15 matches, Brenn Larson was 15th in assists, WSU was fifth in kills per game, 13th in assists, 24th in hitting percentage, and 26th in digs per game.
THREE TOURNEYS, THREE CROWNS, THREE MVPS FOR HARRIS:
Washington State played in three tournaments and came away the champion in all three...first was the 13th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge, then it was the Auto Service Co. UAF Nanook Classic, and finally the USF Molten Golden Gate Classic...Cougar senior LaToya Harris earned three consecutive tournament MVP honors...WSU senior Adrian Hankoff was selected to the all-tournament teams of each tourney while Brenn Larson racked up honors at the WSU and Fairbanks tourneys.
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 in August...Jamtaas loves the fast-paced action and it obviously suits her well as she leads the conference in digs with a 4.10 dpg average.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS:
The Cougars drew crowds of 1,872 (OSU) and 1,445 (UO) last weekend to move into 22nd on the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 986 fans (5 home matches)...the average for the Pac-10 matches is 1,658 fans...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,207 fans (10 home matches)...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school with 1,900 (5 matches).
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 182-77 record (.703), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances...average attendance for the 2001 home season was 1,090 fans...average attendance for 2001 Pac-10 home matches was 1,203 fans.
COUGAR 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.
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 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.
LET'S RUN THE NUMBERS:
Five seniors, one junior, two sophomores, six freshmen...two red-shirt freshmen...three 2002 tournament championships...coach with best winning-record at WSU...longest tenured head coach of any sport currently coaching at WSU (hired 3 months before football coach Mike Price).