No. 16 Volleyball Squad Set ToTake On Neighbors

Oct. 7, 2002

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COUGARS PLAY BORDER BATTLE AND ACROSS CASCADES: The Washington State volleyball team (13-2, 4-2 and 3rd in Pac-10) has the shortest road trips of the season this week as the Cougars travel eight miles East to play the University of Idaho, and then 284 miles West to play Pac-10 foe University of Washington...the match at Idaho (4-9), Tuesday, Oct. 8 (Memorial Gym), is the final non-conference contest of the season for the Cougs...WSU takes on the Dawgs in Seattle (Bank of America Arena) Friday, Oct. 11...both matches begin at 7 p.m. PT.

COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: With two wins over ranked opponents, WSU moved up to 16th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll...USC maintained its number one ranking...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 4 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA, No. 20 Arizona and No. 22 Arizona State...also receiving votes this week is California (No. 29)...the Cougars are up to 18th in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll.

MISS 'T' IS ASSAULTING COUGAR VOLLEYBALL RECORDS: Senior LaToya Harris became just the third Cougar in school history to reach both 1,000 kills and digs in a career...Harris joined Keren Oigman (1,054 kills, 1,070 digs) and Shannon Wyckoff (1,051 kills, 1,254 digs), who both played for Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick from 1994-97...Harris, the four-year starter and two-time first team All-Pac-10) is currently fourth in Washington State University career kills (1253) and aces (121), and fifth in digs (1001)...Harris is tied at 50th of Pac-10 all-time kills and 65th in all-time digs and the 43rd player in the conference to reach 1,000 kills and digs.

ANOTHER HARRIS EQUALS MORE MARKS: Holly Harris, senior MB, is moving up in the Cougar all-time blocking records...she is eighth in solo blocks (47), block assists (275) and total blocks (322).

JAMTAAS DIGGING INTO THE RECORDS: Though this is the first season for the Libero position, WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas has spent a career diggin' with the best of them in the Cougars' back row...Jamtaas is 10th on the WSU all-time career digs standings with 930 digs...she is second in the Pac-10 in digs per game average at 3.71 dpg.

WSU VOLLEYBALL'S ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, have joined together for the Attacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players will be collecting monetary pledges for each attack which results in a kill (and a point) for WSU during the eight matches this month...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 258-166 (.608) while her overall collegiate record is 344-226 (.604) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 119-121 (.496) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).

IDAHO VANDALS (4-9) - Idaho is a member of the Big West Conference...the Vandals are coming off three straight losses to Utah State, Cal Poly and No.7 UC Santa Barbara...UI is led by the 4.09 kills per game of sophomore outside hitter Brooke Haeberle...Jessica Yearout (freshman, DS) is the Vandal digs leader with 4.15 dpg while Anna-Marie Hammond (junior, middle blocker) brings 1.19 blocks per game to the court...coach Debbie Buchanan (31-41, third year)...Washington State leads the series with Idaho 36-13-2, going back to 1976 (thus the ties)...the Cougars have won the last seven matches...Idaho last won in 1994, on their home court at Memorial Gym.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES (10-5, 2-4) - Washington is off to a fast start after an 11-16 record in 2001...the Huskies have lost four consecutive Pac-10 matches against No. 17 UCLA, No. 1 USC, No. 24 Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona...the ASU and UA matches were five-game contests...UW also lost to top-ten ranked team, Hawai'i...the Dawgs are led by Paige Benjamin's 5.30 kpg (2nd Pac-10)...Sanja Tomsavic adds 3.56 kpg...Candace Lee digs up 3.12 per game...Alexis McDonald averages 1.37 blocks per game (3rd Pac-10)...Gretchen Maurer has 12.86 assists per game (2nd Pac-10)...coach Jim McLaughlin (21-21, two years)...Washington leads the series with Washington State, 39-20 in all-time matches and 20-12 in Pac-10 contests...the Huskies lead in Seattle matches, 12-4...WSU has won the past six meetings.

MORE NUMBERS FOR YOUR NOGGIN: In Pac-10 team stat standings, WSU is ahead of Washington in kills, digs, assists and opponent hitting percentage...UW leads WSU in hitting percentage, blocks, and service aces...NATIONALLY, thru 9/29 matches, Brenn Larson was 15th in assists...WSU was eighth kills per game, 28th in hitting percentage, and 21st in assists.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: The Cougars averaged 1,438 fans last weekend for the Arizona schools matches at Bohler Gym...in the top 25 in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,115 (23rd) fans (7 home matches)...the WSU average for the Pac-10 matches is 1,548 fans...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,228 fans (12 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school with 2,166 (7 matches) after 3,937 fans watched the USC-Stanford five-game match last Friday.

SERVING ON THE COURT AND IN THE COMMUNITY: The Washington State volleyball team had another successful September clothing drive...using the theme, Bring your gently used clothes and a pair of new hose, women donated professional clothing for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force...the donated clothes and hose were taken to the Pullman Community Action Center and donors received free admission to the Sept. 20 or 21, Cougar volleyball matches at Bohler Gym.In between her busy nights Sept. 27 (at USC) and 28 (at UCLA) as the Cougar libero, Kortney Jamtaas participated in a charity walk with her family in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which was dedicated to her cousin, Kirsten Gould, who passed away at the age of 14 last March of a rare cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma...the 4 Paws for a Cure, A Nationwide Dogwalk to Conquer Kid's Cancer, took place the morning of Sept. 28, in Philadelphia, New York, and Portland in addition to the LA location...Gould, from Seattle, attended several Cougar volleyball matches and the team visited her during her illness...Jamtaas participated in the two-mile dogwalk with several celebrities and hundreds of dogs and walkers who raised funds for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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 184-77 record (.705), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances...average attendance for this year's home matches is 1,115 fans (25th nationally)...average attendance to date for Pac-10 home matches is 1,548 fans.

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.

STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - 8th Adrian Hankoff 3.75 kpg, 10th LaToya Harris 3.65 kpg (Mia Jerkov, Cal 5.73 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - 8th Holly Harris .327 (Sara McGee, Stanford .451)
Assists - 4th Brenn Larson 12.82 apg (Laura Collins, Oregon State 13.04 apg)
Service Aces - 5th Adrian Hankoff 0.52 sapg, 10th Victoria Prince 0.45 sapg (Ashley Ivy, Stanford .073 sapg)
Digs - 2nd Kortney Jamtaas 3.71 dpg, 10th Adrian Hankoff 3.12 dpg (Nikki Neuburger, Oregon State 4.18dpg)
Blocks - 6th Victoria Prince 1.13 bpg (Jennifer Harvey, Stanford 1.47 bpg)
Points - 8th Adrian Hankoff 4.58 ppg (Mia Jerkov, Cal 6.58 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 2nd with 16.84 kpg (USC 17.78 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 4th at .272 (Stanford .318)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 2nd at .160 (Stanford .151)
Assists - WSU is 4th at 14.72 apg (USC 16.83 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 3rd at 1.80 sapg (Washington 2.34 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 3rd at 16.22 dpg (Oregon State 17.92 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.23 bpg (Stanford 3.64 bpg)

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).

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) - Is red-shirting the 2002 season.
#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, Fr., S, Westlake, Calif.) - Named to Cougar Challenge and Nanook Classic All-tournament teams...very poised true freshman...12.82 assists per game is fourth-best in Pac-10, was 15th-best nationally last three weeks...her .295 hitting percentage is third-best on team...2.30 digs per game is fourth-best on squad...summer camps and European tour helped solidify this 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...packs a powerful left-handed hit...subbed in to play in 21 games to date...against No. 17 Arizona for All-Pac-10 player LaToya Harris, came off the bench to tag 16 kills and hit .652 in four games.
#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-7, Sr., L/DS, Orinda, Calif.) - Had career-best 21 digs against No. 17 UCLA...four-year back row starter...provides spectacular back row saves...3.71 digs per game average leads team (2nd Pac-10)...currently 10th in WSU all-time career records with 930 career digs...only needs one more to move to ninth in standings.
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, So., OH, Riga, Latvia) - Missed Cougars European tour as she was playing in European Beach Championships in Croatia...finished eighth because Bautre had to leave in the middle of play to return to Pullman...has played in 20 games to date.
#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, Nanook Classic and Molten Golden Gate Classic All-tournament teams...had a career-high six aces in three-game Alaska Fairbanks match...had career-high 21 kills and 25 digs at UCLA...leads team with 3.75 kills per game (8th Pac-10) and 25 aces (0.52 sapg, 5th Pac-10)...4.58 points per game is eighth in Pac-10...an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2001...last season's 43 aces is seventh on WSU's single season all-time standings.
#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, So., L/DS, Walla Walla, Wash.) - Played in seven games this season which matches her freshman defensive specialist action....learning libero position this season.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, Sr., MH, Sandy, Utah) - Second on team in blocking with 0.94 bpg (1.05 in conference only matches)...third on squad with 2.82 kpg and 3.48 points per game...her .327 hitting percentage is 8th in Pac-10...in wins over No. 17 Arizona and No. 24 Arizona State had 25 kills, hit .388, had five blocks and contributed 30.5 points...climbing up all WSU's career blocking categories lists - eighth in solo blocks (47), block assists (275) and total blocks (322)...holds school match record with a .909 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 11 attacks) in 2001 match vs. Oregon...will join Cougar women's basketball team after volleyball.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, Sr., RS/LS, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada) - Strong contributor to Cougar Challenge title with 3.33 kills per game...added 26 kills (2.89 kpg), 12 digs and 29 points at Nanook Classic...tagged 10 kills in each of the past three matches versus No. 17 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona, and No. 24 Arizona State...number four hitter on team with 2.75 kpg and fourth with 3.15 points per game.
#14 Jen Barcus (6-1, Fr., MB, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) - Treating back pain after seeing action in four of the Cougars first 10 games and had four blocks...highly sought-after prep volleyball and basketball player.
#16 Victoria Prince (6-0, So., MH, Kennewick, Wash.) - Outstanding blocker...at Nanook Classic, had 12 blocks in nine games (1.33 bpg) including six blocks vs. UAF...has six blocks in the past three matches - No. 17 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona, and No. 24 Arizona State...served five aces against Oregon State...at USF tourney, had 22 kills (.500), four aces and nine blocks...leads team with 1.13 blocks per game (6th Pac-10) and a 1.23 bpg average in conference only matches...10th in Pac-10 with 0.45 aces per game average.
#17 LaQu� Branch (5-8, Fr., OH, Yakima, Wash.) - Seen action in six games to date...able to make leaping hits.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, Sr., OH, Portland, Ore.) - Named MVP of Cougar Challenge tournament for second time in three years...fourth consecutive year named to all-tournament team...also voted MVP of Nanook Classic and USF Molten Golden Gate Classic tournaments...two-time All-Pac-10 First team selection...second on team with 3.65 kpg (10th Pac-10) and 4.29 points per game (9th Pac-10)...on WSU all-time career lists for kills, aces, digs, and will be for total blocks...a team captain and leader.
#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, Fr., OH, Purcellville, Va.) - Red-shirt for 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...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...only the Washington match will be aired this week.

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 times...the Sept. 27 match at USC was the screen debut for the Cougars...next will be the Oct. 25, the UCLA match at Pullman...ALSO, viewers in the Northwest can catch the FOX Sports NW new weekly show, On Campus With the Cougs, every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. PT...interviews and feature stories on Cougar student-athletes, coaches and special events with Brian Webber.

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