No. 20 Washington State Volleyball Hosts No. 13 UCLA, No. 1 USC

Oct. 21, 2002

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SWEET HOME PULLMAN: The Washington State volleyball team (14-5, 4-5 and tied for sixth in Pac-10) is very happy to be home for the first time in two weeks as the second half of Pac-10 matches begin...Cougars take on No. 13 UCLA (12-7, 5-4) Friday, Oct. 25, and No. 1 USC (16-0, 9-0) Saturday, Oct. 26.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: Friday's UCLA match will be the second WSU broadcast this year...it will be shown nationally on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net, in the Pacific Northwest, Sat., Oct. 26, at 10 a.m...Tod Pickett and Kathy Nelson are the announcers...the Sept. 27 match at USC was the screen debut for the Cougars...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.

NO. 13 UCLA BRUINS (12-7, 5-4 Pac-10): Sept. 27 at UCLA: the Bruins pulled out a five-game win after WSU had a 2-0 lead...six UCLA players had double-figure kills and libero Chrissie Zartman had 27 digs...WSU was led by Adrian Hankoff's 21 and LaToya Harris' 20 kills...current UCLA leaders are Lauren Fendrick (6-3, Sr. OH) 3.47 kpg and Angela Eckmier (6-2, Sr. MB) 1.16 bpg (T4th Pac-10)...Zartman (5-5 So.) adds 3.80 dpg (3rd Pac-10)...coach Andy Banachowski has a 931-228 record in 36 years at UCLA...the Bruins lead the series 27-6...when playing in Pullman, UCLA leads the series 12-4 with WSU's last win at home against the Bruins came in 2000.

NO. 1 USC WOMEN OF TROY (16-0, 9-0 Pac-10 pending 10/25 vs. UW): Sept. 26 at USC: the Trojans won 3-0...USC hit .347 and Lauren Killian had 13 kills...WSU hit .133 and Adrian Hankoff had 18 kills...April Ross (6-1 Jr. OH) leads USC with 4.02 kpg (5th Pac-10)...Keao Burdine (6-1 So. OH) adds 3.42 kpg...at the net, Katie Olsovsky (6-3 Jr. MB) hauls down 1.24 bpg (3rd Pac-10) and Emily Adams (6-5 So. MB) has a 1.14 bpg average (7th Pac-10)...coach Mick Haley has a 41-4 record at USC (2 years) and a 538-137-1 Div. I career record (18 years)...USC leads the overall series 24-10 and in Pac-10 only matches has a 23-10 advantage...seven of the Cougar wins have come under Coach Cindy Fredrick...WSU's last win was in 1998 at Los Angeles...WSU and USC have eight wins each when playing in Pullman.

COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: Washington State, coming off losses at No. 6 Stanford and unranked California, dropped three places to 20th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll...USC maintained its number one ranking...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 6 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA, No. 16 Arizona and No. 18 Arizona State...also receiving votes this week is California (No. 26) and Washington (No. 29)...the Cougars are also 17th in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll while this week's opponents, USC is first and UCLA is 14th in the Oct. 21 poll.

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 259-169 (.605) while her overall collegiate record is 345-229 (.601) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 119-122 (.494) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).

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 (1290) and aces (123), and fifth in digs (1045)...Harris among the top 50th of Pac-10 all-time kills and top 70 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 (48), block assists (286) and total blocks (334).

JAMTAAS REACHES 1,000 DIGS: 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 became the sixth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 digs in a career...she is second in the Pac-10 in digs per game average at 4.05 dpg...her 30 digs against Washington missed the school match record by only two digs.

MORE NUMBERS FOR YOUR NOGGIN: In Pac-10 team stat standings, WSU is ahead of UCLA in kills, aces, digs and hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage...the Cougars are ahead of USC in digs and aces...NATIONALLY, thru 10/13 matches, Brenn Larson was 26th in assists...WSU was 12th in kills, 22nd in hitting percentage and 24th in assists.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU ranks 24th in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,115 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 7,197 fans (13 home matches)...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school with 2,817 (7 matches) after 9,141 fans watched the Arizona - Stanford five-game match as part of the Midnight Madness basketball practice opening event.

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 do not vote for own team.

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