No. 13 WSU Volleyball Wraps Up Season at Oregon, Oregon State

Nov. 18, 2002

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COUGS END REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State volleyball team, 19-7 overall, 9-7 and in sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10 standings, ends the regular season this weekend on the road...the Cougars take on Oregon Thursday, Nov. 21 and Oregon State Friday, Nov. 22...WSU, coming off a stunning upset of No. 1 Stanford, Nov. 16, can move into a tie for third with Arizona if the Cougars sweep the Oregon schools and the Wildcats split with the LA schools, as both teams did earlier in the season.

COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: Washington State's upset of No. 1 Stanford moved the Cougars to 13th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll...USC moved back up to the top spot as Stanford dropped to No. 4...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 16 Arizona, and No. 21 UCLA...also receiving votes this week are Washington (26), California (27), and Arizona State (28)...WSU's highest ranking was 7th in the final poll for 1996...Volleyball Magazine no longer produces a poll.

HARRIS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WSU right side/left side hitter LaToya Harris has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 10-Nov. 16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday, Nov. 18. Harris, a senior from Portland, Ore., had 40 kills (4.71 kills per game) on .367 hitting along with 27 digs (3.86 digs per game) as the Cougars swept the Bay Area schools. Against Cal, Harris posted 11 kills with nine digs and four blocks and sang the national anthem a capella prior to the match. In an upset win over Stanford, she hit .460 with a career-high 29 kills, while adding a season-high 18 digs and three aces. No.17 Washington State (19-7, 9-7 in Pac-10) defeated Cal (3-0) and upset No.1-ranked Stanford (3-1) this weekend. This is the second weekly honor for Harris (the first was in October of 2000), and Washington State's 18th Player of the Week honor all-time.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick's 350th career win came against No. 1 Stanford, Nov. 16, in Pullman...Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 264-171 (.607) while her overall collegiate record is 350-231 (.602) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 124-124 (.500) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).

OREGON DUCKS (11-19, 1-15) - Oregon's Pac-10 sole Pac-10 win came against cross-state rival Oregon State (3-1) Nov. 1...the Ducks are led by the 3.82 kpg (7th Pac-10), 1.04 bpg (10th Pac-10), and 4.80 ppg (6th Pac-10) of senior Lindsay Closs...freshman Dariam Acevedo adds 3.37 kpg...head coach Carl Ferreira (30-60, three years at UO, 178-116, nine years overall)...WSU leads the overall series with Oregon 30-26-2...WSU holds a 26-7 lead in Pac-10 matches...the Cougars have won 23 consecutive matches...WSU holds a 12-4 lead in Eugene...the Ducks last win at home was in 1990...earlier this year in Pullman, WSU defeated Oregon 30-27, 30-19, 30-18.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-18, 2-14 pending 11/21 vs. UW) Oregon State is on a six-match losing streak with their last win at Cal Oct. 25...Allison Lawrence is the kills leader for OSU with 3.47 kpg...Nikki Neuburger's 4.02 dpg (3rd Pac-10) and Laura Collins 12.52 assists per game (2nd Pac-10) are the other significant stats for the Beavs...head coach Nancy Somera (48-64, four years)...WSU holds the all-time series advantage with a 37-25 record...in Pac-10 series, WSU leads 27-6...in Corvallis, WSU holds a 12-4 advantage...OSU won the 2001 match in Gill Coliseum, 3-1...earlier this year in Pullman, WSU defeated Oregon State 30-24, 30-27, 30-21.

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.

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.

BOHLER ROCKS AND COUGARS ROLL ON HOME COURT: During the last nine seasons (1991-1997, 2000-02) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 187-77 record (.708), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances...the key to success - great attendance.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is 16th in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,357 fans (12 home matches)...the WSU average for the Pac-10 matches is 1,630 fans...the 2,539 fans for the WSU-Stanford match 11/16, was the largest crowd in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest crowd since 1997...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,300 fans (20 home matches) including the 10,232 fans at Stanford 11/10 match...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school (2,380 in 10 matches including 9,141 fans at the Arizona - Stanford five-game match as part of the Midnight Madness basketball practice opening event).

MISS 'T' IS ASSAULTING COUGAR VOLLEYBALL RECORDS: Senior LaToya Harris is 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, a four-year starter and two-time first team All-Pac-10 is currently fourth in WSU career kills (1,382), first in aces (136), and fourth in digs (1,129)...Harris is among the top 40 players in Pac-10 career kills and all-time digs, and 43rd in the conference to reach 1,000 kills and digs.

ANOTHER HARRIS MEANS MORE MARKS: Holly Harris, senior middle blocker, added a season-high 10 blocks against USC Oct. 26...Harris is seventh in solo blocks (51), closing in on assistant coach Jen Greeny's mark of 59 solos for sixth place all-time...Harris moved to sixth in block assists (317) and total blocks (368).

JAMTAAS REACHES 1,000 DIGS: WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas has spent a career diggin' with the best of them...Jamtaas became the sixth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 digs in a career and is currently third in the all-time WSU career standings at 1,145 digs...she is second in the Pac-10 in digs per game average at 4.39 dpg...her 34 digs against Stanford broke Shannon Wyckoff's 1995 school record of 32 digs in a match.

NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: Washington State is tied for sixth in the latest NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Rankings for the Pacific Region, released Nov. 6...the biweekly rankings include the top ten teams in each of the eight regions, achieved through a vote of regional coaches and administrators using team records as of Nov. 3...Pacific Region includes the Pacific-10, Big Sky and West Coast Conference schools...final rankings are used by the NCAA Championship Tournament selection committee to choose at-large berths to complete the field of 64 teams...31 conference champions receive automatic bids...next rankings are Nov. 20.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: FOX Sports Net broadcast two Cougar volleyball matches this season...the Sept. 27 match at USC was the screen debut for the Cougars and WSU's five-game win over UCLA Oct. 25...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.

NCAA SELECTION SUNDAY: The NCAA Div. I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m PT...the televised selection announcement can be seen on the ESPN News cable network.

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