Washington State Volleyball Moves Up to No. 11, Awaits NCAA
Nov. 27, 2002
COUGS SWEEP OREGON SCHOOLS, AWAIT NCAA SELECTION:
The Washington State volleyball team ended its regular and Pac-10 season play last weekend with 3-0 sweeps at Oregon and Oregon State...the Cougars finished 21-7 in overall matches, and 11-7 and tied with Arizona for third place in the Pac-10 standings...this is the seventh time in Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's 14-year tenure at WSU that the squad has won 21 or more matches...the last time was in 1997 (26-7)...the third place tie in the Pac-10 is the second-highest finish (second in 1996 and 1997).
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...the Cougar team will watch the show together at a local restaurant in Pullman...Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and selected players will participate in a press conference Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the WSU Sports Information conference room...media members can dial into the regular conference system.
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.
COUGARS NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAMS:
WSU senior LaToya Harris was named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Team for the third consecutive year...four Cougar senior starters - Adrian Hankoff, Holly Harris, Kortney Jamtaas and Chelsie Schafer - were all named to the honorable mention team...this was the second time Hankoff and Schafer were selected for the honorable mention team...in addition, WSU's freshman setter, Brenn Larson, was selected to the six-player Pac-10 All-Freshman First Team...LaToya Harris joins 19 other players who have been three-time all-conference selections, including former Cougar Sarah Silvernail...eight players have been four-time selections, including this year's Conference Player of the Year, Stanford outside hitter Logan Tom...Arizona's Kim Glass was Freshman of the Year while Washington's Jim McLaughlin was Coach of the Year.
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.
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 266-171 (.609) while her overall collegiate record is 352-231 (.604) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 126-126 (.500) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).
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...during the 2002 season, WSU had an 11-1 home record, 8-1 in Pac-10, losing only to No. 1 USC...among the keys 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 was 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 at seventh nationally (2,380 fans average in 10 matches including 9,141 fans at the Arizona - Stanford five-game match as part of the Midnight Madness basketball practice opening event)...Stanford is 10th (1,977 fans average in 11 matches).
NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS:
Washington State was fourth in the last NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Rankings for the Pacific Region, released Nov. 20...USC and Stanford from the Pac-10 were ranked one and two in the Pacific Region followed by Pepperdine from the WCC...Arizona is fifth, Santa Clara sixth and Washington seventh...UCLA and Eastern Washington from the Big Sky Conference are tied for eighth...California, the seventh Pac-10 team of the 10, is tenth...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. 17...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.
EXCELLENCE IN THE CLASSROOM TOO:
Four Cougar senior starters - Adrian Hankoff, Holly Harris, Kortney Jamtaas, and Chelsie Schafer - were all named to the 2002 Pac-10 Volleyball All-Academic honorable mention team...all four players had been honored for their classroom prowess in the past: Hankoff (2001), Harris (2000 and 2001), Jamtaas (2000 and 2001), and Schafer (2000).
HARRIS NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
WSU right side/left side hitter LaToya Harris was named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 10-Nov. 16...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 in Pullman...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 was 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.
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.
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.