Volleyball Ready For Season Opener

Aug. 25, 2003

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COUGS OPEN 2003 SEASON WITH HOME TOURNAMENT: The 14th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament opens the Washington State volleyball season...competing in the two-day, six-match tournament this year are Wichita State, San Francisco, and Oklahoma...Washington State has won nine of the 13 Cougar Challenge tournaments including last year...Oklahoma and Wichita State have both played in previous Cougar Challenge Tournaments - Oklahoma in 1994, and Wichita State in 1997.

TOURNAMENT TICKETS: General admission tickets for the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge will be sold at the Bohler Gym ticket window beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday...the cost is $5 per adult and $3 for youth and seniors per session with the sessions comprising matches Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday evening...WSU students will be admitted free of charge with valid student ID.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick begins her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 269-175 (.610) while her overall collegiate record is 355-232 (.605) in 18 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (15th year), and former Cougar standout, Jen Greeny (fourth year)...three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection La Toya Harris is serving as an undergraduate assistant coach this season.

COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT WINNERS: Washington State has won the Cougar Challenge Tournament nine times (1991, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '99, '00, '02)...other winners include Montana (1990), Northern Iowa (1994), Louisville (1998), and Pacific (2001).

ABOUT THE COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT TEAMS:OKLAHOMA SOONERS - The University of Oklahoma is located in Normal, Okla., and serves 29,000 students...website is www.SoonerSports.com....OU is a member of the Big 12 Conference and finished eighth last year with a 4-16 record...the Sooners' overall record was 6-22 in 2002...head coach Kalani Mahi has a 16-73 record in three seasons at OU...his career record is 61-147 (6 years)...senior 5-10 OH Christina Barlow averaged 3.0 kpg and 2.16 dpg last season...setter is a freshman, 5-9 Anna Monsen...WSU and Oklahoma has met only once in volleyball at the 1994 Cougar Challenge...WSU won the match 3-1 (10-15, 15-8, 15-9, 15-4).

SAN FRANCISCO DONS - USF (7,800 students) is a member of the West Coast Conference...website is www.usfdons.com...the Dons were 2-12 last year in conference play, tied for seventh...overall record in 2002 was 6-25...head coach Jeff Nelson is in his first year at USF but has an eight year career record of 166-96...top returning players for Dons are All-West Coast Conference first team 5-10 senior OH Brittanie Budinger (4.6 kpg, 3.0 dpg) and 6-1 senior MB Teresa Russell (3.7 kpg, 3.4 dpg, 1.1 bpg)...USF leads the series 4-1 with WSU's lone win coming last year in San Francisco.

WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS - Located in Wichita, Kan., this WSU has 15,100 students and is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference...website is www.goshockers.com...the Shockers (named after wheat) were 18-13 overall last year and 11-7, tied for fourth place in the MVC...head coach Chris Lamb has a 37-52 record in his three years at Wichita State, his first head coaching job...Shockers' assistant coach is former Washington State assistant, Shannon Hoyt Lamb...all 15 letterwinners from last year's squad return...top returnees include 5-9 junior RS Sara Younes (3.25 kpg), 5-10 junior OH Jackie Brown (3.14 kpg and 3.14 dpg), and 6-1 sophomore OH/M Darci Vohs (1.37 bpg)...the two WSUs have met once before, at the 1997 Cougar Challenge Tournament where the Cougars defeated the Shockers 3-0.

BEATIN' 'EM IN BOHLER GYM - ADVANTAGE COUGARS: During the last ten seasons (1991 through 2002 excluding the 1998 and '99 seasons when the team played in Beasley Coliseum), WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 222-86 record (.720), averaged 22 wins per season, and made ten post season appearances.

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. 12...Alex Webster returns for his eighth 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...in addition to the Utah Hampton Inn Classic matches, all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

AND TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have four matches televised this season, all on a next-day, tape-delayed basis...check your FOX Sports Net station for dates and times:

Friday, Sept. 26 Washington State at Stanford
Thursday, Oct. 2 UCLA at Washington State
Friday, Oct. 17 Washington at Washington State
Thursday, Nov. 6 Oregon State at Washington State

CHARITY NO. 1, THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the third consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive and are asking fans to bring their gently used clothing and a pair of new hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...the clothing will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...larger sizes are especially needed...donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sept. 17-18...donors will receive free admission to the Sept. 18 or 19, Cougar volleyball matches at Bohler Gym...more information, call 509-335-0277.

CHARITY NO. 2, THE 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 for the second year...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...last year the team raised $1,019...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: USC was selected to successfully defend its league championship in 2003...Stanford, the NCAA national runners-up, were predicted to finish second...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 14 previous polls...coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and points are tallied as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 with first place votes listed in parentheses: 1. USC (9) 90, 2. Stanford (1) 82, 3. Arizona and UCLA 68, 5. California 61, 6. Washington 49, 7. Arizona State 39, 8. Washington State 36, 9. Oregon State 28, 10. Oregon 19.

WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and the visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball Quicksets Dinners...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...the cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Nov. 7.

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