Cougar Volleyball Travels To Utah

Sept. 2, 2003

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COUGARS TRAVEL TO SALT LAKE CITY: The Washington State volleyball team looks to rebound from the 1-2 record at the Cougar Challenge Tournament this weekend when the Cougars travel to the Utah Hampton Inn Classic Tournament at Salt Lake City...WSU will meet No. 18 Missouri (3-0), Utah (1-2) and Utah Valley State (1-2)...Utah was picked to win the Mountain West Conference this year by the coaches while Missouri returns nearly all the starters off an NCAA 2002 second round team...Utah Valley State is venturing into NCAA Div. I competition after years of success in the National Junior College Athletic Association....the tournament matches will be played at the University of Utah Crimson Court (capacity 1,500).

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 and be aware of the yahoo.com broadcasting fee this year...in addition to the Utah Hampton Inn Classic matches, all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

NATIONAL POLL: WSU fell to 30th on the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll Sept. 1, after being ranked No. 19 on the preseason poll...USC is still the national leader with a 5-0 record...one of this week's opponents, the Missouri Tigers, moved up from 21 to 18 on the poll.

COUGAR CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT: Washington State did not win the Cougar Challenge Tournament for only the fifth time in 14 years...the University of San Francisco won the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record...USF defeated Wichita State 3-2, Washington State 3-2 and Oklahoma 3-0...the Cougars opened with a 3-1 win over Oklahoma, but lost to USF and Wichita State in five-game matches Saturday...the Shockers finished second at 2-1 while WSU was third at 1-2...Oklahoma went 0-3...USF's Brittanie Budinger was the tournament MVP and fellow Dons Caroline Skacel and Teresa Russell were named to the all-tourney team...WSU's Brenn Larson and Kristen Carlson joined Sara Younes from Wichita State and Joanna Schmitt from Oklahoma on the all-tournament squad.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 270-177 (.604) while her overall collegiate record is 356-234 (.603) in 19 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.

OF NOTE: This marked the 13th consecutive season the Cougars have won their season-opening match...the last time WSU lost a season-opening match was in 1990, a 3-2 loss to Mississippi...the 1990 season, Coach Fredrick's second season at the helm at WSU, was also the last year the Cougars were 1-2 after the first tournament of the season...that year was Fredrick's last losing record as WSU finished 13-18 overall, 6-12 for seventh place in Pac-10 standings.

ABOUT THE HAMPTON INN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT TEAMS:No. 18 MISSOURI TIGERS (3-0) - Located in Columbus, Mo., MU has 24,847 students and is a member of the Big 12 Conference...the Tigers opened the 2003 season with wins over Montana State (3-0), Toledo (3-0) and Arkansas (3-1) at their own Quality Inn Tiger Invitational tournament...head coach Susan Kreklow (73-26, four years at MU, 582-136 overall in 14 years)...5-11 sophomore OH Shen Danru (China) averages 4.50 kpg (.352), and 3.90 dpg...6-1 senior OH Mary Lauren Smith brings 4.10 kpg (.386)...sophomore setter Lindsey Hunter averages 13.00 apg...all three were named to the Tiger Invite all-tourney team with Hunter the MVP...this will be the first meeting for the Tigers and the Cougs.

UTAH UTES (1-2) - The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, Utah...enrollment is 28,300 students...the Utes are members of the Mountain West Conference and the coaches selected them to win the conference for the second year in a row...head coach Beth Launiere (254-164 record/14 years)...6-2 senior MB Kim Turner was the co-Mountain West Player of the Year, MVP of the conference tournament, and an All-West Region selection in 2002...Turner was named to the Arizona State all-tournament team last weekend after 4.00 kpg, 1.92 dpg, and 1.33 bpg averages...Utah lost to Arizona State 3-1, lost to San Diego 3-2, and defeated Ohio University 3-0...Turner and juniors Kelsie Kartchner and Lyndsey Henderson participated in the USA Volleyball A2 training program last summer...WSU leads the series 8-1 with the loss coming in 1981.

UTAH VALLEY STATE WOLVERINES (1-2*) - Utah Valley State has 25,000 students and is located in Orem, Utah...the Wolverines will be an independent member of the NCAA Div. I this year...last year UVSC's volleyball team went 26-5 as a junior college...head coach Sam Atoa (138-31 in four years as a JC head coach)...5-11 right side hitter Deise Borghetti (Brazil) is a first team NJCAA All-American in 2002...5-9 junior OH Alina Wallauer (2.46 kpg, 2.15 dpg) and 6-2, MB Kassidy Brotherson (2.62 kpg, 1.15 bpg) lead the team...at the Boise State Bronco Invitational last weekend, UVSC lost 3-1 to Portland, defeated Boise State 3-2, lost to Bowling Green 3-1...*UVSC plays BYU-Hawaii Sept. 2, at Orem...first meeting with WSU.

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.

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 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.

LITTLE SPIKERS CLINICS: For the ninth year, the Washington State University women's volleyball program will conduct the 'Little Spikers' youth volleyball clinics...a series of one-hour volleyball participation clinics for boys and girls, ages 5 through 10, conducted by the WSU coaches and players...a fun atmosphere is provided for learning the basics of volleyball while using special lightweight 'training' balls...clinics run from 10 to 11 a.m. on the Volleyball Court in Bohler Gym on four of the Cougar home weekend - Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25...clinic participants will demonstrate their skills between games of the Nov. 7, 7 p.m. WSU match against Oregon...$20 registration fee covers the four Saturday clinics, a Little Spikers T-shirt, and free admission to five Cougar volleyball home matches....registration deadline is Sept. 16...call the Cougar Volleyball Office at 335-0277 to register.

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.

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.)
After missing freshman season due to recurring back pain, has played in 12 of 14 games to date this season...leads team with 1.58 blocks per game.

#77 Zanda Bautre (5-9, OH, SR, Riga, Latvia)
Lone senior on the team...co-captain...missed half of last season after knee surgery...leads team with 2.82 kpg...also contributing 2.21 dpg.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.)
Taken on libero duties...averaging 1.86 dpg.

#17 LaQu� Branch (5-8, OH, SO, Yakima, Wash.)
Saw limited action in early season last year but stress fractures put her on the bench...surgery Nov. 15 then rehab...has subbed in to play in six games this year.

#2 Ashley Bristol (5-9, S, FR, Winnemucca, Nev.)
Recruited walk-on.

#10 McKenzie Burgess (6-0, MB/OH, FR, Benton City, Wash.)
Subbed into Wichita State match for one game...tallied two kills in three attacks.

#8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, FR, Gresham, Ore.)
Missed most of preseason practice...played in 10 of 14 games to date with 13 kills and 26 digs.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.)
Recruited walk-on.

#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, OH, RS-FR, Purcellville, Va.)
Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team...averaging 2.64 kpg and team-high 3.79 dpg...adds 1.00 bpg.

#6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho)
Had two digs in one game of this season.

#1 Sheila Gluzer (5-5, L/DS, FR, Oak Park, Calif.)
Recruited walk-on.

#7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, JR, Newhall, Calif.)
Recruited walk-on...played in two games to date.

#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, S, SO, Westlake, Calif.)
Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team...team co-captain...averaging 10.64 assists per game and 2.21 dpg...also had nine blocks.

#16 April Lott (6-0, MB, FR, Kennewick, Wash.)
Recruited walk-on.

#18 Kali Richards (5-7, S/L, FR, Spokane, Wash.)
Recruited walk-on.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.)
Played in 12 of 14 games...had 20 digs, 23 kills and four blocks.

#12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada)
Saw action in three games last weekend.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-3, MB, FR, Henderson, Nev.)
Played in every game to date...averaging 2.79 kpg, second-best on team...hit .309...also 1.07 bpg.

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