WSU Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play With Desert Schools

Sept. 15, 2003

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The Washington State volleyball team (3-6) begins Pacific-10 Conference action this week...No. 10 Arizona (6-4) comes to Bohler Gym Thursday and Arizona State (5-4) is the Friday night opponent...both matches begin at 7 p.m...the Cougars look to extend their two-match win streak coming off wins over New Mexico and an upset of previously undefeated No. 22 Loyola Marymount at the Cougar Mania Invitational last weekend.

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...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, volleyball matches at Bohler Gym...more information, call 509-335-0277.

WSU'S RECRUITING CLASS RANKED EIGHTH NATIONALLY: Washington State University's volleyball newcomers are listed as the eighth-best recruiting class in the October 2003 issue of Volleyball Magazine...the monthly publication lists the top 20 recruiting classes playing at NCAA Division I schools this fall...six Pac-10 member schools were listed with Stanford first, UCLA fifth, Arizona 12th, USC 18th, and California 19th...WSU has nine freshmen and one junior college transfer...Cougars freshman Jennifer Todd, a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit honoree from Las Vegas, Nev., is pictured in the article.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 272-181 (.600) while her overall collegiate record is 358-238 (.601) 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.

BAUTRE NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WSU outside hitter Zanda Bautre has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 8- Sept. 14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Bautre, a senior from Riga, Latvia, earned all-tournament honors at the Cougar Mania Tournament last weekend. With setter Brenn Larson out with an injury, Bautre set for the first time in her career as WSU ran a 6-2 offense. The senior co-captain, posted 41 kills (3.73 kpg) on 94 attacks with only 12 errors to hit .309 in the three matches. She also tallied 69 assists (6.27 apg), 40 digs (3.64 dpg) and picked up 44 points. The Cougars were 2-1 last week, including an upset of #22 Loyola Marymount (USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll). Washington State begins Pac-10 Conference play this week with matches against Arizona and Arizona State. This is the first weekly honor for Bautre, and the Cougars' 19th Player of the Week honor all time.

COUGAR MANIA INVITATIONAL WRAPUP: Washington State finished second in this inaugural tourney after defeating New Mexico 30-25, 20-21, 30-22 and upsetting No. 22 Loyola Marymount 30-28, 30-21, 26-30, 33-30...Saint Louis defeated WSU 30-26, 29-31, 30-19, 30-24, in the opening match...LMU defeated NM 3-0 and SLU 3-0 while SLU defeated NM 3-1...WSU's Zanda Bautre, who added setting to her on-court duties for this tournament, joined Jennifer Todd and Kristen Carlson on the all-tournament team...Kaelani Kimball from LMU was the MVP and teammates Nichole Oehlman and Dina DeBernardi also made the squad...Jessica Kmitta, from Saint Louis, also made the all-tourney squad.

NOTES: During the Cougar Mania Tournament, the Cougars averaged 3.36 blocks per game with Jen Barcus stopping 1.73 bpg, Jennifer Todd 1.55 bpg and Kelly Rosin 1.11 bpg...last year's Elite Eight squad averaged 2.40 bpg...WSU has defeated six of the last seven ranked opponents in Bohler Gym including every Pac-10 team last season except No. 1 USC, and No. 22 LMU this season...WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick will coach her 600th collegiate match when the Cougars travel to Stanford Friday, Sept. 26.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:
NO. 15 ARIZONA WILDCATS (6-4) - Arizona are 1-2 with ranked teams, defeating No. 5 Pepperdine 3-12 but losing to No. 20 Santa Clara 1-3, and last week to No. 11 UC Santa Barbara 1-3...Wildcats other loss was to Notre Dame...Pac-10 2002 Freshman of the Year, 6-2 OH Kim Glass, leads the Wildcats with 5.43 kpg (3rd Pac-10)...sophomore 6-0 MB Bre Ladd adds 3.12 kpg and 0.94 bpg...setter Stephanie Butkus has a 12.26 assists average (3rd Pac-10)...head coach Dave Rubio (223-113, 12 years; career 343-178, 17 years...Arizona leads the series 25-10...WSU won last year in Pullman, 3-2.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (5-4) - ASU losses have come against Ohio (1-3), San Diego (0-3), Tennessee (2-3), and Nevada (1-3)...coming off winning SMU Invite in Dallas last weekend...common opponent with WSU was Utah - ASU won 3-1 while WSU lost to Utes 2-3...5-11 junior OH/OP Natalie Harris leads the team with 4.06 kpg (5th Pac-10)...5-11 senior OH Juliana Escobar adds 3.61 kpg and 3.26 dpg (t8th Pac-10)...6-3 senior MB/OP Mandy Stephens is the top blocker at 0.88 bpg...running a 6-2 offense (two setters), Cheryl Anglin has a 7.66 apg...head coach Brad Saindon is in his first year at ASU and has a 249-144, 13-year career record...ASU leads the series 18-17 but WSU has won the last four matches.

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.

LARSON ON THE MEND: Sophomore setter Brenn Larson, a 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection, is recovering from a high ankle sprain on her right leg...she suffered this injury in practice Thursday, Aug. 28, but still played in the Cougar Challenge Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team...she did not travel with the team to Utah in the Cougar Mania tournament last weekend...she is scheduled to begin light workouts with the team this week but her ability to play this weekend will be determined prior to the Thursday night match...after three matches, Larson averaged 10.64 assists per game.

NATIONAL POLL: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 15, shows USC, at 9-0, the national leader...Loyola Marymount moved from No. 22 to No. 25 after their loss to WSU...Arizona is 15th this week...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Sept. 15, USC is first while Arizona is ranked No. 17.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is 25th in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 620 fans (6 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,221 fans (10 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school with 1,880 (2 matches).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
Friday, Oct. 17, Washington at Washington State
Thursday, Oct. 2, UCLA at Washington State
Thursday, Nov. 6, Oregon State at Washington State

COUGARS 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.

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