Cougar Volleyball Hosts No. 8 UCLA, No. 1 USC

Sept. 29, 2003

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COUGARS HOME TO HOST TOP-RANKED TEAMS: The Washington State volleyball team, now 5-8 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10 action, returns to Bohler Gym this week for another pair of matches against top-ranked teams...No. 8 UCLA (10-2, 2-1) comes to town Thursday while No. 1 USC (12-0, 3-0) will be in Pullman for the Friday night contest...both matches begin at 7 p.m...the UCLA match will be televised on a tape-delayed broadcast by FOX Sports Net...former Cougar standout Melissa Boyle will be adding color commentary while Peter Young provided the play-by-play for the televised match.

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 - 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 and they will present that check to the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse prior to the Oct. 2 UCLA match...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 274-183 (.600) while her overall record is 360-240 (.600) in the 600 matches during her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...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.

NOTES: For the second week, the Cougars will face 'fresh' opponents both nights...WSU plays the Thursday-Friday schedule because the Cougars host a Pac-10 football game Saturday (Arizona) but the Washington pigskin team is not playing at home so the Huskies host the traditional Friday-Saturday volleyball contests....WSU has defeated seven of the last eight ranked opponents in Bohler Gym including every Pac-10 team last season except No. 1 USC...this season WSU has wins over two ranked teams - No. 22 LMU and No. 16 Arizona...after defeating WSU in five games at the Cougar Challenge Tournament, San Francisco has stayed undefeated in 15 matches.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 22, shows USC, at 10-0, the national leader...Stanford is ranked 4th while California moved to No. 11...Washington State is among 14 schools receiving points in the poll...other Pac-10 schools ranked include No. 8 UCLA, No. 13 Washington, and No. 22 Arizona...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Sept. 29, USC is first and UCLA is ninth.

ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:

NO. 8 UCLA BRUINS (10-2, 2-1) - UCLA has two wins against ranked teams (No. 22 Louisville and No. 6 Minnesota) and two losses against ranked teams (No. 2 Hawai'i and No. 1 USC)...the Bruins' leader is Brynn Murphy (junior, 6-3, MB) with 3.90 kpg (6th Pac-10) and 1.00 bpg...Heather Cullen (junior, 6-1 RS/OH) adds 3.22 kpg...Cira Wright (senior, 6-0 MB) brings a 1.37 bpg average...setters Krystal McFarland (10.06 apg) and Haley Jorgensborg (6.73 apg)...All-Pac-10 libero Chrissie Zartman has a 4.05 dpg average (1st Pac-10)...head coach Andy Banachowski (949-237 record in 37 years)...UCLA leads the series 27-7...WSU won last year at Bohler Gym, a 3-2 contest.

NO. 1 USC TROJANS (12-0, 3-0) - USC has wins over five ranked teams (No. 3 Florida, No. 2 Hawai'i, No. 8 Northern Iowa, No. 8 Pepperdine, and No. 9 UCLA)...Women of Troy have three hitters over 3.00 kpg - 6-6 junior MB Emily Adams 3.86 kpg (7th Pac-10), 6-1 junior OH Keao Burdine 3.61 kpg (9th Pac-10), and 6-1 senior OH April Ross 3.35 kpg...in the blocking stats, Adams has a 1.43 bpg average (3rd Pac-10) while Bibiana Candelas (6-5, soph., MB) averages 1.33 bpg (6th Pac-10)...setter Toni Anderson's 10.78 apg (4th Pac-10)...Nicole Davis (senior 5-6 libero) digs up 3.82 per game (2nd Pac-10)...head coach Mick Haley (68-5, 3 years at USC; 841-193-1 overall rcord 27 years)...USC leads the series 25-10 with WSU's last win , a 3-1 match at Los Angeles in 1998.

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'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.

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.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU dropped out of the top 25 in the national attendance rankings...Cougars have an average home attendance of 725 fans (8 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,165 fans (12 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school with 1,679 (5 matches). -more-

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.

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 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...all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.27 bpg is second on team, 7th in Pac-10...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State...best match to date was 10 kills (.375) and 10 blocks in win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount.

#77 Zanda Bautre (5-9, OH, SR, Riga, Latvia) Lone senior on the team...co-captain...missed half of last season after knee surgery...named to Utah Hampton Inn Classic and Cougar Mania All-Tournament teams...stepped into setter's role during Mania tourney...named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the Sept. 8-14, for her 41 kills/3.73 kpg (.309), 69 assists and 40 digs in the Cougar Mania Tournament...leads team with 3.46 kpg...also contributing 3.15 dpg, second on team and 9th in Pac-10...eight double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...leads team with 3.75 points per game.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) Shares libero duties with Sheila Gluzer...subs in to serve...averaging 2.00 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, 2002, then rehab...has subbed in to play in ten games this year.

#2 Ashley Bristol (5-9, S, FR, Winnemucca, Nev.) Recruited walk-on...stepped in to share setting duties with Kali Richards at Utah Tournament...played 13 games (3 matches) with 4.08 assists per game average.

# 10 McKenzie Burgess (6-0, MB/OH , FR, Benton City, Wash.) Subbed into five games in three matches to date...had three kills against Utah.

# 8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, FR, Gresham, Ore.) Missed most of preseason practice...started at Utah...had 11 kills (.304) and four blocks in upset win over No. 22 Loyola Marymount.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...subbed into serve in seven games to date.

#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, OH, RS-FR, Purcellville, Va.) Named to Cougar Challenge and Cougar Mania All-Tournament teams...averaging 3.06 kpg and team-high 3.48 dpg (5th in Pac-10)...adds 0.78 bpg...eight double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...number two point-producer on team at 3.74 ppg...in wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...in Pac-10 matches is hitting .438 kpg and 3.38 dpg.

# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in seven games in three matches this season...had four kills and four digs against Utah.

#1 Sheila Gluzer (5-5, L/DS, FR, Oak Park, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...playing libero in 11 games (four matches)...2.73 dpg.

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

#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, S, SO, Westlake, Calif.) Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team...team co-captain...played in first three matches of season then missed six with high ankle sprain (right leg)...returned for start of Pac-10 season...averaging 10.77 assists per game...adds 2.63 dpg...also had 17 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...stepped in to share setting duties with Ashley Bristol at Utah Tournament...shared duties at Cougar Mania Tournament with Zanda Bautre...played 25 games (seven matches) with 5.20 assists per game average...added 2.16 dpg.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.) Starter...contributed seven blocks in ASU win...0.72 bpg average(fourth on team)...top kills output was 12 versus Wichita State.

# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 13 games to date (five matches)...had six kills against UVSC and four blocks against Missouri.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-3, MB, FR, Henderson, Nev.) Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...starting middle blocker...named to Cougar Mania All-Tournament Team...averaging 2.22 kpg, third-best on team...blocks average of 1.41 blocks per game average is 5th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.92 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...had 12 kills (.435) and hauled down nine blocks in upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount...3.25 points per game is third on team.

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