WSU Volleyball Ready For A Dawg Fight
Oct. 13, 2003
COUGARS MEET HUSKIES IN PRE-MIDNITE MADNESS MATCH: The Washington State volleyball team (7-11, 3-5) hosts No. 12 Washington Huskies (13-4, 4-4) in a Friday, Oct. 17, match at Bohler Gym...the match will be televised on a tape-delayed broadcast by FOX Sports Net (Sun., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.)...Jim Watson and Mike Dodd will call the action for the televised match...men's and women's basketball teams will be showcased in the Midnite Madness, which begins at 10:30 p.m. at Bohler Gym.
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
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 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse...WSU has produced 218 kills in the five matches so far in October, with five matches left to play in the month...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 276-183 (.601) while her overall record is 362-243 (.598) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 129-131 (.496) record in Pac-10 Conference matches...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: WSU extended its win-streak over Oregon to 25 matches (dating back to 1990) and the past nine contests have been three-game sweeps for the Cougars...win over the Ducks was the first road win for the Cougars this season...WSU has played five and lost five five-game matches this season...only in the loss to No. 8 UCLA did WSU have a 2-0 lead after the first two games...the Cougars, playing without two starters, set a less-than-memorable school record low hitting percentage of -.030 in the three-game loss to No. 1 USC, surpassing the record low team hitting percentage of .011 set against Stanford in 1999...USC hit .512 in the match...Washington State is fourth in the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage, keeping the Cougar foes hitting an average of .177.
NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 13, shows USC, at 16-0, the national leader...California moved from 9th to 5th while Stanford dropped from 4th to 7th after losing to Cal...other Pac-10 schools ranked include No. 11 UCLA, and No. 12 Washington...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Oct. 13, USC is first.
ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:
NO. 12 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (13-4, 4-4) - Washington's 11-0 record was the best start in school history...Husky losses came in a four-pack against ranked teams - No. 11 Cal, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA and No. 1 USC...the Dawgs are led by 6-1 junior OH Sanja Tomasevic's 5.56 kpg (2nd Pac-10, 11th nationally) with .307 hpct...Brie Hagerty (6-1, soph., OH) adds 3.47 kpg (tied 9th Pac-10)...Darla Myhre (6-2, soph., MB) adds 1.11 bpg (9th Pac-10)...Candace Lee (5-7, soph. L) is the Pac-10 leader with 4.12 digs per game...setter Courtney Thompson (5-8, fresh.) has a 13.41 apg average (1st Pac-10, 17th nationally)...in the national rankings through 10/5, UW was 7th in hitting percentage and 25th in both assists per game and kills per game...coach Jim McLaughlin (44-31, 3 years at UW; 268-149, 14 years career)...Washington leads the series with Washington State, 40-21 in all-time matches and 21-13 in Pac-10 contests...WSU has won the past six of the past seven meetings...Cougars lead in matches played in Pullman, 9-8...Huskies lead in matches played in Seattle, 13-4.
BIG BLOCKING COUGS: The big blocks have come on the WSU side of the net this season as freshman Jennifer Todd is averaging 1.32 bpg, fifth-best in Pac-10 standings, and redshirt freshman Jen Barcus is contributing 1.24 bpg, sixth-best in Pac-10 this season...earlier in the season, Todd averaged 1.41 bpg...this week the Cougar team is averaging 2.67 bpg which is behind only national leader Stanford (3.38 bpg) and nationally-ranked USC (3.04 bpg)...in Pac-10 only matches, Todd has a 1.36 bpg average while Barcus contributes 1.21 bpg and freshman Kelly Rosin at 1.00 bpg.
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.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is not in the top 25 in the national attendance rankings for the first time in more than eight years...Cougars have an average home attendance of 825 fans (11 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,215 fans (14 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school at ninth with 1,679 (5 matches)...WSU's top home crowd came Oct. 3, when No. 1 USC came to Bohler Gym and 1,739 fans attended.
Washington State University's volleyball newcomers are listed as the eighth-best recruiting class in the October 2003 issue of Volleyball Magazine.
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.
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.
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...1.24 bpg is second on team, sixth in Pac-10...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount and Oregon 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 3.19 kpg...also contributing 3.03 dpg, second on team...ten double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...missed USC match after five-game match night before against No. 8 UCLA caused pain in what Coach Fredrick calls her, 'bad wheels'...had career-high four service aces in win at Oregon.
#17 LaQuï¿½ Branch (5-8, OH, SO, Yakima, Wash.) Saw limited action in early season last year but stress fractures put her on the bench...had surgery Nov. 15, 2002, then rehab...has played in 15 games (8 matches) this year...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC.
#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 10 games in six matches to date.
# 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...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC...season-high 12 kills against Gonzaga (.308)...sprained ankle after OSU match, listed as day-to-day for practicing/playing.
#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 24 games to date including starting as libero in match against No. 1 USC...had eight digs in that match...season-high 17 digs came at Oregon State.
#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 3.13 dpg (8th in Pac-10)...10 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...top point-producer on team at 3.62 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 3.82 kpg...has missed two games due to sore back.
# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 12 games in seven 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 13 games (six matches)...2.54 dpg.
# 7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, JR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...played in six games (five 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 10.00 assists per game...adds 2.53 dpg, third among starters...also had 25 blocks.
#16 April Lott (6-0, MB, FR, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...subbed in to play in Gonzaga match.
#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 26 games (eight matches) with 5.04 assists per game average...added 2.08 dpg.
#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.) Starter who has missed the past four matches due to sore back...contributed seven blocks in ASU win...0.75 bpg average(third on team) and 1.00 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...top kills output was 12 versus Wichita State.
# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 18 games to date (eight 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 2.19 kpg, third-best on team...blocks average of 1.32 blocks per game average is 5th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.57 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...had 12 kills (.435) and hauled down nine blocks in upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount...12 kills and hit .409 in Oregon win...3.16 points per game is third on team.