No. 7 Cal, No. 6 Stanford Volleyball Ascend On Bohler Gym

Oct. 21, 2003

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COUGARS HOST GOLDEN BEARS, CARDINAL THIS WEEK: The Washington State volleyball team (7-12, 3-6) hosts No. 7 California Golden Bears (16-2, 7-2) Thursday, Oct. 23, and No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (14-4, 7-2) Friday night, Oct. 24...both matches begin at 7 p.m. at Bohler Gym...this marks the beginning of the second half of the Pac-10 the first go-round, Cal defeated WSU 3-1 and Stanford also won, 3-0...this will be the eighth and ninth matches with ranked opponents for the Cougars this year...this is the first week the Pac-10 has had FIVE teams ranked in the TOP 10 of the USA Today/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25.

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 264 kills in the six matches so far in October, with four matches left to play in the month...the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...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 276-184 (.600) while her overall record is 362-244 (.597) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 129-132 (.494) 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.

LAST TIME: In the Bay area last month, Cal defeated No. 11 WSU 30-27, 30-28, 30-28, and No. 4 Stanford defeated WSU 30-28, 30-23, 30-18...Zanda Bautre had 12 kills, Kristen Carlson had 10 kills, and Jenn Todd had six blocks in the Cal match...Cougars held Cal's Mia Jerkov to 13 kills (.086) Stanford, Carlson was the only Coug with double-digit kills at 14 and had a match-high 16 digs...Ogonna Nnamani had 19 kills and Jennifer Harvey had seven blocks for the Cardinal.


NO. 7 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (16-2, 7-2) - Cal comes to the Palouse after its only two losses of the season...both losses were in five games at home against No. 11 UCLA and No. 1 USC...only wins over ranked teams have been in five games at home over No. 14 Santa Clara and No. 4 Stanford...Cal's leader is Mia Jerkov (6-3 junior OH) with a 5.94 kpg leads the Pac-10 (.293), 3.24 dpg (7th Pac-10), 0.47 ace per game (3rd Pac-10), and 6.65 ppg (1st Pac-10)...Gabrielle Abernathy adds 3.05 kpg and 0.41 apg (8th Pac-10)...Camille Leffall adds 1.20 bpg (5th Pac-10)...freshman setter Samantha Carter has a 13.21 apg average (2nd Pac-10) the last week's national rankings, Cal was 11th in both hitting percentage and kills per game and 8th in assists per game...same national ranking showed Jerkov 3rd in kills per game (6.09)...head coach Rich Feller (72-62, 5 years; career 371-229, 19 years)...Washington State leads the series 21-19-1...Cal won last year at Berkeley, 3-0...WSU won at Pullman last year, 3-0, and has a 14-3 record when playing in Pullman.

NO. 6 STANFORD CARDINAL (14-4, 7-2) - Stanford's losses have come against No. 3 Florida (0-3), No. 2 Hawai'i (2-3), No. 9 Cal (2-3), and No. 1 USC (0-3)...Cardinal defeated No. 11 UCLA last week 3-2...the Cardinal kills leader is All-American Ogonna Nnamani with 5.29 kpg (4th Pac-10) and 5.92 ppg (4th Pac-10)...Kristin Richards adds 3.10 kpg...Jennifer Harvey is the blocks leader at 1.59 bpg (1st Pac-10)...Cardinal has a team average of 3.20 bpg (1st Pac-10) was #2 last week in national standings at 3.38 bpg...sophomore Katie Goldhahn (9.71 apg 7th Pac-10) and senior Anna Robinson (5.21 apg) share setting duties...head coach John Dunning (78-11, 3 years; career record 515-113, 20 years)...Stanford leads the series 32-3...WSU wins have all come at Pullman (1996, 2000, 2002).

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 20, shows USC, at 18-0, the national spite of defeating Stanford the previous week, California dropped to No. 7 and Stanford moved ahead of the Bears for No. 6...three other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top 10 this week, including No. 9 UCLA, and No. 10 Washington...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Oct. 20, shows USC first, Stanford sixth and California eighth.

BIG BLOCKING COUGS: The big blocks have come on the WSU side of the net this season as freshman Jennifer Todd is averaging 1.31 bpg, fourth-best in Pac-10 standings, and redshirt freshman Jen Barcus is contributing 1.20 bpg, tied for fifth-best in Pac-10 this season...earlier in the season, Todd averaged 1.41 bpg...this week the Cougar team is averaging 2.63 bpg which is fourth-best in the Pac-10 only matches, Todd has a 1.32 bpg average (4th) while Barcus contributes 1.13 bpg (6th).

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 inching closer to the top 25 in the national attendance rankings after 1,789 fans attended the WSU vs. Washington match Oct. 17...Cougars have an average home attendance of 905 fans (12 home matches)...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,246 fans (17 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school at seventh with 1,889 (8 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.

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 the Palouse, the radio broadcasts can be heard on KRPL-AM, 1400...for the internet connection, go to for the audio link and be aware of the broadcasting fee this year...all Pac-10 away matches and post-season matches will be broadcast.

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

Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 5.94 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .463)
Assists - 4th Brenn Larson 10.25 (Courtney Thompson, Washington 13.63 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (April Ross, USC .067 sapg)
Digs - 10th Kristen Carlson 3.07 dpg (Candace Lee, Washington 4.08 dpg)
Blocks - 4th Jennifer Todd 1.31 bpg, T5th Jen Barcus 1.20 bpg (Jennifer Harvey, Stanford 1.59 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 6.65 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.42 kpg (USC 17.61 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .160 (USC .361)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 2nd at .172 (USC .128)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.11 apg (USC 16.09 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.38 sapg (Arizona State 1.94 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 7th at 15.07 dpg (California 16.29 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 4th at 2.63 bpg (Stanford 3.20 bpg)

COUGAR NOTES: Washington State hit a Pac-10 team-best for the season of .274 in the three-game loss to Washington Oct. 17...WSU's best hitting percentage of the season was a .298 in a 3-0 win over New Mexico Sept. Pac-10 only matches, WSU's Kristen Carlson is 7th in kills with 3.81 kpg and 10th in points with 4.18 ppg...Jenn Todd has a 1.32 bpg average for 4th and Jen Barcus has a 0.35 ace per game average (7th) in league contests...Brenn Larson's career assists total is now 1,875, still sixth on the WSU all-time career list...needs 665 assists to tie Kali Surplus (2000-01) for fifth place in the Cougar standings.

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.20 bpg (2nd team, T5th Pac-10)...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount and Oregon 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 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 3.27 kpg...also contributing 3.06 dpg (2nd team)...tied with Bautre as team leader at 3.65 ppg...11 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...missed USC match due to 'bad wheels'...had career-high four service aces in win at Oregon.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) This season has shared libero duties with Sheila Gluzer and Megan Camp...subs in to serve and play defensive specialist.

#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...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).

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 27 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 3.08 kpg (2nd team), 3.07 dpg (1st team, 10th Pac-10)...10 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...tied with Bautre as team leader at 3.65 wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...hitting 3.71 kpg in Pac-10 only...struggles with sore back.# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 15 games in eight 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 to date.

#4 Brenn Larson (5-11, S, SO, Westlake, Calif.) Named to Cougar Challenge All-Tournament 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 10.25 assists per game (4th Pac-10)...adds 2.46 dpg, third among starters...leads team with .218 hitting percentage.

#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 five 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 kills output was 12 versus Wichita State.

# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 19 games to date (nine 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 (3rd team)...blocks average of 1.31 blocks per game average is 4th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.32 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...hit .600 vs. Washington (9 kills, 0 errors, 15 attacks)...3.18 points per game is third on

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