WSU Volleyball Completes Home Season Against OSU, Oregon

Nov. 3, 2003

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The Washington State volleyball team (7-17, 3-10) hosts Oregon State (13-11, 3-9) Thursday night and Oregon (3-18, 0-12) Friday night in 7 p.m. matches at Bohler Gym...the WSU-OSU match will be televised on a tape-delayed broadcast by FOX Sports Net (Sat., Nov. 8, 10 a.m.)...Chris Marlowe and Mike Dodd will call the action 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: Sept. 26, Washington State at Stanford, Oct. 2, UCLA at Washington State, Oct. 17, Washington at Washington State, and Nov. 6, Oregon State at Washington State.

NOTES: This is the first time since Sept. 19, the Cougars have played an unranked Pac-10 opponent at Bohler Gym...Zanda Bautre, the lone Cougar senior, will be honored before the Oregon match...that same night, during the 2-3 game break, the Little Spikers will demonstrate their skills on the court.

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 was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players are collecting the money from pledges for each attack that resulted in a kill (and a point) for WSU during October...last year the team raised $1,019 for the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse...WSU produced 512 kills in the 10 matches in October this year...donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277 to pay their pledged money.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 276-192 (.590) while her overall record is 362-249 (.592) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 129-136 (.487) 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.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (13-11, 3-9) - Beavers have beaten Oregon twice and WSU once for three conference wins against ranked teams...5-11 junior OH Allison Lawrence leads OSU with 3.56 kpg (10th Pac-10), 3.32dpg (5th Pac-10), 0.45 ace per game (4th Pac-10), and 4.13 ppg (10th Pac-10)...5-10 junior OH Anne Watts-Roberts adds 3.10 kpg...senior setter Laura Collins has a 9.95 apg average (8th Pac-10)...head coach Nancy Somera (62-77, 5 years)...Washington State leads the series 38-26 overall and 28-7 in Pac-10 play...Cougars have won the past two meetings at home and have a 15-2 record in Pullman.

OREGON DUCKS (3-18, 0-12) - Last win for Ducks this season came Sept. 13...combined Pac-10 record past two seasons is 1-29...UO is led by the 3.21 kpg of 6-1 sophomore MB Kelly Russell...5-10 junior libero Katie O'Neil averages 3.01 dpg...Kristen Bitter, 6-4 freshman MB, leads the Ducks with 1.08 bpg (10th Pac-10)...setter Jodi Bell's 9.49 apg (9th Pac-10)...head coach Carl Fereira (33-100, 4 years at Oregon; 181-136, 10 years career)...Washington State leads the series 31-27-2 overall and 28-7 in Pac-10 matches...Cougars' win streak is at 25 matches with a 14-3 record in Pullman...last Duck win was in 1990 at Eugene.

LAST TIME: Oregon State defeated WSU 30-24, 30-21, 25-30, 30-21, at Corvallis Oct. 10...Zanda Bautre (15 kills, 16 digs) and Kristen Carlson (11 kills, 13 digs) led WSU while OSU's Allison Lawrence had 18 kills and 19 digs...the following night at Eugene, WSU defeated Oregon for the 25th consecutive time, 30-20, 30-26, was the ninth sweep of the Ducks by the Cougars...Carlson had 15 kills and Brenn Larson had 33 assists and 10 digs for WSU...Sarah Mason led the Ducks with 12 kills and Jaclyn Jones added 10 kills...Katie O'Neil had 15 digs.

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 3, shows USC, at 22-0, the national leader...UCLA moved up to No. 6 while Stanford is No. 8 and California is No. 9...Washington dropped to No. 11...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Nov. 3, shows USC first, Stanford seventh, UCLA eighth California 11th and Washington 18th.

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's 918-fans average for the 15 home matches is 31st in national attendance Cougar crowd was the 1,789 fans at the WSU vs. Washington match Oct. 17...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,214 fans (18 home matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school at eighth with 1,718 (10 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: Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Quicksets Dinners, held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches...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.

NOTABLE: In conference only stats standings...Kristen Carlson is 6th in kills (3.90 kpg) and 9th in points (4.26 ppg) blocks per game, Jen Barcus is 3rd at 1.26 bpg and Jenn Todd is 8th at 1.11 bpg...Brenn Larson is 5th in assists (10.15 apg).


#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.25 bpg (1st team, 3rd Pac-10)...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State and 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 3.39 kpg...also contributing 3.11 dpg (8th Pac-10)...tops on team at 3.78 ppg...15 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...missed USC match due to 'bad wheels'...had career-high four service aces in win at Oregon....leads team with .222 hitting career standings is only nine aces away from 10th on the WSU all-time best list with 76.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) This season has shared libero duties with Sheila Gluzer and Megan Camp...currently subbing in to serve and play defensive specialist...last weekend set from backrow in USC match for one game.

#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 18 games (10 matches) this year...started and played the three games against No. 1 USC at home.

#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 11 games in seven 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)...seen action in 55 games (18 matches).

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 48 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.-more-

#22 Kristen Carlson (6-2, OH, RS-FR, Purcellville, Va.) Named to Cougar Challenge and Cougar Mania All-Tournament teams...averaging 3.14 kpg (2nd team), 3.05 dpg (2nd team)...12 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...second on team with 3.70 wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...hitting 3.90 kpg in Pac-10 only (1st team)...struggles with sore back...did not play Oct.31/Nov. 1 against UCLA and USC because of knee injury from Idaho match...having MRI on left knee Nov. 3 and status will be determined then.

# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 21 games in 10 matches this season...had four kills and four digs against 17 digs at UCLA.

#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 9.99 assists per game (6th Pac-10)...adds 2.32 dpg, third among starters...had triple-double in Idaho match with 10 kills, 32 assists and 16 assists total is 2,072 for sixth in WSU standings and 468 assists behind No. 5, Kali Surplus (2000-01)... sprained left ankle in Idaho match and re-tweaked it in USC match...listed day-to-day for Nov. 6-7 matches.

#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 28 games (10 matches) with 4.86 assists per game average...added 1.96 dpg.#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, FR, Springfield, Ore.) Starter who missed five matches mid-season due to sore back...contributed seven blocks in ASU win...0.77 bpg average(third on team) and 0.91 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 2.24 kpg (3rd team)...blocks average of 1.20 blocks per game average is 7th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.11 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)...3.16 points per game is third on team.

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