WSU Volleyball Crosses Cascades To Face No. 11 Washington

Nov. 10, 2003

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COUGARS TAKE ON NO. 11 HUSKIES AT SEATTLE: The Washington State volleyball team (8-18, 4-11) travels across the Cascade Mountain range this week for a lone conference match with No. 11 Washington (17-7, 8-7), Friday night at the Bank of America Arena...UW is averaging 1,313 fans per match at home, 25th-best in collegiate volleyball attendance.

ABOUT THE NO. 11 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (17-7, 8-7) - Washington's losses have come only against higher-ranked Pac-10 teams...Dawgs are led by 6-1 junior OH Sanja Tomasevic's 5.35 kpg (3rd Pac-10)...Brie Hagerty (6-1, soph., OH) adds 3.49 kpg (tied 10th Pac-10)...Darla Myhre (6-2, soph., MB) adds 1.09 bpg (9th Pac-10)...Candace Lee (5-7, soph. L) brings 4.23 dpg (2nd Pac-10)...setter Courtney Thompson (5-8, fresh.) has a 14.11 apg average (1st Pac-10)...coach Jim McLaughlin (48-34, 3 years at UW; 272-152, 14 years career)...Washington leads the series with Washington State, 41-21 in all-time matches and 22-13 in Pac-10 contests...WSU has won six of the past eight meetings...Huskies lead in matches played in Seattle, 13-4.

LAST TIME: No. 12 Washington defeated WSU 30-26, 30-26, 31-29, Oct. 17, before 1,789 Cougar fans at Bohler Gym...Hagerty and Tomasevic combined for 31 kills to lead UW (.331)...Thompson had 54 assists and 10 digs...Myhre led both teams with four blocks...WSU's Zanda Bautre and Kristen Carlson combined for 24 kills as the Cougars had their best team hitting percentage in Pac-10 competition at .274...Bautre also had a team-high 11 digs...Carlson and Jennifer Todd each had three blocks...both teams had only one ace while UW committed 14 service errors and WSU went astray 12 times...WSU let a 21-13 lead in the third game dissolve as UW gathered points from nearly everyone on the court and the Cougars were plagued by attack errors.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her 15th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 277-193 (.589) while her overall record is 363-250 (.592) in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach...under Fredrick's mentorship, the Cougars have a 130-137 (.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.

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 will be broadcast

NATIONAL POLLS: The USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 10, shows USC, at 24-0, the national leader...Stanford is No. 7, UCLA is No. 8, and California is No. 9...Washington remained at No. 11...the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll for Nov. 10, shows USC first, Stanford seventh, UCLA ninth, California 12th and Washington 15th.

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 910 fans average for the 17 home matches is 34th in national attendance standings...top 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 1,866 (11 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.

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.

STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Mia Jerkov, California 5.78 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .469)
Assists - 6th Brenn Larson 9.99 (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.11 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (April Ross, USC .061 sapg)
Digs - 8th Zanda Bautre 3.14 dpg (Chrissie Zartman, UCLA 4.29 dpg)
Blocks - 4th Jennifer Todd 1.25 bpg, 7th Jen Barcus 1.20 bpg, (Harvey, Stanford and Adams, USC 1.52 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Kim Glass, Arizona 6.50 ppg)

STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.42 kpg (USC 17.38 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .166 (USC .350)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 3rd at .188 (USC .127)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.97 apg (USC 15.97 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.36 sapg (Arizona State 1.86 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 7th at 14.74 dpg (UCLA 16.76 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 4th at 2.60 bpg (USC 3.20 bpg)

NOTABLE: In conference only stats standings: Kristen Carlson is 6th in kills (3.76 kpg) and 10th in points (4.14 ppg)...Zanda Bautre is 10th in kills with a 3.58 kpg...in blocks per game, Jenn Todd is 6th at 1.20 bpg and Jen Barcus is 7th at 1.16 bpg and ...Brenn Larson is 6th in assists (10.15 apg).

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, RS-FR, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Missed freshman season due to recurring back pain...1.20 bpg (2nd team, 7th Pac-10)...tallied 10 blocks against Wichita State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State and UCLA...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 3.44 kpg...also contributing 3.14 dpg (8th Pac-10)...tops on team at 3.82 ppg...16 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...one triple-double came vs. Oregon 11/7 with 10 kills, 23 assists and 10 digs...missed USC match due to 'bad wheels'...had career-high four service aces in win at Oregon....leads team with .228 hitting percentage.

#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...set from back row 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 56 games (19 matches).

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, SO, Spokane, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...played in 51 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 3.12 kpg (2nd team), 2.89 dpg (2nd team)...12 double-double (kills, digs) matches to date...second on team with 3.67 ppg...in wins over Arizona and ASU had 4.71 kpg, 3.00 dpg, 1.00 bpg and 5.21 ppg...hitting 3.76 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...came back to play against OSU and Oregon.

# 6 Melanie Greene (5-11, OH, RS-FR, Nampa, Idaho) Played in 25 games in 11 matches this season...had four kills and four digs against Utah...career-high 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 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 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 digs...career 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...did not play against OSU or Oregon...listed as day-to-day for Nov. 17 match at Washington.

#16 April Lott (6-0, MB, FR, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...subbed in to play in Gonzaga and Oregon matches.

#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 and again against OSU and Oregon at Pullman...played 36 games (12 matches) with 5.56 assists per game average...added 1.92 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 0.90 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...top kills output was 13 versus Oregon State...had 12 kills and hit .647 against Oregon# 12 Liz Spear (6-3, MB, FR, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Seen action in 26 games to date (11 matches)...had eight kills against Oregon State and served five aces against Oregon.

#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 2.31 kpg (3rd team)...blocks average of 1.25 blocks per game average is 4th best in Pac-10...10 blocks in win over ASU...knocking down 1.20 bpg in Pac-10 only matches...had 12 kills (.435) and hauled down nine blocks in upset of No. 22 Loyola Marymount...likes playing the Ducks - 12 kills, hit .409 in Oregon and 12 kills, hit .647 in win at Pullman...hit .600 vs. Washington (9 kills, 0 errors, 15 attacks)...3.25 points per game is third on team.

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