WSU Volleyball Hosts No. 10 Colorado State, Travels To No. 22 LMU
Sept. 7, 2004
COUGS MEET TWO RANKED TEAMS SECOND WEEK OF SEASON: The Washington State volleyball team, under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, will face a pair of ranked teams this week... WSU will host No. 10 Colorado State (2-1 pending 9/7 match at Colorado) Wednesday night in a 7 p.m. match at Bohler Gym... then the Cougs are off to Los Angeles to play in the LMU Furama Hotel Invitational... Friday night WSU takes on Cincinnati (3-0) at 4:30 p.m... Saturday the Cougars play Miami (1-0) at 10 a.m. and host No. 22 Loyola Marymount (2-1) at 7:30 p.m... all matches will be played at Gersten Pavilion on the LMU campus.COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan became the 10th volleyball head coach in Washington State University history when he was appointed June 2004... Heffernan joined the Cougars after a successful four-year stint at the University of Minnesota as an associate head coach and an assistant coach where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to a 2002 Big Ten Conference championship and four NCAA tournament appearances including the 2003 national semi-final match... WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry and Kevin Wray... volunteer assistant coach is Kevin Marts.TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2004 season LIVE - in the Palouse on KRPL-AM radio (1400 on the AM dial) and LIVE on the Internet... first-year broadcaster JJ Jensen will be the voice of Cougar volleyball radio broadcasts this year... for the internet connection, go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the audio/video link on the left-side menu and go to the College Sports Pass subscription information at the top of the page... fans can sign up for a monthly or year-long subscription to listen to Cougar Athletic events through the internet.LITTLE SPIKERS CLINICS: 'Little Spikers' youth volleyball clinics, conducted by the WSU coaches and players, is back for the 10th year... one-hour volleyball participation clinics for boys and girls, ages 5 through 10, in a fun atmosphere is provided for learning the basics of volleyball while using special lightweight 'training' balls... clinics run from 10 to 11 a.m. in Bohler Gym four Saturdays - Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13... clinic participants will demonstrate their skills during the Nov. 12, 7 p.m. WSU match against Arizona... $20 registration fee covers the clinics, a Little Spikers T-shirt, and free admission to five Cougar volleyball home matches... .registration deadline is Sept. 28... call the Cougar Volleyball Office at 335-0277 to register.No. 10 COLORADO STATE RAMS (2-1 pending 9/7 match at Colorado): Located in Fort Collins, Colorado... enrollment is 25,042... opened the season with a national ranking of 11th... lost to No. 5 Minnesota 1-3, defeated No. 12 Georgia Tech 3-1 and Idaho State 3-0... head coach Tom Hilbert (196-42/8 years; career record of 370-114/16 years) named Mountain West Coach of the Year for 2003... all starters return from a 2003 squad which went 30-5 overall and 14-0, Mountain West Conference champions... Dre Downs (6-3, RS-Jr., RS/MB) leads the team with 3.40 kpg... Becky Sarauer (6-0, Sr., OH) brings in 3.30 kpg and Tess Rogers (5-11, Jr., OH) 3.27 kpg... 2003 MWC Co-Player of the Year Melissa Courtney (5-9, Sr., S) averages 12.73 assists per game... Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon (6-0, RS-Sr., MB, from Coeur d'Alene High) provides 1.00 bpg and was a 2003 all-conference selection... freshman Rachel Motteram (5-11, OH/MB) from Gar-Pal High will make the trip... WSU leads the series 2-0 - last meeting a 3-1 win in Pullman 12/7/97.ABOUT THE LMU FURAMA HOTEL INVITATIONAL TEAMS:
CINCINNATI BEARCATS (3-0 pending 9/7 match vs. Miami of Ohio) - University of Cincinnati has 33,000 students and is a member of Conference USA (last year 27-6 overall/12-1 T1st)... started season with three-game defeats of Bradley, Maryland-Baltimore County, and Kent State... head coach is Reed Sunahara has a record of 97-33/5 years at UC (career 116-73/6 years)... needs just two more wins to be the winningest coach in school history... sadly, assistant coach and former UC player Stephanie Meining Rosfeld passed away from cardiac arrest Aug. 10... five starters back from 2003 team... All-American Julie DuPont (6-0, Sr., OH) has a kills per game average of 5.22 and 3.89 dpg... Myanna Hellsten (6-3, So., MB) provides 3.11 kpg, .556 hpct, and 1.56 bpg... freshman Natalie Dossman (5-3, L) dug up 4.22 dpg... first meeting between WSU and Cincinnati.MIAMI HURRICANES (1-0) - The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., has an enrollment of 14,978 students... the Hurricanes are new members of the Atlantic Coast Conference... record last year was 22-9 overall, 9-3 in Big East (4th)... opened season with a 3-0 win over Florida International... last weekend's Hurricane Invitational at Coral Gables was cancelled due to a real hurricane, Frances, leaving Rice, Bowling Green and Illinois without a tournament and the UM Canes in shelters... head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch (66-22/5 years)... leaders include senior, 6-1, RS Valeria Tipiana (12k/.450/4b/5 aces vs. Fla. Int.), 6-1 Jr., MB Karla Johnson (11k/.389) and 5-8, So., setter Jill Robinson (29 assists/7 blocks)... first meeting for WSU and Miami volleyball.No. 22 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (2-1 pending 9/7 match vs. Cal St. Fullerton) - Loyola Marymount University is a private, Catholic university located between Marina del Rey and LAX... enrollment is 8,300... the Lions have defeated Duke (3-1), Villanova (3-0) and lost to Tennessee in three games... head coach Steve Stratos (290-131, 15 years)... Dina DeBernardi, 6-0, Jr., MB, leads the team with 3.70 kpg (.449) and Heather Hughes (6-2, Fr., OPP) adds 3.20 kpg... setter Nicole Oehlman (5-10, Sr.) has a 12.40 assists per game average... Jacene Dimson, 5-7, Sr., DS, has a 4.70 dpg average... Kelli Nerison (6-2, Sr., MB) contributes 1.50 bpg... WSU leads the series 3-0 with the last meeting at the 2003 Cougar Challenge Tournament, a 3-1 win for WSU over the No. 22 Lions.LAST WEEK: WSU opened the season with a 3-2 loss to UNLV (30-17, 30-12, 30-32, 22-30, 15-11)... UNLV's Brittani Lumsden (28 kills/.274/5 aces) and Maria Aladjova (26 kills/.364) led the Rebels... Jen Barcus (15 kills/.323), Jennifer Todd (14 kills/6 blocks), Kelly Rosin (14 kills/5 blocks), and Stacey Holbrook (15 digs) led the Cougs... the next day San Jose State downed the Cougars in five games (30-27, 30-22, 28-30, 30-32, 15-12)... Spartans were led by Jennifer Senftleben (27 kills/.321), Sarah Christensen (23 kills/5 blocks), Jessie Shull (30 digs), Kristina Conrad (68 assists) and Carrie Nash (18 kills/26 digs)... WSU's Todd (career-high 25 kills/.267/5 blocks), Rosin (career-high 23 kills/.254), Holbrook (career-high 29 digs), Carly Hayashikawa (3 aces) and freshman setter Nicole Martin (67 assists) contributed to the Cougs' cause... in a rematch with UNLV, the home-court Rebels won again (30-23, 30-26, 30-28)... Aladjova (12 kills/.212/13 digs), Lumsden (11 kills) and Michelle Banks (11 kills) contributed to the Rebels win... Kristen Koochi had five of her team's 13 service aces... WSU's Rosin (14 kills/.206), Todd (13 kills/.370/5 blocks) and Holbrook (14 digs) led the Cougars... WSU out-blocked UNLV 7 to 3 in the match.PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: WSU's women's volleyball team was predicted to finish tied for ninth in the 2004 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyball coaches... Southern California (89 points) was selected by the coaches to repeat as league champions while cross town rival UCLA (78) was selected to finish second league this season... the rest of the preseason Pac-10 Poll shows an order of third place Washington (71) followed by Stanford (69), California (58), Arizona (55), Arizona State (38), Oregon State (36) with Oregon tied with WSU for ninth (23)... the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have correctly selected the conference champion in nine of the 15 previous polls.COUGS' TOUGH SCHEDULE: The USA Today/CSTV American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Aug. 9, shows eight of Washington State's 2004 opponents ranked in the top 18... the Cougs will play 14 matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll... included in that group is WSU's Sept. 8 home opener against No. 11 Colorado State (1-1 after last weekend)... six Pac-10 Conference teams are ranked in the top 17 of this preseason poll, including two-time defending national champion No. 1 Southern California (2-0)... .other Pac-10 schools listed among the top 25 include No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 10 California, and No. 17 Arizona... in addition to the Pac-10 schools and Colorado State making the preseason poll, Washington State will also meet No. 18 Loyola Marymount University Sept. 11, at the LMU Tournament at Los Angeles.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, Oct. 1, Oregon State at Pullman
Friday, Oct. 8, Washington State at Washington
Friday, Oct. 15, Washington State at Arizona
Thursday, Nov. 11, Arizona State at Pullman
FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the fourth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area... fans are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center... the clothing will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing... larger sizes are especially needed... donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, with the dates and times to be determined... donors will receive free admission to a Cougar volleyball match at Bohler Gym to be determined... more information, call 509-335-0277.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 third consecutive 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 ten matches this month... the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002... the players will wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign... interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Brian Heffernan 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 Athletic Complex 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 Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 26.HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team... 2.31 kpg, third on team... opened season with a career-high 15 kills (.323) and three blocks against UNLV.#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) O one of four returning starters from 2003 team... averaging 2.0 digs per game.#10 McKenzie Burgess (5-11, OH, SO, Benton City, Wash.) A lightly used sub as a freshman... currently rehabbing back due to pain.#8 Jessie Camp (6-0, OH, SO, Gresham, Ore.) Recurring knee rehabilitation has kept her from playing to date... returns to practice Sept. 7.#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games... averaging 1.85 dpg.#4 Gwen Davis (5-11, S/RS, JR, Walla Walla, Wash.) Joined the team in fall 2004... red-shirting this season.#17 Carly Hayashikawa (5-4, L/DS, RS-FR, Waikoloa, Hawaii) Transferred from University of Hawaii in January 2004... spent spring practice with Cougars... averaging 1.62 dpg.#7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, SR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on... played in six games in 2003... starting libero... snagged 29 digs in five-game match against San Jose State, just three off school record... 4.46 digs per game average.#21 Kristin Kelley (6-2, LS/RS, FR, Pasadena, Calif.) Signed with Cougars last fall... should work into starting lineup this weekend.#16 April Lott (5-11, MB, SO, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on... starter last weekend... had career-high nine kills vs. San Jose State... had six digs in each of first two matches this year.#5 Nicole Martin (5-11, S, FR, Carmel, Ind.) Signed with Cougars last fall... averaging 11.54 assists per game... had 67 assists in San Jose State match.#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, LS/RS, SO, Springfield, Ore.) Named to UNLV Classic All-Tournament team... one of four returning starters from 2003 team... averaging 3.92 kpg and 0.62 bpg, both second-best on team... landed 23 kills (.254) in San Jose State match.#12 Liz Spear (6-2, MB, SO, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Starting this season after seeing action in 31 games in 2003... averaging 1.31 kpg.#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) Named to UNLV Classic All-Tournament team... clocked career-high 25 kills (.267) and five blocks in San Jose State match... 4.00 kpg and 1.23 bpg averages lead the Cougs... was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit... named Pac-10 All-Freshmen first team... one of four returning starters from 2003 team.