WSU Volleyball Hosts Gonzaga, Travels to Denver Tournament
Sept. 13, 2004
COUGS HOST ZAGS THEN TRAVEL TO HIGH COUNTRY: The Washington State volleyball team, under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, hosts Gonzaga (3-5) Tuesday night and then travels to Colorado for the Denver Invitational to take on Radford (2-5), Syracuse (8-0) and the host school Pioneers (2-5)...the matches in Denver will be played at the Hamilton Gym (2,500 capacity).
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.
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.
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, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m....donors will be given a ticket for free admission to the Cougar volleyball match either Oct. 1, versus Oregon State, or Oct. 2, versus Oregon...more information, call 509-335-0277.
GONZAGA BULLDOGS (3-5) - Neighbors to the North in Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference...the Bulldogs are coming off a 3-0 loss to Oregon but had wins against Northern Colorado (3-2) and Portland State (3-1) at the Portland State Invite last weekend...other win this year was a 3-1 victory over Weber State...Zags are led by the 4.73 kpg of 5-11, senior OH Christina Davis...she was named to the Portland State Invite all-tournament team...Briawna Mueller (6-0, Fr., MB) is blocking 1.23 balls per game...setter Emilee Gihring (5-9, senior) has a 10.60 assists per game average...libero Jessica Herrera (5-4, Jr.) has a 4.72 dpg average...head coach Kip Yoshimura (11-55, 3 years)...WSU leads the series 27-9...Gonzaga's last win came in 1990...WSU has won 14 times since...both WSU and GU lost on home courts to No. 10 Colorado State last week - the Cougs in four games and the Zags in three.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER INVITATIONAL TEAMS:
RADFORD HIGHLANDERS (2-5) - Radford University is located in Radford, Virginia...enrollment is 9.219...member of the Big South Conference (4-27 overall/3-11/T6th in league in 2003)...head coach Michael Burch (6-32/ 2 years, career record of 46-70/5 years)...both wins this season were five-gamers, over Siena and Youngstown State...top hitter is Tiffany Guthrie (5-11, Sr., M/RS) with 2.70 kpg...Divona Cox (6-0, Jr. MB) brings in 2.35 kpg and team-leading 0.74 blocks per game...Jennifer Fritz (5-7, So., L/DS) adds 2.95 dpg...this is the first meeting between WSU and Radford.
SYRACUSE ORANGE (8-0 pending 9/14 match at Colgate University) - Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, NY, with an enrollment of 10,800 students...the Orange are members of the Big East Conference...record last year was 17-16 overall, 4-8/9th in league...wins this year are over Buffalo, Rhode Island, Army, Fairleigh Dickinson, Manhattan, Cleveland State, Sienna, New Hampshire...head coach Jing Pu (191-117/10 years, career record of 330-169/15 years)...Kristen Conway (5-11, Jr., OH) leads the team with 3.78 kpg...leading digger is Joscie Kaup (5-6, Fr., L) with 3.72 dpg...two big blockers in Ellen Bruegge (5-11, Fr., MB/OH) with 1.17 bpg and Erin McQuillin (6-0, So., MB) with 1.14 bpg...first meeting for WSU and Syracuse volleyball.
DENVER PIONEERS (2-5) - Located in Denver, Colo., the Denver University has a student enrollment of 9,689...the Pioneers are members of the Sun Belt Conference...2003 record was 9-6/3rd in league and 18-14 overall...wins this season have come against Wright State (3-0) and Rhode Island (3-1)...head coach is Beth Kuwata (117-1342/9 years, career - 144-167/12 years)...tops in kills with 4.12 kpg is Lisa Hunter (6-0, So., OH)...a pair of block producers in Kim Muller (6-2, Fr., MB) with 1.38 bpg, and Amanda Millard (6-0, Jr., RS) with 1.29 bpg...libero is Sarah Adamis (5-10, Jr.) with a 3.75 dpg...first meeting for WSU and Denver.
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.
LAST WEEK: WSU hosted No. 10 Colorado State Sept. 8, and surprised the Rams with a first game win...WSU eventually lost 23-30, 30-15, 30-26, 30-23 with CSU's Katie Shirley-Cahoon's 17 kills (.414), four service aces and four blocks...Kelly Rosin was the kills leader for the Cougars with 17 (.205) and added 12 digs and three blocks...Cougars opened the LMU Furama Hotel Invitational with a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati (22-30, 30-23, 30-24, 30-24)...UC's Maria Pongonis (23 kills/.372, 12 digs), Julie DuPont (15 kills/.020, 4 aces, 11 digs), Rachel Torblaa (6 of 17 Bearcats aces)...Rosin led WSU (15 kill/.279, 4 blocks), Jennifer Todd (12 kills, 5 blocks)...Saturday morning the Cougs grabbed their first win of the season with a 3-2 (30-28, 15-30, 20-30, 30-26, 15-11) win over Miami...Todd led all players tying her career-record of 25 kills (.391)...Jen Barcus (4 blocks), Rosin (11 kills/.222, 2 blocks)...Valeria Tipiana led the Hurricanes (22 kills/.474, 3 blocks, 5 of Miami's 14 service aces)...that night No. 22 Loyola Marymount downed the Cougs 26-30, 30-23, 30-21, 30-22...Rosin led all players (19 kills/.229, 10 digs)...Todd (12 kills, 3 aces)...LMU had four players in double-figure kills as both Hughes and DeBernardi had 14...Oehlman (50 assists, 5 aces)...Todd and Rosin were named to the all-tournament team.
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.
CURRENT USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES TOP 25 POLL: Minnesota (7-1) supplanted USC at the top after the Women of Troy fell to Illinois...other Pac-10 schools ranked include Washington (3rd), UCLA (6th), Stanford (13th), California (14th), and Arizona (16th).
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,398 in the six home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington State with a one-match total of 936 fans.
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...1.67 kpg, third on team...opened season with a career-high 15 kills (.323) and three blocks against UNLV....stopped four at the net in win over Miami.
#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...averaging 1.88 digs per game, third on team...best effort was 14 digs vs. San Jose State.
# 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...still day-to-day on when she can return to practice.
#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...second on team with 1.93 dpg...reached 13 digs twice (San Jose State, Cincinnati).
# 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 1.26 dpg...second on team with service aces (10) and 0.21 ace per game average.
# 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...3.70 digs per game average leads Cougs.
# 21 Kristin Kelley (6-2, LS/RS, FR, Pasadena, Calif.) Signed with Cougars last fall...worked into starting lineup last weekend...had 8 kills against Cincinnati...also had 6 kills and 3 blocks in Miami win.
#16 April Lott (5-11, MB, SO, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...starter first weekend of season...had career-high 9 kills vs. San Jose State...had 6 digs in each of first two matches this year.
# 5 Nicole Martin (5-11, S, FR, Carmel, Ind.) Signed with Cougars last fall...averaging 10.83 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 and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament teams...one of four returning starters from 2003 team...averaging 3.93 kpg (first on team) and 0.60 bpg, second-best on team...landed 23 kills (.254) in San Jose State match...5 blocks in first UNLV match...3 aces vs. Colorado State...has had double-figure kills in each of WSU's matches this year.
# 12 Liz Spear (6-2, MB, SO, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Starting this season after seeing action in 31 games in 2003...had 6 kills three times this season...snagged 4 blocks vs. Colorado State.
#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) Named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament teams...clocked career-high 25 kills (.267) and 5 blocks in San Jose State match...bettered that total with 26 kills (.360) and had 7 blocks in Miami win...3.77 kpg second on team...1.10 bpg leads the Cougs...has had double-figure kills in each of WSU's matches this year...was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...named Pac-10 All-Freshmen first team...one of four returning starters from 2003 team.