WSU Volleyball Hosts Portland, Opens Pac-10 Play in L.A.

Sept. 20, 2004

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COUGS AT HOME TUES., TRAVEL TO L.A. FOR PAC-10 OPENERS: The Washington State volleyball team (3-8), under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, hosts the University of Portland (8-3) Tuesday, Sept. 21, and then travels to Los Angeles to begin Pac-10 Conference play...WSU visits the two-time defending national champions No. 2 USC (5-1) Friday night at the Lyon Center and takes on No. 6 UCLA (7-2) Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion...all matches begin at 7 p.m.

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 assistant coach...the Golden Gophers were 2002 Big Ten Conference champions...four NCAA tournament appearances including 2003 national semi-final match...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry and Kevin Wray, and volunteer 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.

PORTLAND PILOTS (8-3) - Located in northwest Portland, the University of Portland is a private Catholic school with 3,200 students...a member of the West Coast Conference...the Pilots are on a four-match win streak with wins over Portland State, Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis, and Utah Valley State...stared the season with losses at Pittsburgh and against Idaho...also lost at Montana State...Sara Vercruyssen (5-10, Jr. OH) has a 4.06 kpg average and second on the team in digs with 3.22...Michelle Oakland (6-1, Sr., MB) averages 3.21 kpg and 0.82 blocks per game...libero Murphy McClenahan (5-9, So.) digs up 4.68 dpg...setter Sheena Surplus (5-9, Jr.) has an average of 12.74 ast pg and is the little sister of former Cougar great Kali Surplus, fifth on WSU's all-time career assists list...UP head coach Doug Sparks (46-78/5 years)...WSU leads the series 4-0...the two teams have not met since the 1992 Cougar Challenge tournament in Pullman where WSU won 3-1.

NO. 2 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS (5-1): USC has not played since No. 16 Illinois stopped the Women's of Troy's record-setting 52-match win streak Sept. 11 with a 3-2 win...USC's ranked wins have been over No. 12 Georgia Tech (3-0), No. 5 Minnesota (3-2), and No. 9 Pepperdine (3-1)...Hurricane Ivan's arrival cancelled USC's trip to the Carolina Volleyball Classic in Columbia, SC...USC was to face South Carolina, Notre Dame and Michigan...USC is led by the 3.67 kpg of 6-1 senior OH Keao Burdine...Bibiana Candelas (6-5, Jr., MB) leads the conference with .453 hpct...6-6 senior MB Emily Adams has a 1.33 bpg average (5th Pac-10), and .428 hpct. (2nd, Pac-10)...head coach Mick Haley (96-5/4 years at USC; career record of 869-198-1/28 years)...USC leads the series 27-10...WSU's last win was a 3-1 match at Los Angeles Oct. 16, 1998.

NO. 10 UCLA (7-2): UCLA returned all six starters from 2003 team that went 24-9...UCLA has two 3-0 wins against ranked teams (No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 17 Santa Clara)...first loss came at No. 11 Hawai'i (3-2) and they lost again the next weekend at Utah (3-2)...Bruins' kills leaders are Brittany Ringel (6-1, Sr., OH) with 3.42 kpg and Brynn Murphy (6-3, Sr., MB) with 3.34 kpg...Nana Meriwether adds the Pac-10 leading 1.93 bpg...two-time All-Pac-10 libero Chrissie Zartman (5-5, Sr.) has a 5.36 dpg average (2nd Pac-10)...she has accumulated 1,533 career digs, fourth-best in Pac-10 history...head coach Andy Banachowski (970-246/38 years)...UCLA leads the series 29-7...WSU's last win was Oct. 25, 2003 at Pullman (3-2)...last win for Cougars in Westwood was Oct. 24, 1997 (3-1).

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 swept Gonzaga at home (19-25-28) and then traveled to the University of Denver Invitational...WSU defeated Radford (13-15-19) and then lost to Syracuse (30-27, 30-19, 16-30, 30-15) and to host Denver (25-25-26)...Jennifer Todd was named to the all-tournament team for the third consecutive weekend...she had 44 kills (3.67 kpg), hit .349, 15 blocks (1.25 bpg), five aces and contributed 4.82 points per game...Kelly Rosin had 55 kills (4.23 kpg), 11 blocks (0.85 bpg), five aces and tallied 5.00 points per game...Stacey Holbrook had 70 digs in 13 games for a 5.38 dpg average...Jen Barcus led the Cougs in blocks with 18 total (1.38 bpg).

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 (10-1) is first for the second week...USC remained No. 2...other Pac-10 schools ranked include Washington (3rd), UCLA (10th), Stanford (12th), Arizona (14th), and California (16th).

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,519 in the eight home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington State, 24th with a two-match average of 870 fans.

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

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.

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