WSU Volleyball Home For Oregon State, Oregon Matches

Sept. 27, 2004

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The Washington State volleyball team (3-11), under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, hosts Oregon State (7-3, 1-0) and Oregon (8-3, 0-1) this weekend...the OSU match will be tape-delayed television broadcast by FOX Sports NW (Sat., Oct. 2, 5 p.m.)...Cara Capuano and Mike Dodd are the announcers...both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-3, 1-0) - Beavers opened play with a 3-1 win at Oregon last Friday night...also recorded a 3-2 win over No. 23 San Diego...losses have come against Saint Louis (3-2), Indiana (3-0) and Saint Mary's (3-2)...Allison Lawrence (5-10, Sr., OH)_ leads the team with 3.92 kpg (7th Pac-10), 2.95 dpg and 4.13 ppg...she has 1,000+ career kills...Abby Windell (6-0, So., RS/MB) adds 1.11 bpg (T10th Pac-10) and is top server with 0.45 sapg (5th Pac-10)...setter Desma Stovall (6-0, Jr.) has a 12.23 apg (4th Pac-10)...head coach Nancy Somera (72-85, 6 years)...Washington State leads the series 38-27 overall and 28-8 in Pac-10 play...Cougars won two of the past three meetings in Pullman (15-3 overall).

OREGON DUCKS (8-3, 0-1) - Ducks suffered more than a match loss last Friday when Oregon State defeated them 3-1 in the Pac-10 opener...6-0 senior OH Lauren Westendorf is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL after leading the team with 5.06 kpg (2nd Pac-10) and 0.81 aces per game (1st Pac-10)...Kelly Russell (6-1, Jr., MB) has a 3.79 kpg...blockers Kristen Bitter (6-4, So., MB) and Karen Waddington (6-2, Fr., MB) add 1.13 bpg (7th Pac-10) and 1.11 bpg (T10th Pac-10) respectively...Katie O'Neil (5-10, Sr., L) averages 4.40 dpg (5th Pac-10)...Oregon leads the Pac-10 in service aces (2.74 sapg)...head coach Carl Fereira (41-89, 5 years at Oregon; 189-145, 10 years career)...WSU leads the series 32-27-2 overall, 29-7 in Pac-10...Cougars' win streak is at 26 matches with a 15-3 record in Pullman...last Duck win - 1990 at Eugene.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost to Portland (33-31, 30-24, 30-25) at Bohler Gym and then went on the road for Pac-10 matches, losing at No. 2 USC (30-16, 30-23, 30-25), and at No. 10 UCLA (30-19, 30-22, 30-26)...Jennifer Todd had 35 kills (.356) and Kelly Rosin added 26 kills and 25 digs...Stacey Holbrook was the digs leader with 27...Jen Barcus contributed 12 blocks (1.33 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 (13-1) is first for the third week...Washington (10-0) moved into No. 2 after a 3-2 defeat of USC, which dropped to No. 3...other Pac-10 schools ranked include UCLA (10th), Stanford (11th), California (12th), and Arizona (17th).

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,766 in the ten home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is UCLA, 26th with a two-match average of 1,885 fans...WSU's average for three home matches is 790 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.

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.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - 10th Kelly Rosin 3.83 kpg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 5.27 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Bibiana Candelas, USC .438)
Assists - 8th Nicole Martin 11.35 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 13.73 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Lauren Westendorf, Oregon 0.81 sapg)
Digs - 7th Stacey Holbrook 4.00 dpg (Chrissie Zartman, UCLA 5.53 dpg)
Blocks - no WSU player (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.78 bpg)
Points - 6th Jennifer Todd 4.70 ppg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 6.02 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is T9th with 13.73 kpg (California 16.67 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .186 (USC .317)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .238 (Washington .116)
Assists - WSU is 9th at 12.48 apg (California 15.55 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.38 sapg (Oregon 2.74 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 9th at 14.06 dpg (Washington 17.03 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 9th at 2.24 bpg (Stanford 3.66 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...1.92 kpg, third on team...opened season with a career-high 15 kills (.323) and three blocks against UNLV...had 15 kills (.522) and 6 blocks in win over Gonzaga...averaging 0.87 bpg, second on team...had six blocks against No. 2 USC.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...two kills in Syracuse match...two aces against Cincinnati...averaging 1.98 digs per game, third on team...best effort was 14 digs vs. San Jose State....recorded 12 digs in No.2 USC match.

#10 McKenzie Burgess (5-11, OH, SO, Benton City, Wash.) A lightly used sub as a freshman...spent much of fall rehabbing back due to pain...played one game in Radford win with 3 kills on 9 attacks (.333)...played all three games against No. 10 UCLA - had 7 kills (.273), 8 digs and one block.

#8 Jessie Camp (6-0, OH, SO, Gresham, Ore.) Recurring knee rehabilitation has kept her from playing to date...returned to practice on a limited basis last week.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...second on team with 2.22 dpg...reached 13 digs twice (San Jose State, Cincinnati)...landed a kill in Radford win.

#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 1.40 dpg...fourth on team with service aces average of 0.20 ace per game.

#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 five off school record...4.00 digs per game average leads Cougs and is 7th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...double-figure digs in 13 of 14 matches to date.

#21 Kristin Kelley (6-2, LS/RS, FR, Pasadena, Calif.) Signed with Cougars last fall...worked into starting lineup Sept. 10...had 8 kills against Cincinnati...also had 6 kills and 3 blocks in Miami win...scored on 12 kills (.391) and 2 blocks in Portland 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 11.35 assists per game 8th best in Pac-10...had 67 assists in San Jose State match...landed 4 aces in Gonzaga win...5 kills on 5 attacks vs. Radford...had 11 digs vs. Syracuse.

#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 3.83 kpg, first on team and 10th in Pac-10...0.65 bpg, third-best on team...her 4.40 ppg is second on team...landed career-high 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 12 of 14 matches this year.

#12 Liz Spear (6-2, MB, SO, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Starter early in season after seeing action in 31 games in 2003...had 9 kills vs. Portland and career-best .412 hitting percentage...snagged 4 blocks vs. Colorado State and again vs. Gonzaga...served two aces in Radford match.

#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...hit .500 against No. 2 USC (10 kills, 2 errors, 16 attacks)...3.76 kpg second on team...1.10 bpg leads the Cougs...has had double-figure kills in 13 of 14 of WSU's matches this year - only played in 2 of 3 games vs. Radford...4.70 points per game average is 6th best in Pac-10...top server on team with 16 service aces...was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...named 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshmen first team...one of four returning starters from 2003 team.

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