Cougar Volleyball Crosses Cascades for No. 1 Huskies

Oct. 4, 2004

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The Washington State volleyball team(3-13, 0-4), under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, travelsto Seattle to take on the USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 25 No. 1-rankedUniversity of Washington (12-0, 4-0) Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Bank ofAmerica Arena...this is the fifth top-25 team and the fourth top-10 team theCougs have played in the first half of the season...the WSU-UW match isanother tape-delayed television broadcast by FOX Sports NW (Sun., Oct. 10, 1p.m.)...Jim Watson and Mike Dodd are the announcers for the televisedbroadcast.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan became the 10th volleyballhead coach in Washington State University history when he was appointed June2004...Heffernan joined the Cougars after a successful four-year stint at theUniversity of Minnesota as an associate head coach and assistant coach...theGolden Gophers were 2002 Big Ten Conference champions...four NCAAtournament appearances including 2003 national semi-final match...WSU'sassistant coaches are Jody Garry and Kevin Wray, and volunteer Kevin Marts.

THE ABC CAMPAIGN: Cougar volleyball and the Breast Cancer SupportGroup of the Palouse, known as the Bosom Buddies, have joined together for theAttacking Breast Cancer (ABC) Pledge Drive for the third consecutiveyear...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cougar players willbe collecting monetary pledges for each attack which results in a kill (and apoint) 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 pinkribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact theWSU 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 seasonLIVE - in the Palouse on KRPL-AM radio (1400 on the AM dial) and LIVE onthe Internet...first-year broadcaster JJ Jensen will be the voice of Cougarvolleyball radio broadcasts this year...for the internet connection, go towww.wsucougars.com, click on the audio/video link on the left-side menu andgo to the College Sports Pass subscription information at the top of thepage...fans can sign up for a monthly or year-long subscription to listen toCougar Athletic events through the internet.

ABOUT THE NO. 1 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (12-0, 4-0) - The undefeated Huskies moved to the top positionin the USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 25 Poll this week after No. 1 Minnesota lost to Ohio State...UW tookcare of then No. 2 USC in five games Sept. 25...only one other extra-games match, a 3-1 win over No. 10UCLA...UW is led by 6-1 senior OH Sanja Tomasevic's 4.55 kpg (3rd Pac-10) and 6-2, freshman OH ChristalMorrison's 4.05 kpg (5th Pac-10) and 1.00 bpg...Brie Hagerty (6-1, Jr., OH) adds 3.78 kpg (tied 10th Pac-10)...Darla Myhre (6-2, Jr., MB) adds 1.46 bpg (4th Pac-10)...Candace Lee (5-7, Jr., L) brings 4.87 dpg (3rdPac-10)...setter Courtney Thompson (5-8, So.) has a 14.13 apg average (1st Pac-10)...UW leads theconference in kills (17.00 kpg), hpct (.327), opponent hpct (.116), assists (15.74 apg), and digs (17.44dpg)...coach Jim McLaughlin (68-36, 4 years at UW; 292-154, 15 years career)...Washington leads the serieswith Washington State, 42-21 in all-time matches and 23-13 in Pac-10 contests...UW has won three of thepast four meetings...Huskies lead in matches played in Seattle, 14-4.

CURRENT USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES TOP 25 POLL: Washington (12-0) moved up one more spot afterformer No. 1 Minnesota lost to Ohio State...USC, which dropped to No. 3 after losing to UW, moved up toNo. 2 and Minnesota was relegated to No. 3...other Pac-10 schools ranked include UCLA (10th), Stanford(14th), California (17th), and Arizona (21st).

LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost to Oregon State (27-30, 30-18, 30-27, 35-33) and to Oregon (30-20, 30-23, 30-27) at Bohler Gym...in the Cougars-Beavers match, WSU freshman setter Nicole Martin played only the firstgame, the Cougars' win, sitting out the next three, due to painful left shoulder...Alison Billingsley was throwninto the setter's role with only 30 minutes prior to the match to prepare...the senior libero/defensive specialist,Billingsley last set as a senior at Walla Walla High but put up 29 assists in the match...Kelly Rosin (18 kills,11 digs) and Jennifer Todd (14 kills, 7 blocks) led the Cougs...the next night the Ducks ended two 26-matchlosing streaks - first by winning a Pac-10 match (last one, Nov. 1, 2002, at OSU) and the second streak bydefeating WSU (last win, Nov. 9, 1990, at Eugene)...Todd was the only Coug in double figures (12 kills, 4blocks)...Billingsley put up 25 assists and Jessie Camp played front row setter with 9 assists...Rosin had 12digs.

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: WSU's women's volleyball team was predicted to finishtied for ninth in the 2004 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyballcoaches...Southern California (89 points) was selected by the coaches to repeat as league champions whilecross town rival UCLA (78) was selected to finish second league this season...the rest of the preseason Pac-10Poll 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, whoare not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have correctly selected the conferencechampion 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 top18...the Cougs will play 14 matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll...included in that group isWSU's Sept. 8 home opener against No. 11 Colorado State (1-1 after last weekend)...six Pac-10 Conferenceteams are ranked in the top 17 of this preseason poll, including two-time defending national champion No. 1Southern California (2-0)....other Pac-10 schools listed among the top 25 include No. 3 UCLA, No. 6Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 10 California, and No. 17 Arizona...in addition to the Pac-10 schools andColorado State making the preseason poll, Washington State will also meet No. 18 Loyola MarymountUniversity Sept. 11, at the LMU Tournament at Los Angeles.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have four matches televised thisseason, 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, WashingtonState at Arizona, Thursday, Nov. 11, Arizona State at Pullman.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,766 in theten home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Stanford, 24th with a six-match average of1,010 fans...WSU's average for five home matches is 756 fans and not among the top 25 schools.

WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Brian Heffernan and the visiting Pac-10 coachesgive the inside scoop on the strategies of that evening's match at the Cougar Volleyball QuicksetsDinners...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Athletic Complex Rooms 184/186, on the Friday eveningsof Pac-10 home matches...the cost is $10 per person and includes dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP theTuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or locally at 509-335-0220...Quicksets are scheduled for 5:30p.m. for Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 26.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - 10th Kelly Rosin 3.81 kpg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 5.36 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .445)
Assists - 7th Nicole Martin 11.34 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.13 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Lauren Westendorf, Oregon 0.81 sapg)
Digs - 7th Stacey Holbrook 3.83 dpg (Jillian Davis, California 5.41 dpg)
Blocks - 6th Jennifer Todd 1.16 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.74 bpg)
Points - 5th Jennifer Todd 4.77 ppg, T9th Kelly Rosin 4.39 ppg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 6.11 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 9th with 13.68 kpg (Washington 17.00 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .181 (Washington .327)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .238 (Washington .116)
Assists - WSU is 9th at 12.42 apg (Washington 15.74 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.36 sapg (Oregon 2.56 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 9th at 13.98 dpg (Washington 17.44 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.28 bpg (Stanford 3.70 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 0.86 bpg, second on team...had 6 blocks against No. 2USC.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...addedsetting duties 10/1 in place of injured Martin...29 assists vs. OSU and 25 assists vs. Oregon...two kills inSyracuse match...two aces against Cincinnati...averaging 1.98 digs per game, third on team...best effort was14 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 first half ofthis season 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...startedagainst OSU and Oregon...three block assists against Oregon State.

#8 Jessie Camp (6-0, OH, SO, Gresham, Ore.) Returned to action versus OSU/Oregon after recurring kneerehabilitation had kept her from playing...landed 8 kills against OSU and 6 digs in both matches...added somesetting duties to her plate against OSU with 9 assists.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...averaging 2.22 dpg...reached13 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 Hawai'i inJanuary 2004...spent spring practice with Cougars...averaging 1.30 dpg.

#7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, SR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...played in six games in 2003...startinglibero...snagged 29 digs in five-game match against San Jose State, just five off school record...3.83 digs pergame average leads Cougs and is 7th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...double-figure digsin 14 of 16 matches to date.

#21 Kristin Kelley (6-2, LS/RS, FR, Pasadena, Calif.) Signed with Cougars last fall...worked into starting lineupSept. 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...also landed 3 blocks vs. Gonzaga, Syracuse and Oregon.

#16 April Lott (5-11, MB, SO, Kennewick, Wash.) Recruited walk-on...starter first weekend of season...hadcareer-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...injured left shoulder caused her toplay only first game of Oregon State match and miss entire Oregon match...averaging 11.34 assists per game8th best in Pac-10...had 67 assists in San Jose State match...landed 4 aces in Gonzaga win...5 kills on 5attacks 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 InvitationalAll-Tournament teams...one of four returning starters from 2003 team...averaging 3.81 kpg, first on team and10th in Pac-10...0.65 bpg, third-best on team...her 4.39 ppg is second on team and 10th in Pac-10...landedcareer-high 23 kills (.254) in San Jose State match...5 blocks in first UNLV match...3 aces vs. ColoradoState...has had double-figure kills in 13 of 16 matches this year...double-figure digs in 2 of 4 Pac-10 matches.

#12 Liz Spear (6-2, MB, SO, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Starter early in season after seeing action in 31 games in2003...had 9 kills vs. Portland and career-best .412 hitting percentage...snagged 4 blocks vs. Colorado Stateand again vs. Gonzaga...served two aces in Radford match...injured quad put her on crutches 10/2.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) Named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel InvitationalAll-Tournament teams...clocked career-high 25 kills (.267) and 5 blocks in San Jose State match...betteredthat 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...1.16 bpg leads the Coug (6th Pac-10)...has had double-figure kills in15 of 16 of WSU's matches this year - only played in 2 of 3 games vs. Radford...4.77 points per game averageis 5th best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.34 service aces per game average...was aVolleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruit...named 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshmen first team...one of four returningstarters from 2003 team.

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