Cougar Volleyball Travels to Idaho, Then Arizona

Oct. 11, 2004

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After competing on the road for five out of the last six weekends, the Washington State volleyball team (3-14, 0-5) takestwo trips this week...Tuesday, the Cougs will cross the border to take on Idaho(10-5) in the final non-conference match of the year...the weekend will be spentin desert country taking on No. 22 Arizona (10-6, 2-4) at 8 p.m. Friday night in aspecial double-header with Wildcats basketball teams Midnight Madness at theMcKale Center...this match will also be the Fox Sports Net volleyball match ofthe week to be broadcast tape-delayed around the country...Trey Bender andSinjin Smith are the announcers for the televised broadcast...Saturday night theCougs meet Arizona State (7-7, 2-4) at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Arena.

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.

COUGAR OPPONENTS THIS WEEK: IDAHO VANDALS (10-5) - Neighbor to the East, Idaho is a member of the Big West (Eastern Div.) with a 4-1 conference record...Idaho is coming off an upset of No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, at home Oct. 9...Vandals are riding a two-match win streak but have won four of the past six contests...6-0 junior OH/MB Katie Tikker leads Idaho with 4.50 kpg (.216)...she played with Cougar starter Jen Barcus at Lakeside High (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.)...Sarah Meek (6-1, Sr., MB) adds 4.21 kpg (.355) and 1.32 bpg...setter Mandy Becker (5-9, Sr.) has a 12.95 assists per game average...Meghan Brown (6-1, Jr.) brings up 4.46 dpg...head coach Debbie Buchanan (67-65 record, five years)...WSU leads the series 36-15-2...Vandals won last year in Pullman 3-2...Cougars had won the previous eight contests with the Vandals...Idaho has only lost to Cal State Northridge (3-1) at Memorial Gym this season.

NO. 22 ARIZONA WILDCATS (10-6, 2-4) - The Wildcats defeated both Oregon and Oregon State last weekendfor its conference wins after losing to ranked teams Stanford, California, USC, and UCLA...junior 6-2 OHKim Glass, leads the Wildcats with 4.55 kpg and 0.95 bpg but has only played in Pac-10 matches thisyear...Jennifer Abernathy (5-11, Jr., OH) adds 3.90 kpg (6th Pac-10)...Bre Ladd (6-1, Jr., MB) 1.00 bpg andJolene Killough (6-5, Sr., MB) 1.04 bpg make the big stops at the net...top digger is Glass (2.95 dpg) but Kelli Mulvany (5-9, Sr., L) adds 2.77 dpg...head coach Dave Rubio (244-130, 13 years; career 364-195, 18 years...Arizona leads the series 26-11...Wildcats lead at Tucson, 15-3 with WSU's last win in the desert in 1995.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (7-7, 2-4) - ASU, like Arizona, defeated both Oregon and Oregon State lastweekend for its conference wins after losing to ranked teams Stanford, California, USC, and UCLA...hasplayed one other ranked team losing to No. 21 Long Beach State 3-1...Nicole Morton (5-10, So., OH) leadsthe Sun Devils with 3.53 kpg (.164)...Colette Meek (6-1, Fr., MB/OPP) has a 1.43 blocks per game average(5th Pac-10)...Rachel Mittelstaedt (6-1, Fr., S) also stops 1.02 bpg and has a 9.91 assists per gameaverage...head coach Brad Saindon (16-25, 2 years at ASU; 260-165, 14-year career record)...WSU leads theseries 19-18 after winning the last six contests, including a 3-2 win at Tempe in 2003...overall record at Tempe is WSU 8 wins, Sun Devils 10.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars fell to No. 1 Washington 15-17-20 at Seattle before a crowd of 3,678 in Bank ofAmerica Arena...WSU freshman setter Nicole Martin was back on the court after missing five games in theprevious two matches because of a painful left shoulder...she had 27 assists in this match...UW's SanjaTomasevic had 19 kills and hit .447 as the Huskies his .358 for the match...Kelly Rosin and Jennifer Toddcombined for 15 kills for the Cougs who hit .036 as a team.

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).

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 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 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; and Thursday, Nov. 11, Arizona State at Pullman.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,812 in the12 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, 9th with a two-match average of1,778 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.

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