Road Matches With Ducks And Beavers Next For Cougar Volleyball

Oct. 25, 2004

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For the seventh time in nine weeks, the Washington State volleyball team (3-19, 0-9) will be on the road...this week it is for a pair of Pac-10 matches...WSU begins the second half of the Pac-10 schedule, after going winless in the first half...Cougars take on Oregon (9-10, 1-8) Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. on McArthur Court...Friday night, Oct. 29, WSU will meet Oregon State (8-10, 2-7) in a 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum...both teams have not won a match since defeating the Cougars in Pullman, Oct. 2 and 3...Oregon is looking for its first home Pac-10 win since Nov. 9, 2000 (39 matches)...WSU will have two weekends at home for the only time this season to start the month of November.

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.

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.

COUGAR OPPONENTS THIS WEEK: OREGON DUCKS (9-10, 1-8) - The Ducks' sole win of the conference action to date was their Oct. 2 3-0 win over WSU (see Last Time)...Sarah Mason (6-3, So., MB) leads the team with 3.86 kpg (7th Pac-10), 0.54 aces per game (1st Pac-10) and 4.80 ppg (1st Pac-10)...Kelly Russell (6-1, Jr., MB) has a 3.42 kpg...Katie O'Neil (5-10, Sr., L) averages 4.50 dpg (5th Pac-10)...Oregon leads the Pac-10 in service aces (2.12 sapg)...head coach Carl Fereira (42-96, 5 years at Oregon; 190-152, 10 years career)...WSU leads the series 32-28-2 overall, 29-8 in Pac-10...

LAST TIME - Oregon defeated WSU 30-20, 30-23, 30-27, ending two 26-match losing streaks - Pac-10 match (last one, Nov. 1, 2002, at OSU) and defeat of WSU (last win, Nov. 9, 1990, at Eugene)...Jennifer Todd was the only Coug in double figures (12 kills, 4 blocks)...Alison Billingsley, playing setter in place of the injured Nicole Martin, put up 25 assists...Jessie Camp played front row setter with nine assists...Rosin had 12 digs...UO's Sarah Mason led all players (19 kills, .326, 3 blocks)...Katie O'Neil and Erin Little combined for 26 digs while Kim McNally added four service aces and three blocks.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (8-10, 2-7) - The Beavers two conference wins are against the two schools below them in the current standings - Oregon and WSU...Allison Lawrence (5-10, Sr., OH) leads the team with 3.90 kpg (6th Pac-10), 3.21 dpg and 4.13 ppg...Abby Windell (6-0, So., RS/MB) has a .329 hpct (10th Pac-10) and adds 0.99 bpg plus is the top server with 0.33 sapg...setter Desma Stovall (6-0, Jr.) has an 11.64 apg (6th Pac-10)...head coach Nancy Somera (73-92, 6 years)...Washington State leads the series 38-28 overall and 28-9 in Pac-10 play...

LAST TIME - Oregon State defeated WSU 27-30, 30-18, 30-27, 35-33...WSU freshman setter Nicole Martin played only the first game, the Cougars' win, sitting out the next three, due to a painful left shoulder...Alison Billingsley was thrown into 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...OSU was led by Lawrence (19 kills, 17 digs), Abby Windell (14 kills, 5 blocks), and Karah Rhoades (14 kills)...Nina Baltimore had a match-high 24 digs.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars dropped two Pac-10 matches at home...No. 11 Stanford defeated WSU 30-17, 30-19, 30-19 and No. 13 California swept the Cougars 30-23, 30-21, 30-23...Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani (14 kills, .400), Kristin Richards (11 kills), Courtney Schultz (15 digs), and Bryn Kehoe (36 assists, 12 digs) were the offensive leaders...Jennifer Hucke and Liz Suiter had five blocks each...Jennifer Todd (9 kills, 2 aces, 4 blocks) led the Cougs...the Cardinal hit .314 for the match and held the Cougars to .026...in each of the three games, WSU held off Stanford at game point, including scoring four points with the Cardinal at 29 in the second game...the next night, California's Angie Pressey and Gabrielle Abernathy combined for 27 kills..Cal hit .358, held WSU to a .110 hitting percentage, and out-blocked the Cougs 11 to 8...Cal's Alicia Powers (10 kills) and Jillian Davis (13 digs) led all players...Samantha Carter had 50 assists and joined Powers with match-highs of six blocks...WSU's Kelly Rosin (13 kills) the sole Cougar in double figures, added a match-high three aces, and was joined by April Lott and Stacey Holbrook with six digs each. Jennifer Todd had nine kills and led the team with four blocks. Setter Nicole Martin had 30 assists.

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

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.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,861 in the 14 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifht with a five-match average of 2,973 fans including Sat. match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU's average for seven home matches is 703 fans and not among the top 25 schools.

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10): Team Overall Matches (Leader) Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.27 kpg (Washington 17.31 kpg) Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .170 (Washington .326) Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .257 (Washington .131) Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.06 apg (Washington 15.96 apg) Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.26 sapg (Oregon 2.12 sapg) Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.52 dpg (Washington 17.44 dpg) Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.19 bpg (Stanford 3.43 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?
#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...1.79 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 0.85 bpg, second on team...had 6 blocks against No. 2 USC...against No. 22 Arizona, landed 7 kills with 1 error on 10 attacks for .600 hpct.

#11 Alison Billingsley (5-3, L/DS, SR, Walla Walla, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...added setting duties 10/1 and 10/2 in place of injured Martin...29 assists vs. OSU and 25 assists vs. Oregon...two kills in Syracuse match...two aces against Cincinnati...best effort was 14 digs vs. San Jose State....recorded 12 digs in No.2 USC match...had 11 digs against Idaho.

#10 McKenzie Burgess (5-11, OH, SO, Benton City, Wash.) Left the team the third week in October to try out as a thrower for the Cougar track and field team...a lightly used sub as a freshman...spent first half of this 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...started against OSU, Oregon and Idaho...three block assists against Oregon State....subbed in at UW.

#8 Jessie Camp (6-0, OH, SO, Gresham, Ore.) Returned to action versus OSU/Oregon after recurring knee rehabilitation had kept her from playing...recorded 10 kills, career-high 14 digs and three blocks at Idaho...added some setting duties to her plate against OSU with nine assists...11 digs was team best at UW...2.24 dpg.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...played in 54 games this year to date...2.06 dpg is third on team...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...practicing daily with team but red-shirting this season.

#17 Carly Hayashikawa (5-4, L/DS, RS-FR, Waikoloa, Hawaii) Transferred from University of Hawai'i in January 2004...spent spring practice with Cougars...averaging 1.17 dpg....seen action in 30 games.

#7 Stacey Holbrook (5-5, L/DS, SR, Newhall, Calif.) Recruited walk-on...played in six games in 2003...starting libero for 2004 season...snagged 29 digs in five-game match against San Jose State, just five off school record...3.66 digs per game average leads Cougs and is 8th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...double-figure digs in 17 of 22 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 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, Oregon and Arizona State...best of 4 digs at Idaho...8 kills and three blocks at ASU.

#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...played in 49 games this season...landed five kills and six digs vs. No. 13 Cal.

#5 Nicole Martin (5-11, S, FR, Carmel, Ind.) Signed with Cougars last fall...injured left shoulder caused her to play only first game of Oregon State match and miss entire Oregon match...came back to play next week at UW...averaging 10.84 assists per game 7th 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...had 50+ assists in five matches this season.

#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 3.85 kpg, first on team and 8th in Pac-10...0.65 bpg, third-best on team...her 4.41 ppg is second on team and 8th best in Pac-10...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 17 of 22 matches this year...career-high 16 digs at Idaho...2.05 dpg.

#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...injured quad put her briefly on crutches 10/2.

#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)...3.70 kpg second on team...1.09 bpg leads the Coug (7th Pac-10)...has had double-figure kills in 17 of 22 of WSU's matches this year...4.64 points per game average is fifth best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.33 service aces per game average (10th Pac-10)...hit a season-best .581 (20-2-31) in five-game match at ASU...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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