This Week In Cougar Volleyball

Nov. 8, 2004

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WSU VOLLEYBALL HOME DESERT SCHOOLS: The Washington State volleyball team (4-21, 1-11) are home for the second straight week as Arizona State (9-13, 4-9) comes to town for a Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. match and No. 21 Arizona (15-8, 7-6) will trek to the Palouse for a Friday, Nov. 12 match... the WSU vs. ASU match will be the Fox Sports Net volleyball match of the week to be broadcast tape-delayed around the country...Jim Watson and Mike Dodd are the announcers for the televised broadcast...replay in the Northwest will be Sat., Nov. 13 (1 p.m.) and Mon., Nov. 15 (noon).

LAST WEEK: The No. 1 University of Washington needed all five games (30-11, 30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 15-9) to put away WSU Friday night before 1,011 fans at Bohler Gym...UW's freshman OH Christal Morrison led all players (26 kills, .367)...Brie Hagerty and Kaitlin Leck combined for another 37 kills...Candace Lee had a match-high 29 digs and Darla Myrhe had eight blocks...Courtney Thompson added 73 assists and three aces...Jennifer Todd and Jen Barcus combined for 33 kills and 15 blocks to lead WSU...Kelly Rosin added 12 kills and led the team with 18 digs...Jessie Camp and Alison Billingsley each had 17 digs while Nicole Martin had 50 assists...Todd and Stacey Holbrook each contributed three aces...UW hit .249 for the match with 80 kills, but held WSU to .145 with only 55 kills...the Cougars out-blocked the Huskies 16 to 12.5.

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.

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...Remaining Quicksets Dinners are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 26.

NO. 21 ARIZONA WILDCATS (15-8, 7-6) - The Wildcats are on a three-match win streak after upsetting No. 12 UCLA in LA and defeating Oregon and Oregon State - al l3-0...junior Kim Glass, leads the Wildcats with 4.56 kpg (3rd in Pac-10 only stats)...Meghan Cumpston leads overall with 3.88 kpg (7th Pac-10)...Bre Ladd 1.05 bpg (9th pac-10) and Jolene Killough 1.07 bpg (7th Pac-10) make the big stops at the net...Kelli Mulvany adds 3.32 dpg...setter Stephanie Butkus has 12.10 apg (3rd Pac-10)...head coach Dave Rubio (244-130, 13 years; career 364-195, 18 years...LAST TIME - No. 22 Arizona took a 30-18, 30-22, 30-19 win over WSU Oct. 15 at Tucson before 5,275 fans for the volleyball/Midnight Madness basketball double-header...UA's Glass (15 kills, .314, 4 aces) and Ladd (12 kills, 4 blocks) led the Wildcats...WSU was led by Kelly Rosin (14 kills, .237), Jennifer Todd (3 blocks) and Jen Barcus (3 blocks)...Nicole Martin had 19 assists and the Cougs' only ace...Arizona leads the series 27-11...in Pullman, Arizona leads 11-7, but WSU won just last year.

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 who took pledges will now be collecting for the 452 kills (team total for October) for WSU during the ten matches of the month...the 2003 campaign raised $1,623.35 and the team raised $1,019 in 2002...interested donors may still contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

CURRENT USA TODAY/CSTV COACHES TOP 25 POLL: Washington (20-0) maintained its top spot in the poll for the sixth straight week after holding off a WSU charge in Pullman...Hawai'i stayed at No. 2 (21-0) and Nebraska (22-1) is still No. 3...Penn State (21-1) moved from No. 6 to No. 4 and Minnesota (22-4) is No. 5 again...USC (15-4) dropped to No. 6 after losing to Stanford...other Pac-10 schools ranked include Stanford (11th), California (14th), UCLA (16th), and Arizona (21st).

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.

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.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,940 in the 15 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifth with a five-match average of 2,973 fans including the Oct. 23 match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU's average for eight home matches is 746 fans including a season-high 1,011 for UW match, not among the top 25 schools.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - 10th Kelly Rosin 3.75 kpg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 5.69 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Emily Adams, USC .430)
Assists - 7th Nicole Martin 10.79 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 14.84 apg)
Service Aces - T5th Jennifer Todd 0.35 (Sarah Mason, Oregon 0.51 sapg)
Digs - 9th Stacey Holbrook 3.56 dpg (Candace Lee, Washington 5.62 dpg)
Blocks - 7th Jennifer Todd 1.11 bpg (Nana Meriwether, UCLA 1.62 bpg)
Points - 3rd Jennifer Todd 4.67 ppg, 9th Kelly Rosin 4.34 kpg (Ogonna Nnamani, Stanford 6.35 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.13 kpg (Washington 17.40 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 9th at .166 (Washington .310)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 10th at .249 (Washington .137)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.94 apg (Washington 16.18 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.28 sapg (Oregon 1.92 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 10th at 13.89 dpg (Washington 17.99 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.35 bpg (Stanford 3.42 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, SO, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) One of four returning starters from 2003 team...1.88 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 0.91 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...season-best eight blocks and career-high 18.5 points in No. 1 UW match 11/5.

#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...career-high 20 digs in win at Oregon...recorded 12 digs in No.2 USC match...had 17 digs against No. 1 Washington...in Pac-10 only matches, 2.23 dpg average.

# 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 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...career-high 17 digs against UW in Pullman...equaled season-best with 10 kills at Oregon...averaging 2.22 dpg, second on team.

#9 Megan Camp (5-4, L/DS, JR, Spokane, Wash.) Last season played in 51 games...played in 61 games this year to date...2.11 dpg (fourth on team)...reached 13 digs twice (San Jose State, Cincinnati)...landed a kill in Radford win...season-high 16 digs came in win at Oregon.

# 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 1.12 dpg....seen action in 33 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...3.56 digs per game average leads Cougs and is 9th in Pac-10 standings...served 4 aces against Radford...dug up team-high 27 in win at Oregon...double-figure digs in 18 of 25 matches to date...four matches with 20+ digs.

# 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 career-high 5 blocks at Oregon State...best of 6 digs in win at Oregon...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 54 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 (Oct. 1-2)...averaging 10.79 assists per game 7th best in Pac-10...had 67 assists in San Jose State match...939 assists this season is 10th on WSU All-time list...landed 4 aces in Gonzaga win...5 kills on 5 attacks vs. Radford...had 11 digs vs. Syracuse and at Oregon...career-high five blocks in win at Oregon...had 50+ assists in seven 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 3.75 kpg, first on team and 10th in Pac-10...0.70 bpg, fourth-best on team...her 4.33 ppg is second on team and 9th best in Pac-10...landed career-high 23 kills (.254) in San Jose State match...5 blocks in first UNLV match and again at Oregon State...3 aces vs. Colorado State and California...has had double-figure kills in 19 of 24 matches this year...career-high 18 digs in win at Oregon...2.11 dpg average and 2.24 dpg in Pac-10 matches.

# 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...started 10/28 and 10/29 at MB in place of Jennifer Todd and had career-high 9 blocks and 14 kills in win at Oregon...next night had 6 blocks at OSU...served two aces in Radford match...averaging 1.14 bpg in Pac-10 only matches.

#3 Jennifer Todd (6-2, MB, SO, Henderson, Nev.) Named to UNLV Classic and LMU Furama Hotel Invitational All-Tournament teams...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...1.11 bpg leads the Cougs (7th Pac-10)...has had double-figure kills in 18 of 23 of WSU's matches this year...4.67 points per game average is 3rd best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.35 service aces per game average (T5th Pac-10)...hit a season-best .581 (20-2-31) in five-game match at ASU...MISSED the win over Oregon at Eugene 10/28 and OSU match 10/29, attending a family member's funeral...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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