Washington State Set To Face Cal, Stanford In Final Road Trip

Nov. 15, 2004

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WSU VOLLEYBALL IN BAY AREA FOR FINAL ROAD MATCH OF SEASON: The Washington State volleyball team (4-23, 1-13) hit the road for the final trip of the season this weekend...Cougars take on No. 14 California (14-9, 9-5) in a Thurs., Nov. 18 match at Haas Pavilion and then travels across the Bay to meet No. 11 Stanford (19-6, 11-3) Friday, Nov. 19...WSU will return to the Palouse to end first-year Head Coach Brian Heffernan's debut season with post-Thanksgiving matches against No. 16 UCLA and No. 4 USC Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27.

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.

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.

NO. 14 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (14-9, 9-5) - California hosts WSU after defeating Oregon State 3-1, and Oregon 3-0...freshman OH Angie Pressey leads the Bears with 4.03 kpg (4th Pac-10)...Gabrielle Abernathy adds 3.50 kpg and 0.34 apg (T5th Pac-10)...Camille Leffall has averages of 1.17 bpg (6th Pac-10) and 3.05 kpg...Jillian Davis (injured) had a 5.43 dpg average (3rd Pac-10)...Samantha Carter has a 13.71 apg average (2nd Pac-10)...head coach Rich Feller (95-76, 6 years; career 394-243, 20 years)...LAST TIME: No. 13 California defeated WSU 30-23, 30-21, 30-23, at Pullman...Cal hit .358, held WSU to a .110 hitting percentage, and out-blocked the Cougs 11 to 8...Cal highlights provided by Pressey (14 kills), Abernathy (13 kills), Alicia Powers (10 kills, 6 blocks), Davis (13 digs), Carter (50 assists, 6 blocks)...WSU was led by Kelly Rosin (13 kills, 3 aces), Jennifer Todd (9 kills, 4 blocks), Nicole Martin (30 assists)...the overall series is tied at 21-21-1, while WSU still holds a lead in Pac-10 matches with 20 win and 17 losses...Cal has won three consecutive matches and leads 11-8 when contest are played in Berkeley...WSU's last win was in 2002 in Pullman (3-0).

NO. 14 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (14-9, 9-5) - California hosts WSU after defeating Oregon State 3-1, and Oregon 3-0...freshman OH Angie Pressey leads the Bears with 4.03 kpg (4th Pac-10)...Gabrielle Abernathy adds 3.50 kpg and 0.34 apg (T5th Pac-10)...Camille Leffall has averages of 1.17 bpg (6th Pac-10) and 3.05 kpg...Jillian Davis (injured) had a 5.43 dpg average (3rd Pac-10)...Samantha Carter has a 13.71 apg average (2nd Pac-10)...head coach Rich Feller (95-76, 6 years; career 394-243, 20 years)...LAST TIME: No. 13 California defeated WSU 30-23, 30-21, 30-23, at Pullman...Cal hit .358, held WSU to a .110 hitting percentage, and out-blocked the Cougs 11 to 8...Cal highlights provided by Pressey (14 kills), Abernathy (13 kills), Alicia Powers (10 kills, 6 blocks), Davis (13 digs), Carter (50 assists, 6 blocks)...WSU was led by Kelly Rosin (13 kills, 3 aces), Jennifer Todd (9 kills, 4 blocks), Nicole Martin (30 assists)...the overall series is tied at 21-21-1, while WSU still holds a lead in Pac-10 matches with 20 win and 17 losses...Cal has won three consecutive matches and leads 11-8 when contest are played in Berkeley...WSU's last win was in 2002 in Pullman (3-0).

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,135 in the 17 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifth with a seven-match average of 2,794 fans including the Oct. 23 match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU's average for 10 home matches is 711 fans, including a season-high 1,011 for UW match, not among the top 25 schools.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,135 in the 17 home matches of 2004...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington, fifth with a seven-match average of 2,794 fans including the Oct. 23 match vs. Stanford with a school record 5,712 fans...WSU's average for 10 home matches is 711 fans, including a season-high 1,011 for UW match, not among the top 25 schools.

#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...3.52 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 19 of 27 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 56 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 10.78 assists per game 7th best in Pac-10...had 67 assists in San Jose State match...1003 assists this season is 9th 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...0.69 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 21 of 27 matches this year...career-high 18 digs in win at Oregon...2.19 dpg average and 2.37 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 1.09 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)...3.73 kpg second on team...1.12 bpg leads the Cougs (7th Pac-10)...has had double-figure kills in 20 of 25 of WSU's matches this year...4.71 points per game average is T3rd best in Pac-10...most efficient server on team with 0.34 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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