Cougar Volleyball Travels to UC Davis Tournament

Aug. 29, 2005

COUGS RIDE WIN STREAK TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA: The Washington State volleyball team, 1-0 on the season and riding a two-match win streak including last season's upset of No. 6 USC, travels to the 2005 Howard Johnson Aggie Invitational Volleyball Tournament hosted by UC Davis this weekend...WSU will face teams from Idaho State (0-1), Toledo (1-1) and UC Davis (0-2) during the two-day tourney being contested at The Pavilion at ARC...WSU, under second-year head coach Brian Heffernan, opened the season Sunday, Aug. 28, with a 3-1 win at Portland (27-30, 30-21, 30-26, 30-20).

SOLID IN THE OPENERS: The Washington State volleyball team has won its season-opening match 14 of the past 15 years including the 3-1 win at Portland this season.

WIN AT PORTLAND: Senior transfer MB Natalia Owens led the Cougs in the 3-1 win at Portland with 14 kills (.312 hitting percentage), 13 digs and a match-high six blocks...junior MB Jen Barcus added 13 kills (.333) and four blocks...junior OHs Jessie Camp and Kelly Rosin added 9 kills each...sophomore transfer Maureen Perez had 38 assists in her debut as a WSU setter...freshman libero Jalen Pendon contributed 24 digs and three service aces...the 505 fans in attendance was the third-largest volleyball crowd in Portland's volleyball history.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his second season at WSU (6-26 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and newcomer Ken Ko, formerly an assistant at Cal State Fullerton.

CATCHING THE COUGS AT HOME: The WSU Cougars' home opener will be a part of the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament Sept. 9-10 at Bohler Gym....teams competing in this year's tournament include University of Buffalo, Oral Robert University and University of Idaho...Friday night matches are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. while Saturday's action has start times of 11 a.m., 1, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

MEET THE TEAM: WSU fans are invited to Meet the 2005 Cougar Volleyball Team, Sat., Sept. 10 at a 3 p.m. pre-game meal at the Cougar Fitness Café at Regents Hall...cost is $15 per adult ($10 children)...reservations are requested by Wed., Aug. 31 by calling Linda Rubenthaler at 509-335-0276.

2005 HOWARD JOHNSON AGGIE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT: The Aggie Invite takes place in The Pavilion at ARC on the UC Davis campus in Davis, Calif...WSU plays Idaho State Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m., Toledo, Sat., Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., and UC Davis that same day at 7 p.m.

IDAHO STATE BENGALS (1-0): Located in Pocatello, Idaho, ISU is a member of the Big Sky Conference...three starters return off last year's 12-17 team...Bengals opened the season with a 3-0 loss at Utah (30-22, 30-28, 30-27)...2004 All-Big Sky selection junior OH Nikki Randall landed 19 kills (.279) in the loss to the Utes (6.33 kills per game)...Felice Yocopis, senior OH), had 10 kills, 16 digs and a pair of blocks...freshman setter Amanda Bevens had 29 assists...Head Coach Mike Welch (61-84/6 years at ISU; 240-207/15 years career)...LAST TIME - Aug. 31, 1996 at Cougar Challenge tournament at Bohler Gym, WSU won 15-3, 15-6, 15-2...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads the series with Idaho State 8-3 with a +3 streak.

TOLEDO ROCKETS (1-1): Located in Toledo, Ohio, the University of Toledo is a member of the Mid-America Conference...2004 overall record was 16-14...Friday night defeated Cleveland State 3-2 in a road match (30-27, 26-30, 30-19, 28-30, 15-9)...lost to No. 12 Ohio State in Columbus 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-21)...senior MB Kelsey Culver leads the Rockets with 3.50 kpg and 0.75 blocks per game...setter Emi Holsclaw has a 10.00 apg average...libero Lora Sarich averages 5.12 digs per game...Kate Bean landed 9 service aces in the first two matches...Head Coach kent Miller (90-151/9 years)...SERIES RECORD - First meeting.

UC DAVIS AGGIES (0-2): Located just outside of Sacramento, Calif., UC Davis is an independent Div. I school after moving up from a very successful stint as a Div. II school three years ago...opened season with a home 3-1 loss to San Jose State (30-32, 30-8, 30-28, 30-25) night was swept by No. 19 California (30-15, 30-16, 30-20)...senior opposite Jill McPheeters leads the Aggies with a 2.80 kpg (.303)...using 6-2 offense setters Katelyn Astruc (6.29 apg) and Michelle Nelson (4.75 apg)...Jenny Pierce, a 6-1 redshirt junior MB has a 1.25 blocks per game average...Head Coach Stephanie Hawbecker (59-87/6 years at UCD; 225-221/14 years career)...LAST TIME - Sept. 13, 1982, UC Davis defeated WSU 3-0 (15-8, 15-4, 15-12) at Davis...SERIES RECORD - UC Davis leads the series with WSU 2-0.

COUGS HAVE TOUGH SCHEDULE: The CSTV American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Aug. 8, shows six of Washington State's 2005 opponents ranked in the top 19 and because they are all Pac-10 schools, the Cougs will play each school twice...the six Pac-10 Conference teams ranked in the preseason poll, including defending national champions Stanford at No. 3, includes No. 2 Washington, No. 7 Southern California, No. 13 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona and No. 19 California...go to for poll

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2005 season LIVE - in the Palouse on KRPL-AM radio (1400 on the AM dial) and LIVE on the Internet...second-year broadcaster JJ Jensen is the voice of Cougar volleyball radio broadcasts...for the internet connection, go to, click on the audio/video link (left-side menu) and go to the College Sports Pass subscription information at the top of the can sign up for a monthly or year-long subscription to listen to Cougar Athletic events through the internet.

NOTES ABOUT THE 2005 COUGS: Senior Te'Ara Epps (6-1, MB, Tulare, Calif.), a transfer from Cal State Los Angeles, is recovering from a strained abdomen and should be ready to play this weekend...freshman OH Brittany Johnson (5-9, Phoenix) also missed the Portland match but should return to action this week after suffering an ankle sprain during preseason practice...WSU has determined that Natalia Owens (6-1, MB, Lima, Peru), a transfer from Shoreline Community College, has only one season of eligibility remaining therefore her status changed from junior to senior...another transfer, Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, Arlington, Texas), from Barton County College, will redshirt the 2005 season in order to work on her skill techniques during both fall 2005 and spring 2006 practices.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: WSU will have one match televised this season, the Oct. 21 match at Oregon will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis, check your FOX Sports station for broadcast times.

JOIN THE QUICKSETS VOLLEYBALL BOOSTER CLUB: The Quicksets is an organized group of volleyball enthusiasts supporting Washington State University women's volleyball program and its student-athletes...members have activities that include the preseason welcoming picnic for the team, pre-match 'Chalk Talks' with the coaches, informal snack receptions the second night of each Pac-10 home weekend, T-shirts and the Cougar Courtside newsletter, mailed several times each year...for membership levels and prices please call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.

WATCH COACH HEFFERNAN: Every Tuesday afternoon during the volleyball season, beginning at 1:20 p.m. PT, WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan is part of the teleconference with a LIVE video broadcast on the WSU internet site of

FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the fifth consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...the clothing will be donated for use by area low-income women entering or re-entering the work force and needing professional clothing...larger sizes are especially needed...donors are asked to bring their clean, gently used clothing and new pantyhose to the WSU volleyball office in Bohler Addition, room 230, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22 and Fri., Sept. 23...donors will receive free admission to a Cougar volleyball match at Bohler Gym to be determined...more information, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.

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 fourth 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 nine matches this month...a total of $1,645.80 was collected in 2004 for the 452 kills in 10 matches...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.

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