Cougar Volleyball Home To Open Pac-10 Play

Sept. 19, 2005

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COUGARS WELCOME NO. 2 HUSKIES, ZAGS TO BOHLER GYM: The Washington State volleyball team, now 7-4, welcomes the No. 2 Washington Huskies (9-0) and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-7) to Bohler Gym this weekend...WSU-UW match is Friday, Sept. 23 while the Zags visit Saturday, Sept. 24...both matches begin at 7 p.m...WSU comes off its most successful week in three years, winning three out of four matches...WSU will be home for four matches in the next two weeks, and traveling just up the road to take on Eastern Washington Sept. 27, the final non-conference match of the season.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his second season at WSU (12-30 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

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 the Cougar-Husky volleyball match this Friday...more information, call WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.

ABOUT THE NO. 2 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (9-0) - The undefeated Huskies are coming off two sweeps at the No. 6 University of Hawai'i, a rare feat in any season...Dawgs have not lost a game this season...defending Pac-10 Champions have three returning All-Americans in 6-1 senior OH Sanja Tomasevic (3.76 kpg, 1.20 bpg), 5-8 junior setter and Pac-10 Player of the Week Courtney Thompson (15.19 apg), and 6-2 sophomore OH Christal Morrison (4.12 kpg)...6-1 senior OH Brie Hagerty adds 4.09 kpg, 1.48 bpg...libero Candace Lee adds 4.15 dpg...UW leads the conference in all categories but digs (ASU) and blocks (WSU) Jim McLaughlin (91-39, 5 years at UW; 315-157, 16 years)...LAST TIME - No. 1 UW defeated WSU 3-2 at Pullman (30-11, 30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 15-9) Nov. 5, 2004...SERIES RECORD - Washington leads 44-21...Dawgs have won past four meetings...when WSU-UW Pac-10 matches have been played in Pullman, UW leads the series 10-9.

ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS (7-7): Gonzaga travels to Pullman, looking to avenge the 3-1 loss to the Cougs Sept. 13 at Spokane...Zags, who won the Gardner-Webb Over the Mountain Invite (NC) Sept. 3...last weekend lost to Baylor and UTEP but defeated Northern commons foes, GU did defeat UC Davis, 3-1, a team WSU lost to 3-2 at Davis...sophomore OH Becky Jones leads the Zags with 4.08 kpg and 3.13 dpg...6-0 freshman OH `Michelle Boevers adds 3.53 kpg...sophomore MB Briawna Mueller brings a 1.11 bpg average...Head Coach Kip Yoshimura (19-82/4 years at GU; 270-154/13 years career)...LAST TIME - Sept. 13, 2005, WSU won 3-1 (30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 30-26) at Spokane...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads 29-9 (WSU streak +16 - last GU win, 3-2, Nov. 13, 1990 at Spokane).

LAST WEEK: Cougs defeated Gonzaga 3-1 at Spokane Tues....WSU took second place at the SLU Billikens Classic Tournament at Saint Louis with a 2-1 record...only loss came to Middle Tennessee State...Jen Barcus was named to all-tournament team after posting 40 kills, 3 errors, 75 attacks (.493), 3 aces, 7 digs, and 22 blocks.

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

CURRENT PAC-10 STANDINGS (as of 9/19/05):
(AVCA Ranking) Conference Overall Streak
Washington (2) 0-0 9-0 Won 9
Stanford (3) 0-0 11-1 Won 10
Oregon 0-0 10-1 Won 5
Arizona (15) 0-0 8-1 Won 4
California (25) 0-0 7-2 Won 2
UCLA (13) 0-0 7-2 Lost 1
Oregon State 0-0 4-2 Lost 2
Washington State 0-0 7-4 Won 2
Arizona State 0-0 5-5 Won 1
USC (12) 0-0 4-4 Won 2

Individual Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - no WSU player (Angie Pressey, California 4.63 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Alesha Deesing, Washington .547)
Assists - 8th Gwen Davis 8.91 apg (Courtney Thompson, Washington 15.19 apg)
Service Aces - 9th Gwen Davis 0.38 (Samantha Carter, California 0.74 sapg)
Digs - 4th Jalen Pendon 4.51 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 6.59 dpg)
Blocks - 1st Natalia Owens 1.76 bpg, 2nd Jen Barcus 1.54 bpg
Points - no WSU player (Mira Djuric, Oregon 5.71 ppg)

Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.12 kpg (Washington 17.67 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .176 (Washington .427)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 4th at .147 (Washington .074)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.80 apg (Washington 16.04 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 6th at 1.66 sapg (Washington 2.26 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 4th at 16.80 dpg (Arizona State 17.97 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 1st at 4.05 bpg

BLOCKING, BLOCKING, BLOCKING: After six matches, the Cougars have a 4.05 blocks per game average which is the best of the Pac-10 schools...three players average more than one block per game and have played in at least 25 of WSU's 41 games: Natalia Owens (1.76 bpg), Jen Barcus (1.54 bpg), and Brittany Johnson (1.36 bpg)...WSU's 2004 average was 2.35 bpg...2004 national champions Stanford had a 3.32 bpg average.


Career Block Solos

1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196
2. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 125
10. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 34
11. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 32

Career Block Assists
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 421
2. Sarah Silvernail ((1993-96) 394
8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 311
9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 264

Career Total Blocks
1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 617
2. Sarah Silvernail ((1993-96) 492
8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 361
9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 296

#13 Jen Barcus (6-1, MB, Jr, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) Three-year starter...named to UC Davis Aggie Invite All-Tournament Team...named to SLU Billikens Classic All-Tournament Team...leading the team with 3.22 kpg and .310 hitting percentage...3-2 win at Saint Louis was high statistical point of career with 19 kills (.548), nine blocks, one ace and three digs...second in Pac-10 to teammate Natalia Owens in blocks per game with 1.54...had career-high 12 digs versus UC blocks against Toledo and UC Davis...double-figure kills in nine of 11 matches...five or more blocks in 11 WSU career standings ninth in both block assists (264) and total blocks (296)...needs a pair of solos to land in 10th for career solo blocks.

# 8 Jessie Camp (6-1, OH, Jr, Gresham, Ore.) Battled injuries much of WSU career...named to Baden Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...tied career-high of 12 kills vs. Buffalo...reached career-high 9 blocks in 3-2 win at Saint Louis...averaging 2.08 kpg and 0.72 blocks per game.

# 3 Gwen Davis (6-0, S, RS-Jr, Walla Walla, Wash.) First year playing at WSU...had 49 assists and 15 digs against UC Davis...had six blocks including three solos versus Toledo...six kills, 16 digs and four aces in Buffalo win...service ace average of 0.38 sapg is 9th-best in Pac-10 standings.

#7 Te'Ara Epps (6-1, MB, Sr, Tulare, Calif.) A transfer from Div. III Cal State Los Angeles...made Cougar debut in the 3-1 win over Oral Roberts, garnering 10 kills (.308 hpct) and 8 blocks...after sitting out WSU's first five matches with an abdominal strain, Epps broke a bone in her thumb and has not seen action since.

#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, OH, Jr, Arlington, Texas) Redshirting 2005 season.

#5 Carly Hayashikawa (5-5, L/DS, So, Waikoloa, Hawai'i) Had career-high 13 digs in Oral Roberts match...landed two aces in both ORU and Buffalo wins.

#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, OH, Fr, Phoenix, Ariz) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...participated in spring drills...missed the Portland match after suffering an ankle sprain during preseason practice...had nine kills and seven blocks against UC Davis...had eight blocks versus Middle Tennessee State...four kills and six blocks versus Idaho.

#10 April Lott (6-0, MB, Jr, Kennewick, Wash.) Providing 1.35 kpg and 1.80 dpg...had career-high 13 digs in win over Buffalo.

#9 Natalia Owens (6-1, MB, Sr, Lima, Peru) Named to UC Davis Aggie Invite All-Tournament Team...against UC Davis landed 16 kills (.357), three aces, 26 digs and 12 blocks...named to Baden Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team...landed high of 19 kills in 3-1 Buffalo win...1.76 bpg leads Pac-10...3.07 kpg is second on team while 4.32 points per game leads team.

#4 Jalen Pendon (5-8, OH, Fr, Spanaway, Wash.) Enrolled at WSU in January 2005...starting libero...averaging 4.51 digs per game which is fourth-best in 26 digs came in 3-2 win at Saint Louis...landed three aces in Portland.

#22 Maureen Perez (5-8, S, So, Vancouver, Wash.) Transfer from Central Florida University...set for first two matches...had 14 digs against Idaho State...during second game of Idaho match, caught a teammate's elbow in face and sports a stitch in a swollen and black left eye...contributed 18 assists in both Oakland and Saint Louis wins when Cougars ran 6-2 offense.

#14 Kelly Rosin (6-1, OH, Jr, Springfield, Ore.) Three-year starter...nailed 18 kills and four blocks versus Gonzaga...season-high six blocks in win over Oral Roberts...2.41 kpg and 3.15 points per game are third on team.

#16 Kelly Russell (6-0, OH/MB, Fr, Grangeville, Idaho) Walk-on...two kills and four blocks in win over Oakland...five blocks in 3-2 win over Saint Louis...played in nine games with 1.11 bpg.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, L, Fr, Camas, Wash.) Late addition walk-on...played in 10 ace and four digs versus UC Davis.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i continues it domination of the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 7,385 in the eight home matches of 2005...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington State at 25th with a three-match average of 712 fans, including the 1,186 fans at the WSU-Idaho match Sept. 10.

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.

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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