WSU Volleyball Hosts No. 17 USC, No. 22 UCLA in Homecoming Matches

Oct. 10, 2005

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HOMECOMING FOR WSU VOLLEYBALL: The Washington State volleyball team, 8-10 overall, 1-4 in Pacific-10 Conference action, plays at a pair of ranked teams at home this week, Homecoming week on the WSU campus...No. 17 Southern California (7-6, 3-2) comes to town for the Thursday, Oct. 13 match...No. 22 UCLA (9-5, 2-3) visits the Palouse for a Friday, Oct. 14 match...both contests begin at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym...WSU's last match at Bohler, Oct. 1, was a 3-1 win over Arizona State.

OCTOBER MEANS 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 11 matches this month...a total of $1,645.80 was collected in 2004, $1,623.35 in 2003, and $1,019 in 2002...players wear pink ribbons to draw attention to the campaign...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his second season at WSU (13-36 career record)...WSU's assistant coaches are Jody Garry (second year) and Ken Ko (first year).

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

LAST WEEK: Cougs traveled to the Bay area to take on a pair of ranked conference teams...No. 3 Stanford defeated WSU 30-12, 30-16, 30-24 Friday night...No. 13 California defeated WSU 30-16, 30-26, 30-23 Saturday night at Berkeley...WSU's Jen Barcus led the team with 19 kills including nine kills with no errors on 19 attacks (.474) at Cal...she also served a trio of aces in Berkeley...Natalia Owens contributed 15 kills and had a double-double at Cal with 10 kills and 10 digs...Barcus also added seven blocks and Te'Ara Epps had six blocks...for only the ninth time in school history, WSU did not land a service ace in the match at California...WSU is sixth in league for service aces.

ABOUT NO. 17 USC WOMEN OF TROY (7-6, 3-2) - After starting the conference season with back-to-back losses at No. 3 Stanford and No. 25 California, USC has won three in a row...Bibiana Candelas (4.32 kpg - 5th Pac-10), Staci Venski (4.00 kpg), Diane Copenhagen (3.78 kpg), and Nena Siljegovic (11.21 apg - 5th Pac-10)_ lead the Trojan offense...other notables, Kellie Tennant (1.00 bpg) and Debora Seilhamer (6.11 dpg - 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach Mick Haley (121-11, 5 years at USC; 894-205-1, 29 years career)...LAST TIME - WSU ended its 2004 season with a stunning upset of No. 6 USC team 3-2 in Pullman (34-32, 30-25, 18-30, 22-30, 17-15) Nov. 27...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 28-11...WSU's last win came in Pullman.

ABOUT NO. 22 UCLA BRUINS (9-5, 2-3) - UCLA is coming off 3-0 wins over Oregon and Oregon State...Bruins leaders are Kaitlin Sather (4.04 kpg), Nana Meriwether (3.24 kpg, 1.78 bpg - Pac-10 leader), Nellie Spicer (11.98 apg - 4th Pac-10) and Jordan Smith (3.40 dpg - 10th Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (993-260, 39 years, UCLA and career)...LAST TIME - UCLA defeated WSU 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-27) Nov. 26, 2004 at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads the series 31-7 with wins in the previous four meetings.

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