Cougar Volleyball Hits the Oregon Trail

Oct. 30, 2006

COUGARS TRAVEL TO OREGON FOR NO. 24 DUCKS & BEAVERS: The Washington State volleyball team, 14-11 on the season, 2-9 in Pacific-10 Conference competition, travels to No. 24 Oregon this week to take on the Oregon Ducks (16-4, 6-4) Thursday night in Eugene, and the Oregon State Beavers (3-16, 0-10) Friday night in Corvallis...Oregon is the surprise team of the conference this season, currently in fifth place after a 2005 season record of 12-18 overall, 1-17 in Pac-10 for last place.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2006 season with broadcaster Steve Grubbs, LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial) addition, the radio broadcasts of away matches are LIVE on the Internet...go to, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $6.95 per month.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars lost a pair at home to ranked Pac-10 teams...No. 4 UCLA defeated WSU 30-27, 30-28, 30-25, and No. 5 USC defeated the Cougs 30-24, 30-18, 30-15...Kelly Rosin led the team with 24 kills (4.17 kpg), Brittany Johnson added 23 kills and Adetokunbo Faleti had 21 kills...also contributing Corina Beyer (69 assists), Stephanie Weishaar (28 digs), Kelly Hyder (24 digs).

ABOUT THE NO. 24 OREGON DUCKS (16-4, 6-4): Oregon comes to Pullman after a 3-0 win over Oregon State...Ducks have only lost to the ranked teams in conference action this season...ranked 24th in this week's CSTV/AVCA Div. I Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since 1991 (18th)...Oregon's leaders are: 6-2, So. MB Mira Djuric (3.27 kpg, 0.53 aces per game - 1st in Pac-10), 6-1, Fr. MB Sonja Newcombe (3.33 kpg, 3.01 dpg), 6-2, Jr. MB Karen Waddington (1.57 bpg - 3rd in Pac-10), 6-4, Sr. MB Kristen Bitter (1.08 bpg), 5-5, So. L Katie Swoboda (4.99 dpg - 4th in Pac-10), 6-1, Sr. OH Erin Little (0.30 sapg - 7th Pac-10), and 5-10, Fr. S Nevena Djordjevic (7.42 apg, 9th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Jim Moore (28-22, 2 years at UO; 380-178, 18 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 7, 2006, Oregon defeated WSU 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-25) in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads the series 34-30-2 (WSU streak -1) matches played in Eugene, WSU leads 15-5.

ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS (3-16, 0-10): The Beavers are coming off a three-game loss at home to in-state rival Oregon...OSU has lost its last 10 matches....Oregon State's last win was Sept. 9 against Fresno State...leading the Beavs are: 6-5, Australian Fr. OH Rachel Rourke (4.17 kpg - 5th in Pac-10), 6-0, Sr. MB/OH Brittany Cahoon (2.68 kpg, 0.84 bpg), 6-3, Fr. MB Lexie Rathgeber (0.98 bpg), 5-2, Fr. L Tricia Yoshimura (2.63 dpg), and 5-10, Fr. S Camilla Ah-Hoy (7.32 apg - 10th in Pac-10)...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (14-29, 3 years at OSU; 279-114, 11 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 6, 2006, WSU defeated OSU 3-2 (27-30, 30-17, 30-21, 29-31, 15-13) in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - WSU leads the series 39-31 (WSU streak +1) matches played in Corvallis, WSU leads 13-7.

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