2007 Pac-10 Volleyball: Washington State
Aug. 14, 2007
The Cougars opened last season by winning 12 of their first 13 matches, including a string of nine in a row. Coach Brian Heffernan will look for the Cougars to perform on that level throughout the entire 2007 season in an attempt to return to the postseason for the first time since 2002. Balanced attack play will be instrumental to the success of the Cougars as Heffernan will rely on outside hitters Adetokunbo Faleti and Brittany Johnson, and middle blockers Tara West and Cassie Robbins.
The Cougars will put up an imposing block with senior middle blocker Tara West (1.14 bpg), sophomore middle blocker Cassie Robbins (1.05 bpg) and junior outside hitter Brittany Johnson (0.71 bpg). West ranked ninth in blocks in the Pac-10 last season.
WSU ranked second in the league in digs, thanks in large part to sophomore libero Kelly Hyder. She ranked fourth in the league with 5.33 digs per game, and established a school single-season record with 565 digs. In addition, junior defensive specialist Stephanie Weishaar appeared in 106 of 109 games and tallied 297 digs (2.80 dpg). Weishaar also led the squad with 27 service aces.
Offensiviely, the Cougars will count on Johnson and senior outside hitter Adetokunbo Faleti. Johnson was the squad's top point producer a year ago with 4.22 points per game, most of those coming via the kill (404 kills/3.78 kpg). Faleti added 323 kills (3.51 kpg) and tallied 3.78 points per game.
Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention pick Corina Beyer elected not to return for her sophomore season, so senior setter Maureen Perez has been tabbed the starter. She posted just 204 assists last season in 32 games, but spent the summer working on her skills with assistant coach Gretchen Maurer Killebrew, a former All-Pac-10 setter.
The Cougars will need to replace the numbers posted by versatile outside hitter Kelly Rosin. Rosin recorded 3.51 kpg, 2.62 dpg, 0.95 bpg in accumulating 4.21 points per game.
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