Volleyball Hosts Baden Cougar Challenge This Weekend

Aug. 21, 2007

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COUGS OPEN SEASON AT HOME: The Washington State volleyball team, under fourth-year head coach Brian Heffernan, will open the 2007 season hosting the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament Aug. 24 and 25, at Bohler Gym...Portland, Northern Colorado and South Dakota State will invade the Palouse to take on the Cougars and each other...the Cougars will also host neighboring Idaho in a match Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament Schedule

Friday, August 2412:30 p.m.	Portland vs. Northern Colorado3 p.m.	South Dakota State vs. Northern Colorado7 p.m.	Washington State vs. Portland

Saturday, August 251 p.m. Washington State vs. Northern Colorado3 p.m. Portland vs. South Dakota State7 p.m. Washington State vs. South Dakota State

MONEY IN THE BANK: The Washington State volleyball team has won its season-opening match 15 of the past 16 years...last year the Cougars took a 3-1 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs at a tournament at South Dakota State.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his fourth season at WSU (29-65)...Ken Ko, associate head coach (third year) is joined by assistant coach Gretchen Killebrew (first year)...Mark Killebrew is the coordinator of volleyball operations (first year)...Edgard da Gama e Silva Filho (Dega) is a volunteer coach.

ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Aug. 14, shows five of Washington State's 2007 opponents ranked in the top 12 and because they are all Pac-10 schools, the Cougs will play each school twice...the five Pac-10 Conference teams ranked in the preseason poll, including national runners-up Stanford at No. 2, UCLA at No. 5, USC at No. 6, Washington at No. 8, and No. 12 California...two additional Pac-10 teams also received votes in the preseason poll - 32. Arizona and t46. Oregon...go to www.avca.org for the weekly coaches top 25 poll.

ABOUT THE 2007 COUGS: The 2007 Cougar roster is filled with a healthy mix of experienced veterans and young talent...eight returning letterwinners join two jc transfers and three freshmen...seniors include team co-captains Maureen Perez (5-9, S, Vancouver, Wash.) and Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, RS, Arlington, Texas), as well as Tara West (6-0, MB, Perth, Australia)...junior returnees include Brittany Johnson (5-9, LS, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, DS/L, Camas, Wash.)...sophomores include Jackie Albright (6-0, LS, Lake Forest, Calif.), Kelly Hyder (5-9, DS/L, Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, Yakima, Wash.)...junior transfers are Rachel Holbrook (5-7, DS, Stevenson Ranch, Calif./College of the Canyons), and Amy Small (5-6, S/DS, Pullman, Wash./Walla Walla CC)...freshmen include Faith Hutcherson (5-3, S/DS, Redmond, Wash.), Kimika Rozier (5-10, MB/RS, Murrieta, Calif.), and Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Tacoma, Wash.)...Hyder was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team honorable mention selection.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND PILOTS: Located in Portland, Oregon, the Pilots are members of the West Coast Conference and are coming off a 9-18 overall record and 2-12 (9th) in WCC...ten returning letterwinners, including six returning starters make the Pilots a veteran team...senior OH Nicole Thometz averaged 3.19 kills per game...junior MB Jennifer Sheedy added 2.61 kpg and 0.82 blocks per game...senior setter kara Pein has a 10.42 assists per game average...incoming freshmen are from Oregon, California, Arizona and Hawai'i...Head Coach Doug Sparks owns a 64-132 record in his seven years at UP (same career record)...LAST TIME: Aug. 29, 2006 at Portland Chiles Center, WSU won 3-0 (30-22, 30-17, 30-26)...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 6-1 (WSU streak +2).

ABOUT THE NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS: Located in Greeley, Colorado, the Bears finished the 2006 season with a 13-16 overall record, 7-9 in Big Sky Conference (5th)...UNC has a 268-55 record when playing at home...nine returning letterwinners with three retuning starters...Bears are led by senior L Abby Mayne who has 1,267 career digs, averages 4.27 digs per game, and was co-defensive player of the year in Big Sky in 2005...senior OH Dulcie Stone averages 2.98 kpg and 3.35 dpg...Head Coach Lyndsey Benson has a 27-31 record in three seasons at UNC (same career record)...LAST TIME: Northern Colorado defeated WSU in the only previous match-up, Nov. 5, 1981 at Greeley, with 15-8, 15-3 tournament game scores.

ABOUT THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS: Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the Jackrabbits posted a 22-12 overall record in 2006 as an NCAA Div. I Independent school...now a member of the Summit League...six returning letterwinners and three returning starters...senior OH Kristina Martin leads the team with a 3.78 kills per game average...senior MB Amy Anderson adds 3.12 kpg and a team-high1.15 blocks per game...senior L Samantha Pearson adds 4.91 digs per game...Jacks will use a new setter this year, possibly one of their six incoming freshman...Head Coach Andrew Palileo enters his seventh year at SDSU with a record of 129-75 and career record of 214-128 (10 years)...LAST TIME: The Jackrabbits won the only previous match with WSU, 3-1 in Brookings, Aug. 26, 2006 (30-23, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28).

COUGS LAST YEAR: The Washington State volleyball team finished the 2006 season with a 15-17 overall record and a 3-15 Pac-10 record (9th place)...a strong start to the season had WSU at 12-2 to begin the Pacific-10 Conference season but with five conference teams ranked in the top eight nationally, it was a tough battle for the young Cougs who started three to four freshmen every match.

PAC-10 COACHES PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: Stanford (89 points) was selected by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches to be the league champions in the 2007 preseason poll...poll order shows USC (77), UCLA (75), Washington (71), California (57), Arizona (46), Oregon (42), Arizona State (33), Oregon State (26) and WSU (24)...the Pac-10 coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own teams (point system is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2), have successfully predicted the league champion 11 of the last 18 years.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO AND INTERNET: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the road contests during the 2007 season LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial), or Border 104 (KHTR, 104.3 on the FM dial)...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the second season...in addition, the radio broadcasts of away matches are LIVE on the Internet...for the connection, go to www.wsucougars.com, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $14.95 per month...fans can listen to all radio broadcast Cougar Athletic events through this internet subscription.

TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: The Pacific-10 Conference will have volleyball matches broadcast by the FOX Sports Network throughout the 2007 season, on a tape-delayed basis...WSU will have one match televised this season, the Sept. 21 match at Oregon State...check your local FOX Sports station for the dates and times of these delayed broadcasts.

CAPTAINS' CORNER: Get the Cougars' players views and behind the scenes stories by reading the Captains' blogs on the official WSU website, wsucougars.com...WSU captains Maureen Perez and Adetokunbo will provide their insights as well as interviews with their teammates all through the 2007 season.

SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: For the seventh consecutive year, the Cougar volleyball team is sponsoring a clothing drive for disadvantaged women in the area...fans are asked to bring their Gently Used Clothing and a Pair of New Hose for donation to the Pullman Community Action Center...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. 27 and Fri., Sept. 28...donors will receive free admission to the Cougar volleyball match versus Washington at Bohler Gym Friday, Sept. 28...for 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 sixth 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 seven matches during October...a total of $8,058.15 has been collected since the first campaign in 2002...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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