Cougar Volleyball Home for Idaho, on the Road for Four

Aug. 27, 2007

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COUGS HOST VANDALS, THEN TRAVEL NORTH AND EAST: The Washington State volleyball team, 3-0, hosts border-rival University of Idaho (1-2) Tuesday night in Bohler Gym before traveling to Spokane to meet Gonzaga Wednesday at the Martin Center and then steering the bus onto Interstate 90 to the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic this weekend at Bozeman, Mont...the Cougs will take on the Montana State Bobcats, the Texas A&M Aggies and the Utah State Aggies in the two-day tournament.

WOW, THEY DID IT AGAIN: With the 3-0 win over Portland to open the season, the Washington State volleyball team has now won its season-opening match 16 of the past 17 years.

COUGS WIN BADEN COUGAR CHALLENGE: WSU repeated as the Baden Cougar Challenge tournament after defeating Portland 3-0, Northern Colorado 3-1, and South Dakota State 3-0...WSU senior MB Tara West was voted the tournament MVP after being the offensive leader with 45 kills (4.50 kpg), only 7 errors in 84 attacks (.452 hitting percentage) and 9 blocks in the three matches...Cougars Brittany Johnson and Maureen Perez were also tabbed for the all-tournament honors...Portland took second with a 2-1 record followed by South Dakota State, 1-2, and Northern Colorado 0-3...WSU's Adetokunbo Faleti (26 kills), Jackie Albright (29 kills) and Kelly Hyder (57 digs) also had outstanding performances in the tournament.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his fourth season at WSU (32-65)...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.

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.

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 Faleti will provide their insights as well as interviews with their teammates all through the 2007 season.

ABOUT THE IDAHO VANDALS (1-2): Located just eight miles to the east of WSU in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals opened the season with a 3-0 loss at No. 12 California, and also lost to Florida International 3-1 before sweeping Northeastern 3-0...Idaho is a member of the Western Athletic Conference and finished 12-18 overall in 2006 and 10-6/3rd in conference...eight letterwinners return...junior OH Haley Larsen has a 4.70 kpg average (.190) and 2.30 dpg...sophomore MB Anna McKinney leads the team with 1.40 blocks per game...junior MB Sarah Loney leads the team with 2.50 dpg and adds 1.20 bpg...Head Debbie Buchanan has a 103-107 record and is in her eighth year at UI (same career record)...LAST TIME: WSU defeated Idaho Sept. 13, 2006, 3-1 in Pullman and two days later, Sept. 15, 2006, the Vandals found revenge with a 3-0 win over the Cougs in Moscow...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads the series 37-18-2 (WSU streak -1).

ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS (2-1): Located 79 miles north of Washington State in Spokane, this West Coast Conference team is coming off a 9-20 overall record and a 4-10 (7th) finish in the WCC in 2006...12 returning letterwinners...senior setter Heather Dunn (12.10 assists per game) and junior MB Elaina Renius (4.20 kpg) were named to the all-tournament team at the Montana Invite last weekend in Missoula...Zags defeated Canisius (3-0) and Montana (3-0) but lost to UC Irvine (3-1) at UM tourney...MB Briawna Mueller has a 1.70 bpg average...libero Alecia Douglas has a 3.50 dpg ave...Head Coach Kip Yoshimura owns a 24-97 record in five years at Gonzaga (284-189, 12 years career record)...LAST TIME: Aug. 24, 2006, at the South Dakota State tournament, WSU took a 3-1 season-opening win over Gonzaga...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 30-10 (WSU streak +1).

ABOUT THE MONTANA STATE BOBCATS (0-3 - pending 8/27 match at South Dakota State): Located in Bozeman, Montana...member of the Big Sky Conference (3-13, 9th in 2006)...2007 losses to Middle Tennessee (3-0), Stephen F. Austin 3-1, and at Creighton 3-0...half of 2007 team are freshmen...top offensive player is junior OH Lauren Viren at 2.30 kpg - she was named to Bluejay All-Tournament team...freshman libero Meghan Albiston has an outstanding 6.70 dpg average...freshman MB Demi Dlouhy has a 1.00 bpg average...freshman setter Sarah Allen averages 8.10 assists per game...Head Coach Miya Malauulu, was a standout at Oregon State in the mid-1990s...record is 59-57, five years...LAST TIME: Sept. 7, 1990, WSU defeated Montana State 3-0 at Salt Lake City....SERIES RECORD: Tied at 10 wins each (WSU streak +1).

ABOUT THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES (3-0): Located in College Station, Texas, the Aggies are in the others receiving votes in the latest top 25 poll (36th)...the Big 12 school opened season with 3-0 wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Centenary, and Prairie View A&M...sophomore OH Sarah Ammerman leads the team with a 4.83 kpg average followed by senior MB Kelly Stanton's 4.14 kpg and her team-high 1.14 bpg...sophomore OH Mary Batis brings a 3.38 digs per game average...Head Coach Laurie Corbelli has a 309-134 record in 15 years at TAMU (409-240, 21 years career)...LAST TIME: Texas A&M defeated WSU 3-0 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sept. 10, 1999...SERIES RECORD: TAMU leads the series 2-1 (WSU streak -1).

ABOUT THE UTAH STATE AGGIES (1-2): Located in Logan, Utah, and a member of the Western Athletic Conference...2006 record was 13-19 overall, 6-10 in league and tied at 6th...this year, lost at Arizona 3-0 and to St. Mary's 3-0 before defeating Eastern Washington 3-1...senior OH/OPP Amanda Nielson leads the team at 4.30 kpg...junior OH Melissa Osterloh adds 3.30 kpg...sophomore MB Melissa Larson stops 1.00 bpg...two setters in freshman Chelsea Fowles (11.33 apg) and junior Heather Hillier (11.25 apg)...Head Coach Grayson DuBose is in his second year at USU with a record of 14-21...LAST TIME: Sept. 6, 2003, at University of Utah tourney in Salt Lake City, Utah State defeated WSU 3-2...SERIES RECORD: WSU leads 3-2 (WSU streak -1).

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 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.

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 $5,791.65 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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