Volleyball to Play Final Non-Conference Opponents for 2007

Sept. 10, 2007

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COUGARS READY FOR FINAL PAC-10 TUNE-UPS: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-2, travels to the The Mile High City this weekend for the University of Denver Pioneer Classic Tournament...WSU will take on No. 17 Ohio (6-2) Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. MT, and Saturday will meet No. 33 Long Beach State (3-4) in a morning match and then take on host Denver (4-5) in a 7:30 p.m. MT contest...all matches will be played in the Hamilton Gymnasium.

COUGS SECOND AT NEVADA AT&T INVITE: WSU was 2-1 at the University of Nevada AT&T Invitational last weekend in Reno...WSU defeated Hofstra 30-12, 22-30, 30-17, 30-20, but lost to tourney champs, UNLV with scores of 19-30, 22-30, 26-30 before rebounding with a win over the host Wolf Pack 30-28, 30-28, 30-24...WSU's Brittany Johnson (27 kills, 3.70 kpg, 2 aces, 20 digs, 8 blocks) and Kelly Hyder who had 47 digs (4.70 dpg) were named to the all-tournament team...Jackie Albright also contributed 38 kills (3.80 kpg) and 22 digs while Maureen Perez added 10 kills, 114 assists, 2 aces, 20 digs, and 9 blocks...Adetokunbo Faleti did not make the trip due to a bruised knee.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan returns for his fourth season at WSU (36-67)...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.

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.

ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: The CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll for Sept. 10 shows five of Washington State's 2007 Pac-10 opponents ranked in the top 11: 2006 national runners-up Stanford at No. 2, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Washington, and No. 11 California...this week's foe, Ohio, dropped from No. 13 to 17...also receiving votes is Oregon (No. 27)...the coaches poll link is www.avca.org.

MEET THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE OHIO BOBCATS (6-2): Located in Athens, Ohio...won the Mid-American Conference title in 2006 (16-0)...2006 record of 28-5 with NCAA appearance (lost to Kentucky in 5 games)...this season defeated No. 9 Minnesota and No. 12 San Diego (both 3-2), lost to No. 2 Stanford (0-3) and Alabama (2-3)...6-1 So. OH Ellen Herman leads team with 4.87 kpg and 0.42 aces per game...5-10 Sr., OH Stephanie Blackburn has a 1.84 kpg average and a team-high 3.61 dpg and was named MVP of the Notre Dame tourney last weekend...she has posted three double-doubles this season...6-0 Jr. setter Jill DeArmond has 10.36 assists per game...Head Coach Geoff Carlston (124-18, 5 years at Ohio; 173-60, 8 years career)...LAST TIME: First meeting...SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

ABOUT THE LONG BEACH 49ERS (3-4): Located in Long Beach, Calif., the 49ers are members of the Big West Conference...LBSU went 26-6 in 2006, took second place in league, advanced to NCAA second round and have six starters returning from that team...this season, lost 3-0 to both No. 15 San Diego and No. 2 Stanford, and lost 3-1 to No. 8 Washington...team leaders include 6-3 Sr. MB Alexis Crimes (4.91 kpg, .311 hpct. 1.17 bpg) who was a 2006 honorable mention All-American, 6-0 Jr. OH Quincy Verdin (3.30 kpg, 5-8 Jr. setter Nicole Vargas (11.68 apg) and 5-6 Sr. DS Talaya Whitfield (3.57 dpg)...Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro (607-145, 23 years)...LAST TIME: Sept. 10, 1998, Long Beach State defeated WSU 3-1 at a tournament at BYU in Provo...SERIES RECORD: LBSU leads the series 2-0 (WSU streak -2).

ABOUT THE DENVER PIONEERS (4-5): Located in Denver, Colo., and a member of the Sun Belt Conference...2006 record was 19-12 overall...11 letterwinners return and five starters...this year, lost at No. 22 Oklahoma (3-0) to open season...wins over Seton Hall, Auburn, DePaul and Georgia Southern...team leader is 5-10 Jr. OH Holly Benson (4.09 kpg, 4.35 dpg)...6-2 Sr. MB Kim Muller adds 3.71 kpg and 1.06 bpg...5-7 Fr. DS Kacie Wikierak brings 5.50 dpg...5-8 Fr. setter Kresson Vreeman has an 11.36 apg average...Head Coach Beth Kuwata (168-172, 12 years at DU, 195-205, 14 years career)...LAST TIME: Aug. 18, 2004, Denver defeated WSU 3-0 at Denver...SERIES RECORD: Denver leads 1-0 (WSU streak -1).

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.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos 1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 196 2. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 125 8. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 50 9. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 43 10. Brittany Johnson (2005-07) 41

Career Assists 1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 4553 2. Beth Welch (1987-89) 4215 7. Samantha Spink (1997-98) 1333 8. Melissa Wright (2000) 1237 9. Maureen Perez (2005-2007) 1229

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,435 in 8 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with 2,759 fans in 3 home matches (20th)...Washington State has a 4-match average of 631 fans.

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.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):

Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.08 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .533)Assists - 5th Maureen Perez 12.14 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.61 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Caitlyn Murphy, California 0.63 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.64 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.33 dpg)Blocks - no WSU player (Kat Reilly, California 2.33 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon 5.59 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 6th with 15.31 kpg (Stanford 18.26 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 9th at .219 (Oregon .349)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 4th at .136 (California .035)Assists - WSU is 7th at 13.86 apg (Stanford 16.96 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.56 sapg (California 2.56 sapg)Digs - WSU is 4th at 16.61 dpg (UCLA 18.63 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 5th at 3.06 bpg (California 4.30 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, LS, So. Lake Forest, Calif.) Starter for 2007 squad...has played several matches at right side hitter while Faleti nursing sore knee...had double-figure kills in 8 of 11 matches...three double-doubles...3.42 kpg is best on team...also contributes 2.58 digs per game (fourth on team)...third-leading scorer at 3.94 ppg...season-high 16 kills vs. Hofstra with only 1 error on 32 attacks for .469 hpt.

#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, RS, Sr. Arlington, Texas) - pronounced ad deh tah KUN bo fa LAY tee - nick-name 'T' or Tokunbo...2007 so-captain...has 3.41 kpg average in only 6 matchs (17 games) this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season...double-figure kills in 3 of the 6 matches played this season.

#1 Faith Hutcherson (5-3, S/DS, Fr. Redmond, Wash.) Played in 2 games vs. Hofstra...had two digs.

#8 Kelly Hyder (5-9, DS/L, So. Huntington Beach, Calif.) Second year as starting libero for Cougs...named to Nevada AT&T all-tournament team...averaging 4.64 digs per game which is 4th-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 10 of 11 matches this year...career-high is 34 digs, against Arizona State 2006, just one off the school match record...owns school single-season record with 565 digs.

#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, LS, Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.) Named to Baden Cougar Challenge, Montana State Holiday Inn Classic and Nevada AT&T Invite all-tournament teams this season...team points leader with 4.31 ppg and leads team with 14 service aces...fourth on team with 3.33 kpg average...0.92 blocks per game is fourth on team...playing full rotation this season...had 18 kills vs. Nevada and 4 aces in win over So. Dakota State.

#16 Rachel Holbrook (5-7, DS, Jr. Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) Has played in 5 games...10 digs vs. Northern Colorado...younger sister of former Cougar DS Stacey Holbrook.

#22 Maureen Perez (5-9, S, Sr. Vancouver, Wash.) Starting at setter for WSU...named to Baden Cougar Challenge and Montana State Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament teams...this season averaging 12.14 assists per game which is fifth-best in Pac-10...career total of 1229 assists 9th best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and only 8 assists away from 8th, and 104 assists from 7th place.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 1.03 blocks per game, third-best on team...tallied six blocks in both Gonzaga and UNLV matches...10 kills vs. Montana State.

#10 Kimika Rozier (5-10, MB/RS, Fr. Murrieta, Calif.) Yet to see action in match.

#4 Amy Small (5-6, S/DS, Jr. Pullman Wash.) Has played in 14 games...enters to serve...one ace at Gonzaga.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 23 games to date...5 kills vs. UNLV and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 1.13 bpg, second-best on team.

#11 Stephanie Weishaar (5-3, DS/L, Jr. Camas, Wash.) - pronounced wise-HAR - After walking-on in 2005, now valuable asset to team's back row play...season-best is 17 digs against South Dakota State...averaging 2.68 dpg, second-best on squad...has 8 aces on the season.

#3 Tara West (6-1, MB, Sr. Perth, Australia) - pronounced tarr-ah - Named MVP of the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament...in double-figure kills 6 of 11 matches this season...leading team with 1.25 bpg...had five or more blocks in 4 matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...8 blocks against Idaho...second on team with 4.11 ppg.

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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