Volleyball Begins Pac-10 Play at Oregon This Weekend

Sept. 17, 2007

COUGARS START PAC-10 SEASON (WHERE ELSE?) ON THE ROAD: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-5, travels to the state of Oregon for a pair of matches this weekend...Cougs play at Corvallis against Oregon State (7-5) Friday night at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum...this is the Pac-10 TV match of the week and will be shown on a tape-delayed basis (see note below)...this match provides a Down-Under flavor with WSU's Aussie, Tara West, going up against fellow countrymen Rachel Rourke and OSU assistant coach Mark Barnard...Saturday, WSU plays at Oregon (11-1) in a 7 p.m. match at McArthur Court...the Cougars have been playing on the road, for at least three matches a weekend, for the past three weeks and have a 5-5 record since the last home match, Aug. 28.

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 has one match televised this season, the Sept. 21 match at Oregon State...former volleyball playing greats Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly are joined by former basketball player and veteran sportscaster Paul Sunderland as the announcers...in the Pacific Northwest, in southern California and in Arizona, the WSU at OSU match will be televised Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. PT, or noon MT for Arizona...in the San Francisco Bay area, the match will be broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 25, at noon...for more areas, check your local Fox Sports station for the dates and times of these delayed broadcasts.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (36-70 WSU and career record)...Ken Ko, associate head coach (fourth 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.

COURT AT BOHLER GYM NAMED FOR MARCIA SANEHOLTZ: At a retirement banquet Sept. 14 for WSU Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA Marcia Saneholtz, a surprise unveiling showed the volleyball court will hereafter be called Saneholtz Court, in honor of he 28-year veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired this past summer...recognized as a long-time proponent of gender equity and a champion for all 'Olympic' sports at WSU as well as in the Pac-10 and the nation...served as NACWAA president (1992-93) on the board of directors (1987-94), and named Administrator of the Year in 1997...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.

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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (9-0) is still atop the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll Sept. 17...Stanford (11-0) is second with another four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 11...WSU's opponent this Saturday, Oregon, jumped into the poll at No. 24 this week.

MEET THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-5): Located in Corvallis, the Beavers are coming off a pair of five-game losses to Loyola Marymount and Pacific...prior to last weekend, OSU had a four-match win-streak...notable wins include a sweep at No. 10 Hawai'i, and a 3-1 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma...leading the way for Oregon State is Australian Rachel Rourke, a 6-5 sophomore OH with a 4.50 kpg (2nd-best in Pac-10), 0.44 ace per game (8th in Pac-10) and 1.04 bpg averages...Jill Sawatzky (6-0, Fr., OH) adds 3.06 kpg...Bree Knitter (6-1, So. MB) brings 1.53 bpg (3rd in Pac-10) and Lexie Rathgeber (6-3, So. MB) adds 1.06 bpg...setter K.C. Walsh (10.40 apg) and libero Ashley Evans (3.35 dpg) round out the starters...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (21-42 in 3 years at OSU; 288-126-1 in 12 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 3, 2006, in Corvallis, WSU won 31-29, 30-22, 30-26, completing a season sweep of the Beavers...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads the series 40-31 (WSU streak +2).

ABOUT THE NO. 24 OREGON DUCKS (11-1): Located in Eugene, the Ducks' sole loss this season was against Purdue in four games last Friday in the Big 10/Pac-10 Challenge at Columbus, Ohio...a notable Oregon win came the next day as the Ducks swept No. 20 Ohio State on the Buckeyes' home court...that win bumped them into the Top 25 poll this week...offensive leader is 6-3 Jr. OH from Serbia, Gorana Maricic (4.75 kpg, Pac-10 leader) with Sonja Newcombe (6-1, So. MB) adding 3.61 kpg...top blocker is 6-2, Jr. OH Kristen Forristall with 1.31 bpg (9th in Pac-10)...Heather Meyers leads conf in aces with 0.58 sapg...6-2 offense with a pair of setters in Nevena Djordjevic (7.82 apg) and Rachel Morris (5.44 apg)...libero Katie Swoboda (5-5 Jr.) averages 5.41 dpg (3rd in Pac-10)...Ducks have the second-best hitting percentage in conf at .327...Head Coach Jim Moore (40-31, 3 years at UO; 392-187, 19 years career)...LAST TIME: Nov. 2, 2006 at Eugene, Oregon defeated WSU 3-0...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads 34-31-2 (WSU streak -2).

COUGS STRUGGLE AT DENVER PIONEER CLASSIC: WSU went 0-3 over the weekend at the University of Denver Pioneer Classic tournament...Cougars opened with a 30-24, 30-23, 30-23, loss to No. 17 Ohio Friday night followed by a 3-1 loss to Long Beach State (30-27, 25-30, 30-32, 22-30)...it was the first time in three matches that WSU had taken a game off the 49ers...Saturday night, host Denver downed WSU 30-22, 30-23, 30-21...Kelly Hyder was named to the all-tournament team after digging up 50 balls in 10 games (5.00 dpg)...other notable performances included Adetokunbo Faleti's return to the court after a four-match layoff due to a bruised knee...Faleti had 35 kills (4.38 kpg)...Jackie Albright added 35 kills (3.50 kpg) and 22 digs...Brittany Johnson had 25 kills, 19 digs and seven blocks...Tara West added 21 kills and eight blocks...Maureen Perez contributed 101 assists, four service aces, 19 digs and six blocks.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos1. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 1962. Laurie VanDiest (1984-87) 1258. Carrie Gilley (1990-93) 509. Jen Barcus (2002-05) 43 Brittany Johnson (2005-07) 43

Career Assists1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 45532. Beth Welch (1987-89) 42156. Brenn Larson (2002-03) 20727. Samantha Spink (1997-98) 13338. Maureen Perez (2005-2007) 1330

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.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,420 in 11 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with 919 fans in 3 home matches (24th)...Washington State has a 4-match average of 631 fans and will not play at home again until Sept. 28.

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 4.75 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .509)Assists - 7th Maureen Perez 11.70 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 13.91 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon & Caitlyn Murphy, Cal 0.58 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.72 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.44 dpg)Blocks - no WSU player (Kat Reilly, California 2.04 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.52 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 9th with 14.87 kpg (Stanford 17.32 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .198 (Washington .338)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is t6th at .160 (California .060)Assists - WSU is 8th at 13.54 apg (Stanford 15.97 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.48 sapg (California 2.29 sapg)Digs - WSU is 5th at 15.85 dpg (UCLA 17.87 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 5th at 2.82 bpg (California 4.03 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, LS, So. Lake Forest, Calif.) Starter for 2007 squad...has played four matches at right side hitter while Faleti nursing sore knee in September...had double-figure kills in 10 of 14 matches...three double-doubles...3.43 kpg is second-best on team...also contributes 2.50 digs per game (second on team)...third-leading scorer at 3.93 ppg...season-high 16 kills vs. Hofstra with only 1 error on 32 attacks for .469 hpt...had 16 kills against Long Beach State.

#17 Adetokunbo Faleti (5-10, RS, Sr. Arlington, Texas) - pronounced ad deh tah KUN bo fa LAY tee - nick-name 'T' or Tokunbo...2007 co-captain...has 3.72 kpg average in only 25 games this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed four matches in early September...double-figure kills in 5 of the 9 matches played this season...season-high 19 kills vs. Long Beach State.

#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 and Denver Pioneer Classic all-tournament teams...averaging 4.72 digs per game which is 4th-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 13 of 14 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 4.04 ppg and second on team with 15 service aces...3.15 kpg is third on team...also tallied 0.82 bpg (40 total blocks)...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 11.70 assists per game which is seventh-best in Pac-10...career total of 1330 assists 8th-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and only 3 assists away from 7th, but 742 assists from 6th place.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.89 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.) Redshirt season.

#4 Amy Small (5-6, S/DS, Jr. Pullman Wash.) Has played in 15 games...enters to serve...one ace at Gonzaga.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 30 games (10 matches) to date...5 kills vs. UNLV and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 1.00 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 2.36 dpg, fourth-best on squad...has 10 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 14 matches this season...leading team with 1.15 bpg...had five or more blocks in 4 matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...8 blocks against Idaho...fourth on team with 3.80 ppg.

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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