Volleyball Hosts No. 8 Washington

Sept. 24, 2007

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COUGARS HOST NO. 8 HUSKIES: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-7 overall, 0-2 in Pac-10 action, is home this weekend for the first match in the Palouse in a month...WSU hosts the No. 8 Washington Huskies, 13-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-10, this Friday, Sept. 28, in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym...Cougars have been playing on the road for the past 12 matches...returning home to face the Dawgs, cross-state rivals and travel partners to the Cougs in the conference, WSU expects a full and raucous crowd to welcome the volleyballers back home...WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan on the match, 'Every time we play the Huskies I'm understanding the intrastate rivalry between the Huskies and the Cougars. I'm certain both sides of the net will be ready to play. The loss at Oregon State, the Huskies and Bohler Gym are three factors that will motivate our athletes to refocus their efforts.'

HONORING THE LEGACY IN WOMEN'S ATHLETICS WEEKEND: The Washington State University Athletic Department will proudly host a celebration September 28-29, 2007, to honor the women who began the legacy of Cougar Athletics. Honorees will include women athletes and coaches who represented Cougar Athletics prior to the 1982-83 school year. Events include dedication of the tennis facility, a panel discussion and a celebratory banquet Sept. 29, where over 200 honorees will be presented with a varsity letter award. Those attending can be found at the following website: http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/wast/genrel/auto_pdf/Final...

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-72 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.

SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE: 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 to low-income women entering or re-entering the work force who 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, Bohler Athletic Complex Room 230, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 27 and Fri., Sept. 28...donors will receive free admission to the WSU vs. UW volleyball match Friday, Sept. 28...for more information, call the WSU Volleyball Office at 509-335-0277.

ABOUT THE No. 8 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (13-0, 2-0): Huskies' last loss was to No. 2 Stanford in the 2006 NCAA championship semifinal...narrowly escaped a loss at No. 24 Oregon last weekend, taking a 3-2 win after losing the first two games...only other team to take a game off UW was Long Beach State...Dawgs are led by 5-9, Sr. OH Stevie Mussie (4.47 kpg, 3rd in Pac-10, 4.92 ppg, 6th in Pac-10); three-time All-American 6-2, Sr. OH Christal Morrison (4.72 ppg, 9th in Pac-10, 3.89 kpg);6-2. RS-Fr. OH Becky Parry (3.95 kpg, 9th in Pac-10, .411 hpct, 4th in Pac-10); 6-1, Jr. MB Jessica Swarbrick (1.51 bpg, 3rd in Pac-10; .389 hpct, 7th in Pac-10), 6-1, Sr. MB Alesha Deesing (.442 hpct, 3rd in Pac-10), 5-7, Jr. L Tamari Miyashiro (5.33 dpg, 2nd in Pac-10) and 5-9, Fr. setter Jenna Hagglund (13.54 apg, 2nd in Pac-10, 8th nationally...Head Coach Jim McLaughlin (156-45, 8 years at UW, 370-163, 17 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 10, 2006, UW defeated WSU 3-0 (30-17, 30-12, 30-23) in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UW leads the series 48-21 (WSU streak -8)...UW leads 12-9 in matches in Pullman.

WSU DROPS TWO MATCHES IN OREGON: Last weekend the Cougars started the Pac-10 season with a heart-breaking 3-2 loss at Oregon State and then fell in three games at No. 24 Oregon...Adetokunbo Faleti had 29 kills (4.14 kpg) playing in 7 of the 8 games and Jackie Albright had 25 kills (3.12 kpg) in 8 games...Tara West added 15 kills and 11 blocks (1.38 bpg)...Kelly Hyder contributed 53 digs (6.62 dpg) including 32 in the OSU loss...Maureen Perez tallied 92 assists (11.50 apg)...Amy Small led from the service line with 4 aces in 7 games...for the fifth time in school history, WSU had no receiving errors in a match...the Cougs kept Oregon State out of the ace column in five games.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (10-0) is still atop the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Sept. 24...Stanford (12-0) is second with another four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 10.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos1.  Carrie Couturier (1988-91)	1962.  Laurie VanDiest (1984-87)	1257.  Holly Harris (1999-2002)	538.  Carrie Gilley (1990-93)	509.  Brittany Johnson (2005-07)	44 

Career Assists1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 45532. Beth Welch (1987-89) 42155. Kali Surplus (2000-01) 25406. Brenn Larson (2002-03) 20727. Maureen Perez (2005-2007) 1422

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 Stanford with 1,271 fans in 3 home matches (20th)...Washington State has a 4-match average of 631 fans.

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.

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 4.86 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Kat Reilly, California .485)Assists - t6th Maureen Perez 11.67 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 13.97 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Geena Urango, USC 0.52 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 5.00 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.31 dpg)Blocks - no WSU player (Kat Reilly, California 1.90 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Rachel Rourke, Oregon State 5.46 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 14.57 kpg (Stanford 17.39 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .188 (Washington .341)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .173 (California .086)Assists - WSU is 10th at 13.39 apg (Stanford 15.90 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 7th at 1.50 sapg (California 2.18 sapg)Digs - WSU is 5th at 15.91 dpg (UCLA 18.07 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 6th at 2.77 bpg (California 3.90 bpg)

HOW ABOUT THOSE COUGS?#2 Jackie Albright (6-0, LS, So. Lake Forest, Calif.) Starter for 2007 squad...played four matches at right side hitter while Faleti nursing sore knee in September...had double-figure kills in 11 of 15 matches...three double-doubles...3.39 kpg is second-best on team...also contributes 2.54 digs per game (second on team)...second-leading scorer at 3.91 ppg...season-high 18 kills at Oregon State...also 16 kills vs. Hofstra with only 1 error on 32 attacks for .469 hpt...had 14 digs at Oregon.

#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 3.81 kpg average in only 32 games this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed four matches in early September...double-figure kills in 6 of the 11 matches played this season...season-high 20 kills at Oregon 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 5.00 digs per game which is 4th-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 15 of 16 matches this year...season-high 32 digs at Oregon State...career-high is 34 digs, against Arizona State 2006, just one off the school match record...owns school single-season record with 565 digs...career 835 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...3.09 kpg is third on team...also tied for second in points with 3.91ppg...15 service aces, second-best on team...also tallied 0.85 bpg (46 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.) Left the team in late September...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 11.67 assists per game which is ties for sixth-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1422 assists 7th-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 650 assists from 6th place.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.88 blocks per game, third-best on team...tallied six blocks in both Gonzaga and UNLV matches...10 kills vs. Montana State...six matches with four or more blocks.

#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 22 games...enters to serve...served up three aces in match at Oregon State.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 320 games (11 matches) to date...5 kills vs. UNLV and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 0.97 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 2.33 dpg, third-best on squad...has 11 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 7 of 16 matches this season...leading team with 1.19 bpg...had five or more blocks in 6 matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...8 blocks against Idaho...fourth on team with 3.65 ppg.

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.

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