Homecoming for Cougar Volleyball Includes Arizona and ASU Matches

Oct. 1, 2007

COUGARS HOST ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: For the second consecutive week, the Washington State volleyball team, 9-8 overall, 0-3 in Pac-10 action, will play at home in Bohler Gym...Pac-10 opponents Arizona (11-5, 1-3) and Arizona State (9-8, 1-3) come to the Palouse for a pair of Homecoming matches for the Cougs...Wildcats play a Thursday, Oct. 4, match, and the Sun Devils visit Friday, Oct. 5, after taking on No. 8 Washington Thursday.

BIG GAME EQUALED BIG CROWD: The largest volleyball crowd in Bohler Gym since Oct. 17, 2003, watched Washington State put up a good fight against No. 8 Washington Sept. 28, 2007....1,690 fans were at the 2007 Cougs vs. Dawgs contest, the first match played on Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym...the match in 2003 was also UW vs. WSU with a crowd count of 1,739.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-73 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 Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym, in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...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.

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.

ABOUT ARIZONA WILDCATS (11-5, 1-3): The Wildcats have had a rocky conference start with loses to three top-ranked teams - No. 4 USC (2-3), No. 5 UCLA (1-3) and No. 21 Oregon (0-3)...UA did take a 3-0 win over Oregon State...'Zona is led by 6-2, Jr. Opposite hitter Randy Goodenough (4.22 kpg - 6th Pac-10, 2.51 dpg, 1.25 bpg - 8th Pac-10) whose father Keith played football at Washington State in 1977...next leading hitter is 5-11, Fr. OH Tiffany Owens (2.76 kpg)...big blocks from 6-1, Sr. MB Dominique Lamb (1.75 bpg - 2nd Pac-10) and 6-4, So., MB Jacy Norton (1.24 bpg - 9th Pac-10)...5-11, Fr. setter Paige Weber gets 12.43 assists per game (4th in Pac-10)...back-row players lead in digs with 3.60 dpg (8th Pac-10) from Alanna Resch (5-9, So.) and 3.31 dpg from Brittany Leonard (5-5, Jr.)...Whitney Dosty is injured and will most likely redshirt...Head Coach Dave Rubio (302-163, 16 years at UA; 424-229, 21 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 17, 2006, Arizona defeated WSU 24-30, 30-22, 30-14, 31-29 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads 31-12 (WSU streak -1)...in Pullman, Arizona leads 14-7.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (9-8, 1-3 * Pending 10/4 match at No. 8 Washington): Arizona State comes to Pullman splitting with the Oregon schools - defeating Oregon State 3-0 after losing 3-1 to No. 21 Oregon in four games including a second-game score of 42-40...Sun Devils are led by 5-11, Fr. OH Sarah Reaves (4.11 kpg, 7th Pac-10, 4.49 ppg ) and 5-10, Jr. OH Margie Giordano adds 3.25 kpg...5-7, Sr. libero Sydney Donahue leads the conference with 6.32 dpg and as of last week was 5th-best nationally...6-4, Fr. MB Sara Todorovich, from Walla Walla, Wash., has a 1.10 bpg average...5-11, So. setter Marina Mercer (12.18 apg - 6th Pac-10)...Head Coach Brad Saindon (52-78, 5 years at ASU; 296-215, 17 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 16, 2006, ASU defeated WSU 3-2 (27-30, 30-26, 32-30, 23-30, 15-13, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Arizona State leads 23-20 (WSU streak -3)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 11-10.

WSU SWEPT BY NO. 8 WASHINGTON: The Huskies hit .322 as a team to reach the 30-22, 30-18, 30-24 win over WSU Sept. 28, before 1,690 fans at the first match for the Cougars at Marcia Saneholtz Court Friday night...Cougars were led by the 10 kills of Tara West...Cassie Robbins contributed seven kills and a team-high five blocks...freshman Brittany Tillman, playing in place of injured starter senior Adetokunbo Faleti, had four kills and three blocks...Maureen Perez had 29 assists while Kelly Hyder had 14 digs...three-time All-American Christal Morrison led the Dawgs with 15 kills (.406) while Stevie Mussie added 13 kills...Becky Perry had a match-high six blocks and Alesha Deesing and Jessica Swarbrick tallied five blocks each...Jenna Hagglund had 46 assists and Tamari Miyashiro had 21 digs...Ashley Aratani had three of UW's 9 aces.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (12-0) is still atop the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 1...Stanford (14-0) is second with another four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 20.

PAC-10 STANDINGS, as of October 1, 2007

	(National ranking)	Conference	Overall	Streak	Washington (8)	        3-0	        14-0	Won 14	Stanford (2)	        3-0	        14-0	Won 14	USC (4)	                3-1	        13-1	Won 1	UCLA (5)	        3-1	        13-2	Lost 1	Oregon (19)	        3-1	        14-2	Won 3	Arizona	                1-3	        11-5	Lost 1	Oregon State	        1-3	        8-8	Lost 3	Arizona State	        1-3	        9-8	Won 1	California (10)	        0-3	        10-4	Lost 3	Washington State	0-3	        9-8	Lost 6

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos	1.  Carrie Couturier (1988-91)	196	2.  Laurie VanDiest (1984-87)	125	7.  Holly Harris (1999-2002)	53	8.  Carrie Gilley (1990-93)	50	9.  Brittany Johnson (2005-07)	45

Career Assists	1.  Keri Killebrew (1990-92)	4553	2.  Beth Welch (1987-89)	4215	5.  Kali Surplus (2000-01)	2540	6.  Brenn Larson (2002-03)	2072	7.  Maureen Perez (2005-07)	1451

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 an average of 2,364 fans in 5 home matches (8th)...Washington State has a 5-match average of 843 fans which is 32nd nationally.

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 4.92 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .497)
Assists - 7th Maureen Perez 11.56 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.27 apg)
Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.53 apg)
Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.98 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.32 dpg)
Blocks - no WSU player (Kat Reilly, California 1.77 bpg)
Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.51 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):
Team Overall Matches (Leader)
Kills - WSU is 10th with 14.40 kpg (Stanford 17.68 kpg)
Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .186 (Washington .339)
Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .180 (Washington .101)
Assists - WSU is 10th at 13.15 apg (Stanford 16.15 apg)
Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.46 sapg (Oregon 2.04 sapg)
Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.72 dpg (UCLA 18.40 dpg)
Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.75 bpg (California 3.91 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 17 matches...three double-doubles...3.33 kpg is best on team among consistent starters as is 3.86 points per game average...also contributes 2.42 digs per game (second on team)...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 a 3.81 kpg average in only 32 games this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed a total of five matches in 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 4.98 digs per game which is foutth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 16 of 17 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 849 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...3.02 kpg is second on team among regular starters...also second in points with 3.81ppg...15 service aces, second-best on team...also tallied 0.82 bpg (47 total blocks)...45 career solo blocks is 9th in WSU all-time records...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 11.56 assists per game which is seventh-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1451 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 621 assists from sixth place...top server on team with 18 aces this season.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.93 blocks per game, third-best on team...tallied six blocks in both Gonzaga and UNLV matches...10 kills vs. Montana State...seven 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 24 games...enters to serve and plays back row...served up three aces in match at Oregon State...13 digs this season.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 35 games (12 matches) to date including stepping in for injured Faleti vs. Washington where she had four kills and three blocks...5 kills vs. UNLV and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 0.97 bpg, second-best overall 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 2.29 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 8 of 17 matches this season...leading team with 1.18 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 3.67 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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