Volleyball on Road to Meet No. 2 Stanford, No. 10 Cal

Oct. 8, 2007

COUGARS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA FOR TOUGH MATCHES: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-10 overall, 0-5 in Pacific-10 Conference action, travels to the San Francisco Bay area this week for a pair of matches against top-ranked national teams...WSU plays at No. 2 Stanford, 16-0, 5-0, Thursday night at Maples Pavilion, and then travels across the bay to take on No. 10 California, 12-4, 2-3, Friday at Haas Pavilion...both have 7 p.m. starts.

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...these broadcasts are also 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.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-75 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.

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...interested donors may contact the WSU volleyball office at 509-335-0277.

COURT AT BOHLER GYM NAMED FOR MARCIA SANEHOLTZ: The Cougars' home court is now called Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym in honor of the 28-year administrative veteran of Cougar Athletics who retired Oct. 1, 2007...Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA is 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...NACWAA president (1992-93), on the board of directors (1987-94), and named 1997 Administrator of the Year...also NAGWS Pathfinder Award in 2001 and WSU Woman of Distinction in 2003.

ABOUT NO. 2 STANFORD CARDINAL (16-0, 5-0): The Cardinal, six-time national champions and 2006 NCAA runners-up, are undefeated this season with 11 wins over ranked teams and only 5 game losses out of 53 games played...Cardinal are led by 6-4, Fr. OH Alix Klineman (4.33 kpg - 4th Pac-10, 2.51 dpg) and 6-0 Jr. OH Cynthia Barboza (4.31 kpg - 5th Pac-10, 3.39 dpg)...Barboza Pac-10 and national Player of the Week 10/8/07...6-3 Jr. MB Foluke Akinradewo leads the conference with a .488 hitting percentage (2nd nationally) and adds 1.41 bpg (t5th Pac-10)...5-11 Sr. setter Bryn Kehoe (14.42 apg - 1st Pac-10) and 5-7 Fr. libero Gabi Ailes (4.32 dpg - 5th Pac-10) also add to the Stanford strengths...as a team, Stanford leads the conference in kills (17.81 kpg) and assists (16.32 apg)...Head Coach John Dunning (192-30, 7 years at SU; 629-132, 23 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 25, 2006, Stanford defeated WSU 30-27, 30-23, 30-18 at Stanford...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 39-3 (WSU streak -8)...at home, Stanford leads 18-3.

ABOUT NO. 10 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (12-4, 2-3* Pending 10/11 match vs. No. 8 Washington): California has defeated ranked teams No. 12 Minnesota, No. 22 Santa Clara, and No. 19 Oregon, but lost to No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, and No. 4 USC...Golden Bears are led by 6-3 So. OH Hana Cutura (3.80 kpg, 0.92 bpg)...adding to the offense is 5-8 Sr. OH Angie Pressey (3.13 kpg, 0.89 bpg) and Caitlyn Murphy (0.38 aces per game - 7th Pac-10)...Murphy also the libero with 2.86 dpg...5-11 Fr. setter Cari Lloyd has an 11.72 apg average - 7th in Pac-10...big blocks on the net from 6-3 Sr. MH Ellen Orchard who stops 1.63 bpg - 2nd Pac-10 and 6-2 So. MH Kat Reilly who has a 1.60 bpg avg (3rd Pac-10)...Head Coach Rich Feller (151-104, 9 years at Cal; 450-271, 23 years career)...LAST TIME - Nov. 24, 2006, Cal defeated WSU 30-23, 30-17, 30-22, in Berkeley...SERIES RECORD - California leads 26-21-1 (WSU streak -8)...in matches played at home, Cal leads 14-8.

LAST WEEK: The WSU volleyball team dropped a pair of conference matches at home, losing to Arizona Thursday, 30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 30-21, and falling to Arizona State Friday, 0-21, 30-28, 30-17, before a Homecoming crowd of 1,236 fans...several Cougars had missed practice Wednesday with flu-like conditions...against Arizona, WSU was led by Jackie Albright (13 kills), Brittany Tillman (10 kills) and Tara West (10 kills)...Cougs out-blocked Arizona 19 (season-high) to 8 as West had a match-high and career-high nine blocks followed by Brittany Johnson's season-high seven blocks and Maureen Perez' season-high six blocks...Perez added 49 assists and Kelly Hyder had 19 digs...WSU committed 18 service errors...the following night against ASU, Adetokunbo Faleti was the Cougs' top scorer with 11 kills while Albright and West each had eight kills...Perez had 32 assists and Kelly Hyder added 17 digs...West and Perez each had three blocks.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (14-0) is still atop the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 8...Stanford is second with another four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 20.

PAC-10 STANDINGS, as of October 8, 2007

(National ranking)   Conference	Overall	StreakWashington (8)	        5-0	16-0	Won 16Stanford (2)	        5-0	16-0	Won 16UCLA (4)	        4-1	14-2	Won 1USC (6)	                3-2	14-2	Lost 1Oregon (19)	        3-3	14-4	Lost 2California (10)	        2-3	12-4	Won 2Arizona	                2-4	12-6	Lost 1Arizona State	        2-4	10-9	Won 1Oregon State	        1-5	8-10	Lost 5Washington State	0-5	9-10	Lost 8


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)	47

Career Assists1. Keri Killebrew (1990-92) 45532. Beth Welch (1987-89) 42155. Kali Surplus (2000-01) 25406. Brenn Larson (2002-03) 20727. Maureen Perez (2005-07) 1532

Career Digs1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 12542. Kortney Jamtaas (1999-02) 12329. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 93810. Kristen Hovde (1989-92) 931Kelly Hyder (2006-07) 885

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 6,440 in 13 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 7-match average of 852 fans which is 38th nationally.

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.


Individual Overall Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.17 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .488)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 11.56 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.42 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.50 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 5.00 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.42 dpg)Blocks - 8th Tara West 1.23 bpg (Dominque Lamb, Arizona 1.65 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.72 ppg)


Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 14.31 kpg (Stanford 17.81 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .180 (Washington .337)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .185 (Washington .099)Assists - WSU is 10th at 13.16 apg (Stanford 16.32 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.39 sapg (Oregon 2.05 sapg)Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.70 dpg (UCLA 18.26 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.85 bpg (California 3.85 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 12 of 19 matches...three double-doubles...3.30 kpg is best on team among consistent starters as is 3.84 points per game average...also contributes 2.38 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 37 games (13 matches) 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 5.00 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 18 of 19 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 885 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...2.92kpg is second on team among regular starters...also second in points with 3.72ppg...15 service aces, second-best on team...also tallied 0.88 bpg (56 total blocks)...47 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 eighth-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1532 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 540 assists from sixth place...top server on team with 19 aces this season.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.90 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 30 games...enters to serve and plays back row...served up three aces in match at Oregon State...20 digs this season.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 40 games (14 matches) to date including stepping in for injured Faleti vs. Washington where she had four kills and three blocks...10 kills vs. Arizona, and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 0.95 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 2.24 dpg, third-best on squad...has 12 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 9 of 19 matches this season...leading team with 1.23 bpg which is 8th-best in Pac-10...tagged career-high 9 blocks against Arizona 10/4...had five or more blocks in 7 matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...also 8 blocks against Idaho...fourth on team with 3.67 ppg.

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