Volleyball Hosts No. 4 USC and No. 7 UCLA This Week

Oct. 15, 2007

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COUGARS HOME FOR THE LA SCHOOLS: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-12 overall, 0-7 in Pacific-10 Conference action, is home to host another two top-ranked national teams...WSU hosts No. 4 USC (16-2 overall, 5-2 Pac-10) Thursday night, and No. 7 UCLA (15-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-10) Friday night...both matches have 7 p.m. first-serves in Bohler Gym.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-77 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.

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.

ABOUT NO. 4 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WOMEN OF TROY (16-2, 5-2): The Women of Troy, currently tied with cross-city rival UCLA for third in the Pacific-10 Conference, comes to the Palouse after sweeping both Oregon State and No. 19 Oregon in LA last weekend...earlier wins over ranked teams included a 3-2 wins over both No. 14 Duke and No. 20 Ohio State, and a 3-1 win over No. 10 Cal...losses have both been on road to No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 UCLA...USC is led by 6-4, Sr. OPP Asia Kaczor (4.38 kpg - 4th Pac-10, 5.10 ppg - 3rd Pac-10), 6-2, Sr. OH Kimmie Roleder (3.26 kpg), 6-2, Sr. OH Diane Copenhagen (3.47 kpg), 5-10, So. Setter Taylor Carico (12.12 apg - 6th Pac-10), 6-3, Sr. MB Bethany Johansen (.380 hpct - 4th Pac-10, 1.17 bpg), d 5-10 Fr. L/OH Geena Urango (27 aces - 0.44 sapg - 2nd Pac-10)...Head Coach Mick Haley (174-29, 7 years at USC; 947-217-1, 31 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 27, 2006, USC defeated WSU 30-24, 30-18, 30-14 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - USC leads 32-11 (WSU streak -4)...in Pullman, USC leads 12-9.

ABOUT NO. 7 UCLA BRUINS (15-3, 5-2 - Pending 10/18 match at No. 8 Washington): UCLA starts the trip to the Northwest coming off a 3-2 loss to Oregon State on the Bruins' home court...UCLA has a 7-2 record when playing ranked teams this season...wins came over No. 21 Utah, No. 25 Kansas State, No. 16 Hawai'i, No. 18 San Diego, No. 10 Cal and No. 19 Oregon...losses have been to No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Stanford and unranked OSU...Bruins are led by 6-0 Jr. OH Ali Daley (4.12 kpg - 8th Pac-10, 0.40 apg - 3rd Pac-10, 3.42 dpg - 9th Pac-10, 5.01 ppg - 5th Pac-10), 6-1 Jr. OH Kaitlin Sather (3.35 kpg), 5-11 Sr. OH/MB Rachell Johnson (3.34 kpg, 1.06 bpg), 5-10 Jr. setter Nellie Spicer (12.42 apg - 4th Pac-10), and 5-6 Jr. libero Jade Machado 3.98 dpg - 7th Pac-10)...Head Coach Andy Banachowski (1052-273, 41 years UCLA/career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 26, 2006, UCLA defeated WSU 30-27, 30-28, 30-25, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - UCLA leads 35-7 (WSU streak -8)...in matches played in Pullman, UCLA leads 16-5.

COUGARS LAST WEEK: Washington State's volleyball team lost a pair of conference matches in the Bay area, losing at No. 2 Stanford, 30-23, 30-19, 30-21, and falling to No. 10 California 30-18, 30-22, 31-29...Coug senior Adtokunbo Faleti had 15 kills and hit .400 in the Stanford match, displaying her potential offensive prowess when not bothered by a sore knee...the following night was not as successful with only four kills...for the weekend, Jackie Albright had 16 kills, followed by Brittany Johnson and Tara West, both with 10 kills...Maureen Perez had 56 assists and Kelly Hyder had 27 digs...West also contributed four aces and a team-high seven blocks...the Cougars struggled and hit .073 against the two top-10 teams.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (16-0) is still atop the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 8...Stanford dropped to third but there are still five Pac-10 teams in the top 10 and a total of six ranked in the top 20.


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)	48

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) 1588

Career Digs1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 12542. Kortney Jamtaas (1999-02) 12329. Sarah Silvernail (1993-96) 93810. Kristen Hovde (1989-92) 931 Kelly Hyder (2006-07) 912

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 2,349 fans in 7 home matches (9th)...Washington State has a 7-match average of 852 fans which is 40th 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 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 5.15 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .468)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 11.37 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.19 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.45 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.96 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.31 dpg)Blocks - 9th Tara West 1.23 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.63 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.75 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 14.07 kpg (Stanford 17.46 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .170 (Washington .314)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .192 (California .119)Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.93 apg (Stanford 16.02 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.36 sapg (California 1.37 sapg)Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.67 dpg (UCLA 18.15 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.81 bpg (California 3.78 bpg)


#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 21 matches...three double-doubles...3.24 kpg is best on team among consistent starters as is 3.79 points per game average...also contributes 2.33 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 fah LAY tee - nick-name 'T' or Tokunbo...2007 co-captain...has a 3.72 kpg average in only 43 games (15 matches) this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed five matches in September...double-figure kills in 8 of the 15 matches played this season...season-high 20 kills at Oregon State...hit .400 with 15 kills, 1 error and 35 attacks at No. 2 Stanford.

#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 4.96 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 20 of 21 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 912 digs and needs 19 digs to reach 10th on the Cougars career all-time list.

#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...2.90 kpg is second on team among regular starters...also second in points with 3.69ppg...15 service aces, second-best on team...also tallied 0.90 bpg (61 total blocks)...48 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...hit .350 with 9 kills, 2 errors on 20 attacks at No. 10 Cal.

#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 11.37 assists per game which is eighth-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1588 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 484 assists from sixth place...top server on team with 19 aces (0.27 sapg) this season.

#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.87 blocks per game, fourth-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 36 games...enters to serve and plays back row...served up three aces in match at Oregon State...30 digs this season including 10 during the trip to No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Cal...six aces.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 46 games (16 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 0.91 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 2.26 dpg, third-best on squad...had 12 digs at No. 2 Stanford...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 21 matches this season...leading team with 1.23 bpg which is 9th-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 3.60 ppg.

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