Desert Schools Next for WSU Volleyball

Oct. 29, 2007

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COUGARS TRAVEL TO TEMPE, TUCSON THIS WEEK: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-15 overall, 0-10 in Pacific-10 Conference action, travels to the Arizona schools for a pair of matches this week...Thursday night the Cougs are at Tempe to take on Arizona State (13-11, 5-6) at Wells Fargo Arena has a 7 p.m. start...Friday night WSU is in Tucson to meet Arizona (12-11, 2-9) at the McKale Center begins at 8 p.m...WSU lost to both teams earlier this month in Pullman...Cougar fans can listen to the match on the radio in the Pullman area or through the internet (see below).

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-80 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.

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, click on the Cougars All Access link (right side, main page) and sign-in...subscription is $14.95 per can listen to all radio broadcast Cougar Athletic events through this internet subscription.

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 collected monetary pledges for the 294 kills (and points) for WSU during the seven matches during October...this year the team raised $1652.50, bringing the total collected since the first campaign in 2002 to $7,444.15.

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 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (13-11, 5-6): Arizona State welcomes the Cougars as the Sun Devils are coming off a pair of wins in Oregon including a 3-1 defeat at No. 16 Oregon...Devils are led by 5-11, Fr. OH Sarah Reaves (4.37 kpg, 5th Pac-10, 4.82 ppg 8th Pac-10) and 5-10, Jr. OH Margie Giordano adds 3.64 kpg and 2.55 dpg...5-7, Sr. libero Sydney Donahue leads the conference with 6.23 dpg and as of last week was 10th-best nationally...6-4, Fr. MB Sara Todorovich, from Walla Walla, Wash., has a 1.17 bpg average, tied for 9th in Pac-10...5-11, So. setter Marina Mercer (12.55 apg - 3rd Pac-10)...Head Coach Brad Saindon (56-81, 5 years at ASU; 300-221, 17 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 5, 2007, ASU defeated WSU 30-21, 30-28, 30-17, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Arizona State leads 24-20 (WSU streak -4) matches played in Tempe, ASU leads 12-9...last WSU win in Tempe was Nov. 21, 2003, a 3-2 match win for the Cougs.

ABOUT ARIZONA WILDCATS (12-11, 2-9* Pending 11/1 match vs. No. 4 Washington): The Wildcats last win came Oct. 4 at WSU (3-1)...'Zona is led by 6-2, Jr. Opposite hitter Randy Goodenough (3.93 kpg, 2.48 dpg, 1.06 bpg, .032 ace per game - 10th Pac-10) leading hitter is 5-11, Fr. OH Tiffany Owens (3.04 kpg)...big blocks from 6-1, Sr. MB Dominique Lamb (1.55 bpg - 2nd Pac-10) and 6-4, So., MB Jacy Norton (1.10 bpg)...5-11, Fr. setter Paige Weber gets 12.18 assists per game (6th in Pac-10) and .037 aces per game - tied 4th Pac-10...5-9, So. Alanna Resch leads in digs with 3.70 dpg (8th Pac-10)...Head Coach Dave Rubio (303-169, 16 years at UA; 425-235, 21 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 4, 2007, Arizona defeated WSU 30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 30-21 in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Arizona leads 32-12 (WSU streak -2) Tucson, Arizona leads 17-4...WSU's last win in Tucson was Oct. 16, 2006 (3-1).

COUGARS LAST WEEK: The No. 4 Washington Huskies swept the Cougars Oct. 26, with game scores of 30-25, 30-21, and 30-24, in the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion...WSU junior Jackie Albright had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs...Tara West had a career-high and match-high 10 blocks...Brittany Johnson added five kills and five blocks as the Cougs out-blocked the Dawgs 11 to 8...Adetokunbo Faleti contributed nine kills while Maureen Perez had 33 assists...Kelly Hyder had 23 digs to move her two-season career total to 960 digs which is eighth-best in WSU history.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Defending national champion Nebraska (19-1) lost to Texas last week so dropped to No. 2 on the CSTV/AVCA Div. I Coaches Top 25 Poll for Oct. 29 and Penn State (20-2) moved into the top spot...Washington stayed at fourth and Stanford dropped from third to all, there are six Pac-10 teams in the top 19.


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) 1693

Career Digs1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 12542. Kortney Jamtaas (1999-02) 12326. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 10707. Carrie Couturier (1988-91) 9898. Kelly Hyder (2006-07) 960

Single Season Digs1. Kelly Hyder (2006) 5652. Jalen Pendon (2005) 5143. Kortney Jamtaas (2002) 4694. Beth Welch (1988) 4195. Cindy Baker (1988) 4136. Cindy Baker (1987) 395Stacey Holbrook (2004) 395Kelly Hyder (2007) 395

CAPTAINS' CORNER: Get the Cougars' players views and behind the scenes stories by reading the Captains' blogs on the official WSU website, 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 6,495 in 15 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Stanford with an average of 2,349 fans in 7 home matches (8th)...WSU has a 9-match average of 801 fans which is not ranked in the top 40 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 5.31 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .478)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 11.26 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.31 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.43 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.94 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.23 dpg)Blocks - 7th Tara West 1.29 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.63 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.94 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.94 kpg (Stanford 17.49 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .169 (Stanford .308)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .200 (Washington .123)Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.79 apg (Stanford 16.13 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.34 sapg (Oregon 1.83 sapg)Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.57 dpg (UCLA 18.01 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 6th at 2.83 bpg (California 3.68 bpg)

CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Individual Conference Matches - rank in conference, WSU player (conf. leader)Kills - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.82 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .453)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 10.68 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.68 apg)Service Aces - t7th Amy Small 0.29 sapg (Christal Morrison, Washington 0.47 sapg)Digs - 3rd Kelly Hyder 5.24 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 5.86 dpg)Blocks - t2nd Tara West 1.47 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.70 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 6.58 ppg)

CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Team Conference Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.68 kpg (Stanford 17.66 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .130 (Stanford .295)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .253 (Washington .158)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.76 apg (Stanford 16.29 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 8th at 1.15 sapg (Washington 1.44 sapg)Digs - WSU is 9th at 15.21 dpg (Stanford 18.95 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 6th at 2.84 bpg (California 3.43 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 13 of 24 matches...four double-doubles...3.17 kpg is best on team among consistent starters as is 3.69 points per game average...also contributes 2.46 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...10 kills and 10 digs at No. 4 Washington.

#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 3.47 kpg average in only 30 games (18 matches) this season...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed five matches in September...double-figure kills in 8 of the 18 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 4.94 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 23 of 24 matches this year...season-high 32 digs at Oregon is 34 digs, against Arizona State 2006, just one off the school match record...owns school single-season record with 565 digs...accumulated 395 digs this 960 digs for 8th on the Cougars career all-time list in just her sophomore year.

#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...2.81 kpg is third on team among regular starters...also fourth in points with 3.56 ppg...15 service aces, third-best on team...also tallied 0.92 bpg (72 total blocks) second-highest on team...48 career solo blocks is 9th in WSU all-time records...started season 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 11.26 assists per game which is eighth-best in 66 assists at Oregon total of 1693 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 379 assists from sixth server on team with 21 aces (0.26 sapg) this season...2.26 dpg average, third-highest on team.

#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...eight 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 46 games...seeing action as starter in six matches...otherwise, enters to serve and plays back row...served up three aces in match at Oregon State...43 digs this season including 10 during the trip to No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Cal...10 aces.

#21 Brittany Tillman (6-1, MB, Fr. Tacoma, Wash.) Seen action in 51 games (19 matches, 16 starts) to-date including stepping in for injured Faleti vs. Washington (9/28) where she had four kills and three blocks...10 kills vs. Arizona, and 8 blocks in the Montana State win....averaging 0.86 bpg, fourth-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 2.17 dpg, fourth-best on squad...had 12 digs at No. 2 Stanford...has 16 aces on the season.

#3 Tara West (6-1, MB, Sr. Perth, Australia) - pronounced tarr-ah - Named MVP of the Baden Cougar Challenge double-figure kills 11 of 24 matches this season...leading team with 1.29 bpg which is 7th-best in Pac-10...tagged career-high 10 blocks at No. 4 Washington...had five or more blocks in nine matches this season...season-high 20 kills vs. Hofstra and hit .600...nabbed 15 kills, hit .500 and had 6 blocks against No. 4 USC...second on team with 3.69 ppg.

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