Volleyball Home to Host No. 7 California and No. 5 Stanford
Nov. 5, 2007
COUGARS RETURN TO BOHLER GYM FOR BAY AREA SCHOOLS: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-17 overall, 0-12 in Pacific-10 Conference action, hosts No. 7 California and No. 5 Stanford this week in contests at Bohler Gym...match against Golden Bears (19-5, 9-4) will be Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. while the match against the Cardinal (22-2, 11-2) will be part of a quadruple-header for Cougar athletics Friday, Nov. 9...part of the WSU Dad's Weekend offerings Nov. 9, women's soccer takes on No. 1 UCLA at 1 p.m. on Lower Field, women's basketball hosts Portland in a season-opener at 4 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum followed by the No. 10 men's basketball team opener against Eastern Washington at 6:30 p.m. in the Coliseum and finally the volleyball match against Stanford at 8:30 p.m. in Bohler Gym.
HYDER NEARS 1,000 DIGS: Sophomore Kelly Hyder needs only eight more digs to become the seventh Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 digs in a career...she currently has 992 digs in her two years at WSU.
WASHINGTON STATE COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-82 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: 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 Internet 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. 7 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (19-5, 9-4): California comes to Pullman with a three-match win streak after wins over No. 7 UCLA (3-2) in LA, and sweeps over Oregon State and No. 19 Oregon in Berkeley...Golden Bears are led by 5-8 Sr. OH Angie Pressey (3.89 kpg, 2.68 dpg, 0.89 bpg) and 6-3 So. OH Hana Cutura (3.88 kpg, 0.31 aces per game, 0.72 bpg)...5-6 So. DS/L Kristen Kathan contributes 3.56 dpg - 9th Pac-10...5-11 Fr. setter Cari Lloyd has an 12.29 apg average - 6th in Pac-10...big blocks on the net from 6-3 Sr. MH Ellen Orchard who stops 1.64 bpg - 1st Pac-10, 9th nationally, and 6-2 So. MH Kat Reilly has a 1.44 bpg avg (3rd Pac-10) and a .342 hpct (7th Pac-10)...Cal leads the conference in blocks (3.70 bpg) and service aces (1.81 sapg)...Head Coach Rich Feller (158-105, 9 years at Cal; 457-272, 23 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 12, 2007, Cal defeated WSU 30-18, 30-22, 31-29, in Pullman...SERIES RECORD - California leads 27-21-1 (WSU streak -9)...in matches played in Pullman, WSU leads 12-8.
ABOUT NO. 5 STANFORD CARDINAL (22-2, 11-2* Pending 11/8 match vs. No. 4 Washington): The Cardinal, six-time national champions and 2006 NCAA runners-up, have lost twice this season, both to Pac-10 schools - No. 8 Washington and No. 6 USC...Cardinal are led by 6-4, Fr. OH Alix Klineman (4.19 kpg - 6th Pac-10, 4.90 ppg - 5th Pac-10) and 6-0 Jr. OH Cynthia Barboza (4.10 kpg - 7th Pac-10, 3.32 dpg)...6-3 Jr. MB Foluke Akinradewo leads the conference with a .483 hitting percentage (1st nationally) and adds 1.33 bpg (5th Pac-10) and 3.92 kpg (9th Pac-10)...5-11 Sr. setter Bryn Kehoe (14.10 apg - 1st Pac-10) and 5-7 Fr. libero Gabi Ailes (4.40 dpg - 5th Pac-10) also add to the Stanford strengths...as a team, Stanford leads the conference in kills (17.33 kpg), hitting percentage (.312) and assists (15.98 apg)...Head Coach John Dunning (198-32, 7 years at SU; 635-134, 23 years career)...LAST TIME - Oct. 11, 2007, Stanford defeated WSU 30-23, 30-19, 30-22 at Pullman...SERIES RECORD - Stanford leads 40-3 (WSU streak -9)...in Pullman, Stanford leads 18-3.
COUGARS LAST WEEK: WSU volleyball fell at Arizona State (22-30, 30-28, 22-30, 29-31) and at Arizona (17-30, 23-30, 15-30) last weekend...Jackie Albright and Tara West each had 19 kills while Brittany Johnson and Adetokunbo Faleti chipped in 16 kills each...Albright's 19 kills and 15 digs came at ASU and both were career-highs...Kelly Hyder led all Cougs with 32 digs while Albright added 24 digs...Faleti was the blocks leader with five...West had two of the three total service aces...Maureen Perez dished up 71 assists.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Penn State (20-2) moved into the top spot in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 5, 2007...Washington, Stanford and USC are fourth through seventh...there are five Pac-10 teams in the top 10 and six ranked in the top 20.
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) 49
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) 1764
Career Digs1. Shannon Wyckoff (1994-97) 12542. Kortney Jamtaas (1999-02) 12323. LaToya Harris (1999-02) 11784. Cindy Baker (1985-88) 11575. Beth Welch (1987-89) 11146. Keren Oigman (1994-97) 10707. Kelly Hyder (2006-07) 992
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 6,495 in 15 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Stanford with an average of 2,166 fans in 9 home matches (9th)...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 5.21 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .483)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 11.17 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.10 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Geena Urango, USC and Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.39 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.91 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.17 dpg)Blocks - 8th Tara West 1.22 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.64 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.81 ppg)
TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.85 kpg (Stanford 17.33 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .162 (Stanford .312)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .204 (Washington .127)Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.67 apg (Stanford 15.98 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.26 sapg (California 1.81 sapg)Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.59 dpg (UCLA 18.21 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.77 bpg (California 3.70 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 5.57 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .465)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 10.59 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.25 apg)Service Aces - t7th Amy Small 0.28 sapg, t9th Tara West 0.27 sapg (Christal Morrison, Washington 0.43 sapg)Digs - 3rd Kelly Hyder 5.12 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 5.81 dpg)Blocks - t6th Tara West 1.29 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.71 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 6.25 ppg)
CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Team Conference Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.71 kpg (Stanford 17.33 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .122 (Stanford .303)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 9th at .252 (Washington .161)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.68 apg (Stanford 15.98 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 9th at 1.02 sapg (Stanford, Washington 1.49 sapg)Digs - WSU is 7th at 15.29 dpg (UCLA 18.49 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 7th at 2.72 bpg (California 3.49 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 14 of 26 matches...five double-doubles...3.14 kpg is second on team among as is 3.63 points per game average...also contributes 2.56 digs per game (second on team)...career-high 19 kills and 15 digs at Arizona State...also 18 kills at Oregon State, 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 3.33 kpg average in 60 games (20 matches) this season to lead team...3.64 ppg second-best on team...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed five matches in September...double-figure kills in 9 of the 20 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 4.91 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 25 of 26 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...427 digs this season, fourth-best on WSU single season digs list...career 992 digs for 7th 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...2.76 kpg is fourth on team...also fourth in points with 3.47 ppg...also tallied 0.86 bpg (73 total blocks) second-highest on team...49 career solo blocks is 9th in WSU all-time records...has amassed 829 career kills for a 2.91 kpg career average...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 11.17 assists per game which is eighth-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1764 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 308 assists from sixth place...top server on team with 21 aces (0.24 sapg) this season...2.18 dpg average, third-highest on team.
#12 Cassie Robbins (6-3, MB, So. Yakima, Wash.) One of strengths of front line...averaging 0.85 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 47 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...45 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 58 games (21 matches, 18 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 0.83 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 2.12 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 Tournament...in double-figure kills 12 of 26 matches this season...leading team with 1.22 bpg which is 8th-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 3.67 ppg...top hitting percentage at .254.