Volleyball Wraps Up Season at Home Against Ducks, Beavers

Nov. 19, 2007

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COUGARS WILL END 2007 SEASON AT BOHLER GYM: The Washington State volleyball team, 9-21 overall, 0-16 in Pacific-10 Conference action, will end the 2007 season with a pair of matches at home on Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym...WSU hosts No. 13 Oregon (19-9, 8-8) Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m...the post-Thanksgiving match is Friday, Nov. 23, against Oregon State (10-18, 3-13)...Friday will also mark the final match in a Cougar uniform for seniors Maureen Perez (Vancouver, Wash.), Tara West (Perth, Australia) and Adetokunbo Faleti (Arlington, Texas)...admittance to the Wednesday match is free with CougMail printout...tickets for Friday's match are just $1 per person...free parking is available across the street in the Regents' residence hall lot.

HYDER REACHES 1,000 DIGS: Sophomore Kelly Hyder is the seventh Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 digs in a career...she currently has 1,053 digs in her two years at WSU (205 games for a 5.14 dpg average)...needs 17 more digs to move into sixth place on the WSU all-time career digs list...she is already the school record-holder in single season digs with 565 set in 2006...her 2007 total of 488 digs is third-best in single-season standings and she needs just 27 more to surpass Kortney Jamtaas' 2005 total of 514 digs.

WASHINGTON STATE COACHING STAFF: Brian Heffernan is coaching his fourth season at WSU (38-86 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.

WEST AND JOHNSON ARE ALL-ACADEMIC ALL SELECTIONS: WSU's Tara West and Brittany Johnson were named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII teams for Women's Volleyball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)...West, a senior middle blocker from Perth, Australia, was selected to the seven-member Dist. VIII first team, has a 4.00 GPA, and is majoring in biological sciences...Johnson, a junior left-side hitter from Phoenix, Ariz., was named to the five-member Dist. VIII second team, has a 3.77 GPA, and is majoring in management information systems and organizational management.

ABOUT NO. 13 OREGON DUCKS (19-9, 8-8): The Ducks look like they are headed back to the NCAA Championship Tournament again this year...only losses to unranked teams this season are to Purdue (3-1) and to Arizona State (3-1)...defeated No. 20 Ohio State on the Buckeyes' home court, and took wins over No. 6 USC and No. 9 UCLA two weeks ago in Eugene...Oregon's offensive leader is 6-3 Jr. OH from Serbia, Gorana Maricic (5.37 kpg and 5.98 ppg - Pac-10 leader in both categories)...6-1, So. MB Sonja Newcombe adds 3.52 kpg and 5-11, Fr., OH Heather Meyers contributes 3.03 kpg and leads the conference in aces with 42 (0.45 sapg)...top blocker is 6-2, Jr. OH Kristen Forristall with 1.02 bpg...6-2 offense with a pair of setters in Nevena Djordjevic (8.41 apg) and Rachel Morris (4.99 apg)...libero Katie Swoboda (5-5 Jr.) averages 5.32 dpg (3rd in Pac-10)...Ducks have the third-best hitting percentage in conf at .276...Head Coach Jim Moore (48-39, 3 years at UO; 400-195, 19 years career)...LAST TIME: Sept. 22, 2007, at Eugene, Oregon defeated WSU 30-24, 30-24, 30-22...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads 34-32-2 (WSU streak -3).

ABOUT OREGON STATE BEAVERS (10-18, 3-13 - Pending 11/21 match vs. No. 6 Washington): The Beavers are coming off a five-match loss streak...three conference wins have come against WSU, No. 4 UCLA and Arizona...notable win includes a sweep at No. 10 Hawai'i...leading the way for Oregon State is Australian Rachel Rourke, a 6-5 sophomore OH with a 4.50 kpg (3rd-best in Pac-10), 0.36 ace per game (4th in Pac-10) and 0.83 bpg averages...Jill Sawatzky (6-0, Fr., OH) adds 2.91 kpg...Bree Knitter (6-1, So. MB) brings 1.28 bpg (5th in Pac-10) and Lexie Rathgeber (6-3, So. MB) adds 1.00 bpg...setter K.C. Walsh (9.65 apg - 9th Pac-10) and libero Ashley Evans (3.96 dpg - 7th Pac-10) round out the starters...Head Coach Taras Liskevych (24-55 in 3 years at OSU; 291-140-1 in 12 years career)...LAST TIME: Sept. 21, 2007, in Corvallis, OSU won the conference opener 32-30, 30-32, 25-30, 30-21, 16-14...SERIES RECORD: Washington State leads the series 40-32 (WSU streak -1).

COUGARS LAST WEEK: WSU volleyball were swept in road matches at No. 10 UCLA (31-29, 30-21, 30-17) and at No. 8 USC (30-19, 30-19, 30-22)...Jackie Albright and Tara West had a team-highs of 14 kills with Brittany Johnson adding 13 kills...West had 11 blocks and Cassie Robbins added 7 blocks...Kelly Hyder led all Cougs with 38 digs while Johnson added 19 digs...Hyder has 2 service aces...Maureen Perez dished up 56 assists in the two matches.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Penn State (26-2) remained in the top spot in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for Nov. 19, 2007...Stanford, Washington, USC, California, and UCLA are in the top 10 while Oregon moved up to 13th this week...other schools the Cougars have played this season include: No. 19 Ohio and Long Beach State is also receiving votes.

COUGS CLIMBING INTO SCHOOL RECORDS:

Career Block Solos1.  Carrie Couturier (1988-91)	1962.  Laurie VanDiest (1984-87)	1256.  Jennifer Stinson (1995-98)	597.  Holly Harris (1999-2002)	538.  Brittany Johnson (2005-07)	51

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) 1876

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) 1053

Single Season Digs1. Kelly Hyder (2006) 5652. Jalen Pendon (2005) 5143. Kelly Hyder (2007) 488

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: Hawai'i leads the nation in volleyball attendance with an average of 6,481 in 17 home matches of 2007...the highest ranked Pac-10 school is Washington with an average of 2,424 fans in 10 home matches (9th)...WSU has an 11-match average of 762 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 5.37 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .497)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 10.95 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.18 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Heather Meyers, Oregon 0.45 apg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 4.93 dpg (Sydney Donahue, ASU 6.17 dpg)Blocks - 8th Tara West 1.22 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.65 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 5.98 ppg)

TEAM STATISTICS FROM THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE (TOP 10):Team Overall Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 13.51 kpg (Stanford 17.37 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .150 (Stanford .312)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 8th at .214 (California .136)Assists - WSU is 10th at 12.40 apg (Stanford 16.09 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 1.21 sapg (California 1.81 sapg)Digs - WSU is 6th at 15.65 dpg (UCLA 18.73 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 9th at 2.67 bpg (California 3.76 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 5.75 kpg)Hitting Percentage - no WSU player (Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford .490)Assists - 8th Maureen Perez 10.30 apg (Bryn Kehoe, Stanford 14.34 apg)Service Aces - no WSU player (Asia Kazcor, USC 0.40 sapg)Digs - 4th Kelly Hyder 5.11 dpg (Sydney Donahue, Arizona State 5.87 dpg)Blocks - t6th Tara West 1.28 bpg (Ellen Orchard, Stanford 1.72 bpg)Points - no WSU player (Gorana Maricic, Oregon 6.45 ppg)

CONFERENCE ONLY MATCHES - TEAM STATISTICS FROM PAC-10 (TOP 10):Team Conference Matches (Leader)Kills - WSU is 10th with 12.32 kpg (Stanford 17.40 kpg)Hitting Percentage - WSU is 10th at .108 (Stanford .306)Opponent Hitting Pct - WSU is 7th at .260 (California .171)Assists - WSU is 10th at 11.42 apg (Stanford 16.17 apg)Service Aces - WSU is 10th at 0.98 sapg (California 1.56 sapg)Digs - WSU is 7th at 15.47 dpg (UCLA 19.28 dpg)Blocks - WSU is 8th at 2.55 bpg (California 3.62 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 15 of 30 matches...six double-doubles...2.95 kpg is second on team...3.41 points per game average is third on team...also contributes 2.54 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...10 kills, 13 digs and 2 blocks at No. 10 UCLA.

#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 3.26 kpg average in 68 games (24 matches) this season to lead team...3.54 ppg second-best on team...bruised knee kept her out of action this season, missed five matches in September...double-figure kills in 10 of the 24 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...also saw action in one game at No. 8 USC.

#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 4.93 digs per game which is fourth-best in Pac-10...tallied double-figure digs in 28 of 30 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...488 digs this season, third-best on WSU single season digs list...career 1,053 digs for 7th on the Cougars career all-time list in just her sophomore year.

#19 Brittany Johnson (5-9, LS, Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.) Selected ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team...named to Baden Cougar Challenge, Montana State Holiday Inn Classic and Nevada AT&T Invite all-tournament teams this season...2.73 kpg is fourth on team...six double-doubles this year...fourth in points with 3.39 ppg...also tallied 0.80 bpg (78 total blocks) third-highest on team...51 career solo blocks is 8th in WSU all-time records...has amassed 859 career kills for a 2.89 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 10.95 assists per game which is eighth-best in Pac-10...career-high 66 assists at Oregon State...career total of 1876 assists seventh-best in Cougars all-time top 10 career assists list and 196 assists from sixth place...top server on team with 22 aces (0.22 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 0.84 blocks per game, second-best on team...tallied six blocks in both Gonzaga and UNLV matches...10 kills vs. Montana State...nine 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 48 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 69 games (25 matches, 22 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 0.75 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 2.09 dpg, fourth-best on squad...had 12 digs at No. 2 Stanford...has 18 aces on the season.

#3 Tara West (6-1, MB, Sr. Perth, Australia) - pronounced tarr-ah - Selected ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first team...named MVP of the Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament...in double-figure kills 13 of 30 matches this season...leading team with 1.22 bpg which is tied for 6th-best in Pac-10...tagged career-high 10 blocks at No. 4 Washington...had five or more blocks in 10 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...team-leading 3.64 ppg...top hitting percentage at .240.

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