Cougar Volleyball Adds Trio to 2008 Season

July 11, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Head Coach Andrew Palileo announced the addition of two collegiate transfers and a high school player to the Cougar women's volleyball team for the 2008 season.

Joining the Cougars this fall are Emily Rooney, a 6-1 senior middle blocker from Red Wing, Minn., Renee Bordelon, a 5-10 junior setter from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Brianne Flach, a 5-7 freshman defensive specialist/libero from Shabbona, Ill.

Rooney joins the Cougars after starting the past three years for Palileo at South Dakota State. She helped lead the Jackrabbits to the Summit League championship and played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Rooney averaged 2.45 kills per game with a .329 hitting percentage, and contributed 0.94 blocks per game. In 2007 she set a school record by hitting .812 (13 kills, 0 errors, 16 attacks) in a three-game match. Rooney's 245 career block assists total is 10th-best in school history. A journalism major, Rooney was named to the Summit League's All-Academic team for volleyball.

Bordelon comes to WSU after a successful career at North Idaho College where the Cardinals were 21-12 in 2007, third in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). Bordelon was named to the All-SWAC 2007 second team. She averaged 9.95 assists per game which was second-best in the conference. Bordelon is a 2006 graduate of Lake City High in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where she earned all-state and All-Inland Empire League honors several times.

Flach is a 2008 graduate of Indian Creek High in Shabbona, Ill. She lettered four years for the Timberwolves and led the volleyball team to two conference titles, including the 2007 season when the team won the first regional title in school history. Flach was a three-time Little Ten all-conference selection and earned two conference all-academic team honors. As a member of the prestigious Club Fusion Volleyball Club, Flach played on the 18-Black team that advanced to the final of the 2008 JVDA Showcase and played a European tour in April. Other club team accomplishments for Flach included a second place in a tournament in Moscow, Russia, in 2007, placing 13th at the national championships in 2006, and advancing to the 2005 national tournament elite eight.

'I know Emily, Renee and Brianne will provide us with needed depth,' Palileo said. 'After conducting several practices in the spring I felt we needed to improve our competition in practices in order to help prepare us not only for the preseason schedule but especially for the Pac-10 Conference season. They will provide experience in the middle, in the defensive-ball control area, and in the setting position. Together with the returning players and incoming freshman, I believe we will create a team that will compete in practices at the level needed for the Pac-10 Conference.'

The Washington State volleyball team will begin practice for the 2008 season August 9, with the first match set for Aug. 29 in Boise.

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