Washington State Women's Volleyball Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 18-13
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 6-12/8th
Starters Returning/Lost: 2 + libero/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/8
Head Coach: Andrew Palileo
Alma Mater: Crown College '91
Record at WSU: 28-32 (2 years)
Associate Coach: Brian Lamppa?Assistant Coach: Jennifer Fry
Third-year head coach and 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Andrew Palileo has the Cougars headed in the right direction. Washington State made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2002. The Cougars also had their first winning season since 2002. Palileo has seven players returning, including three starters. Sophomore libero Oceana Bush, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season, led the Cougars in digs with 4.78 digs per set, which ranked fourth in the Conference. Junior Meagan Ganzer is the most experienced outside hitter on the time. She led WSU last season with 3.30 kills per set, good for 10th in the Pac-10. Transfers Vanessa Murray and Kaleinani Kabalis will provide more attack options at the outside hitter position. The Cougars also return an Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection in Rachel Todorovich. The sophomore right side hitter averaged 2.18 kills per set to go with 1.30 digs per set last season.
Oct. 8 - Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 - Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 20 - Washington State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
The Cougars defeated their rivals for the first time since 2002 in a 3-1 win over Washington in Pullman. It was the first win over the Huskies in 13 meetings. Washington State and Arizona State split the season series last year, with each team winning at home. The Sun Devils upset a then-ranked No. 21 WSU team, 3-1, in Tempe.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#1 Oceana Bush
Sophomore, Libero, Spokane, Wash.
Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree Oceana Bush returns for her sophomore season after leading the Cougars with 4.78 digs per set last season, which ranked fourth in the Conference. Bush tallied double-digit digs in 29 of 31 matches during the season with nine digs in the other two matches. She ranks second on the all-time single season digs list with 531. In a five-set match win over Arizona State (Oct. 3) last season, Bush set a school record with 39 digs. She was named the top libero at the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. Bush also participated in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team and Associated Training Programs in February.