No. 6 UCLA, No. 4 USC Volleyball Visit Chilly Cougar Country
Nov. 13, 2000
The Washington State volleyball team wraps up the regular season with a pair of Pac-10 matches at home this week...hosting #7 UCLA Thursday night and #3 USC Friday night might be intimidating to many teams looking to be invited to the NCAA Championship Tournament, but the Cougars are coming in with a five-match win streak and have won their last five matches at Bohler Gym...Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick feels WSU has a good shot getting a berth based on wins over ranked teams (Stanford, Utah State, Kansas State and Northern Iowa) and the strong showing at the end of the season, regardless of the outcome of this week's matches...the 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large bid selections will be announced Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. PT...the 2000 Div. I Women's Volleyball Selection Show 64-team bracket announcement can be views live via DirecTV or the Dish Network.
Washington State Volleyball This Week
Thursday, Nov. 16 vs. #7 UCLA, Bohler Gym, Pullman, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 vs. #3 USC, Bohler Gym, Pullman, 7 p.m.
ON THE TUBE:
The WSU - UCLA match will be shown on FOX Sports Net Northwest, Sat., Nov. 18 at 9 a.m...Nancy Youlden and Tod Pickett announcing.
ABOUT THE COUGAR OPPONENTS:
#7 UCLA (19-6 overall, 13-3 Pac-10) - The Bruins lost to #3 Arizona last week 1-3...other Pac-10 losses have come at the hands of Oregon State 2-3, and #4 USC 1-3...UCLA has four 1999 All-Pac-10 players - MB Elisabeth Bachman, OH Ashley Bowles, S Erika Selsor, and OH Kristee Porter...leading the Pac-10 are Porter's 5.85 kpg (4th nationally), Selsor's 14.06 assists per game (10th nationally), and Bachman's 1.38 blocks per game...behind Arizona but just ahead of WSU in team stats of kills per game of 17.85 kpg (6th nationally) and ahead of Arizona and WSU with 16.38 assists per game (5th nationally)...coached by Andy Banachowski (892-210, 35 years) who has the best Pac-10 record at 224-44 among current coaches...UCLA leads series 24-5 with a 15-8, 15-5, 15-8 win in LA this year...WSU last won in Pullman in 1997 (3-1).
#3 USC (21-2 overall, 14-2 Pac-10) - The Women of Troy are looking to sew up the conference championship with sole losses at Arizona (0-3) and at UCLA (0-3)...freshman April Ross is leading USC with a 3.60 kpg...Ross comes to Pullman after being named Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week for her efforts in wins over Arizona and Arizona State...1999 All-Pac-10 selection, Jennifer Pahl is blocking 1.19 per game (4th Pac-10) and hitting .382 (2nd Pac-10, 14th nationally)...Jerritt Elliott is the interim head coach for the second year (45-11 record)...head coach Mick Haley is a bench-warmer since coaching the US women's volleyball Olympic team in Sydney...USC won the 9/14 meeting 16-14, 15-9, 15-8...USC leads the series 19-10 but WSU leads the series in Pullman 8-6 with the Cougs' last SC victory a 3-2 contest in 1997.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF:
Head coach Cindy Fredrick has compiled a 226-150 (.601) record in her 12 years on the Palouse...her overall collegiate record is 312-210 (.598) in 16 years...Fredrick has a 105-109 (.491) record in Pac-10 conference matches, fourth-best among league coaches...she is joined by assistant coaches, her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (12th year) and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (first year).
WSU received votes (Others) in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll (Nov. 13)...USC (5), Arizona (6), UCLA (10), Stanford (18), and Arizona State (Others) are also in the lastest magazine poll...WSU is not listed in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 13) but USC (3), Arizona (5), UCLA (7), and Stanford (21) are on the current poll.
REGIONAL POLL AND NCAA SELECTIONS:
The NCAA Div. I women's Volleyball Pacific Region Rankings as of Oct. 31 were: 1. Arizona, 2. USC, 3. Pepperdine, 4. UCLA, 5. Santa Clara, 6. Stanford, 7t. Loyola Marymount and Arizona State, 9. Oregon State, 10. Washington State...the Pacific Region is comprised of schools from the Big Sky, Pacific-10 and West Coast Conferences and are used by the NCAA selection committee when considering schools for at-large berths to the NCAA Championship Tournament...the next and last ranking will be Nov. 15.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE STANDINGS:
Washington State is 22nd on the national attendance standings with an average of 1,046 fans in 11 home matches (11,462 total attendance)...Hawai'i leads with a 6,858 average (15 matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school (1,660 fans, 12th nationally) followed by Arizona (1,510, 13th)...WSU has averaged 1,244 fans for the seven home Pac-10 matches this season.
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
In the latest NCAA national team statistical rankings (through matches of Nov. 5), Washington State was 8th in assists with 15.88 apg (1. Santa Clara 18.24), and 11th in kills with 17.61 kills per game (1. Santa Clara 19.78).
Washington State extended its Pac-10 win streak to five matches with a 15-10, 15-11, 15-4, sweep of Oregon Friday night at McArthur Court in Eugene, and a 13-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-4, win over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum Saturday night in Corvallis. At Oregon, LaToya Harris had a career-high four service aces and added 13 kills. Cougar teammate Chelsie Schafer also had 13 kills and added three aces. Kali Surplus had 35 assists while Adrian Hankoff came off the bench to score five kills (.417), two digs and two blocks. Hankoff missed two days of practice this week because of strep throat. Melissa Boyle led match with four blocks. Oregon's Monique Tobbagi and Halie Mazza had nine kills each. Mazza had the match-high 13 digs while Julie Gerlach led the Ducks with three blocks. At Oregon State, LaToya Harris led all players with 18 kills and five service aces. Schafer, Boyle and Holly Harris each added 12 kills. Schafer led the Cougs with 20 digs, while Boyle had five blocks. An ailing Kali Surplus (flu symptoms) had 61 assists and a career-high three aces. Oregon State, swept over the weekend by Washington (3-2) and WSU, was led by the 17 kills of Gina Schmidt and 16 digs of Jessica Papell. Angie Shirley had eight blocks. OSU played without starting outside hitter Lori Daedelow who suffered a concussion earlier in the week.
Brittney Diaz (5-11, Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) will redshirt this season...Diaz, the Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, had ACL surgery last November and will utilize the Fall to complete her recovery.
#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Jr., OH, Boise, Idaho) transferred in January 2000 from Utah Valley State...practiced only with team in spring...moved from OH sub to starter at MB for California (8 kills, hit .273, 3 blocks)...in OSU/UO series had 25 kills (.451) and 10 blocks...tallied 16 kills, 9 blocks at ASU...started last ten matches...third in Pac-10 standings with 1.28 blocks per game in conference matches...supplies 2.23 kpg.
#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Jr., RS/S, Gresham, Ore.) transferred from Salt Lake CC...NJCAA All-American setter...selected to Cougar Challenge and Fresno State Invitational All-Tournament teams...unflappable setter...13.01 assists per game average is fifth in Pac-10 rankings but 14.14 apg is second in Pac-10 only stats...total assists of 1,158 is 7th among WSU all-time career leaders...needs 79 more assists to move into tie with Melissa Wright for sixth...career-high 7 blocks at California.
#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-6, So., OH/DS, Orinda, Calif.) second year as back row starter...averages 2.49 digs per game which is third on team...played front row at Cal (3 kills) and at Arizona (2 kills).
#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, Fr., OH, Riga, Latvia) Fredrick calls her WSU's International Secret Weapon...moved into starting spot end of September, now shares with Adrian Hankoff...best efforts include vs. Washington (21 kills, .419, 10 digs), vs. Oregon State (18 kills, .485, 17 digs), at Stanford (14 kills 18 digs), and at ASU (20 kills, 10 digs)...third on team in hitting percentage at .250...has seven double-doubles in Pac-10 contests (kills, digs).
#8 Trina Kightlinger (6-1, Sr., MH, Yorba Linda, Calif.) transferred from Loyola Marymount as a junior...starter earlier in season, now subs in at middle...leads team with 1.12 blocks per game average but has played in slightly less than 2/3rds of WSU's 89 games so isn't ranked among Pac-10 top 10...tallied 10 blocks and 17 kills versus ASU.
#9 Camila Schmitz Rower (6-0, Jr., OH, Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil) transferred from Arizona Western College...married to Cougar basketball center 7-1, 301-pound Paulo Rower...played in seven matches.
#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, So., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) shares left side with Bautre after starting first 14 matches...subbed in at Oregon and OSU last weekend for 14 kills (.387) and four blocks...tallied career-high 20 kills at Idaho...this season 2.51 kpg is fifth on team.
#12 Holly Harris (6-2, So., MB, Sandy, Utah) two-year starter at MB...named to Cougar Challenge and Fresno State Invite All-Tournament teams...narrowly missed a triple double with 13 kills, 14 digs and 9 blocks against 17th ranked Kansas State...versus Arizona State had 17 kills, 13 blocks and 6 digs...1.07 blocks per game is second on team and 6th in Pac-10...her .288 hitting percentage leads Cougs.
#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, So., RS/S, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) spent spring drills and competition at setter...sets when WSU runs a 6-2 offense...second on team as server with 24 aces, 0.32 apg., (9th, Pac-10)...second on team with 3.25 kills per game and 2.92 digs per game...hammered career-high 27 kills and hit .512 (13 digs, five blocks) in win over Oregon State...slammed home 24 kills (.265) and 17 digs in Stanford win.
#14 Kerry Lewis (5-8, Jr., DS, West Linn, Ore.) contributes to back row defense and serving...started five matches...WSU's only two-year letterwinner...seen action in 16 of WSU 's 21 matches...had career-high 12 digs in Oregon State win...averages 1.68 digs per game.
#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, So., OH, Portland, Ore.) talented left-hander with vertical jump of over 30'...earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and first team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last year...named MVP of Cougar Challenge and to Fresno State Invite all-tournament team...named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 for her spectacular play in wins over Cal and #17 Stanford (29 kills, .303, 20 digs, 9 blocks, 3 aces)...leads team with 4.08 kills per game (5th, Pac-10), 3.02 digs per game (7th, Pac-10), and 0.43 serving (2nd, Pac-10)...had double-figure kills in 21 of 25 matches and double-figure digs in all 16 Pac-10 matches (double-doubles)...career highs of 24 kills, 26 digs at Stanford...hit .704 with 21 kills in win at Washington...also tagged 24 kills, 23 digs, 5 blocks at ASU.
#22 Nohea Tano (5-10, Fr., MH, Honolulu, Hawai'i) key member of national championship Kamehameha Secondary team...seen action in seven Cougar matches...contributed 2 blocks versus Arizona State.
Among the Pac-10 Conference overall matches (per game averages), Washington State is second in digs (16.82), third in assists (15.83) and kills (17.62), fourth in service aces (1.48), fifth in blocks (2.69), and sixth in hitting percentage (.235)...USC hits .305 while UCLA's percentage is .269...in Conference Only stats, WSU is firsts in kills per game with an 18.33 average.