Cougar Volleyball Ready For Tournament Invite

Nov. 21, 2000

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Washington State Volleyball This Week
NCAA Volleyball Tournament Selection Party
Sunday, Nov. 26 - 4:30-6 p.m.
at Zeppoz, 780 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman, Wash.

The Washington State volleyball team (18-9 overall, 9-9 tied for 5th Pac-10), having finishedthe regular season with eight wins in 11 matches including wins over #17Stanford and #7 UCLA, feels confident about a seventh trip to the NCAADiv. I Volleyball Championships this year...the Cougars finished tiedfor fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference standings after starting the yearwith one win in the first seven matches.

The 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large bid selections will be announced Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. PT(30 minute show)...the 2000 Div. I Women's Volleyball Selection Show64-team bracket announcement can be viewed live on a DSS dish such asDirecTV or the Dish Network, or through a larger satellite C-Banddownlink at Telstar 4, Transponder 23...NCAA Productions will send atest signal 15 minutes prior to broadcast...the selection show audiotransmission is also available by calling (913) 981-5507 and usingconfirmation code 833411.



Head coach Cindy Fredrick has compiled a 227-151(.601) record in her 12 years on the Palouse...her overall collegiaterecord is 313-211 (.597) in 16 years...Fredrick has a 106-110 (.491)record in Pac-10 conference matches, fourth-best among leaguecoaches...she is joined by assistant coaches, her husband, Dr. MashallahFarokhmanesh (12th year) and former Cougar standout, Jennifer StinsonGreeny (first year).

WSU is listed in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll(Nov. 20) as Others receiving 30 more points...WSU received votes(Others) in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 Poll (Nov. 20).

The NCAA Div. I women's Volleyball Pacific RegionRankings as of Nov. 21 are: 1. USC, 2. Arizona, 3. Santa Clara, 4.UCLA, 5. Pepperdine, 6. Loyola Marymount, 7. Washington State, 8.Stanford, 9. Arizona State, 10. Sacramento State...the Pacific Region iscomprised of schools from the Big Sky, Pacific-10 and West CoastConferences and are used by the NCAA selection committee whenconsidering schools for at-large berths to the NCAA ChampionshipTournament.

Washington State moved up to 21st on thenational attendance standings with an average of 1,086 fans in 13 homematches (14,116 total attendance)...Hawaii leads with a 6,811 average(16 matches)...Stanford is the top Pac-10 school (1,660 fans, 10thnationally) followed by Arizona (1,603, 12th)...WSU has averaged 1,263fans for the nine home Pac-10 matches this season.

In the latest NCAA national teamstatistical rankings (through matches of Nov. 19), Washington State was11th in kills with 17.67 kills per game (1. Santa Clara 19.42), and 12thin assists with 15.85 assists per game (1. Santa Clara 17.90).

Washington State volleyball tallied its sixth-consecutivePacific-10 Conference victory with a 15-3, 5-15, 15-11, 16-14, upset of7th-ranked UCLA, Nov. 16, at Bohler Gym on the WSU campus. UCLA was thefifth ranked team the Cougars have beaten this year. WSU's LaToyaHarris led all players with 20 kills, adding 13 digs and 2 service aces.Holly Harris added 15 kills, 12 digs and six blocks. Kortney Jamtaastallied 17 digs and a pair of aces while Chelsie Schafer had 13 kills,11 digs and 2 aces. WSU hit .204 for the match. Kristee Porter ledUCLA with 19 kills and 16 blocks. Ashley Bowles added 16 kills and fourblocks while Elisabeth Bachman chipped in 13 kills and six blocks. UCLAhit .174 for the match. Friday night, Nov. 17, WSU ran out of gas asthe #3 USC Trojans defeated the Cougars 15-12, 6-15, 15-12, 15-7, before1,711 fans at Bohler. LaToya Harris led all players with 21 kills,adding 16 digs. WSU's Chelsie Schafer had 19 kills and 19 digs whileZanda Bautre had 16 kills. Holly Harris contributed 11 kills, 13 digsand 3 blocks. Cougar setter Kali Surplus racked up 64 assists and 16digs. The Trojans were led by the 20 kills of Katie Olsovsky.Antoinette Polk added 11 kills and a match-high 21 digs while JenniferPahl had 16 kills and 10 blocks. USC out-hit WSU .304 to .205 butobliterated the Cougars at the net, out-blocking the home team 14.5 to3.

FROM A (Adrian Hankoff) TO Z (Zanda Bautre) HERE COME THE COUGS:

Brittney Diaz (5-11, Fr., MH, Las Cruces, NM) will redshirt thisseason...Diaz, the Gatorade Player of the Year for New Mexico, tore herACL and had surgery last November...will utilize the Fall to completeher recovery.

#1 Melissa Boyle (6-1, Jr., MB/OH, Boise, Idaho) transferred in January2000 from Utah Valley State...practiced only with team lastspring...moved from OH sub to starter at MB for California (8 kills, hit.273, 3 blocks) OSU/UO series had 25 kills (.451) and 10blocks...tallied 16 kills, 9 blocks at ASU...seventh in Pac-10 standingswith 1.11 blocks per game in conference 2.15kpg...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.

#3 Kali Surplus (6-0, Jr., RS/S, Gresham, Ore.) transferred from SaltLake CC...NJCAA All-American setter...selected to Cougar Challenge andFresno State Invitational All-Tournament teams...unflappablesetter...13.09 assists per game average is fourth in Pac-10 rankings but14.12 apg is second in Pac-10 only assists of 1,270 is 6thamong WSU all-time career leaders...needs only 63 assists to move intofifth 7 blocks at California...hit .583 at Oregonwith 7 kills and no errors in 12 attacks...nailed three service aces atOregon State...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.

#6 Kortney Jamtaas (5-6, So., OH/DS, Orinda, Calif.) second year as backrow starter...averages 2.57 digs per game which is third onteam...played front row at Cal (3 kills) and at Arizona (2 kills)...19digs versus Kansas State is career-best...nailed three service aces atIdaho...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.

#7 Zanda Bautre (5-9, Fr., OH, Riga, Latvia) Fredrick calls her WSU'sInternational Secret Weapon...moved into starting spot end of September,now shares with Adrian efforts include vs. Washington (21kills, .419, 10 digs), vs. Oregon State (18 kills, .485, 17 digs), atStanford (14 kills 18 digs), and at ASU (20 kills, 10 digs)...third onteam in hitting percentage at .249...has seven double-doubles in Pac-10contests (kills, digs)...named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

#8 Trina Kightlinger (6-1, Sr., MH, Yorba Linda, Calif.) transferredfrom Loyola Marymount as a junior...starter earlier in season, now subsin at middle...tied with Holly Harris at 1.08 blocks per game averagebut has played in slightly less than 2/3rds of WSU's 97 games so isn'tranked among Pac-10 top 10...tallied 10 blocks and 17 kills versusASU...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.

#9 Camila Schmitz Rower (6-0, Jr., OH, Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil)transferred from Arizona Western College...married to Cougar basketballcenter 7-1, 301-pound Paulo Rower...played in seven matches.

#10 Adrian Hankoff (5-11, So., OH, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) shares leftside with Bautre after starting first 14 a spark plug offthe bench...subbed in at Oregon and OSU for 14 kills (.387) and fourblocks...tallied career-high 20 kills at Idaho...this season 2.44 kpg isfifth on team.

#12 Holly Harris (6-2, So., MB, Sandy, Utah) two-year starter atMB...named to Cougar Challenge and Fresno State Invite All-Tournamentteams...narrowly missed a triple double with 13 kills, 14 digs and 9blocks against 17th ranked Kansas State...versus Arizona State had 17kills, 13 blocks and 6 digs...1.08 blocks per game is tied for tops onteam and 6th in Pac-10...her .272 hitting percentage leads Cougs and2.78 kills per game is third on team...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academichonorable mention team.

#13 Chelsie Schafer (5-10, So., RS/S, Saskatoon, Sak., Canada) spentspring drills and competition at setter...sets when WSU runs a 6-2offense...second on team as server with 26 aces, 0.31 apg., (9th,Pac-10)...second on team with 3.32 kills per game and 3.00 digs per game(8th, Pac-10)...hammered career-high 27 kills and hit .512 (13 digs,five blocks) in win over Oregon State...slammed home 24 kills (.265) and17 digs in Stanford win...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mentionteam...named to 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.

#14 Kerry Lewis (5-8, Jr., DS, West Linn, Ore.) contributes to back rowdefense and serving...started five matches...WSU's only two-yearletterwinner...seen action in 16 of WSU 's 27 matches...had career-high12 digs in Oregon State win...averages 1.68 digs per game.

#21 LaToya Harris (5-7, So., OH, Portland, Ore.) talented left-handerwith vertical jump of over 30'...earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention andfirst team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last year...named MVP of CougarChallenge and to Fresno State Invite all-tournament team...named Pac-10Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 for her spectacular play in winsover Cal and #17 Stanford (29 kills, .303, 20 digs, 9 blocks, 3aces)...leads team with 4.16 kills per game (5th, Pac-10), 3.07 digs pergame (7th, Pac-10), and 0.43 serving (2nd, Pac-10)...had double-figurekills in 23 of 27 matches...13 double-doubles (kills/digs) highs of 24 kills, 26 digs at Stanford...hit .704 with21 kills in win at Washington...also tagged 24 kills, 23 digs, 5 blocksat ASU...20 kills, .320, 13 digs were instrumental in win over of 5 aces at Oregon State...has seven matches with 20or more kills...needs only 32 kills to break into WSU single-seasonall-time kills list (currently 404)...named to 2000 All-Pac-10 firstteam.

#22 Nohea Tano (5-10, Fr., MH, Honolulu, Hawai'i) key member of nationalchampionship Kamehameha Secondary team...seen action in seven Cougarmatches...contributed 2 blocks versus Arizona State.

Among the Pac-10 Conference overall matches (per gameaverages), Washington State is second in digs (17.06), third in assists(15.85) and kills (17.67), fourth in service aces (1.48), fifth inblocks (2.58), and sixth in hitting percentage (.232) ConferenceOnly stats, WSU is third in kills per game at 18.32 average, just barelyedged out by UCLA (18.52) and Arizona (18.33).

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