No. 17 Washington State Volleyball Hosts No. 21 Huskies

Nov. 4, 2002

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THE UW VOLLEYDAWGS ARE COMING TO PULLMAN: The Washington State volleyball team (16-7, 6-7 and tied for sixth in Pac-10) is home to host cross-state rivals, the Washington Huskies (15-7, 7-6 and fourth in Pac-10) Friday, Nov. 8 at Bohler the first meeting, Oct. 11, in Seattle, Washington upset the then 16th-ranked Cougars 3-1...last weekend in Arizona, WSU defeated No. 19 Arizona State 3-0 but lost at No. 14 Arizona, 2-3...the Huskies defeated both UA (3-0) and ASU (3-1) last weekend.

No. 21 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (15-7*, 7-6 *pending 11/6 at Idaho State) Washington currently has the most overall wins since 1997, and has equaled 1998's seven Pac-10 wins...the Dawgs moved into the national rankings this week at 21...UW is led by 5-10 senior OH Paige Benjamin's 5.05 kpg (2nd Pac-10), .336 (6th Pac-10), and 5.62 ppg (3rd Pac-10)...Sanja Tomasevic (6-1, Fr., OH) adds 3.84 kpg (6th Pac-10), 3.13 dpg (8th Pac-10), 0.45 ace per game (6th Pac-10), and 4.61 ppg (7th Pac-10)...Kaitlin Leck (6-1, So., OH) averages 0.46 aces per game (3rd Pac-10)....Candace Lee 5-7, Fr. L) digs up 3.25 dpg (7th Pac-10)...Alexis McDonald (5-11, So., CB) blocks 1.25 attacks per game (3rd Pac-10)...setter Gretchen Maurer (5-11, Sr.) leads the conference with 12.97 assists per Jim McLaughlin (26-23, two years)...Washington leads the series with Washington State, 40-20 in all-time matches and 21-12 in Pac-10 matches in Pullman, the Cougs and Dawgs are tied at eight wins each...WSU had won six consecutive meetings until Oct. 11, 2002, at Seattle.

LAST TIME: Washington upset the 16th-ranked WSU at Bank of America Arena 30-28, 20-30, 30-16, 30-25...four Huskies combined for 55 kills, led by the 17 kills (.250) of Paige Benjamin...Washington hit .223 for the match...Benjamin and Sanja Tomasevic (16 kills) each had 22 digs...Darla Myhre had six blocks and Gretchen Maurer had 55 assists...Jessica Veris had three of the Dawgs' nine aces...the Cougars were led by Adrian Hankoff's 14 kills...Kortney Jamtaas had a career-high 30 digs and Victoria Prince had six blocks. 'We flat-out got out-played tonight,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'The Huskies played good defense, they hit well, they blocked well. Maybe we were a little overconfident. They ran their middles better than they ran them all season. Our seniors struggled all night and that was a killer.'

COUGS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: Washington State stayed at 17th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll...other Pac-10 members in the poll include No. 2 USC, No. 4 Stanford, No. 16 Arizona, No. 19 UCLA, No. 21 Washington, and No. 23 Arizona State...also receiving votes this week is California (No. 31)...Volleyball Magazine was sold and is no longer producing a Top 20 collegiate women's poll.

COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head coach Cindy Fredrick is coaching her 14th season on the Palouse...her record at WSU is 261-171 (.604) while her overall collegiate record is 347-231 (.600) in 18 years...her Pac-10 record is 121-124 (.494) in 14 years...assistant coaches are her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh (14th year), and former Cougar standout, Jennifer Stinson Greeny (third year).

MISS 'T' IS ASSAULTING COUGAR VOLLEYBALL RECORDS: Senior LaToya Harris became just the third Cougar in school history to reach both 1,000 kills and digs in a career...Harris joined Keren Oigman (1,054 kills, 1,070 digs) and Shannon Wyckoff (1,051 kills, 1,254 digs), who both played for Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick from 1994-97...Harris, the four-year starter and two-time first team All-Pac-10) is currently fourth in Washington State University career kills (1334), second in aces (129), and fourth in digs (1092)...Harris is among the top 40 players in Pac-10 all-time kills and all-time digs, and the 43rd player in the conference to reach 1,000 kills and digs.

ANOTHER HARRIS MEANS MORE MARKS: Holly Harris, senior middle blocker, added a season-high 10 blocks against USC Oct. 26...Harris continues moving up the Cougar all-time blocking records...she is seventh in solo blocks (51), closing in on assistant coach Jen Greeny's mark of 59 solos for sixth place all-time...Harris is eighth in block assists (307) and total blocks (358).

JAMTAAS REACHES 1,000 DIGS: Though this is the first season for the Libero position, WSU senior Kortney Jamtaas has spent a career diggin' with the best of them in the Cougars' back row...Jamtaas became the sixth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 digs in a career and is currently fifth in the all-time WSU career standings at 1073 digs...she is third in the Pac-10 in digs per game average at 4.03 dpg...her 30 digs against Washington missed the school match record by only two digs.

NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: Washington State is tied for seventh in the latest NCAA Division I Volleyball Regional Rankings for the Pacific Region, released Oct. 23...the biweekly rankings include the top ten teams in each of the eight regions, achieved through a vote of coaches and administrators in each region using team records as of Oct. 20...the Pacific Region includes the Pacific-10, Big Sky and West Coast Conference member schools...the final rankings are used by the NCAA Championship Tournament selection committee to choose at-large berths to complete the field of 64 teams, comprised first of 31 conference champions who receive automatic bids...the next rankings will be released Nov. 6.

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: WSU is tied at 24th in the national attendance rankings with an average home attendance of 1,125 fans (9 home matches)...the WSU average for the Pac-10 matches is 1,418 fans...Hawai'i leads the nation with an average of 7,089 fans (17 home matches)...Arizona is the top Pac-10 school with 2,380 (10 matches), including the 9,141 fans watched the Arizona - Stanford five-game match as part of the Midnight Madness basketball practice opening event.

COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON TELEVISION: FOX Sports Net broadcast two Cougar volleyball matches this season...the Sept. 27 match at USC was the screen debut for the Cougars and WSU's five-game win over UCLA Oct. 25...ALSO, viewers in the Northwest can catch the FOX Sports NW new weekly show, On Campus With the Cougs, every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. PT.

BEATIN' 'EM IN BOHLER GYM - ADVANTAGE COUGARS: During the last nine seasons (1991-1997, 2000-02) WSU has used Bohler Gym as its home court, the Cougars racked up a 184-77 record (.705), averaged 22 wins per season, and made nine post season appearances...average attendance for this year's home matches is 1,115 fans (25th nationally)...average attendance to date for Pac-10 home matches is 1,548 fans.

PAC-10 COACHES PRE-SEASON PREDICTIONS: Stanford (nine Pac-10 titles, five national crowns) was selected to successfully defend its league championship in 2002...the Cardinal edged USC by a mere four points but garnered seven of the coaches' first-place nods...Arizona, an NCAA national semi-finalist last year, was predicted to finish third followed by UCLA and Washington State...the bottom half of the predictions show Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon...the Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 13 previous polls...coaches do not vote for own team.

MORE NUMBERS FOR YOUR NOGGIN: In Pac-10 team stat standings, WSU is ahead of Washington in three categories...WSU has the advantage over UW in kills, opponent hitting percentage, and digs...Washington leads the Cougars in hitting percentage, assists, service aces and block.

WSU QUICKSETS DINNER: Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Cindy Fredrick and visiting Pac-10 coaches give the inside scoop to season ticket holders on the strategies of that evening's match at the Quicksets Dinners...the Quicksets dinners are held in Bohler Addition Rooms 184/186, on the Friday evenings of Pac-10 home matches (Nov. 8 and Nov. 15)...cost is $10 per person for dinner from Pete's Bar & Grill...RSVP the Tuesday prior by calling toll free 877-462-2684 or 509-335-0220.

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